Friday, August 27, 1999
Request for proposals for Greenough property is poised for release
The conservation commission completed a detailed and ambitious request for proposals (RFP) for lease of the Greenough house, barn and adjacent agricultural land on August 22. Lease of the property was authorized at the May 11 Town Meeting. The RFP will be issued officially following a final check by the vacationing town counsel. However, it has already received a legal review from recently appointed member and attorney Carolyn Kiely.
The RFP will grant a five-year lease to the winning proposer of an in-service plan for restoration of the two major buildings plus general upkeep and clearing of associated trails and agricultural features. Under minimum specifications, the document lists the repairs and maintenance activities to be accomplished within each of the five years of the contract, making it clear that under no circumstances can that schedule slip.
The major first-year requirements for lease of the home must be fulfilled prior to occupancy. Specifically, the lessee is required "to remove or mitigate any lead paint or asbestos materials found...through use of a licensed or certified contractor."
Jensen joins ConsCom
The RFP is the outcome of nearly two years of research and hearings by a subcommittee that included Steven Hinton and Christine Bopardikar. A third member, Eric Jensen, who lives on Brook Street near the Greenough property, took part in the deliberations and became sufficiently interested in the responsibilities of the commission to apply to join the full board when his subcommittee colleagues resigned on July 1. On the recommendation of the commission, selectmen voted to appoint Jensen to the ConsCom, thus providing continuity on the subcommittee as the RFP is issued and the hoped-for proposals considered.
In his pre-appointment interview at the commission's August 5 meeting, Jensen cited his desire to follow through and see the Greenough property in good hands, in particular the antique barn that completes the breath-taking vista across the pond. To quote Jensen's application, "People typically move to Carlisle for one of the following reasons: snob address appeal, the schools, or the trees, frogs and birds. I came for the trees, enjoy the birds, frogs and dragonflies, and look forward to seeing what the town is doing to keep them healthy."
A widower for four years, Jensen moved to Carlisle in 1991. He enjoys cross-country skiing and has recently joined an Ultimate Frisbee team in Chelmsford. For the uninitiated, he described the game as a cross between frisbee and football.
Jensen's curriculum vitae does not pertain to the responsibilities of his new post but reveals a B.A. from Washington University and a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University. He is an associate professor of physics at Brandeis University.
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