Upcoming Citizen Petitions at Acton Town Meeting on April 1

There are up to 9 Citizen Petitions up for consideration at the April 1 Town Meeting. Many of them may become quite contentious, although most are non-binding. Here is a quick listing to bear in mind over the next 2 months - this is the time to gather information and opinions as to their relative merits - or demerits:

Building Moratorium - 5 years of no new residential building. Non-binding.

Development Rate Limitation - maximum limit to number of building permits to be processed. Non-binding.

Land Clearing Limit - upper %-age of how much your parcel can be cleared. Non-binding.

Size Limit of new single-family houses. Upper amount of square footage. Figure suggested is 4000 sq. ft. Non-binding.

No New Turning Lanes at Kelley's Corner. Non-binding. If nothing changes, we will get more turning lanes that will "take" current sidewalks and business parking; loss of old-growth trees along Mass Av; and increased traffic flow (ie, faster). This petition urges a change to remove the extra turning lanes. IMHO, this attempt to decrease congestion will allow cars to travel quicker, but will promote more regional traffic to flow thru Acton from other towns. It will STILL be congested at rush hour times.

Plastic Bag law - no single-use point-of-sale plastic bags allowed. I believe this requires a 2/3 vote, as it is a zoning change.

And a few others: Increasing ability to have detached accessory apartments; Land acquisition at 257 Central St; and Registering intent to purchase the K-Mart property.

The petitions and other info can be found here.


New MA GOP Chair! Jim Lyons

Congratulations are in order to the NEW Party Chair, Jim Lyons.

We look very much forward to working with the new chair to help re-invigorate the

Republican brand in MA and the RTCs thruout the state.


Kavanaugh to be a great contribution to SCOTUS


We the People - Constitution Day


We shall never forget


Low turnout tomorrow makes ALL our votes so much more impactful..

The contested races, from an ARTC perspective:


Aaron Hutchins, “Councilor”:

Last meeting, we had a guest visitor in Acton, candidate for Governor’s council Aaron Hutchins.  Well spoken, he submitted

1300 signatures, 1000 needed, but only 989 were accepted – missing by 11. He is the only Republican – we sorely NEED

republican representation on the council, because without it, we get liberal judges like Tim Feeley.  


To write-in Aaron, bring with you written down, and copy onto the ballot under “Councilor”:

“Aaron Hutchins, 91 Brigham Street, Northboro”.

If he gets 1000 votes tomorrow, he will be on the November ballot. If not, there will only be ‘dems on the ballot in November.


Geoff “gas-tax-question” Diehl, US Senate

                We had the honor of meeting with Geoff on a special event on December 1, and other events in or out of town as well. He is the

                conservative in the primary race, IMHO.

                We also had a visit at another ARTC meeting with Beth Lindstrom (January 2018).

                We did not have any visits with John Kingston.


Scott Lively and Charlie Baker, governor of MA:

                We also had the honor of a visit to our ARTC April 2018 meeting by Scott Lively – very compelling story, even more so in-person,

and not at all what his opponents make him out to be. He seems to have a solid block of grass-root support.

Charlie was not in town this cycle. He did visit with Acton during one of the last Oktoberfests on Mass Av.


Attorney General, Jay McMahon:

                Jay McMahon visited with Acton at the October 2017 ARTC meeting. He probably has the most support, but there is some

                backing as well for his opponent, Dan Shores. Dan came to the January 2018 meeting.


Please show support for the uncontested primary races, whose turn to shine will come November:

                Margaret Busse

                Rick Green

                Karyn Polito


Appeal to Concerned Actonites, participation in outreach and lawn sign campaign



The Acton Republican Town Committee feels strongly about the detrimental impact of recreational marijuana shops in Acton and is spearheading a promotional effort to inform people and promote the vote for the ban of the shops on Nov. 6th and Dec. 3rd.   As part of that effort, we are soliciting funds to help purchase signs to promote and achieve that end.  It should be noted that while we support the ban on recreational stores, we also welcome medicinal marijuana establishments – but, only as long as they remain solely medicinal.    


Accordingly, here is a brief recap of where we stand to date.


In 2016, Massachusetts voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana.  A year later, a five person Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) was established by the state and charged with regulating the marijuana industry in the Commonwealth.  As of July 2018, retail sales from licensed dealers are now officially legal.


