Friday, April 2, 1999
Quorum is vital on April 7
To the Editor:
We would like to explain the importance of your presence at the Special Town Meeting on April 7. When Carlisle applied for a state library construction grant in Round Two, our application was judged highly on the basis of need and a plan to address that need. When money came through on September 10, 1998, we were given six months to accept or decline the grant. The state purposely puts a deadline on construction grants because so many deserving cities and towns are waiting in line for the money. You need only look to Acton, Billerica, Chelmsford and Westford to see evidence of construction grant acceptance. By our extended deadline date of April 20, we have to show that we have the rest of the funding for the project in place. The first step is the Special Town Meeting where the project is presented and voted on. A special town election on April 13 follows this. As you can see , there is no room for a misstep. If there is not a quorum at the Special Town Meeting, we have lost the grant without our right and duty to debate and vote the merits of this building project. Can we reapply, you ask? We could, but it is highly unlikely we would receive any money because of the long list of deserving cities and towns waiting in line behind us. People move to Carlisle for what it has to offer. One of our gems is a dynamic and vibrant library with one of the finest collections for a library its size in the state. It is, though, sorely in need of updating and expansion. Come to the Town Meeting and make the decision on this building project; don't let the decision be made for us by not contributing to a quorum. Babysitting referrals are being handled by Annie and John Pauler, 369-0820.
Rosalie Johnson, chair
Gleason Public Library Trustees
Abutters protest by-law change
To the Editor:
As readers of the Mosquito know, the North Middlesex Savings Bank proposes to build a branch in Carlisle on the lot next to the post office, formerly occupied by Saint Irene Church. This lot is in Carlisle's residence district A (land within a radius of 1500 feet of the statue).
We in this neighborhood believe that a modern, full-service bank is a commercial activity that cannot help but interfere with the residential character of the neighborhood and have a significant impact on traffic, noise, and exterior lighting. It will have an ATM machine, which means that cars will be pulling in and out throughout the day and night. For security, it will be brightly lit. It will surely increase noise and traffic, not only of Carlisle residents but also of commuters. Even the bank itself concedes that the existence of the post office next door makes the lot less desirable for a residence. Imagine what a bank and a post office together will do to the neighborhood.
Not only will it interfere with the neighborhood, it will also change the character of the town. The proposed design does resemble a Pizza Hut. It will create the nucleus for another business district, which has the potential to usurp residential land between it and the town center. Up until now, we and everyone else in town took it for granted that the lot in question was a residential lot being used for a church and, if the church left, the lot would revert to residential use. The proposed bylaw changes the rules. With the new bylaw in place, there is nothing to prevent other homeowners in district A from selling their property to other banks or monetary institutions. For all these reasons, we believe that the proposed amendment to Carlisle's zoning by-laws is a bad idea. These rules are the result of careful thinking about the character of our town.
There will be a public hearing with the planning board on April 12 and the article will appear on the Warrant for the Town Meeting on May 4. We urge citizens to vote no on this matter.
Anna and Joe Donovan
Kathy and John Forelli
Fred and Maria Lewis
Jane and Jonathan White
Gift of Poole's Swamp
To the Editor:
Thanks to the generosity of Joe Gardner and Kate Phaneuf, the 14.5 acre parcel on School Street, known locally as Poole's Swamp, is now the property of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF). This important extension to the northwest of the "Greater Estabrook Woods" contains significant wildlife habitat, and also an important trail that links the recently town-acquired Rockstrom conservation parcel to Woodridge Road.
The means by which the property was transferred to CCF was a "bargain sale," that is a sale to a charitable organization or governmental agency at less than fair market value. The difference between the appraised market value and the sale price to a qualified nonprofit or governmental agency is considered a tax-deductible charitable contribution. For further information on this creative financial and land planning strategy consult Land Conservation Options, A Guide for Massachusetts Landowners, a reference at Gleason Public Library or contact CCF.
The Foundation is delighted to accept the land and is undertaking a professional survey of the piece so that boundaries of the land will not come into question in the future. Thanks are due, too, to Ken Harte who negotiated the purchase, and to Alex Parra who did the legal work.
The conservation foundation will manage this ecological preserve so that its conservation and open space values are maintained. We invite everyone to enjoy this property as you drive, bike or walk on School Street or hike the trail on the other side of the swamp.
Arthur N. Milliken
"Robin Hood" helps sixth grade fund-raiser
To the Editor,
As per tradition, sixth-grade parents and students sell refreshments at the seventh-grade play each year. This year was no exception. In fact, all the homemade cookies and gourmet desserts brought in a whopping $863 profit over the two nights that "Robin Hood" was staged.
I would like to sincerely thank my fellow sixth-grade room parents Mary Cheever, Helen Lyons and Susan Probolus for helping me organize this fund-raiser and the numerous sixth-grade students and their parents who helped sell the refreshments. It goes without saying that all this would not have been possible without the hard work of the sixth-grade parents who provided the delicious desserts and drinks. A big thanks to all for a very successful effort.
Stop by the studios
To the Editor:
I hope Carlisleans will use the famous annual Mosquito Trash Party to share coffee (cocoa) and doughnuts with their neighbors and pick up roadside debris (with gloves) on their street. We've enjoyed the event for many years and love the pristine look of our road all spring and summer.
Afterwards we hope they'll have the stamina and interest to come up to the Highland School building and visit us artists who work there. The Open Studios happens only once a year; this year on April 10 and 11.
Newcomers may not be aware that the brown and white building at the top of School Street was almost torn down. Built in 1908 to give light and space to the very crowded Carlisle schoolchildren, it has become a fabulous treasure of brilliantly lighted art studios managed by Jero Nesson of the Emerson Umbrella in Concord. I call it the Highland Umbrella. Eleven artists are preparing for an Open House, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to show what excellence can be accomplished in rooms apart. Please come see Carlisle's treasure.
Lease Greenough land buildings
To the Editor:
We are abutters to the Greenough Land. We are writing in support of the Warrant article to grant the conservation commission permission to lease the cottage and barn on the Greenough Land, for a five-year term, on a service-in-kind basis. The slate-roofed barn is a majestic structure and a vivid reminder of Carlisle's past. I don't think many Carlisle residents would disagree with our feeling that it is well worthy of preservation.
The cottage is a more humble building, and in need of greater attention. Nevertheless, the town should make it available for lease on a service-in-kind basis, before considering the alternative of tearing it down, which would entail some expense. It makes good sense to determine first whether a tenant can be found who is willing and able to give the cottage the attention it requires. We may be biased, but we feel the rewards of living on the Greenough Land provide a great enticement.
We urge the town to support the Warrant article and permit the conservation commission to lease the barn and cottage.
Harvey and D'Anne Nosowitz
Ed. note: The separate article dealing with demolition has been removed from the Warrant.
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