Selectmen will discuss scheduling a Special Town Meeting
To the Editor:
I am writing on behalf of the working group advising the Town Administrator in carrying out procurement and installation of the Public Safety Communications System for which funds were appropriated at 2017 Annual Town Meeting. In addition to new pagers, radio equipment and dispatch console, the system design includes new radio towers in Carlisle and co-location on other towers here and in Concord. Three new towers—with associated antennas and ground equipment—have been installed: a monopole near the Chelmsford border, another on the Banta-Davis Land and a lattice tower behind the Fire Station.
The planned system design included co-location on a 10’ extension to the existing 80’ commercial cellular tower on Route 225 a little over a half mile from the border with Westford, but the Town has been unable to negotiate a reasonable lease arrangement with the tower owner.
A tower in the western part of town is a critical component of the system to address “dead zones” for our first responders in northwest and southwest Carlisle caused by hills and ridges west of Town Center. So, we are proposing that a new tower be constructed on the only available town-owned site in this area, a half-acre abandoned quarry obtained through a tax taking.
Since the 2017 appropriation limited new towers to precisely designated parcels, the earlier motion would have to be amended to authorize the town to build a tower on this Westford Street parcel. Although the new tower will be substantially more cost effective over time, the initial cost outlay will require additional funds. We will therefore be working with the Selectmen to schedule a Special Town Meeting this fall.
To ensure that the parcel, which includes wetlands, is a viable site, the Selectmen filed a Notice of Intent with the Conservation Commission and for Site Plan Approval from the Planning Board. Abutters received legal notices of the hearings, but expressed concern about the amount of time they had to respond. This letter is to notify the community in advance that the Selectmen’s meeting on August 27 will include a discussion of scheduling a Special Town Meeting.
Children’s summer reading 2019 special thanks
To the Editor:
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s summer reading, may it be through attending an event, participating in our bingo games and raffles, or simply exploring all the items we offer. We would also like to thank this year’s sponsors for helping make this season a success, including the Friends of the Gleason Public Library, Kimball Farm, Canobie Lake Park, Treetop Adventures, the Lowell Spinners, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Library System, the Collaborative Summer Library Program, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, as well as you, our patrons.
Outgoing Children’s Librarian