October 20, 2020


The Board of Selectmen met last evening and there are these updates to report.

1. Town Manager John Mangiaratti reported there are six active COVID cases in Town, down from eight over the weekend. John urged all residents to use the Acton Board of Health as their primary source for COVID information. The Memorial Library has re-opened on an appointments only basis. Please make appointments online. Town Hall will be re-opening to the public sometime after the November 3 election. The date will be announced.

439 residents have voted during the first three days of in-person early voting in Town Hall. 10,000 vote by mail applications have been received by the Town Clerk and 5,000 mail ballots have been returned. Acton has approximately 16,000 registered voters.

2. The Board is working on a statement acknowledging racial disparity and hopes to complete a statement satisfactory to all five members at its meeting on November 2.

3. David Cantrell of W.R. Grace provided the Board with an update of Grace's intentions for the company's vacant site in South Acton. Mr. Cantrell announced Grace will not bring operations back to the Acton site. Grace has met extensive remediation obligations at the site with long term EPA monitoring continuing for the foreseeable future. The Grace site consists of approximately 130 acres on the south side of the railroad tracks and 50 acres on the north side of the tracks (the cleaner portion of the site). Grace's plan is to lease 30 acres on the south side parcel to a solar developer. Zoning and permitting from the Town will be required.

4. The Board heard a presentation from the Acton Dog Park Committee of four possible sites for a Town dog park. Following ADPC chair Tom Gillispie's presentation, the Board rejected for various reasons sites at Morrison Farm, 70 Quarry Road in NARA Park and the School Street Fields adjacent to Route 2. The Board focused on the 348 and 352 Main Street site next to the Acton Housing Authority's planned 36 unit senior affordable and disabled housing development. Following discussion by Board members, the Board took extensive comments from residents and the Isaac Davis Way abutters. The Board deferred a decision on the Main Street site until its meeting on November 2 to allow for the Town to attempt to reach accommodations with the Isaac Davis Way neighbors.

The Board will meet again remotely on Monday, November 2 at 7PM.

Stay safe and well and VOTE!

Jon Benson

A message from the Town of Acton, Massachusetts.
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