The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 6, 2000


Selectmen appoint McKenzie town administrator, transfer cable license

The board of selectmen have appointed Madonna McKenzie as town administrator for a three-year term. McKenzie has served as acting town administrator since last spring. The appointment for term took place at their September 26 meeting.

CATV License Transfer Approved

The selectmen voted to approve a transfer of the Cablevision license to provide cable services to AT&T, which is purchasing Cablevision. At a public hearing a few months ago AT&T touted plans to improve access and upgrade services in the general area, without providing specifics regarding Carlisle. AT&T's recent acquisition of MediaOne makes it "the state's dominant provider of high-speed residential internet access over cable systems" (Boston Globe, June 28, 2000). According to Paul Gill of the cable TV advisory committee, a recent survey of townspeople indicates such service is much in demand in Carlisle.

Gill, representing the cable TV advisory committee at the September 26 meeting, said that ,"AT&T has the legal, technical, and managerial ability to provide a timely upgrade to the cable infrastructure . . and can bring [that] demonstrated ability to Carlisle. The question is when." Admitting that "AT&T didn't make any promises to Carlisle" even when pressured, Gill remains optimistic about the potential for service improvements. He has heard from a source that "Carlisle is high on the list" for an upgrade. The Cablevision license being transferred expires next year (October 2001), and Gill underlined the importance of the request for proposals (RFP) which the committee is working on in preparation for renewal of the license. A public hearing will take place in the spring, at which time Gill hopes to have a plan from AT&T for upgrading Carlisle's cable system.

Pedestrian and bike safety committee questionnaire

Also at the September 26 meeting the selectmen voted to approve a request by Deb Belanger of the pedestrian and bicycle safety advisory committee for $650 from the pathways account, to cover costs to mail a questionnaire to residents of the town "measuring the extent of community interest in pursuing a footpath system for Carlisle." According to selectman Carol Peters, "This information is important for getting a sense of where the town wants to go."

Other appointments

Linda Chateauneuf and Carl Schilling were each appointed to the personnel board for three-year terms. The selectmen also discussed appointing an alternate or associate to the board in case of absences during critical negotiations.

Michael Brophy was appointed to the recreation commission to fill the opening left by Carol Peters. A letter from chair Maureen Tarca recommended him, indicating that as an associate member, Brophy displayed "energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to work for recreation." Peters added that his involvement with youth soccer is an asset. Joe Childs has recently resigned from the recreation commission, leaving one opening.

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