The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 4, 2000


The fourth Harry Potter doesn't light a candle to the real sizzler of the summerthe Carlisle real estate ads. Though brokers don't claim to have a crystal ball, everyone contacted for this article agreed that the market, which traditionally cools off in the summer, will remain strong. "The trend will continue," said Hunneman broker Brigitte Senkler, "but not as wildly as before the NASDAQ dropped in the spring. The question is, how high?" ...more

The moment of truth for which Carlisle has been preparing over the past year has finally arrived. The conservation commission hosted a public meeting on July 27 to consider a request for determination of applicability for a new wireless communications facility. AT&T hopes to construct a 150-foot cell tower off Bedford Road. ...more

On July 25, State Representative Jay Kaufman, whorepresents Lexington and Lincoln, arrived at the selectmen's meeting with a statement in hand entitled, "Hanscom at theCrossroads." Kaufman asked the Carlisle Selectmen to join selectmen from the towns ofBedford, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Belmont, Waltham, and others in signingthestatement which calls for "a moratorium on the expansion of commercial aviation atHanscom." ...more

The Carlisle Historical Society is working to save Coppermine Farm, one of Carlisle's early houses, from being torn down. ...more

The fence and trailer are long gone, the books and most of the furniture moved in, but a state agency inspection of the Gleason Library elevator cannot be completed until August 17. This delay will prevent the library from obtaining an occupancy permit and opening its doors to the public. "We're definitedly very disappointed," said trustee Mary Cheever. Meanwhile, the staff is hard at work shelving books. Watch for the sandwich board out front which will announce when they're open for business. ...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission meeting on July 13 featured a bit of brinksmanship on the part of Boston Gas representative Francis O'Leary. Obviously anxious to bring a close to an inconvenient and embarrassing altercation with the local board, O'Leary appeared ready to force a final vote on the firm's belated application to obtain approval for a gas line already in place at the business property at 1 River Road. ...more

Five days after a Boston Gas representative had a less than successful meeting before the conservation commission, two representatives, Mo Sanio and Phil Wells, appeared before the board of health. On July 18, Sanio explained that in September he was asked to install a gas connection at 1 River Road. He got a crew and dug a gas line 18 inches deep and 150 feet long by hand. No leaching field, distribution box (d-box) or septic tank was found. The gas lines are not deep and it is common for the gas company to cross electrical, sewer or water lines which are buried deeper, Sanio added. ...more

An oversupply of cranberries combined with a drop in demand has led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to order growers nationwide to cut this fall's crop by 15 percent. The hope is that this action will halt the downward spiral that has more than halved the prices farmers receive for a barrel of fruit from close to $60 in 1995 to a little over $20 today. ...more

The board of health listened intently on July 18 as Jeffrey Morrissette of H-Star engineering presented plans to clean up the toxic waste at 106 Concord Street. "There is junk in actual wetlands consisting of paint cans, car parts and junk metal," explained Morrissette. "The plan is to remove the small debris by hand first, so that we can see what else is there, make a map of what is found and at what depth. It is hard to come up with a definite plan until we know the extent of the contamination. If we encounter scrap metal at a four-foot level, it might be desirable to leave it there rather than to further disturb the wetlands." A metal detector will be used to look for metal in the wetlands. ...more

Theodore Treibick, on behalf of the Laura Jon Realty Corporation, submitted a Notice of Intent to build a ten-foot wide driveway across a wetland to access a proposed single-family house located off Maple Street. This 2.09-acre lot also abuts "Carlisle Street" and initial thought was to gain access from there rather than fill 630 square feet of wetland on Maple Street. ...more

At a third appearance by developer Peter Marden and his environmental engineer Jody Borghetti, the conservation commission approved a proposal for construction of a house and associated utilities on Pheasant Hill Lane. On July 13, they reviewed some of their previous concerns about the substantial grading and filling operation required by the steep hillside location. ConsCom administrator Sylvia Willard again expressed discomfort at the requirement for 2,000 cubic yards of fill, which might prove vulnerable in an extreme rainfall event. She stressed the need for rapid erosion control measures and reseeding. ...more

Carlisle has been clamoring for high-speed Internet access for some time. In fact, Carlisle had the highest level of interest in high-speed Internet access of 39 towns surveyed by Cablevision, Carlisle's cable TV provider, according to Cablevision regional vice-president John Urban who promised, "Carlisle will not be overlooked." However, impatient residents will have to wait until next year for their no-wait, always-on cable modems. ...more

The Carlisle Finance Committee celebrated the arrival of a new year on July 10fiscal year 2001, that is by taking money from the FY00 reserve fund and passing it out to a variety of needy town departments. But far from a dry financial transaction, the meeting offered insight into difficulties inherent in running the town. ...more

July 11 was bright and clear, a perfect day for the tall ships, and an even brighter, long-awaited day for 14-year-old Jennifer Morin, who had been looking forward to getting her braces off that day. However, this was not to be, for at 9:28 that morning Jennifer's mother, Jean, called the Carlisle Police to report her daughter was missing. ...more

· Davis Road pond. A flurry of calls from citizens, upset that a mini-pond at the Davis Road entrance to the Pine Meadows subdivision was being filled with rocks, got immediate attention from conservation administrator Sylvia Willard last week. The owner of the land, who said he was concerned about his child's safety, was advised to halt the operation, after a call to developer William Costello revealed that the pool is part of a drainage system and is protected by the planning board's regulations. Commissioners believe that in addition, the pool is subject to federal protection through the Army Corps of Engineers. ...more

· Wages. In other business at the board of selectmen's July 11 meeting, salaries for the various town departments were approved, raising several to theminimum suggested by the recent Wages and Classifications Report. Approximately $30,000 was appropriated to fund recommendations of this study in FY2001 by Annual Town Meeting in May, and a fall Special Town Meeting will vote to transfer. The fall Special Town Meeting will vote to transfer these funds to department budgets to cover this first step of the implementation. In other salary matters, after researching what other towns pay, selectmen reduced theadditional stipend for the assistant treasurer for acting as treasurer to $100 per month for the next six months. ...more

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