TOWN OF ACTON SELECTMEN’S
MEETING January 12, 2022
1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER / PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A motion was
made by Tom McGurty to approve the agenda. The motion was seconded by David
Winchell Jr.. All in favor, motion carried.
4. MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
January 5, 2022 minutes were tabled.
ADMINISTRATOR WEEKLY UPDATE
The Transfer Station will be closed on January 17, 2022, in honor of MLK,
Carl Davis would like a $500.00 line item in the budget
for maintenance and cleaning of trails
at Goat Hill.
The Rec Basketball program is up and running. A welcome letter was written to present at
the Coaches meeting tonight. The program is being held at the school, although
it is not a school function, but a town function. Accident forms were provided for the Rec.
The Planning Board is having a hearing regarding the
Moratorium on Gravel Pits on January
13, 2022. Masks will be
available at the building entrances.
The Special Town Meeting will be scheduled for either
February 2nd or 3rd, 2022. Tom McGurty has a mandatory elected officials
meeting on January 26, 2022.
The Selectmen’s meeting may be changed. The Warrant and Finance meeting will be on January 24th, 2022, and must have a meeting to sign the
warrant. Dennis Long, Chair of the
Warrant and Finance Committee, said there would be no issue to move the meeting
up a week to Thursday or Friday, January 20 or 21, 2022. There would be enough time to post the
John Ross spoke to the Town Administrator about a ballot vs
open town meeting vote.
The Animal Control Officer would like to procure some thermal cameras for night vision work. He has
some funds in a miscellaneous line to get them.
Mike Corey, the Director from APAT
reports that the technical work with Dan Krampetz is going well.
6. DEPARTMENT HEAD / COMMITTEE CHAIR
Will Langly, Road Commissioner, reports that the guard rail
has been received, and could be installed next week. The Town Administrator requested a separate
bill for the insurance company including time and material.
7. OLD BUSINESS:
The Debit Card and Credit Card Policy was reviewed and no
changes were made.
A motion was made by
Tom McGurty to accept the Debit and Credit Card policy as written, and was
seconded by David Winchell Jr. All in favor, motion carried.
The Pandemic Policy,
Based on the State of Maine Guidelines,
replaced any and all previous policies.
A motion was made to accept the Pandemic Policy by Tom
McGurty, the motion was seconded by David Winchell Jr. All in favor, motion
The Personnel Policy was tabled until next week. The Abuse Policy will also be presented next
2022-2023 Audit Bid
The Board of Selectmen would like the Audit to be sent out
to bid. The Treasurer sent out an RFP.
Tom McGurty made some changes to it and the Treasurer approved it. It needs to
be signed by Wednesday, February 16,
2022. A list of firms provided
by the State, would be contacted concerning the Audit, as well as an ad that
would be placed in the Portland Press
Special Town Meeting Date
The Town Meeting would be held on February 2nd or 3rd, 2022,
at . The date will be determined
by the School availability.
The Special Town Meeting will address:
The Warrant article
for the Sheriff Department contract for the Deputy. The contract would require a vote regarding the
new contract including the cost of living rate, which could be a 3 to 5 %
increase in renumeration.
The Moratorium Warrant Article
Mr. David Pepin addressed the Board stating that he is a
third generation pit owner. He offered to show anyone the pit. He stated that
he would stop his permit application and he wanted to meet with the Planning
Board, the Board of Selectmen, and the Road Commissioners to discuss a
compromise regarding the pits. He stated that everyone needs gravel and the
pits are necessary. He related that his
family has donated the Three River Land Trust land and hoped that he could
connect to the Goat Hill land.
Jean Theurkarf, under the auspices of the Freedom of Information
Act, requested all information
pertaining to all permits and applications regarding gravel pits, including
Curtis, Pepin, McCoy, and Newfield Pits.
C. Road Commissioner Payrolls
David Winchell Jr. requested that the payroll sheets be
changed to establish a uniform recording system, to avoid discrepancy in who is
hauling and what truck is being used. This change to the bookkeeping would make
the daily totals easier to comprehend.
Alarm System Update
The ADT Alarm system
is over 25 years old. The Main office
cannot download information into the
panel remotely. A Technician must come
from Portland to adjust the panel. A new curcuit board costs $1442.00, and a new
monthly fee of $12.00 will be assessed. The provider stated that the program
was obsolete and was no longer being supported. There are three panels and one
motherboard involved. The Town
Administrator stated that she would find the annual cost and quarterly fee for
the next meeting.
Will Langley wanted
to know if any decision had been made regarding the RSMS program. Leslie Berlan sent an email and also spoke
with Tom McGurty regarding the Program, stating that she felt it was a good
program. The Town Administrator stated
that she spoke with the author of the program, and it is no longer being
supported or updated. The recommendation from the Board of Selectmen still
stands to look for another option or alternative to the RSMS program.
Wednesday, Jan 12 Board
Thursday, Jan 13 Planning
Tuesday, Jan 18 Road
Wednesday, Jan 19 Board
Thursday, Jan 20 Planning
Monday, Jan 24 Warrant
11. MEMBERS PRESENT: David Winchell and Tom McGurty
12. ATTENDANCE: Dave Pepin, Matt Pepin,
Debbie Lopez, Ray Lopez, Bernard Broder, Adam Dolober, Will Langley, D. Deborer