The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 23, 1999


Another appeal filed: school septic system delayed again

The state Department of Environmental Protection had once again given the plans for the Carlisle School's new septic system on the Banta-Davis Land the green light. The deadline for appeal was near and town officials hoped that at long last, construction could proceed. However, Timothy and Phyllis Landers of Bedford Road filed one more complaint on April 16, and the town clerk was served on April 21 with a summons in a civil action brought by the Landerses against the DEP in the Massachusetts Superior Court.

Selectmen had been so optimistic that the repair could proceed, that on April 15 they had voted to hold a Special Town Meeting within the May 4 Annual Town Meeting to appropriate an additional sum of money for the construction work. The current system, located under Spalding Field, failed to meet Title 5 requirements in March, 1996 during an inspection prior to the Grant Building expansion project. Since then, the school has been required to pay $900 monthly to pump the system.

Multiple legal complaints and appeals have been filed by the Landerses over the past three years in an attempt to block the replacement septic system. The state has repeatedly found in favor of the town of Carlisle after review of the proposed plans. When the school's plans were first revealed, the Landerses had been vocal at public hearings about their concerns about the proximity of the leaching field and possible contamination of their well.

Although no monetary value had been mentioned in Article 1, selectmen were advised by school business manager Eileen Riley that up to $100,000 in additional funding might be required as a result of the delay. Riley told the Mosquito on April 21 that the article would not be moved at Town Meeting.

Dave Ives contributed to this article.

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