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

1. Town Manager John Mangiaratti announced the appointment of Anita Arnum as the Town's new Deputy Fire Chief. Ms. Arnum has been with the Acton Fire Department for thirty years and has been serving as a department captain. She succeeds Bob Vanderhoof who retired after forty-four years of service to the Town.

2. It will be a long and difficult winter with the surge in COVID cases and likely restrictions coming in everyday life. We have been trending between 23 and 24 active cases over the last four days, up from 2 to 4 in July and August. The re-opening of Town Hall to the public has been put off indefinitely. Outside window services will continue. Senior Center director Sharon Mercurio maintains an extensive list of residents requesting and receiving "check-in" phone calls on a weekly basis. Let's watch out for and be mindful of each other, particularly our seniors.

3. The Board voted to establish a dog park at the 348 Main Street site closest to Rt. 2. As the parcel is owned by the Town, formal Town Meeting approval is not required. The Dog Park Committee will be seeking a Community Preservation Act award to cover 10% of the construction cost of the dog park with the balance being funded by an outside foundation. The CPA award will need to be approved at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting. The Selectmen will work with the Isaac Davis Way neighbors/abutters in reaching satisfactory accommodations.

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

A Happy Thanksgiving to all. Stay safe and well.

Jon Benson

A message from the Town of Acton, Massachusetts.
472 Main Street | Acton, MA | 01720