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Promoting walkability to the town center

To the Editor:

On Friday evening, March 2, I attended the Trails Committee meeting. Marc Lamere, the chair, had graciously granted me the first slot on the agenda to discuss my nascent advocacy of a trail network in Carlisle that supports transportation into and out of the center of town. I learned that the Trails Committee has worked towards this goal for many years as evidenced by The Open Space and Recreation Plan https://goo.gl/QkVXBa page 9-22. Of particular interest to me is the “Center Connections” section. I attended the December 13 Traffic Safety Meeting at Corey auditorium and was very impressed with the passion and work that went into the presentations. I feel that one aspect of an effort to mitigate the risks for pedestrians is to enhance the existing center connections of the Carlisle Trail Network. I would like to see this happen for a number of reasons including safety. My feeling is that a community that  has a higher walkability score is a more desirable community. As a town Carlisle has to make sure it remains an attractive community and the way to do that is to leverage the assets that we already have. The large amount of municipal, state and federal conservation land gives us an opportunity to build recreational trails that double as a form of transportation. From an energy conservation, pollution reduction and decongestion point of view, replacing vehicle trips to and from town center with pedestrian trips will increase the health, safety and well-being of Carlisle residents.

I feel that this trail network can complement the existing and future pathways we have along the major arteries. Carlisle has only 100 citizens per mile of road. Acton has twice as many and Somerville has 750. So it is unlikely Carlisle can afford pathways for all of our 50 miles of road unless we abandon our rural character and increase density dramatically. But our trail network can provide a solution in those areas where the pathways are unlikely to reach.

While I was attending the Trails Committee meeting a tree uprooted on Peter Hans Road, downing a live wire and telephone pole across the road. With flooded wetlands on either side of the live wire, my neighbors on Saturday were able to use a trail that Icreated a decade ago that links Page Brook Road to Peter Hans Road to enter and exit their neighborhood. So another reason to work on creating a pedestrian safe and friendly trail network here in Carlisle is to prepare for emergency situations when the trail network may be the only way into or out of a neighborhood.

Claude von Roesgen

Page Brook Road

Town DTC Spring Social event March 18

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Democratic Town Committee invites all Carlisle residents to our annual Spring Social and, we fervently hope, farewell to winter. Come meet members of the Carlisle DTC and friends and neighbors in town. The event will be hosted at Kate and Mark Reid’s home at 51 Carleton Road on Sunday, March 18, from 5 until 8 p.m. All are welcome regardless of party preferences.

Our State Representative Cory Atkins and, we expect, State Senator Mike Barrett will join us to informally discuss issues with attendees. They will speak briefly on what is happening on Beacon Hill. Join us in thanking Cory for her many years of dedicated representation. Michael Ansara, Indivisible Metrowest, will also attend and let us know what the local Indivisible groups are doing.

Food and drinks will be provided. We look forward to seeing many new faces in this important election year. And let’s hope for a change for the better in the weather pattern!

Visit us at https://www.carlisledems.org.

DTC Co-Chairs,

Bob Wallhagen, Timothy Lane 

Nancy Kronenberg, Wolf Rock Road

Morgen Bearse is running for Housing Authority

To the Editor:

My name is Morgen Bearse and I am running for a position on the Housing Authority. I haven’t lived in Carlisle very long so I want to introduce myself. After living in Florida for six years, our family of five needed a change of scenery. It turns out, you can have too much sun. My husband always spoke glowingly about his home state of Massachusetts and my daughter, two sons and I always loved visiting. When moving, we spent weeks researching towns that had the best schools and a perfect balance of green space and proximity to Boston. Carlisle was the clear choice and it’s everything we were looking for and more—amazing schools, welcoming neighbors, gorgeous conservation land, and within 20 minutes from anything you could ever need. We didn’t fully realize how special Carlisle was until we experienced our first Halloween where the whole town comes together to make such a magical night for the kids. I’m excited for my children to grow up here.

As a resident of Carlisle, I want to see the town preserve these experiences. That means keeping grandparents near the children they raised who now have a family of their own in town and welcoming diverse young families that want to see their children thrive in a top-rated school system while enabling the opportunity for the people who help make our town amazing, like our teachers and police officers, to live here. That’s why affordable housing is an important issue.

There are critical considerations to take into account like minimizing the impact on our water resources while protecting the character of our community and forests. I understand that creating affordable housing is a balancing act but I believe it can be done effectively and efficiently. In order to achieve this, it’s·important that the town provide adequate funding for dedicated professional staff for the Housing Authority to do its job.

I ask for your vote on May 8 for progressing Carlisle as a more diverse community for our children to grow and learn.

Morgen Bearse

Wolf Rock Road