The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 23, 1999

Consider a retirement community

To the Editor:

The editorial in the Mosquito of April 16 points up a problem that we have been aware of for a long time: namely, the more homes that are built in town, the higher the tax rate becomes. This is primarily because of the additional schooling needed for the children who live in these new homes.

There is a solution to this problem that would benefit the town, as well as the old-timers who live here but are finding it more and more difficult to pay the increased taxes.

I propose that the town build a retirement community. Such a community would result in increased taxes to the town because of the new homes, without the need for new schools.

This would also satisfy the state's requirement for affordable housing.

It also addresses the fact that there will be more and more old people in town as time goes by.

Hal Shneider
Bingham Road

Supports bank on Bedford Road Supports bank on Bedford Road

To the Editor:

As a resident of Carlisle for the past eight years, I am thrilled to see North Middlesex Bank proposing to build a branch on the old Saint Irene site! As a professional, I would greatly appreciate the services offered by North Middlesex. I am not happy driving to Concord every time I want to access safety deposit boxes or cash checks! I like knowing the people at my bank on a first-name basis. I like the fact they know enough about my finances to lend me money how I want and when I want.

I did see the revised proposed building and find it very attractive. The landscaping plan is extensive and the building easily blends into the neighborhood in a very pretty way. The location is perfect for anyone who wants to walk around the center of town and get their errands done! Get your coffee at Daisy's, drop off your library books, check your post office box and get your banking done!

If the town does indeed move forward with some elderly housing on the Conant Land, I am sure our elderly residents would appreciate being able to walk to their bank.

Count on my vote to approve wholeheartedly Article 28 on the Town Warrant.

Sam Coursey
Westford Street

Do not raze Greenough house

To the Editor:

In reference to an article March 5 and a more recent letter regarding the small house next to the barn on the Greenough Conservation Land, I'd like to remind people of other considerations besides money.

With no one living in sight of the barn, it would probably be subject to misuse by teenagersespecially from the Billerica neighborhood right behind itand likely vandalized.

There has been very little shooting on the Greenough land in the last year or so unlike the frequent shooting in earlier years which made a mockery of the conservation land designation and caused danger to pets and people. The more empty that land is the more likely a problem.

I also think it is important to preserve varied older structures especially small ones in any town.

I know there are people who would like to live in that house. Possibly a longer rental period would make it more attractive to the right people. Surely it would not be expensive to the town to have a handyman there to fix it up in exchange for free rent?

I think to destroy that house could be a move that would be regretted when it would be too late.

Hope Luder
Edgehill Road, Billerica

Opposed to Nextel proposal

To the Editor:

As an abutter, I would like to express my strong opposition to the application by Nextel, currently before the zoning board of appeals, for a special permit to erect a wireless tower at One River Road.

Carlisle's bylaw regarding wireless communication facilities states, "The purposes of the bylaw include: Minimizing adverse impact of a commercial wireless communications facility on adjacent properties and residential neighborhoods; minimizing the overall number and height of such facilities to only what is essential; promoting shared use of existing facilities to reduce the need for new facilities; to protect the general public from hazards associated with a wireless communication facility...." The One River Road application is at odds with these goals. One River Road is zoned partly for business and partly residential, and is located in a residential area. Nextel's proposed 100-foot tower would be located only 158 feet from Dana and Kathy Booth's (who are on record with the board of appeals as strongly opposed) house at 44 River Road and would have a significant negative impact on the value of that property. Nextel's application states that a taller tower would be required to share this facility, exacerbating the other problem mentioned here. Ice forms on these towers in the winter. When this happens and winds are high and blowing in the wrong direction, would you want to be standing anywhere on the Booths' property? This tower would be a highly visible and unattractive sight for all entering Carlisle on 225 from Bedford and River Road from Concord. Furthermore, the proposed site is not in compliance with Carlisle's general bylaws with regard to setbacks and parking spaces, and there are issues regarding proximity of the proposed tower (and an existing septic system) to nearby wetlands.

Nextel has proposed alternative wireless facilities at locations on town-owned property that would improve coverage as effectively as One River Road and, because they are more isolated, would much better serve the property-value, esthetic, sharing, and safety objectives of the bylaw. I strongly recommend that we focus Nextel on such a win/win resolution to this issue.

Don Allen
Pilgrim Path

Conscom supports new bylaw

To the Editor:

We want to express the conservation commission's very strong support for the new open space bylaw, which appears to offer an attractive alternative to building on large tracts of land. On parcels with considerable wetland, the clustering of homes should allow houses and septic systems to be located on uplands, leaving wetlands and the wetlands buffer zone largely in the open space. This will not only benefit the appearance of the development, but will also protect wetlands, drinking water, and wildlife.

On parcels that are mostly upland, the bylaw provides a means to cluster structures to allow for a small park, a woodland, or neighborhood playgrounds, not currently seen in much of Carlisle.

We hope the town is as excited about the new building possibilities as we are.

The Carlisle Conservation Commission

Thanks to library volunteers

To the Editor:

During the past year, volunteers at the Gleason Library have contributed countless hours to help make the efficient operation of the library possible. These volunteers are involved in mending books, shelving adult and children's book, and in many steps that make videos accessible for quick retrieval for patrons. In recognition of this valued service and in celebration of National Volunteer Week, the staff is adding a book to our collection in honor of each volunteer. The book selected will reflect the personal interest of each individual.

Volunteers during this year have been Harry Crowther, JoAnne Driscoll, Lisa Duffy, Peggy Hilton, Bob Kingsbvury, Jess Nevins, Lyn Oleksiak, Kirian Reddig, Sheila Semrad and Pat Simon.

Ellen Rauch
Library Director

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito