The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 22, 2000


Planning board asks selectmen to enforce drainage plan

On September 11, the Carlisle Planning Board thrashed out a response to a recalcitrance of a lot owner in Pine Meadow subdivision.

Planning Administrator George Mansfield reported on the status of the drainage hole on Lot 15 in the Pine Meadows subdivision. Lot owner Dave Bellinger had come before the planning board on July 21st to explain that he had filled in the hole with gravel to reduce his potential liability.

However, the board decided that the hole was a natural feature worthy of preservation and an integral part of the subdivision drainage plan, and that Mr. Bellinger did not have the authority to alter. He was advised that he could meet with subdivision developer Bill Costello and work out a solution, or call for a public hearing. Mr. Bellinger, in turn, has made no response, while Costello, in a statement from his attorney, denies any further responsibility.

The board agreed that they did not have the power to force Mr. Bellinger to restore the hole to its former state, even though they had approved the subdivision plan subject to the drainage system. However, the board decided to ask the selectmen "to consider taking some steps." According to chair Michael Epstein, "Obviously this is a variance from the plans that we approved. The Certificate of Completion may be jeopardized."

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito