Friday, May 8, 1998

compiled by Mary Hult

Article 1: To hear and act on reports of town officials

The motion to approve this article carried.

Article 2: To hear report of Carlisle 2000 Task Force

The motion to approve this article carried.

Article 3: To fix salaries for elected officials for FY99

The motion to approve this article carried

Article 4: Authorize officials to employ legal counsel

The motion to approve this article carried.

Article 5: Operating budget

To see what sums of money the town will raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or transfer from the Stabilization Fund to defray departmental and incidental expenses of the town for the ensuing fiscal year.

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously, except for Carlisle Public School and Norfolk Agricultural School line items. A motion to amend the Carlisle Public School budget, by transferring an additional $44,000 from free cash failed. A motion to approve the Norfolk Agricultural tuition passed 226 in favor, 155 opposed.

In the event the override fails at the May 11 election, the operating budget will be reduced by $115,000.

Article 6: Capital expenses within a no-override budget

To transfer $61,900 from free cash for the fire department pager replacement program, police cruiser replacement program, Town Hall computer software and hardware, school water tank, Gleason Library computer, board of health water testing.

The motion to approve this article carried.

Article 7: To use CCHS original regional agreement

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously.

Article 8: Town audit

To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate $15,000 to be expended by the selectmen for professional auditing services.

The motion to approve this article carried.

Article 9: Ballfields on Banta-Davis

To see if the town will appropriate and raise by borrowing pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws 44, Section 7, or other enabling authority, $549,000 for the construction of new athletic fields and the reconstruction of existing athletic fields at the Banta-Davis property, including design costs and related parking areas, provided that such appropriation shall be contingent upon the passage of a Proposition 2-1/2 debt exclusion vote in accordance with the procedures set forth in General Laws Chapter 59, Section 21C(k).

The motion to amend the amount to $577,000 carried. The motion to approved the amended article carried 289 in favor, 62 opposed.

Article 10: To establish ConsCom revolving fund

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously.

Article 11: To allow board of health revolving fund

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously.

Article 12: To allow trails committee revolving fund

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously.

Article 13: To allow youth commission revolving fund

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously.

 

 

Article 14: Hazardous waste revolving fund established

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously.

Article 15: To establish ambulance revolving fund

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously.

Article 16: Ambulance purchase

To see if the town will vote to borrow pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws 44, Section 7, or other enabling authority, the sum of $95,000 for the purchase of a new ambulance, including equipment, for the Carlisle Fire Department, provided, however, that this vote shall not take effect until the town votes to exempt from the limitation on total taxes imposed by Proposition 2-1/2 amounts required to pay the principal of and interest on the borrowing authorized by this vote.

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously.

Article 17: Chapter 90 funds To see if the town will vote to borrow $183,663 to be used for reconstruction and improvements of public ways as provided for under M.G.L. Chapter 90.

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously.

Article 18: Appointed treasurer

To see if the town will vote pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws and subject to the approval of the voters at the 1998 annual town election, to have its elected treasurer become an appointed treasurer of the town, appointed by the selectmen.

The motion to approve this article carried, 130 in favor, 91 opposed.

Article 19: Appointed tax collector

To see if the town will vote pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws and subject to the approval of the voters at the 1998 annual town election, to have its elected collector become an appointed collector of the town, appointed by the selectmen.

The motion to approve this article carried.

Article 20: Acceptance of Ice Pond Road

To see if the town will vote to accept as a public way, a way known as Ice Pond Road and to authorize the selectmen to accept as a gift all easements.

The motion to table this discussion carried.

Article 21: Gleason Library design funds

To see if the town will vote to carry forward the previously appropriated sum of $130,000 to be expended by the Board of Trustees of


the Gleason Public Library to create final drawings and bid documents for the renovation and expansion of the Gleason Public Library. Expenditure of such funds is contingent upon the award of a state library construction grant of $500,000 to $1,000,000.

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously.

Article 22: Directional signs To see if the town will vote to amend the town of Carlisle General Bylaws, Article X, Public Safety by adding to the list of exceptions, under Section 10.3.10, the following: “Directional Signs."

A motion to amend the motion to specify directional signs "specifying public buildings, schools, places of worship and public recreational facilities." The motion to approve the amended article carried.

Article 23: Distinctive structures

To see if the town will vote to amend the Carlisle Zoning Bylaws in order to allow, by special permit, the alteration and reuse of certain “distinctive structures” by adding a new Section 3.2.4 entitled: “Distinctive Structures Preservation" and by amending Section 5.3.6 by deleting the period at the end of the existing sentence and by adding the following phrase: "or as may be authorized by special permit issued under Section 3.2.4 for a distinctive structure."

The motion to change the bylaw to apply to all barns in existence prior to May 4, 1998 rather than April 1, 1932, failed.

The motion to amend the bylaw to require a consultation with the historical commission as part of the board of appeals approval process, failed.

The motion to approve the article (as distributed, not as in the Warrant book) carried unanimously.

Article 24: Naming the Grant Building

To see if the town will vote to name the formerly designated school Link Building as the “Marguerite F. Grant Building."

The motion to approve this article carried.

Article 25: DPW sander and plow unit

To see if the town will appropriate and raise the sum of $20,000 for the purpose of purchasing a sanding unit and plow for the department of public works provided that such appropriation shall be contingent upon the passage of a Proposition 2-1/2 capital exclusion.

The motion to approve this article carried unanimously.