Preserve and Enhance Town-Owned Assets & Services

Goal 6: Preserve and Enhance Town-Owned Assets & Services

We value our Town assets and wish to preserve and enhance them. These include our open spaces, schools, municipal properties and facilities.

Protect Town-owned open space

Objective 6.1: Protect Town-owned open space

Support the implementation of the Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Strategy 6.1.1: Support the implementation of the Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Primary Inventory Element: 
Open Space

Preserve and acquire open space

Action Item 6.1.1.1: Preserve and acquire open space

Protect and increase Town-owned open space by applying a range of preservation and acquisition measures, e.g., purchase of conservation restrictions or use of Transfer of Development Rights zoning.
Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Open Space
Lead Owner: 
Citizens and citizen groups<i> </i>
Open Space Committee<i> </i>
Planning Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Natural Resources Department
Planning Board

Preserve farmland and conservation land with agricultural and forestry uses.

Strategy 6.1.2: Preserve farmland and conservation land with agricultural and forestry uses.

Set up an Agricultural Commission

Conserve farming on town-owned land

Action Item 6.1.2.1: Conserve farming on town-owned land

Conserve existing farming on town-owned land and support new and expanded agricultural activity and uses. 1
  • 1. Consider the creation of an agricultural commission.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Sustainability
Other Inventory Elements: 
Natural Resources
Open Space
Lead Owner: 
Natural Resources Department <i></i>
Open Space Committee<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Morrison Farm Committee
Selectmen

Forestry Management Plan

Action Item 6.1.2.2: Forestry Management Plan

Support the Conservation Commission’s efforts to develop a Forestry Management Plan.
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Natural Resources
Other Inventory Elements: 
Open Space
Sustainability
Lead Owner: 
Natural Resources Department <i></i>
Other Owners: 
Conservation Commission
Land Stewardship Committee
Open Space Committee
Selectmen
Tree Warden

Support excellence in schools

Objective 6.2: Support excellence in schools

Priority: 
Highest
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Lead Owner: 
School Committees<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Selectmen

Ensure that school facilities are well-maintained and updated.

Strategy 6.2.1: Ensure that school facilities are well-maintained and updated.

Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)

Minuteman renovation

Action Item 6.2.1.1: Minuteman renovation

Work with other participating districts to renovate the Minuteman Career and Technical High School.
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
School Committees<i> </i>
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Finance Committee

Support existing efforts to explore regionalization opportunities in the K-6 grades.

Action Item 6.2.1.2: Support existing efforts to explore regionalization opportunities in the K-6 grades.

Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
School Committees<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Finance Committee
Selectmen

High educational standards

Strategy 6.2.2: High educational standards

Continue to support and achieve the high educational standards of Acton’s schools, including the Minuteman Career and Technical High School, a regional school that serves Acton.
Priority: 
Highest

Updating educational standards and practices

Action Item 6.2.2.1: Updating educational standards and practices

Continue to keep Acton's school systems up to date and achieve academic excellence, using standards and best practices as they are developed.
Priority: 
Highest
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
School Committees<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Selectmen

Volunteers for schools

Action Item 6.2.2.2: Volunteers for schools

Continue to develop an active volunteer community to improve and maintain excellence in school activities.
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
School Committees<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Citizens and citizen groups

Enhance community education programs

Action Item 6.2.2.3: Enhance community education programs

Enhance community education programs ensuring they meet the needs and desires of Acton residents.
Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Other Inventory Elements: 
Cultural Resources
Lead Owner: 
Community Education<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Council on Aging
Memorial Library
Recreation Commission
Recreation Department
School Committees
West Acton Citizens' Library

Manage the Town’s facilities efficiently

Objective 6.3: Manage the Town’s facilities efficiently

Review and manage Town facilities in a manner that is pro-active and cost effective.

Strategy 6.3.1: Review and manage Town facilities in a manner that is pro-active and cost effective.

Continue to explore the most efficient and environmentally sensitive ways to implement the recommendations of the Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan with respect to Acton’s sewer system.

