August 27, 2015
Other Notices

SELECTMEN’S MEETING

TOWN OF ACTON

August 27, 2015, 6:00pm

SALUTE TO THE FLAG

1. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Motion by Mr. Shields, seconded by Mr. Walsh, to accept the minutes as presented. Motion carried 3-0.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF LAST MEETING: Motion by Mr. Shields, seconded by Mr. Kryzak, to approve the minutes as written. Motion carried 3-0.

3. DEPARTMENT HEAD / COMMITTEE CHAIR UPDATES: None

4. OLD BUSINESS:

a. Town Report: Mr. Kryzak noted that the deadline for submitting reports was August 21. Still not received are the Board of Selectmen Report, Fire Department Report, Ambulance Association Report, Animal Control Report (14/15 - Shippee), Saco River Corridor Commission, Acton Recreation and the Auditor Report. Ted reported that he is still working on the Board of Selectmen Report.

5. NEW BUSINESS:

a. Letter to MMA: The Board of Selectmen is notifying Maine Municipal Association that all questions, requests or correspondence to or from MMA shall be channeled through Jennifer Roux, Office Manager, or in her absence, Michelle Rumney, Treasurer. Motion by Mr. Shields, seconded by Mr. Walsh, to approve and sign the letter. Motion passed 3-0 and the document was signed.

b. Public Hearing Notices: The Chairman noted that a Public Hearing to be held on Thursday, September 17th at 6:00 p.m. to discuss and allow input regarding proposed ordinances regarding the Solid Waste Facility and the Acton Fire / Rescue Department has been posted. Mr. Walsh stated that some minor housekeeping changes have been made to the proposal.

The Chairman also reported that the Planning Board has posted a Public Hearing to be held on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. for the discussion of proposed changes to the Zoning Ordinance relative to Historical Structures. He explained that this is a result of the citizen’s petition that was submitted to the Board of Selectmen relative to the repair or damage sustained by the “Little Red Schoolhouse”. He further explained that Attorney Joe Lenkowski and other interested parties met and drafted this proposal to protect historical structures from Zoning.

c. W/F MMA Questions: The Chairman read two questions regarding the two articles that will be presented at the Special Town Meeting that the Warrant and Finance Committee is requesting to submit to MMA. Members inquired that if the Committee wishes to recommend that the articles be tabled, how would that recommendation be worded. Secondly, they wanted to know if the manner in which the articles are written, specifically if “Article 2 passes, Article 3 will not be considered and if Article 2 fails, Article 3 will automatically be approved”, is legal. The Chairman responded that the only recommendations that the Warrant and Finance Committee can offer are “out to pass” or “out not to pass”, therefore, a recommendation to table articles will not be considered. He further stated that the two articles have been reviewed by the Town’s attorneys, MMA and DEP, and all parties are comfortable with the wording. He explained that the DEP has advised that both changes cannot exist in the Ordinance, therefore, only one article can remain. MMA and DEP recognizes that there is concern with some of the language in the Selectmen’s version, but if that article is approved, the language will be modified and presented for consideration at a future town meeting. If the Planning Board version is approved, then there is no problem. Motion by Mr. Kryzak, seconded by Mr. Shields, not to forward the Warrant and Finance Committee’s questions to MMA. The motion passed 3-0.

6. OTHER BUSINESS: Mr. Walsh requested that a State of Maine flag and U.S. flag be purchased for the Lower Level Meeting Room. Consensus of the Board Members was agreement.

7. ANNOUCEMENTS:

a. Liquor License Hearing 6:00 p.m.;

b. Transfer Station Closed Monday, September 7 for Labor Day;

c. Tax Bills Should Arrive Mid-September, Commitment Amounts Online Now.

8. MEMBERS PRESENT: Ted Kryzak, Bill Shields, Ed Walsh

9. OTHERS PRESENT:

10. ADJOURNMENT: Mr. Shields moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:15 p.m. The motion, seconded by Mr. Walsh, passed 3-0.