The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 16, 1999

News

The election following the May 4 Town Meeting, originally scheduled for May 11, has been moved to May 18. The reason for the change is that a state law requires at least 35 days between the date the ballot questions are posted with the town clerk and the date of the election. Selectmen did not sign the final ballot questions until their April 12 meeting and ...more

Following a Special Town Meeting vote April 7 to bond $1,489,067 for renovation and expansion of the Gleason Public Library, Carlisle voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to exempt this funding from the limits of Proposition 2-1/2. By a majority of 509 to 103, the town voted for the override and gave the library building subcommittee the go-ahead ...more

Public hearings on proposed amendments to the Carlisle zoning bylaws dominated the April 12 meeting of the planning board. There was a groundswell of opposition from abutters to the proposed bank and, after a stormy debate, the board voted against the suggested bylaw change. The final decision will rest with voters at Town Meeting. ...more

In an eleventh-hour face-off, the finance committee bowed to the will of the selectmen and voted last Wednesday to recommend the purchase of the Wang-Coombs property, reversing its position taken just two days earlier. The FinCom did not capitulate without drawing blood of its own, however, because as part of the deal they forced the selectmen ...more

Talking to the legislature about transportation funding is like "talking to the choir or whistling Dixie," according to Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) representative Gordon Feltman of Bedford. He reported that after a recent meeting with legislators and Edward Corcoran, Secretary of Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation ...more

The planning board pocketed significant support for its Open Space Neighborhood (OSN) Warrant article last week. Although the vote was not unanimous, four of five conservation commissioners present at an April 8 meeting agreed to back the measure when it is presented at the May 4 Town Meeting. Commissioner Tricia Smith abstained. ...more

The selectmen took the process of approving the Warrant for Town Meeting right up to the deadline this year and finally closed the Warrant on April 7 with 36 articles. What follows is an overview of the articles with the recommendations of the board of selectmen. ...more

At the April 12 planning board hearing, Paul Gill of Judy Farm Road spoke in support of his petition to establish a six-month moratorium on the granting of special permits for wireless communication facilities. Gill seeks to add subparagraph 5.9.1.1 to zoning bylaw section 5.9 — Commercial Wireless Communication Facilities stating, "A moratorium ...more

On April 8, the conservation commission turned to the controversial matter of the application of Nextel Communications to construct a monopole at 1 River Road, but commissioners made it clear that their jurisdiction in the matter is limited to "protection of wetlands in the vicinity." The matter of the special permit is a decision to be made by the ...more

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a decision in favor of the town of Carlisle in the matter of the construction of a new septic system for the school on the Banta-Davis Land. The ruling basically says that the construction can go ahead under the order of conditions that had been issued by the conservation commission. This is the ...more

In their annual evaluation, the Carlisle School Committee had nothing but praise for Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson. Committee chair David Dockterman said he could summarize the comments of all the members "in one wordwonderful." ...more


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