The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 18, 2000


"The library will open tomorrow." This was the call that we'd all been waiting for and it came on Tuesday afternoon from Gleason Library Trustee Mary Cheever. After almost eight years of planning and work, the 1895 Gleason Building has been renovated, the 1973 addition razed and a new two-story addition constructed, providing more than two and a half times the library space formerly available and handicapped access. The town gave its final approval of the $2.7 million project in spring, 1999; a $919,388 state grant and $360,000 in contributions offset the town expense. ...more

A joint meeting of the board of health and the selectmen was held Tuesday, August 8, to discuss the West Nile Disease. Though some towns are spraying mosquitoes, the state has not recommended that action. The disease is spread from birds to mosquitoes to people and there have been no reports of infected mosquitoes yet. Board of health agent Linda Fantasia stated that she has received seven phone calls from residents: four in favor of spraying, three against spraying and two calls about dead birds. Board chair Steve Opolski recommended leaving the birds alone as there is no means of handling them. ...more

State Representative Susan Fargo visited the Carlisle Board of Selectmen's meeting on August 8 to request support of a petition entitled Hanscom at the Crossroads which calls for a moratorium on expansion of commercial passenger aviation at Hanscom Field. Currently, Shuttle America, which operates about 20 flights a day from Hanscom to smaller airports, such as Trenton, has applied for permission to fly to New York's LaGuardia airport. Characterizing the issue of airport expansion as "one that affects my entire Senate district," Fargo described the original decision by Massport to allow Shuttle America flights from Hanscom as "arbitrary and capricious" because it was reached without community input and in violation of a promise not to allow such flights. Suggesting that Green Airport in Rhode Island and Manchester Airport in New Hampshire are alternatives that have not been seriously considered, and that the New York mayor opposes added flights at LaGuardia, Fargo contended, "There is no plan, and I find that shocking....What we've seen operating is not good government." ...more

The selectmen voted at their August 8 meeting to appoint Ann Vandal of Dracut to the newly combined position of treasurer/tax collector. Vandal replaces Nancy and William Koerner, who have retired after 33 years. Vandal will assume the position in early September. ...more

Beth Schultz of Stamski and McNary had some discouraging news for the conservation commission at their August 10 meeting, regarding the construction of a ten-foot wide driveway to access a proposed single-family house off Maple Street. ...more

The Boston Gas saga at One River Road has finally come to a merciful end. Bryan Butler of Oxbow Associates accompanied Boston Gas representative Francis O'Leary as they seated themselves before the commissioners at the head table. The problem initially arose when Boston Gas installed a gas line through a wetland buffer zone into the One River Road facility, neglecting to file a Notice of Intent (NOI) and routing the line directly over the septic system. To make matters worse, there was fear that the gas line might be located directly over the septic system distribution box (d-box), meaning that any future excavation of the d-box could prove disastrous. The company has paid a $1,000 fine for its noncompliance and was ordered to submit an ex post facto NOI. ...more

Robert Cataldo, senior hydro-geologist from ENSR, attended the August 10 meeting of the conservation commission to present plans for a groundwater-pumping well and monitoring well on the O'Rourke Farm, now the property of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cataldo described the selected location as a wetland area where he believes they will find 50-60 feet of productive aquifer. They will drill one production well in the most promising location and then drill one or two monitoring wells nearby to observe any side effects on the water table. The cuttings from all drillings will be contained and removed. ...more

"It's interesting that you come and visit with us at this time," commented board of health chair Steve Opolski in yet another case of someone wanting to deed restrict the number of bedrooms in a planned expansion. Architect Chip Dewing presented a design for a home at 200 Indian Hill, which, if a proposed heated greenhouse and workshop are counted, will have a total of 12 rooms. ...more

On July 31, the planning board dealt with issues ranging in importance from the authorized filling of a hole in the ground to the emergence of a trend that could change the future face of Carlisle with the proliferation of protective covenants on deeds. ...more

The selectmen were visited by representatives from the board of health on August 8 to address matters of mutual concern, including the West Nile Virus and town center cleanup issues. ...more

The pedestrian and bicycle safety committee approached the selectmen on July 25 regarding a change to the planning board's rules and regulations to encourage developers to contribute to a pathways account whenever the sidewalk requirement in a new development is waived. Certain towns, including Lincoln, have established similar accounts which can be used only for purposes directly linked to the waived requirement; for example, funds could be used to put a sidewalk somewhere else where residents of the development will use it, such as a town center. According to interim town administrator Madonna Mackenzie, contributions to a pathways account cannot be mandatory but can be used as a negotiating tool. The town counsel will be consulted. ...more

· Updates from committees. The municipal land committee is reenergized and is developing a preliminary plan. They are planning a Saturday "Town Planning Day" in the fall. The recreation commission expressed a need for more tennis courts, as people are being turned away from tennis league and lessons. The Carlisle School expansion group is formulating a request for proposals. The expectation that over 100 students would be entering kindergarten in the fall is no longer a concern, as ten students have decided not to attend this year. Nina Ostrom resigned from the Finance Committee. ...more

The Community Redevelopment Act, which would have provided a mechanism for towns to fund open space, affordable housing, and historic preservation, was vetoed by Governor Paul Cellucci and, according to Senator Susan Fargo, is "dead for this session." At an August 8 meeting, chair of the board of selectman Michael Fitzgerald emphasized that this legislation would have given Carlisle "the tools to help us deal with some of our primary issues." Fargo agreed, "It's a good piece of legislation and I will keep pushing." ...more

Varsity athletes at Concord-Carlisle High School will be able to take a few more days off from games during school vacations. Under a revised varsity athletics and co-curricular activities vacation policy, several days during December vacation will be set aside when students can miss scheduled practices or games without any penalty. Also, students will now be able to apply to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) for a waiver for any other absences during the school year. ...more

Carlisle Board of Selectman Chair Michael Fitzgerald sent a letter to Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee chair Lauren Walters to express his concern about not being included in teacher negotiation meetings. ...more

The board of selectmen spent their July 11 meeting reviewing the town's short- and long-term goals, in preparation for exploring and setting priorities for the year. Board chair Michael Fitzgerald introduced this segment of the meeting as "a chance to brainstorm about where wethink the town should be headed, both short-term and long-term." ...more

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