Friday, January 7, 2000
Selectmen act on appropriations
"Auld lang syne" was not forgotten when the board of selectmen convened for the last few times in 1999. At those meetings the board followed through with items voted from the Annual Town Meeting and made progress on other items brewing on the back burner for several months.
Purchase of pumper truck
On the advice of fire chief Bob Koning, the selectmen voted on December 14 to award the bid for the pumper truck to Greenwood Fire Apparatus, Inc. for $300,448. The town had appropriated $304,000 for this purpose at last spring's Annual Town Meeting. In exchange for a five-percent discount, the board also voted to prepay $290,000 on the condition that a full-performance bond be delivered to the town to guarantee delivery of the truck. Koning estimated that the truck would be delivered within four to five months of signing the purchase contract. The price includes approximately $25,000 in equipment add-ons (such as a generator, electric valve openers, a portable lighting unit and labor for transferring ladders from the old truck) and a trade-in of $40,000 for the old fire truck.
Town treasurer Nancy Koerner delivered to the board for signature, a bond anticipation note in the amount of $304,000, the proceeds of which will be used for the purchase of the pumper truck. Community National Bank in Hudson gave the low bid of four percent.
O'Rourke water study
On the advice of the water quality subcommittee, the selectmen approved a contract with ENSR to conduct a study of the O'Rourke Farm for the location of a potential town water supply. The town had appropriated $30,000 to perform this study at the Annual Town Meeting. The town could receive $115,000 from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, the owner of the property, as part of the purchase agreement if the study locates the site of the water supply on a part of the land designated in the agreement as undevelopable.
Throughout December, selectman Vivian Chaput had been looking into ways of deriving the highest value from the town's lot in the proposed subdivision off East Riding Drive known as Carriage Way. "We have a fiduciary duty to the town to get the highest and best value for this lot," said Chaput, "and the way to do this is to get it ready for sale." Developer Bill Costello has offered to do the site preparation work for the town's lot at the same time the work is done for the rest of the subdivision. The cost to the town would be less and there would be no reimbursement of expenses if the town did not sell the lot, said Chaput.
Chaput's initial proposal of being co-applicant for the subdivision with Costello was met with some reluctance by other board members. "With the town's name on the application for the entire subdivision we open ourselves up to questions of preferential treatment," said selectman Michael Fitzgerald. After discussions with planning board administrator George Mansfield, Chaput advised the rest of the board that the town could join in the subdivision application as "owner" and not as a co-applicant. As owner of the single lot, the town would not be making any certifications or special requests with respect to the subdivision as a whole.
The board voted on December 14 to apply as owner of the one lot and to allow Stamski and McNary to do the site work as part of the overall subdivision plan, in accordance with the understanding with Costello.
A public hearing will be scheduled in January to discuss the sale of the property and potential uses of the proceeds.
School loop pathway
Town administrator, David DeManche, reported that a request for bids was sent out for the design phase of the next leg of the pathways project leading around the school on School Street and Church Street to Bedford Road. Bids are due on February 11.
The board of selectmen have made the following committee appointments: to the wireless application advisory committee, Paul Gill, Fontaine Richardson, Dave Keast and Rick Blum for a term expiring June 30, 2001(one vacancy remaining); to the wage study committee, JoAnn Driscoll, Susan Stamps, Phil Conti, David DeManche and Doug Stevenson, for a term expiring June 30, 2000; to the recreation commission, Joe Childs, for a term expiring in 2002; to the personnel board, Nancy Kuziemski, for a term expiring in 2002; and to the Carlisle Cultural Council, Andrea Urban for a term of three years, and Suzanne Winsby and Joan Goodman for terms of two years each.
Veterinarian Peter Morey also tendered his resignation as inspector of animals for the town. Morey cited new time-consuming state regulations regarding animal and barn inspections which will make it impossible for him to carry on as inspector. The board of selectmen thanked Morey for his years of service to the town.
In addition, the cable TV advisory committee was renamed the cable communications advisory committee to encompass the greater scope of work by the committee which will include advice on Internet services as well.
A legal opinion was received by the board of selectmen on the town's alternative courses of action with respect to the asserted right-of-way by Walter Flannery across town conservation land and the abutting McCormick parcel to Estabrook Road. The opinion was confidential but the issues will be discussed in full at the next selectmen's meeting on January 11.
No town flag
Unbeknownst to the selectmen until the town administrator pointed out the oversight, school children visiting the Hall of Flags at the State House have not been able to find the flag of the town of Carlisle for the simple reason that the town does not have a flag. The board noted that this omission could be corrected by adoption of a town symbol to put on a flag, widely believed to be the four-quadrant emblem designed by Phyllis Hughes on display in the Clark Room. Also needed is a donation of funds of between $450 and $500 to create the flag.
Private street light
Concerned about setting a precedent of lighting people's driveways at town expense, the board denied a request from a handicapped resident to place a streetlight in front of his residence. The resident indicated that a light would make his trips to the mailbox safer. A pole is located directly in front of the driveway, but a representative of Boston Edison confirmed that a light could be put on the pole only through the request of the town and at town expense; the resident could not contract directly with Boston Edison. The selectmen suggested that the homeowner erect a light on his property at the end of his driveway.
HoldTown Meeting dates set
The selectmen set the date of the Annual Town Meeting for May 2 (pending approval by the town moderator) and the town election for May 9.
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