ACTON CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

March 28, 2020

Good Morning Acton -

The Board of Selectmen would like to thank everyone in Acton for taking this Co-Vid pandemic seriously. With everyone’s hard work, we can hopefully continue to limit the spread in Acton.

However, with that being said, we need to continue to treat this as, our neighbors already having this. (Which sadly could be the case, but HIPAA Laws don”t allow names to be released) We do know, as of yesterday there were 33 cases in York County according to the CDC. Unfortunately, many medical professionals feel York County hasn’t hit their peak yet, and April will bring higher numbers for our smaller Towns.

The Govenor is asking all Municipalities to do whatever they can to flatten the curve and help contain this.

After taking all of this into consideration, the Selectmen have decided to continue running the Town with a skeleton crew, on an as needed basis.

1. New next week, effective Monday, March 30, we will temporarily stop accepting recycling at the Transfer Station. This removes face to face interaction with staff, and allows staff to be lowered by one.

2. The Goodie Shack will remain closed.

3. People are still be asked to please stay in their car until the person ahead of you at the Transfer Station is done. We recognize this is inconvenient, and may add a few extra minutes to your trip, but please help us help each other.

4. Demo material will be accepted as usual.

5. The Gym will remain closed.

6. The Library will remain closed. However, there is free wi-fi in the parking lot, for anyone to use.

7. Town Offices will remain closed to the pubic. Anyone needing any Town business is asked to call or email in advance for an appointment. All Town Hall Dept Heads are checking emails and calls during the regular work week. (If not more)

8. Taxes are still due April 15. Please mail them in, or contact the office if you want to pay by cash or credit card.

9. General Assistance is always available, please contact the Town Administrator if you have a need.

10. There will continue to be no committee or department meetings. Chairs are reminded that decisions can not be made over the phone or via email.

In closing, the Board would like to thank you all again for your diligence during this very difficult time. We would also like to take a moment to thank a few others —-

Thank you to our first responders at the Acton Fire Dept who continue to work 24/7 to keep us all safe.

Thank you to our EMA Director and Health Officer for ensuring we have a plan in place and for continuing to give us daily updates.

Thank you to our Transfer Station Employees who are doing all they can to be sure we can keep that open.

Thank you to the Acton Congregational Church for setting up resources, such as food, they are also a great group to reach out to for any need.

Thank you to our Department Heads for working behind the scenes to keep the Town Hall running.

And lastly —

Thank you everyone who has reached out offering to help your neighbors. Currently we aren’t seeing or hearing of a need, but if that changes, we will be reaching out.

Please, please continue to check on your neighbors or others who may live alone.

Do not hesitate to contact myself or any Board member if you, or someone you know needs something, together we will make it happen,  Sincerely, Jennifer Roux

March 24, 2020 Update

Acton Important Notice Regarding Nomination Papers:

Currently nothing in any emergency law has addressed local elections and nomination papers of our local offices. With that said, we have gotten legal advice on how to handle it. For now, the dates in the original notice still stand. Anyone looking for nomination papers, can contact me directly and an appointment will be made for you to get them. Maine does not have a "stay at home order" only a 10 person gathering max, ...therefore with good social distancing signatures can still be gathered. If and when this is addressed at a local level we will re-post, but in the mean time, as far as we understand it, nothing has change, and these deadlines are still in place.

TOWN OF ACTON NOTICE Nomination Papers for the June 9, 2020 Town Election, will be available beginning at 9:00am on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 for the following positions: One (1) Selectmen/Assessor & Overseer of the Poor for a Three Year Term. Two (2) Members of the School Committee for a Three Year Term Nomination Papers must be obtained from the Town Clerk during regular business hours and must be returned to the Town Clerk no later than 4:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

