The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 17, 2000

Get proper permits before spring work

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Conservation Commission reminds Carlisle landowners who are eager to begin their spring yardwork that any alteration of soil, rocks, trees, understory, or brush or the addition of any fill within 100 feet of a wetland or within 200 feet of a perennial stream requires a permit from the conservation commission.

Any work done without a permit may be in violation of the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act and Carlisle Wetlands Protection Bylaw. Failure to comply can lead to fines of up to $300 per day of the violation not only for the landowner but also for any contractor who participates in the work in any way.

The purpose of these two acts is to protect public, private and groundwater supplies, flood control, storm damage and pollution prevention, protection of fisheries of land containing shellfish, and for the protection of wildlife habitat. These are commonly referred to as the eight interests of the act. These acts apply to private as well as public property and are in effect throughout the state of Massachusetts.

Anyone with any questions as to whether their proposed project is covered by these laws should call the conservation commission office at 369-0336 for clarification.

Uniform compliance with this act ensures that each landowner is not adversely impacted by a neighbor's project and visa versa.

This notification is also being sent to an extensive list of contractors, which might conceivably be involved in work here in Carlisle

The Carlisle Conservation Commission

Center parking is an issue

To the Editor:

I have lived in Carlisle for sixteen years (eleven years at #401 School Street and five at #5 Lowell Street). As a town center resident, I am a daily eyewitness to the effects of the exhausted parking availability around and near the rotary. My neighbors and I have experienced the frustration and inconvenience of blocked driveways and appropriated parking spaces. It is my opinion that the present situation has already stretched the limits of our small community.

Carlson Real Estate wants to occupy a long-vacant office in the lovely Revolutionary-era house at the corner of School and Westford Streets. According to the planning board, they may be allowed to do this because of grandfathered rights, even though there is no parking available. I believe that a quiet, home-based business might be fine in that location, but not a busy office with people coming and going all day long. I do not believe that we should increase the congestionespecially on that dangerous School Street hill. Besides, do we really need another real estate office in our tiny town center?

Suzanne Drury
Lowell Street

No antenna at Congregational church

To the Editor:

Members of our congregation have been asked if the church is planning to install a cell tower in the steeple of our proposed new church sanctuary. We, as the Church Building Committee, charged with designing and building the new facility, initially did discuss such a tower nearly a year and a half ago when we began the process. However, when we actually reached the point of designing the steeple last fall and were faced with the decision of whether or not to provide for an antenna, we decided, out of concern for our neighbors and the neighboring school, not to make provision for an antenna in our steeple. The committee made the decision against a cell tower on November 8, 1999. I hope this puts to rest any concerns that our neighbors or others in our community may have had. It is important to us that we do nothing to put anyone in our community at risk. We would be happy to speak with anyone who still has questions about our decision.

Kirk Ware, chairman
Carlisle Congregational Church Building Committee

Grant received for land management

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Conservation Foundation is the proud recipient of a $2,000 grant for the purpose of a land management plan for the 31.5-acre Spencer Brook Reservation (off West and South Streets). Frances Clark of Carex Associates, Lincoln, Massachusetts will be doing the work and recommending means of encouraging wildlife, discouraging invasive species, and helping plan trails on the land. Poison ivy and buckthorn have made great inroads on the property. We hope to be able to institute safe means of control, and perhaps plant species that will enhance the property and its attendant wildlife.

Fields Pond Foundation of Waltham, who gave us $10,000 towards building the handicapped accessible trail on the Malcolm Preserve, were the donors. We are most appreciative and hope their support makes possible greater accessibility and enjoyment of conservation land in the western section of town, as well as serving as a model for future conservation land management.

Art Milliken
Carlisle Conservation Foundation/Land Trust

Support for Stevenson

To the Editor:

We write to express our support for Doug Stevenson's re-election to the board of selectmen.

Through our own involvement with various town committees and activities, we have both had the privilege of working with Doug. We have experienced first-hand his quiet leadership, tireless energy and unflagging enthusiasm. Doug has no personal agenda other than his fierce devotion to the best interests of Carlisle. He thinks long and hard about that, and reaches out to solicit the views of others so that he can make wise, well-informed decisions.

Carlisle will face some difficult and perhaps painful decisions in the next few years. As a lifelong resident, Doug is well-equipped to help us preserve what we cherish while adapting to the needs of the future.

Doug has been a great steward for the town these past four years. Please join us in voting to return him to the board of selectmen.

Louise Hara
Wayne Davis
Concord Street

Mozambique and 'Compassion Fatigue'

To the Editor:

The media brings to our homes the latest cry as hundreds of women rush to a lone helicopter through waist-deep water, with a look of anguish coming into the camera's focus. The first woman boards the chopper. Driven by adrenaline and desperation for the baby strapped to her back, she unknowingly looks inside us as we start our day. We hear news of another birth in a tree. Finally, after three weeks of flooding, the world responds. But what now? The irony of too much water and now desperately little that is safe enough to drink, lack of latrines, tents, first aid workers, and medicines, is giving birth in "another tree," to fatal disease. The inability to comprehend and absorb such suffering causes us some guilt and often a certain desire to lend personal aid, but in our weariness we often go on without response until the cycle is repeated with news of the next world tragedy. Besides, we wonder if our money will be properly directed. Peter Greer, a "townie," can verify that there are some organizations with very low overhead. He is the executive director of Microfinance, Rwanda, for World Relief Commission, a leading national relief organization. Let's urge each other not to give in to "compassion fatigue" and do something through World Relief or any other organization that is part of our circle of influence.

Gifts can be directed to World Relief through the Carlisle Congregational Church or sent to: World Relief Commission, PO Box WRC, Wheaton, Illinois 60189. Thank you.

Bonnie Greer
River Road

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito