The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 23, 2000


Utilities dispute erupts at Buttrick Woods

It all started at a planning board meeting back on January 10. Someone reported that a telephone pole had materialized at the entrance to the Buttrick Woods subdivision on Concord Street. Since the plans approved by the planning board clearly state that all utilities within the development must be buried, this understandably raised a few eyebrows. The developer chose not to dig up newly paved Concord Street, but decided to string power lines over the road. Once they reach the pole in question, power lines will be routed underground and buried throughout the development. Unfortunately, the pole is located 18 feet inside the development, thus violating the buried utilities mandate. Consequently, no wires were installed and Buttrick Woods has been operating on generator power while the new homes are constructed.

Now it's June 13 and some of the new owners are anxiously waiting to move in except, there is still no power or telephone and the naked pole remains standing 18 feet inside the development. A Bell Atlantic representative attended the selectmen's meeting to discuss a recent request to move the pole out of the development into the public right-of-way, within three feet of Concord Street. He was accompanied by an extremely agitated woman whose occupancy of her new home was being delayed by the lack of electricity and telephone.

Because they had been unwillingly drawn into this dispute, the selectmen decided to take a fresh look at the whole situation. Selectman Vivian Chaput worried about the danger of a telephone pole being placed three feet from the side of Concord Street, posing a threat to bicyclists, snowplows, automobiles and pedestrians. Chair Michael Fitzgerald looked askance at the sight of wires hanging over Concord Street for everyone to see, in order for the residents of Buttrick Woods to enjoy buried and out-of-sight utilities. Both proposed that digging up Concord Street was preferable and that the errant telephone pole should be removed rather than moved. A motion to require Bell Atlantic and Boston Edison to provide service under, rather than over, Concord Street was passed by a vote of 4-0. This only served to further agitate the now potentially homeless woman who proceeded to hurl a string of invectives at the board members and storm out of the room.

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