jroux@actonmaine.org  207-636-3131, ext 401

March 21, 2020 Update

Hello Acton -
The Board of Selectmen had a conference call last evening with Acton’s Health Officer and Emergency Management Director/Fire Chief.
The Board first wishes to thank of all of the residents and property owners for their patience with everything going on with the CoVID- 19 virus.  It is very important that we all take the Maine CDC’s recommendations during this time to prevent the spread. Hand washing and social distancing is an absolute must.
Currently we have no known cases of this virus in Acton, nor do we have any staff members with the virus.  However, in an effort to continue to limit the spread, the Selectmen have made the decision that the Town Hall, Municipal Offices will remain closed next week.
Understanding there are needs however, that must be met they are authorizing the following:
The Town Clerk/Tax Collector will work behind locked doors to process phone calls, emails and mail.  At her discretion, she will schedule and allow for NEW registrations (private sales) and other emergency transactions, not currently covered by the Legislation recently passed.  Please be advised this will not included ANY renewals that are currently allowed by law to run expired registrations.    Not knowing the length of this shutdown, from a State level, it’s imperative our inventory is used only as necessary.  Persons who believe they have a transaction that can not wait, must call or PREFERABLY email jroux@actonmaine.org for an appointment to be scheduled.  Persons will remain outside, and must have a phone on them, to be walked through the process.  Currently we are looking at Tuesday morning for these transactions.
The Treasurer will work as needed to process bills and payroll for the Town and School.  All Department Heads MUST leave payroll in her mailbox.  No one will be let past the locked inside hallway door. If you have questions, you must email her in advance.  She will set her own hours to get this work done, and outside of anyone else in Town Hall.  Deadline for all bills and payrolls will remain at 12noon on Monday.
The Code Enforcement Office will also be closed, however the Board has asked him to work behind closed doors to keep up with emergency emails and phone calls. The Board has only authorized him to do inspections on NEW construction or outside inspections in which no one else is present. and that can not wait.  The CEO will use his discretion on these inspections. He will also be able to use Facetiming or Pictures as he sees fit.
The Town Clerk/Tax Collector and Code Enforcement Office will have NO SET HOURS next week.  They will work behind locked doors, as needed, and on opposite schedules.
All Board, Committee and Department Meetings are still cancelled.
The Gym and Library will also remain closed.

The Transfer Station will stay open, please continue to use good practices, including one person out of their vehicle at a time, social distancing, and do not stop to chat.
The Board will re-evaluate the situation in Acton on
a daily basis and update you as much as possible.

Thank you,
Jennifer Roux
UPDATE - I AM CURRENTLY HAVING TROUBLE ACCESSING MY PHONE MESSAGES FROM HOME, EMAIL IS BEST UNTIL THIS ISSUE CAN BE FIXED. 

March 19, 2020 Update

Good Evening Acton. No real updates for today, other then to let you know I've been getting all your messages about offering to help.  Currently, I've been checking on a list of people who I've determined may be in need or alone.  So far, they are all doing well.  I've offered your helping hand and they know they can reach out anytime.

The Board of Selectmen are scheduled to conference call with our local officials tomorrow evening and will provide any updated decisions at that point.

In the meantime, just a reminder that everything is shut down from the Town Hall standpoint,  All Municipal offices are closed and all meetings are canceled. 

The Transfer Station remains open and Superintendent Bob appreciates everyone's social distancing there and thanks you for moving right along. 

I'm continuing to check emails and response to messages, if anyone needs anything, please reach out.

Jennifer Roux, On Behalf of the Selectmen 

March 18, 2020 Update

Good Morning Acton, I hope this message finds you all well.

I’ve been replying to emails and getting ready to start with phone calls soon

A lot of similar questions- here’s what I can tell you so far, about transactions.

As of now the Tax Due Date is still April 15. Payments can be mailed in and will processed, whether the office is open or not.
Remember, Town Meeting sets the due date, not the Selectmen. We will monitor this date as it gets closer.

Dog Registrations — if you are still on the naughty list, remember they were due Dec 31. The ACO by Maine State Law is suppose to issue warrants in March. I understand he made contact with most last weekend, before we closed. If he told you we had a valid rabies on file, you are encouraged to mail it in. If not, you will have to wait. No Court Summons will be issued during this shutdown. Once we reopen, he will make contact again, with a final deadline.

Vehicle Registrations — this has been proven to be the tricky one. What I can tell you is Augusta is closed, and they are not processing online registrations. You can still renew, and you’ll get a confirmation, but no stickers will be mailed until they re-open. Paper does prove your renewed. As far as new registrations, I don’t have an answer for you yet. I personally spoke to Sheriff King yesterday and updated him on the MV situation of Augusta, the local BMV’s and now many small towns being closed. I’m expecting a follow up call today, with answers. I will keep you updated.

