The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 5, 2000


Concerns about its impact on town center water and a centerpiece conservation area, as well as a myriad of other uncertainties led to the demise of the affordable housing's proposal to use six of Conant Land's 54 acres for seven rental units. The group needed a two-thirds majority for Article 21, which would have transferred a portion of the land and permitted a lease to a nonprofit entity for that purpose, but failed to carry even a majority with a final vote of 136 in favor to 139 opposed. ...more

Two contests for elected positions and three ballot questions which impact taxpayers' bills are likely to draw voters to the polls on Tuesday, May 9 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Town Hall. ...more

The long-awaited Wage and Classification Study has finally arrived. Sandy Stapczynski of Human Resource Services, Inc. delivered copies of the weighty tome to members of the board of selectmen and town administrator Madonna McKenzie at the April 25 meeting. The Clark Room was filled to standing room only with town officials and employees from every department, eager to hear how they were finally going to be rewarded. ...more

As land in Carlisle becomes ever more precious, the ingenuity of those trying to profit from it becomes ever more obvious. The latest example came before the planning board at their April 24 meeting. At the request of Timothy Blunt, the board was presented with an informal conceptual plan for subdivision of the land at 381 Cross Street. This is the former home and land of Marden and Cynthia Seavey. (The 2,200-square-foot home was sold last June for $497,000). ...more

The board of selectmen continued their site review of the increased use of 7 School Street for business purposes. The 200-year-old building has a history of commercial use and is now proposed as a satellite office for Carlson Real Estate. Most of the discussion has focused on the parking problem that such a business would create. The combination of a limited number of spaces, a mix with residential parking, the grade of School Street, and the need for parkers to back out onto School Street creates a substandard situation.At the selectmen's April 25 meeting, the mention of septic system and wells touched off a whole new subject of controversy. ...more

Albert Gould and Betsy Goldenberg are in the home stretch with their Great Brook Estates subdivision with nine lots (plus a bonus lot) on a 1,000-foot cul-de-sac at 195 Rutland Street. They seek a special permit for a conservation cluster and common driveway and have submitted a definitive subdivision plan for final approval. The public hearing has been ongoing since March 13 with various and sundry changes being made to enhance the design. Approximately 3.83 acres will be given over to open space in exchange for a bonus tenth lot. At the April 24 meeting, Gary Shepard of David Ross Associates proudly displayed a color map of the final project and eagerly awaited the planning board's enthusiastic approval. Ten arborvitae trees were added to the Puffer (an abutter) buffer for good measure and a fire cistern will be located at each end of Great Brook Path, as requested. ...more

Carlisle's special counsel on water rights, attorney Frank DiLuna, commanded the full attention of the Chelmsford Conservation Commission and that town's privately-owned Water District representatives on April 25 at the Chelmsford Town Hall. Following an hour of technical jousting between commission and district engineers as to whether pumping up to 360,000 gallons of water per day from the Chelmsford portion of the Cranberry Bog Reservation would adversely affect the Heart Pond wetland system that feeds Carlisle's Cranberry Bog, DiLuna rose with a concise but telling exposition of his clients' position. He stated up front that his analysis was based on the conviction that the Chelmsford Water District's proposed Barnes Terrace wellfield project would have "a disastrous effect" on the Carlisle Cranberry Bog. ...more

The housing authority was sent back to the drawing board when Tuesday's Town Meeting failed to pass Article 21 to transfer six acres of the Conant Land for development of seven units of affordable- and moderate-income housing. ...more

Question 1

Approval of Question 1 will allow the town to assess an additional $222,487 for the town's operating expenses. Of the sum requested, $80,000 would be appropriated to the Carlisle School. This would allow a 9.5 percent increase in their budget but less than the originally requested 10.5-percent increase for "level services" due to rising costs for salaries, special education and a growing enrollment. If the override fails, the Carlisle School budget would be reduced to an 8.1 percent increase, and while officials have not outlined specific cuts, they have suggested that reductions could be made in teaching and aide positions, support staff and supplies. Even if the override passes, the school plans to increase fees to close a $58,000 budget gap. (See article on page 11) ...more

As last week's article on the tax rate pointed out, estimates of next year's tax bills based on spending decisions made in the spring are speculative, because many of the numbers that raise or lower the tax rate are unknown until the fall. Thus, town officials have declined to provide estimates of the tax rate increases for each of the override questions on the ballot for the May 9 election. ...more

Article 1 - Town reports

The motion to accept the reports of town officers, boards, committees, commissioners and trustees carried. ...more

Even if the override passes, the Carlisle Public School has proposed making up a $58,800 budget shortfall for fiscal year 2001 by instituting new fees to be charged to parents for bus transportation, band, math league, yearbook, student council, and intramural sports. Fees already in place for team sports would remain as they are. Facility use fees would also be increased for adult users. The $1,000 subsidy for school lunches would be eliminated and some support staff hours reduced. ...more

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