Friday, May 1, 1998


Will You Be There?

by Marilyn Harte

Howard Hensleigh, filling in for town moderator Pete Simonds, will be there. (Simonds is recovering from a hip replacement operation.) The selectmen, the finance committee, the planning board, the recreation commission, the school committee and other town boards will be there, too; some officials on stage, others sitting up front in Corey auditorium. These are the people who volunteer to supervise the day-to-day running of the town and who have met night after night, hour upon hour, for months, to prepare for this year's Town Meeting on Monday night, May 4, at 7 p.m. Will you be there?

Will you be there to vote on whether to authorize an additional $115,000 in property taxes to fund the operating budget of the town? The majority of these funds will go into the Carlisle School budget.

Will you be there when the recreation commission explains why the town needs new ballfields on the Banta-Davis Land?

Will you be there to vote on bonding for a new ambulance which is to replace the current vehicle?

Will you be there when voters are asked to approve an additional $20,000 to fund the purchase of a plow and sander attachment for the department of public works?

Will you be there to decide on changing the town treasurer and tax collector from elected to appointed positions?

Government by open Town Meeting is considered the purest form of the democratic legislative process. It is the form of government that gives the voter maximum power.

So skip the late afternoon meeting at the office. Forget the popular Ally McBeal show at 9 o'clock. Make a commitment to Carlisle's Town Meeting. See you at Corey auditorium 7 p.m. Monday night.