I believe that covers the essentials, or majority of the calls and emails I am seeing.

Remember all meetings are canceled, anything tied to the town.

The transfer station is still open, but again, please one person outside of their vehicle at a time, and do not stop to chit-chat with staff

Lastly, thank you to those of you who have reached out and have offered to help your neighbors. I have all of your names and contact information. For now we are monitoring residents that we feel might need a little extra assistance and are assigning helpers as needed. Please, if you have an elderly neighbor or even a neighbor that lives alone, of any age, call and check on them. As always, If anyone needs anything, please contact me directly and I’ll do by very best to assist.

Jennifer Roux, On Behalf of the Selectmen

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Legislation just released regarding registrations:

A registration, including a temporary registration, of a Motor Vehicle, all-terrain vehicle, watercraft or snowmobile or trailer is deemed extended until 30 days following the termination of the State of Emergency.

As we understand the law, the only people this excludes is private sales, where there are no registration at all. If you are in one of those situations, please email or call me directly 636-3131, ext 401 or jroux@actonmaine.org

Lastly, I believe I am up-to-date on all my return calls and emails, if I miss you for some reason please reach out again. My apologies if that happened.

Jennifer Roux, On Behalf of the Selectmen 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Town of Acton is CLOSED.  Please check this website for updates.  We attempted to keep the offices open, but something changed in the last 24 hours and we are acting on the side of precaution.  We will update you as soon as we can.

Jennifer Roux, On Behalf of the Selectmen 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Click Here to View The Letter to the Town of Acton Residents/Property Owners Regarding the CoVid 19 Virus, from the Board of Selectmen

General Assistance is by appointment only. If you are in need of assistance please call the Town Administrator at 207-636-3131, ext 401 during regular office hours (General Assistance Hotline After Hours is 207-459-4256; this number should not be used for any other purpose and is for emergencies only.

PUBLIC HEARNG NOTICE

Acton Town Hall – March 25, 2020 at 6:00pm

The Board of Selectmen will be conducting a public hearing to consider the application of a liquor license renewal request for Iron Tails Enterprises (Iron Tails Saloon) 559 Route 109

The public is invited to attend or comments can be emailed in advance, to be read aloud that evening to jroux@actonmaine.org

Useful Documents:

Municipal Directory

Comprehensive Plan

Request for Information Form

Acton Commercial Marijuana Committee Report 1 of 2

Acton Commercial Marijuana Committee Report 2 of 2

Useful Links:

Interactive Maps

Register Your Boat On-Line

Animal Welfare Society

On-Line Assessing

Acton / Shapleigh Historical Society

On-Line Dog Registrations

On-Line Car Registrations

Vanity Plate Availability Search

Renew Your Driver's License On-Line

Purchase Hunting/Fishing Licenses On-Line

Register Your ATV/Snowmobile On-Line

State of Maine Sex Offender Registry

York County Community Action

Acton Wakefield Watershed Alliance

Acton Shapleigh Youth Conservation Corp

Welcome to the Acton, Maine official website. Acton is a small town in Southern Maine situated along the New Hampshire border that offers many wonderful activities with it's miles of lakes and forests.

Acton is a town in York County, incorporated on March 6, 1830; it ceded land to Shapleigh in 1831. It was part of a much larger tract of land in purchased in 1661 by Francis Small from Chief Sunday of the Newichawannock Tribe.

Settled in 1776, the town's first mill, a grist mill, was built on the Salmon Falls River in 1779 by Joseph Parsons.

Prior to incorporation it was the western part of the plantation of Hubbardstown; in 1789 it became the eastern part of the town of Shapleigh. The town was named for Acton, England, now a part of greater London.

Silver was discovered in 1877, followed by a decade of mining and prospecting, after which the mines were abandoned.

Acton's western border is with New Hampshire and is defined by the Salmon Falls River. The town has substantial frontage on several lakes: Mousam, Wilson, Great East, and Square Pond.

The town lies northwest of Sanford on Route 109, which continues into New Hampshire.

County: York

School Dist/Dept: Acton School Department

Senate District: 34

House District: 20

Congressional District: 1

Population: 2145

Area: 41.8 sq miles

Pop. Density: 57/sq mile

Longitude: W 70:54:57

Latitude: N 43:32:01