PEPPERELL -- Selectmen approved a series of agenda items last week, including a mutual-aid agreement with neighboring police departments, a cease-and-desist letter for unlicensed sale of junk and several appointments.
The board voted unanimously to approve a Middlesex County mutual-aid agreement, which was presented by Police Chief David Scott.
The agreement would allow on-duty police officers to exercise their police powers in neighboring towns. Town police departments would still be responsible for their own officers.
Scott explained that as the law stands now, if a driver were to speed past him over the Dunstable line, he would be unable to pull the car over, as he doesn't have jurisdiction in Dunstable.
"If something happens in front of me, I couldn't really do any more than any of the three of you could do," Scott said to selectmen. "This would change that."
The Pepperell Police Department currently has mutual-aid agreements in place with some neighboring towns, including Hollis, N.H, Scott said. This agreement would extend all across Middlesex County, and 24 towns have already signed onto it.
"I think it makes sense to have a mutual-aid agreement with the other towns that are involved in this," Selectman Michelle Gallagher said.
Selectmen also agreed to send a cease-and-desist letter to the owner of 22 Groton St. for unlicensed sale of junk at the property.
Town Administrator John Moak said that the letter requires the property owner to cease the sale of junk within seven days. After that point, the owner may then apply for a permit to continue selling.
The town has not issued a junk dealer license in years, Moak said, but it would be up to the selectmen's discretion to issue one if the owner chooses to apply.
Also on the agenda were several appointments and resignations. Selectmen appointed Mary Alise Herrera to the Recreation Commission, Eileen Lundstrom as the police department's administrative assistant, Robert Lindgren to the Town Forest Committee, Greg Gougian to the Information Systems Technology Committee and Dana Barnes as a substitute building commissioner.
The board announced the resignations of Walter J. Dwyer from the Economic Development Advisory Committee and Jerrilyn Bozicas from the Council on Aging.
Selectmen heard a concern from audience member Phil Durno, who has previously attended meetings to discuss a group of seniors' qualms over the firing of a cook at the Senior Center.
After the board had decided that Senior Center Director Marcia Zaniboni had been within her rights to fire the cook, Selectman Michael Green advised the frustrated seniors to bring their concerns up with the Council on Aging.
However, Durno said, the seniors were not well-received at the COA's last meeting.
"The reception that they got from the COA committee was deplorable. And I do mean deplorable. They were treated poorly," Durno said.
The COA only allowed the concerned seniors to speak during the public comment section at the end of the meeting, but said they were adjourning at a set time no matter what, according to Durno.
"There was five minutes left at the end and that was it. They cut us off. It was deplorable," he said.
Durno said that the COA had agreed to put the seniors' concerns on the agenda for their next meeting.
Green also encouraged displeased seniors to apply for the recently vacated position on the COA.