Friday, June 17, 1998

School septic system permit extended

by Bill Churchill

Jeff Johnson of the school building committee appeared at the November 25 board of health meeting to request that the board extend the Carlisle School septic system permit to November 30, 1998. The school has been unable to begin building the replacement septic system because of legal actions brought by Timothy and Phyllis Landers of Bedford Road, who object to the proposed Banta-Davis Land site.

Board of health agent Linda Fantasia pointed out that if the permit for the existing system were to lapse, "it would very much complicate things." The current leaching field, located under the Spalding recreational fields, was found to be in technical failure in March 1996. When asked about the precedent for granting such an extension, board member Skip Saunders responded that the "continuing visible effort to get [legal] clearance" has been shown by school officials. Saunders said that the board would be willing to grant an extension to a homeowner if they had a similar legal situation.

A superior court hearing on the Landerses' legal suit is scheduled for December 4.

Woodland Road

In a continued public hearing Tom Guiler of 78 Woodland Road conveyed his concern that Carlisle has become a "marked" town as he presented numerous arguments to support his request for a variance which would reduce the cost of his septic system repair.

Guiler presented two plans to the board of health: Plan B is sized 50 percent larger than Plan A to include the possibility of a garbage grinder as required by town regulations. Guiler had four bids from contractors for each plan which showed that the average difference in cost was $12,000. He asked the board, "At what point do we exceed a cost-benefit threshold?"

Saunders explained the board policy of not granting waivers for a repair if a system can be built which will meet all of the board's requirements. Guiler countered that Plan B would ruin the lot because it required the removal of an additional 30 trees. That is an argument for not building any houses, Saunders responded

In the end, the board approved Plan B. Guiler lamented that when he bought the two-acre parcel 32 years ago for $7,000 it cost him $45,000 to build his house and get into Carlisle and now it was costing him $45,000 to repair his septic system and get out of Carlisle.