The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 4, 2000


A big leap in the number of Carlisle students at Concord-Carlisle High School and in the size of the school overall could very likely result in an unusually large (17-19 percent) increase in what the town has to pay next year. Moreover, since Carlisle's budget guidelines were set without regard to Concord's, nearly $200,000 (or more) of this increase is not yet accounted for in the budget FinCom has prepared to present at Town Meeting. ...more

"We don't have a cookie jar full of cookies," finance committee chair Tony Allison told the Gleason Library Trustees and Director Ellen Rauch at the January 26 hearing on the library's request for a 58 percent increase to operate the new building next year. ...more

Are cell towers hazardous to your health? Although the federal government disagrees, the panelists assembled for "Microwaving Communities: The Link between Cell Phone Antennas and Your Health" at the Alcott School in Concord on January 30 presented a strong, albeit uncontested, case that they are. ...more

In February, as more fortunate citizens curl up with seed catalogues and dream of narcissus, town officials' thoughts turn to strategies for shaping Proposition 2 1/2 override questions. This year, such talk has started earlier than usual, as most town departments have submitted requests far higher than the draconian guidelines the finance committee approved last fall. ...more

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It's been four months since Albert Gould and Betsy Goldenberg last visited the planning board to propose their Great Brook Estates development, a subdivision extending from 195 Rutland Street to 120 Pine Brook Road. Plans called for a 23.8-acre conservation cluster on a 1,000-foot cul-de-sac off Rutland Street. In addition, there would be a 14-acre development serving three houses on a common driveway off Pine Brook. On January 24, Gary Shepard of David Ross Associates had some interesting news for the board members. ...more

Welcome back, Kate Reid! After a six-month leave of absence in Germany, Reid returned to the planning board accompanied by applause from around the head table. The sometimes short-handed board was once again restored to a full roster of seven, although Reid suffered from a bad case of jet lag at the January 24 meeting. She had just returned to Carlisle the day before and it was 4 a.m. in Deutschland by meeting's end. ...more

The ongoing saga continued for an amendment to a common driveway special permit for Swanson Lane, as requested by David and Kristy Erickson. At their last meeting, the planning board read a letter from town counsel stating that the ANR (Approval Not Required) cannot be endorsed because the parcel is not deriving its frontage outside of the common driveway easement. This time, Erickson showed up with his lawyer. ...more

In his report about the use of Carlisle School buildings, supervisor of buildings and grounds David Flannery said that the rental fees charged to facility users need to be increased to cover costs. Flannery explained at the January 18 school committee meeting that the rates now in effect were set ten years ago. He noted that the fees for the exercise room and the music room, in particular, were too low to cover the associated costs. ...more

Carlisle School library media specialist Sandy Kelly, who is in her first year at the school, reported on the program's strengths and weaknesses. At the January 18 school committee meeting, Kelly explained that the library is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for the students. As well as coming with their classes, students can ask for a library pass that allows them to visit during their lunch/recess time. ...more

The review and renewal process of Cablevision's franchise license with Carlisle began in 1999; part of that process includes assessing what Carlisleans want from cable television. Last year, the Carlisle Cable TV Committee sent a questionnaire to town residents to learn their viewpoints on their experiences with cable TV services as provided by Cablevision. The committee has collated, compiled and analyzed the data. ...more

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