TOWN OF ACTON SELECT BOARD MEETING February 23, 2022
1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER / PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
McGurty is connected to the meeting by phone.
He will listen to the meeting, but will be unable to vote on any issues.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Stacey–Horn made a motion to approve
the agenda. The motion was seconded by David Winchell, Jr. All in favor, motion
MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Stacey–Horn made a motion to approve the minutes of the meetings of February
and February 16, 2022. The motion was
seconded by David Winchell, Jr.
in favor, motion carried.
5. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR WEEKLY UPDATE:
Animal Control Officer extended his grateful thanks to the Select Board for the
purchase of the night vision binoculars.
In the upcoming supply
line of his budget he has requested a game camera and /or a drone to aid in the
tracking of lost or escaped animals. The
Town Administrator explained that Acton would make these
equipment purchases because the equipment would belong to the Town and not to
the Officer. Shapleigh would purchase
The Animal Control
Officer has also started a regimen of profolactic rabies shots to prevent him
from getting the disease if he should become bitten. It is the current recommendation in his line
will not be a Select Board meeting on Wednesday,
March 9, 2022.
Planning Board is having workshops to follow the Budget timeline. They are
planning to present 6 Articles for the budget. There will be workshops on March 2, 2022, and March
9, 2022. There will be an extra meeting on March
Winchell, Jr. stated that there were department increases in the budget. The staff salaries could increase across the
Select Board Meeting is from 2p-5pm on March 1,
for a Budget workshop.
Town Administrator met with Leslie Berlin and the RSMS is up to date on data
entry. The Road Commissioners will be able to enter data weekly when The Town
Administrator teaches the program nuances to them. Kimberly Stacey -Horn will be the contact liaison.
week, the Road Commissioner, the Fire Department and the Town Administrator
dealt with an issue for a citizen with the help of The Neighbors Helping
roads may be posted on March 2, 2022.
Rec Director position may be funded with a stipend of $13,000 -$15,000. The job description is available for
family of Ted Kryzak has released information stating that he appears to be
doing better, but he is having memory issues. They have requested that cards be sent to The Acton Town Hall and they
will bring them to him.
March 27, 2022, Sunday, there will be
an indoor yard sale at the Town Hall to benefit Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
was discussion regarding the parking lot at Goat Hill. If there are any issues, Carl Davis should be
DEPARTMENT HEAD / COMMITTEE CHAIR UPDATES: No updates
7. OLD BUSINESS:
The Personnel Policy has been reviewed and
updated by the Attorney. A draft is now
available for review by the Select Board. Discussion was tabled until next meeting.
The Medical Director Position discussion was tabled until next
C. Transfer Station Hours:
8. NEW BUSINESS:
A. RFP –
The RFP is a lengthy document and very detailed
and was written by the previous CEO. The
Town Administrator made changes with the CEO and updated a complete project
schedule. The document will be reviewed
by the Select Board and discussion is tabled until next meeting.
B. Warrant and Finance Alternate Appointment:
The alternate Warrant and Finance Committee member
was presented as Philip Caruso.
Kimberly Stacey-Horn made a motion to approve the
Certificate of Appointment of Philip Caruso, as the Alternate to the Warrant and
Finance Committee within the Municipality of Acton until June
The motion was seconded by David Winchell, Jr. All in favor, motion carried.
9. PUBLIC COMMENT:
Broder stated that he appreciated the Select Board’s consideration of extending
the transfer station hours. If they did not want to increase hours, perhaps the
Board could give consideration to closing the Transfer Station on Mondays if
they increased hours on Sunday.
remarked that the conditional use permits for the pits stated that they were to
be closed on Sundays and that would decrease the traffic on the H Road.
Broder also commented on the Rec Volunteers having a criminal background check and
if it were found that the volunteer had a misdemeanor or felony they could
check if it was physical assault or sexual misconduct. Some misdemeanors that he spoke about were
driving to endanger, reckless conduct, drug possession, and/or indecent
exposure which could be a potentially dangerous situation.
Long stated that some pay raises were radical; shocking even, but that the Town
should support the staff. Inflation is
at 7%, and an increase is justified, but the increases should be compared to
comparable positions elsewhere. He questioned whether an hourly compensation
line could be included in the budget for other circumstances. The budget will be reviewed on March
1, 2021. The Select Board recommended checking the
rates every two or three years.
Lopez remarked that over taxation should be avoided when considering raises. He felt the budget should be balanced but
that employees should be paid according to what they are worth. David Winchell, Jr. stated that the Town has
strong revenues and the goal is to keep the tax rate very low or flat. The Town Budget should stay stable and that
the Board will look at future essentials first and then consider “the extras.”
Lopez asked the Select Board why the “Goodie Shack” at the Transfer Station was
closed. She reported that she was told
it was closed because, “People did not behave themselves.” She wanted to know
what this meant. The Select Board did
not have the information and replied that they would look into this and get an
ANNOUNCEMENTS: read aloud by Kimberly Stacey–Horn.
March 2 Planning
Board of Selectmen
March 3 Planning Board Public Hearing
& Regular Meeting
March 7 Warrant and Finance
March 9 Planning Board
March 10 Planning Board
March 14 Warrant and Finance
March 16 Board of Selectmen
17 Planning Board
March 21 Warrant and Finance
March 23 Board of Selectmen
March 28 Warrant and Finance
March 30 Board of Selectmen
MEMBERS PRESENT: David
Winchell, Jr., Kimberly Stacey-Horn, and Tom McGurty listened in by phone
ATTENDANCE: Dennis Long,
Ray Lopez, Deborah Lopez, Bernard Broder, Roger Lewis, Robin Ham, Joe Ruma,
Joyce Baski, Jeff Mowry