The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 5, 1999


As of February 1, the Boston law firm of Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis Holland & Drachman, P.C. will be Carlisle's new town counsel. The formal announcement by the selectmen at their January 26 meeting capped a six-month search process begun after several town boards and departments expressed dissatisfaction with the services of former town counsel ...more

At the selectmen's meeting on January 26, proposed state legislation which would offer communities alternative ways to fund land preservation was once again on the agenda. Selectman Vivian Chaput described the proposed Community Preservation Act which would allow each town to tack a surcharge onto real estate tax bills to pay for land acquisition, affordable ...more

Carol Peters, chair of the recreation commission, raised a few eyebrows with a proposed $63,000 budget, since the three-percent FinCom guideline targeted only $22,860. "RecCom is asking for increases in its yearly budget for FY00 due to new fields to maintain, more programs, and growing enrollments," Peters explained at the January 27 FinCom hearing. ...more

One of the monitoring wells installed at the department of public works around the site of the recently removed underground fuel tanks has shown evidence of additional soil and groundwater contamination. ...more

At the January 27 finance committee meeting, discussion centered on the possible town acquisition of the White property in the center of town, next to the library. It has recently come on the market and represents a possible site for town activities. Resident John Habbe, representing the group which provides extended day care for children, viewed the location ...more

Once again, discussion of the Hunters Run subdivision drew a crowd to the January 25 meeting of the planning board. In an effort to appease town officials and abutters, the developer presented a revised conceptual plan which met with mixed reactions. ...more

In sagas that have continued to be continued, the planning board had no easy answers for landowners Theodore Treibick and the Valchuis brothers who are struggling to push their building projects forward. ...more

Theodore Treibick's development plans for his East Street property are apparently caught in a potential conflict between the responsibilities of two equally diligent town boards. On January 28, the Carlisle Conservation Commission voted to ask the planning board to consider a more favorable stance toward the developer's most recent proposal for a common drive ...more

On January 25, attorney Joseph Shanahan, representing Paul C. Hart, returned to the planning board for a third time to discuss an informal conceptual plan for the subdivision of land off Curve Street. Shanahan last approached the board on September 28, at which time he was told that his 15-lot development without a secondary egress was unacceptable. This ...more

The selectmen voted at their January 26 meeting to increase the salaries of certain department of public works employees to bring them up to par with prevailing wages in surrounding towns. Town administrator David DeManche reported that the personnel board voted to support the wage increases. Even with the increases, the overall DPW FY00 budget was within ...more

At the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District's meeting on January 26, Assistant Superintendent Karen Nerpouni outlined how Concord is working to use last year's Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test results to better prepare students for the annual state tests. Nerpouni raised questions about how much focus should be put on the test. ...more

For the first time, the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District will seek an operating budget override for the 1999-2000 (FY00) school year for an increase of 6.9 percent over this year's budget. The Concord Finance Committee had given the regional school district a 4.4 percent guideline. After many budget discussions and adjustments over the past few months, ...more

The Concord-Carlisle, sixth-grade Girls Traveling Basketball Team played their best games of the season in defeating tough Waltham and Somerville squads. ...more

"They didn't read my memo," explained finance committee chair Charles Parker. Representatives of the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School failed to appear at the January 25 FinCom hearing. "They read the first few lines and then filed it away," said Parker who informed the audience that they are now scheduled to appear February 1. ...more

The final budget proposal heard at the January 27 finance committee budget hearing was from JoRita Jordan, chair of the conservation commission. "Ours is a simpler budget," said Jordan. "But like the others, we are asking for a four percent increase for the ConsCom officer." The commission's FY00 budget, with a four percent salary increase ...more

On January 12, in Concord District Court, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts dropped two charges of motor vehicle homicide against Long Ridge Road resident John Ritchie. The four-vehicle accident had occurred in Lexington on December 1, 1997 and resulted in the death of Stoney Gate resident Peter Gould and Boston resident Nancy Allison. ...more

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