The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 24, 2000


Shorts from the planning board and selectmen

Four lots on Swanson Lane approved

On March 13, David Erickson and his attorney, Alex Parra, presented a follow-up Approval Not Required (ANR) plan for four houses on Swanson Lane. The board had voted on February 14 not to endorse Erickson's original ANR plan calling for five houses. Erickson is also offering to donate 3.9 acres of open space to the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. The board voted 6-0 to approve the common driveway special permit amendment at their last meeting. Only endorsement of the formal ANR remains.

Parra has obtained a revised maintenance agreement for the common driveway and he informed the board that a deed is forthcoming for the donated open space. Still undecided is the special permit requirement that, at the fire chief's discretion and direction, a fire cistern will be located adjacent to the common driveway. This resulted from earlier comments by fire chief Bob Koning that the narrow bridge on Swanson Lane limits accessibility of public safety equipment to the existing and proposed homes. He recommends that a 20,000-gallon fire cistern be installed on the east side of the bridge and the driveway be widened to 20 feet at that location to provide access to the cistern. Koning must now decide whether he still wants the cistern in lieu of the fact that there will only be four houses on the common driveway instead of five.

A motion by member Michael Epstein to endorse the ANR was quickly approved by a vote of 7-0. Only the cistern decision now separates Erickson from his long-sought-after approval for a new home on Swanson Lane. It was then that planning administrator George Mansfield informed Erickson and Parra that the fire chief has been on vacation and therefore unavailable for comment. Having come this far, Erickson agreed to wait two more weeks to settle the cistern issue and bring the saga of Swanson Lane to a close.

Work on cell tower rules continues

Work continues on the drafting of rules and regulations for administering special permits for wireless communications facilities. Planning board member Michael Epstein is trying to consolidate one set of regulations for cell towers and another very different set of regulations for stealth buildings. Meanwhile, reports of a signed lease with AT&T Wireless to build a 150-foot cell tower behind Dave Duren's residence on Bedford Road prompted many residents of Canterbury Court to attend the March 13 planning board meeting.

Chair Bill Tice informed the anxious residents that the board has received no cell tower applications and that members are busy enough just trying to hash out the rules and regulations. Epstein poured out his frustration at the "very messy unclean way" that the new wireless bylaw is written. "Bylaws shouldn't have details. Most towns leave that to the rules and regulations," he lamented. "Now we'll have to go back to Town Meeting to vote on each technical change." As the telecommunication interests draw ever closer, Epstein stressed the urgency of completing the documentation. Residents of Canterbury Court don't need to be reminded of that and Skip Saunders, who lives on that street, asked when the new rules and regulations might be available to the public. "We don't know," came the ominous reply.

The next scheduled meeting of the planning board is March 27.

Speed limit on North Road

New signs posting a speed limit of 20 miles per hour will soon appear on North Road. The new regulation was approved by the board of selectmen, police chief and department of public works. The selectmen noted that roads with no speed-limit-sign posted have a 30-mile-per-hour limit.

Recycling newsletter

The selectmen approved a new recycling newsletter submitted by David Comstock of the household waste committee. The newsletter, containing information about what and how to recycle in Carlisle, will be distributed to all town residents.

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