Preventive maintenance of buildings and grounds

Action Item 6.3.1.1: Preventive maintenance of buildings and grounds

Continue to apply preventive maintenance measures in order to extend the life of municipal and school buildings and grounds, and to ensure that they fully support the activities they house.
Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Municipal Properties<i> </i>
School Committees<i> </i>

Evaluate underused buildings

Action Item 6.3.1.2: Evaluate underused buildings

Evaluate the condition and use of all buildings owned by the Town (including schools) to determine their most effective use. Identify appropriate reuse for potentially surplus facilities and determine whether or not it is more cost-efficient to sell, lease, mothball or demolish. Evaluate the possibility of any of these buildings becoming effective public gathering spaces.
Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Municipal Properties<i> </i>
School Committees<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Finance Committee

Implement the Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan

Action Item 6.3.1.3: Implement the Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan

Continue to explore the most efficient and environmentally sensitive ways to implement the recommendations of the Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan with respect to Acton’s sewer system.
Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Capital?: 
Yes
Other Inventory Elements: 
Economic Development
Natural Resources
Land Use
Sustainability
Lead Owner: 
Health Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Acton Water District
Board of Health
Conservation Commission
Engineering Department
Selectmen
Water Resources Advisory Committee

Manage, preserve, and replace Acton’s street trees.

Action Item 6.3.1.4: Manage, preserve, and replace Acton’s street trees.

Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Other Inventory Elements: 
Natural Resources
Lead Owner: 
Tree Warden<i> </i>

Provide high quality services that are responsive to community needs.

Objective 6.4: Provide high quality services that are responsive to community needs.

Explore ways of using technology to enhance the provision of Town services

Strategy 6.4.1: Explore ways of using technology to enhance the provision of Town services

Technology for delivering services

Action Item 6.4.1.1: Technology for delivering services

Explore ways in which Town government can use current technology to communicate and disseminate information and provide services, including:
  • Updating the contents, aesthetics and access of the town website.
  • Setting up payment notifications for taxes and other bills online for residents, thus making the transactions easier for residents and also cut down costs of labor and materials.
  • Making the permitting process simpler by establishing online application forms, database and converting all files into digital records.
Priority: 
Highest
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Information Technology Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Building Department
Engineering Department
Finance Department
Fire Department
Health Department
Highway Department
Manager Department
Natural Resources Department
Planning Department
Police
Recreation Department
School Committees
Volunteer Coordinating Committee

Form a technology committee

Action Item 6.4.1.2: Form a technology committee

Form a committee to explore ways to better leverage technology both in the schools and in the municipality to reduce costs and improve services.
Priority: 
Highest
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Planning?: 
Yes
Lead Owner: 
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
School Committees
Ripe?: 
Yes

Provide excellent public health and safety services

Objective 6.5: Provide excellent public health and safety services

Ensure that public health and safety services respond to demographic and other changes.

Strategy 6.5.1: Ensure that public health and safety services respond to demographic and other changes.

Explore efficiencies for public safety

Action Item 6.5.1.1: Explore efficiencies for public safety

Determine the most effective way to deliver public safety services (including dispatch) quickly and efficiently as the Town grows and its distribution changes.
Priority: 
Highest
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Fire Department<i> </i>
Police<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Manager Department
Selectmen

Public Safety staffing levels

Action Item 6.5.1.2: Public Safety staffing levels

Continue to monitor the staffing levels of the police and fire departments and adjust appropriately as the population increases and ages.
Timing: 
Ongoing (existing actions or efforts to be continued and expanded)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Staffing?: 
Yes
Lead Owner: 
Manager Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Fire Department
Police
Selectmen
Town Meeting?: 
Yes

Nursing Service

Action Item 6.5.1.3: Nursing Service

Evaluate the Acton Nursing Service to determine the most appropriate way of delivering this service, in light of an aging population.
Timing: 
Short-Term (complete by 2015)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Manager Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Council on Aging
Health Department
Selectmen