Minutes

TOWN OF ACTON SELECTMEN’S MEETING JUNE 25 2009  

 

SALUTE TO THE AMERICAN FLAG

Tony announced this is Nancy’s last meeting. She has served as selectman for the past 9 years and as chairman for the last 5 years. She was given a round of applause.

 

  1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Approved as written.
  2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF LAST MEETING: Approved as written.
  3. SIGNING THE WARRANT: Approved and signed.
  4. OLD BUSINESS:

(a) CABLE COMMITTEE UPDATE: Rey said there was no new news. Marian Elliott noted that Barbara Seckar had worked diligently for the last five years to get this project to come into being. A round of applause followed to express thanks to Barbara.

 

5. NEW BUSINESS:

 

(1) MEET WITH COMP PLAN COMMITTEE: Tom Cashin reported that they are currently proof reading the changes they hope to be voted on in November. They plan to conduct 2 public hearings this summer. They have revised the article on 20% slopes to the way it was before, in the Shoreland Zone. They are at the end of section 5, ready to move on to section 6. Dennis asked if they were expanding the present resource protection. Tom said they were putting a 50’ buffer around wet lands. Dennis asked if they plan to address the lot sizes that were objected to last year. Tom said they do not.  Their intent is to leave them as they are. He is not sure enough people object to the lot sizes to change them. Tony asked if Comp Plan can be changed since the State has endorsed it. Tom said it can be. Nancy asked if the Planning Board can make revisions to be voted on and they can. Karl was concerned over the Floodplain Map but this is Federal law, not the Town’s. Changes must be requested to FEMA.

 

 (2) NEW TIME SHEET: Dennis said the selectmen have adopted a new time sheet for use by the departments, modeled on the Town of Shapleigh’s sheet.

(3). ASSESSING AGENT’S CONTRACT: On a motion by Tony, a Professional Services Agreement was signed with Municipal Resources Inc.

 

(4)    TOWN MEETING: Dennis expressed his concern that mis-information has been published regarding action at Town meeting relative to the budget and the cuts that were made. The figures that were cut in the Government Account were based on incorrect information resulting in a shortfall in the amount needed for the secretary’s insurance.  Nancy noted that a referendum can be voted at the November election to replace the money. Larissa suggested an article to transfer the money from another line. Nancy said the insurance money is one total amount.  The lines were put into the individual department budgets. A meeting is scheduled for Monday morning with the insurance company to determine what plan will be selected.

 

(5)     APPOINTMENT OF WESLEY HAM TO CONSERVATION COMMITTEE: On a motion by Tony, the appointment was made.

 

Deborah Lopez expressed her appreciation to CEO Kenneth Paul. She made a complaint about some existing conditions last week and he has already corrected them.

 

6    ADJOURNMENT: Adjourned at

 

7.   MEMBERS PRESENT: Nancy Ruma, Tony Cogliandro, Dennis Long

 

 8. OTHERS PRESENT: Greg Martin, Marian Elliott, Barbara Seckar, Karl Hodgdon, Patti Dutil, John Moore, Rey and Deborah Lopez, Bob Anderson, Pam McAlinden, Tom Cashin, Elise Miller, Roger Roy, Larissa Crockett,  Rob Meyer, Ken Paul, Carol Long, Lorraine Yeaton