The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 16, 2000


Conservation commissioner Tom Brownrigg has raised a question that remained in limbo after the Town Meeting vote that rejected the proposal to build affordable housing on the Conant Land. At the board's June 8 meeting, he informed his colleagues that he would like to see a subcommittee formed to work on a conservation restriction (CR) for that town-owned tract. ...more

Unanticipated expenses and a backlog in town record-keeping forced the interim town administrator to issue a moratorium on town department spending on June 13. Even before the May and June bills, interim town administrator Madonna Mckenzie believes the $115,000 reserve fund, set aside for unanticipated expenses, is nearly depleted for the fiscal year 2000 which ends on June 30. ...more

On May 31, the bike and pedestrian safety committee held an open meeting, attended by selectman Vivian Chaput, planning board member Kate Reid, and several town residents, to receive input on the request for proposals (RFP) for the first phase of the Carlisle School pathways loop. At Town Meeting in May, the committee received approval to begin planning a footpath, accessible by bikes, strollers and other conveyances, along the triangle defined by School Street, Church Street and the section of Bedford Road between them. The footpath would also have two extensions from the end of Church Street to Kimball's Ice Cream and from the corner of Church and School Streets to the entrance to the school's Spalding Building, where kindergarten and first grade classes are held. ...more

The date for the last day of service at the library at the Carlisle Institute at 872 Westford Road is Saturday, June 17. The reopening date for the library at 22 Bedford Road will be determined later, as the library gets closer to being ready to welcome everyone back. ...more

Town treasurer Nancy Koerner came to the meeting of the board of selectmen on June 13 to obtain approval and signatures on the recent bond sale. ...more

In a move which opponents say will hasten the demise of small family-run farms, the Massachusetts Senate voted to begin withdrawing from the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact. The compact, in place for three years, was intended to stabilize milk prices and to guarantee that dairy farmers earn at least a set price for every gallon of milk they produce. ...more

When is a soggy area on your property a legally protected wetland? Answer: when the rise and fall of water, the nature of the soil and/or the type of vegetation tell an expert from the local conservation commission that it is. Once again this last week, a Carlisle resident has found herself in trouble by assuming she knew the answer to that deceptively simple question. ...more

Issues that have been important in MAGIC (Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination) this past year continue to concern area towns. However, as the Magic Carpet program and the Transportation 2000 blueprint emerge from review, rewrite and comment stages, the group has time to focus on other regional issues and that is what it did at its June 8 meeting in Bedford. ...more

The school is considering changing the structure of the kindergarten program to two full days and three half-days per week beginning in September rather than in January. Presently, kindergarten children attend five mornings per week until January when they begin staying two afternoons in addition. ...more

· Two teachers recently submitted their resignations, effective at the end of the school year. Third-grade teacher Jennifer Webster will be taking a position at a school closer to her home. Eighth-grade social studies teacher Michael Miller will also be leaving. Miller is taking a leave to explore possibilities for graduate school. Special education teacher Patricia Comeau will be taking a one-year leave of absence to pursue a graduate degree. ...more

The following notes are taken from the Carlisle School newsletter, The Buzz. ...more

Encouraging empathy and civility among children as well as adults in the school community, and assessing the transition from Carlisle Middle School to the Concord-Carlisle High School, should be priorities according to the Carlisle School Council. That committee submitted their 2000 School Improvement Plan to the Carlisle School Committee on June 6. Several areas of the plan, two years in the making, were highlighted at the meeting. ...more

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