The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 29, 1999


The Warrant for the Special Town Meeting may be only six articles long, but voters can expect those few issues to spark a lively debate. The Special Town Meeting will begin on Tuesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium. ...more

At the spring Town Meeting residents appropriated $30,000 for the planning and design of up to 12 units of affordable housing on the town-owned, 54-acre Conant Land. Two threats in the past couple of years from a developer who wanted to build developments overriding Carlisle's two-acre zoning had prompted residents to reconsider the state's mandate that ten ...more

Town officials, both elected and appointed, disagree substantially over Warrant Article 2 proposing acquisition of the 1.75-acre former Saint Irene Church site at 72 Bedford Road. Thus, voters can be expected to listen closely to the arguments presented at the November 2 Special Town Meeting before settling the issue with their votes. The purchase requires ...more

On April 21 at Town Hall, at an information forum, Kate Racer, an associate director of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Edith Fruscione, chairman of the Concord Housing Authority (CHA), and Marshall Derby, chairman of the Lexington Housing Assistance Board (LexHAB) emphasized the benefits of strong partnerships between ...more

Warrant Article 3 attempts to amend the zoning bylaws of the town by deleting the current three-year-old communications bylaw, section 5.9, and replacing it with a new wireless communications bylaw. Voters called for a six-month moratorium by a vote of 166-7 at the spring Town Meeting, and the wireless communications advisory committee (WCAC), comprised of ...more

The town budget for the current fiscal year which was approved at Town Meeting last spring assumed a transfer of $142,378 from free cash, but that amount was never appropriated. Since Town Meeting, other discrepancies between estimated and actual revenues, and expenses not budgeted have become apparent as well. These changes are summarized in the table to ...more

Town Meeting cannot appropriate funds from the town's free cash if the amount available has not yet been certified by the state department of revenue. Article 5 provides a contingency plan, reducing certain budgets to cover the deficit, to be moved only if free cash is unavailable or if voters do not approve Article 4. ...more

Article 6 reads: "To see if the town will authorize and require the selectmen to transfer control of the Conant Land to the Carlisle Conservation Commission to be used solely for conservation purposes and passive recreation, exclusive of the potential development of a municipal water supply and/or the contiguous expansion of the town offices and/or fire ...more

A "level service" school budget for fiscal year 2001 will require increases as a result of contractual obligations, mandated services, and a 4.7-percent increase in enrollment, school business manager Eileen Riley told the Carlisle School Committee at their October 19 meeting. The budget does not yet have dollar amounts attached to it, but just enumerates ...more

The school has experienced three major and three minor power outages since school began in September. The most recent and longest outage was on October 14 from 11:30 a.m. until 5:20 p.m., Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson told the Carlisle School Committee at their October 19 meeting. Although the teachers and students had coped with the interruptions well, ...more

The summer reading program has become so much a part of the Carlisle School culture that 95 percent of all students in grades one through eight participated this year. The program asks students to read at least five books during the summer. Younger students may have books read to them. All students bring a list of what they have read to their teacher in September. ...more

A new "school expansion options" subcommittee was formed by the Carlisle School Committee to gather information and formulate a set of options for the future. The goal of the subcommittee will be to prepare for a public hearing to discuss the possibilities and to be ready at spring Town Meeting to present the findings and ask for funding for more ...more

Have you been spooked? Several Carlisle homes have been visited in the evening by a mysterious phantom dressed in black leaving a candy-filled pumpkin. A note accompanying the candy warns "witches, ghosts, and vampires are ready to give you a scare. Soon these creatures will be here. Lock everything tight and beware of the night, unless you pass candy ...more

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