The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 28, 2000

News

Carlisle has a new conservation administrator who probably knows the town's roads, woods and waterways as well as any Carlislean. Twenty-seven-year resident Sylvia Willard, who resigned from the conservation commission March 24 to become eligible for the appointment, was selected from a field of 19 candidates, six of whom were interviewed by the commission over the past three weeks. ...more

Voters will gather on Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Corey Auditorium for Town Meeting and it's hard to say what folks will be chatting about at the transfer station after the meeting. Will it be how Marshall Simonds moderated his last meeting after over 30 years at the podium? Will it be the controversy over whether to convey a portion of the Conant Land for affordable housing? Or will it be the vote on the cell tower bylaw revisions, changes which require more faith in the planning board's rules and regulations to determine how wireless facilities are constructed and monitored? ...more

Last week, Carlisle Conservation Commission members became fully aware of the legal and political ramifications the town may face as it prepares, if necessary, to protect its Cranberry Bog water resources. The board met April 17 with special counsel Frank DiLuna, the water rights expert retained by the selectmen in the matter of the proposed Barnes Terrace well field in Chelmsford. The immediate objective was to coordinate strategy for a continued hearing before the Chelmsford Conservation Commission, which is currently considering an application from the privately-owned Chelmsford Water District to install six wells with a pumping capacity of 360,000 gallons per day within the Chelmsford Cranberry Bog Reservation. The importance of this proposal to Carlisle lies in the potential impact such a large withdrawal of water could have on farmer Mark Duffy's Carlisle Cranberries operation. ...more

The Wireless Communications Advisory Committee (WCAC) and the planning board are co-sponsoring the wireless bylaw amendment in Article 26 of the town Warrant. The WCAC has expressed some misgivings about relinquishing power in the bylaw and relying on planning board's rules and regulations to adequately cover the technical requirements. The wireless group voted unanimously at their April 14 meeting to appear at the planning board public hearing on April 24 and present a revised version of the proposed amendment package. They also voted to hold another meeting prior to the public hearing in order to draft the proposed changes. During that meeting on April 20, they resolved many of these differences amongst themselves, leaving two recommended changes for the planning board's April 24 public hearing. ...more

The following Warrant article information was written by Dave Ives, Seba Gaines, Lee Milliken, Nancy Pierce, Cecile Sandwen, Phyllis Zinicola and Mary Hult. ...more

These articles pertain to a plan to construct seven units of affordable housing on the Conant Land, along Rockland Road. ...more

The planning board is seeking to make a couple of changes to the existing bylaws for the Senior Residential Open Space Community (SROSC) to make it more attractive for developers. Existing rules limit each dwelling unit to 1,400 square feet, with no more than four units located in a 4,800-square foot building, (maximum excluding garage spaces). Each dwelling unit must be occupied by at least one person over the age of 62. ...more

The board of health heard an alternative solution to the request for a septic system repair at 272 Rutland Street property. At their previous meeting, the board of health had requested that an additional perc test be run within the proposed leaching bed for the repair. On April 18, Jody Borghetti of Stamski and McNary was replaced by George Dimarkarakos who presented a revised plan showing the leaching bed 12 feet longer and more narrow than the previous design. Under this scenario, the perc test fell within the leaching bed. ...more

The sixth-graders at the Carlisle Middle School participated in an Olympic ceremony on Friday, March 31 to close a three-week interdisciplinary Olympic project. At the closing event, Ms. Rosazza, a swimmer at the 1956 Melbourne, Australia Summer Olympics, was the guest speaker. Ms.Joan Rosazza earned a silver medal in the 400-meter relay event. "The Olympics were very different when I competed," she explained. "Politics greatly influenced the games." ...more

Transportation issues are "generally considered the single most vexing problem throughout the MAGIC [Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination] subregion," according to chair Gordon Feltman of Bedford. Members met earlier this month to respond to three proposals that will significantly impact transportation in the area. ...more

Last week, some of the commuters who race along Carlisle roads got a wake-up call. Between Tuesday, April 18, and Friday, April 21, 65 vehicles were stopped for speeding in Carlisle. The planned "selective enforcement," as it is categorized in the police log, netted the town approximately $5,000 in fines. Money set aside in the police budget for this purpose made the operation possible. ...more

One glance at the Gleason Public Library building on Bedford Road and the almost-finished exterior of the building is visible. Until the recent rain, masons were working daily to complete all of the walls, including the stone one around the outside chiller unit. Inside, plasterers have almost finished and painters have begun. The electrician returned to start installing light fixtures. Observation of nearby library construction projects has taught us not to focus too early on a completion date, but we're looking forward to moving into the new building sometime this summer. ...more

According to the Town Warrant, the finance committee estimates that, for the fiscal year 2001, "the balanced (no-override) budget will result in a projected four- to five-percent tax rate increase, from $17.80 to an estimated $18.50 per $1,000 of real estate valuation. If voters approve the Proposition 2-1/2 operating and debt override questions, the tax rate would rise approximately six to seven percent or an estimated $18.90 per $1,000 of valuation." However, these are only estimates and, due to a number of factors, it is difficult to provide exact figures, they argue. ...more


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