However, during this 2 year period, more than 80 towns have enacted an outright ban on recreational marijuana shops.  Another 160 have some sort of moratorium in place.  Acton is one of those towns. 


But moratoriums are temporary and to effectively opt out, a ballot vote (Nov. 6th) and a town meeting vote (Dec. 3rd) are needed with a 50% plus 1 vote affirming the permanent ‘opt out’.


And why would Acton want to do this?


While there are many studies both pro and con regarding marijuana usage, the details of this “growth” industry and its rollout in Massachusetts are more troubling.


Specifically, while the legal age to buy is 21, the myriad of products to be offered often resemble the snack aisle in a supermarket, ranging from brownies to cookies to candies, all of which would certainly entice and endanger a child.  Furthermore, while retail establishments are required to test their products to determine the level of THC, no testing facility yet exists, nor has an application for one been filed.


Because marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, federally insured banks are leery about financing and/or accepting deposits from MRBs (marijuana related businesses).  This will force pot shops to be cash only businesses, creating a tempting lure for criminals.


Recently, the CCC has started a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” PSA campaign.   While a commendable message, the fact is that Massachusetts has not yet set a threshold for a legal level of pot in the blood system, as some states with legalized marijuana have done.  Any combination of impaired driving along with the all too prevalent distracted driving (texting) spells carnage on our roads.


Acton can and should make the vote to ban recreational marijuana shops a priority.  Won’t you support this effort?  Please contribute to the Acton Republican Town Committee and put #highpriority on your check to have your voice heard.


Your contributions to this lawn sign promotion can be made to the Acton Republican Town Committee, PO Box 2015, Acton MA 01720.


Thank you.

PS: Please advise us if you would like to display a lawn sign!


Acton Republican Town Committee


Dave Lunger, Chairman

Tom Beals, Vice Chairman

Mike Majors, Treasurer

Jack Mahoney, Secretary (Bill Beebee, Acting Secretary)


White paper on "recreational" marijuana in Acton

Author: Tom Beals

Version: 1.0

ARTC on the retail marijuana ban

On November 6, 2018, Acton voters will be asked whether to ban the retail sale of marijuana in the town. The Acton Republican Town Committee (the ARTC) supports the ban.

In doing so, we are mindful that we are advocating to diminish our neighbors’ ability to participate in a market of their choosing. We advocate for free markets in general, so this exception impels us to be explicit in our reasoning.

Acton RTC Statement on Kelley's Corner Infrastructure Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             Contact:  Dave Lunger, Chair

                                                                                                                Phone: 781 -775 -9922


                                Kelley’s Corner

Acton RTC urges changes to Kelley’s Corner infrastructure plan


Acton, MA, July 7, 2018 – The Acton Republican Town Committee urges the MassDOT to consider modifications to its infrastructure plans for Kelley’s Corner. As a deeply divisive issue (it has failed recent Town Meeting votes), changes to the plan can and should be considered to increase consensus to improve the end result and the satisfaction that goes with it.

The following are the critical goals of the ARTC.  These objectives are shared by most Actonians:

  • Preserving town character, especially venerating our stately old-growth trees along Route 111, west of Kelley’s corner.
  • A Primarily residential Acton must maintain existing and promote new thriving and tax-paying businesses; certainly not discourage the business community with business-terminating takings.
    • If current business parking footprints are needed, then plan for replacement rather than elimination (for example, behind these businesses); and,
    • Further evaluation of the road alignment could be performed to assess if these business parking takings can be reduced or eliminated.
  • Supporting changes to Kelley’s to be driven and guided by trusted private sector entrepreneurism
  • Efficiency improvements of traffic flow, but not at the expense of pedestrian safety. For example, finding alternatives to turning lanes, such as finding alternatives to the northbound approach to Rt27 where there is a proposed turning lane onto Rt111.


In our view, the current infrastructure plan does not address sufficiently the above critical goals. However, we would rather see modifications to the current plan to address them, rather than starting anew. Doing so will increase the support throughout our small-town community with a better end result.


If you would like more information about this statement, please contact Dave Lunger, Acton RTC Chair, at 781-775-9922/davelunger@verizon.net



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