The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 20, 2000

News

The conservation commission authorized chair Carolyn Kiely to draft a letter to the selectmen and board of health expressing their opposition to "drive-by spraying" of larvacide in response to a potential West Nile virus threat. The action on October 12 was a direct result of advice from commissioner and Allandale Farm manager John Lee and visiting Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) circuit rider Gillian Davies. ...more

Board of health physician Dr. Claudia Talland, who describes herself as a statistical physician, explained to the board that she does not consider the West Nile virus a threat to people in Carlisle. Although two infected dead crows have been discovered in town, Talland explained, there have been no known cases of West Nile disease in humans in the entire state, much less any fatalities. If comprehensive spraying or other remedial action were taken, there would be no way to measure its effectiveness since the incidence of the disease is already zero. "From a public health perspective, this [West Nile virus] is a nonentity," said Talland. The West Nile virus is similar to the equine encephalitis virus which has been present in this region since 1930 with only 80 cases reported in the state in all that time. Talland noted that we have lived peacefully for more than six decades with the equine virus without any comprehensive spraying measures, and the equine is more deadly. ...more

A summary of "revenue enhancement program" fees was provided by Carlisle School business manager Eileen Riley for Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson and the school committee on October 3. These fees, a bus service fee of $50 for those students living within two miles of the school and all seventh- and eighth-graders, an activities fee of $25 per activity, and the $85 fee for additional kindergarten hours, were deemed necessary to maintain the school programs at a level service from the previous year. (State law requires free bus service only for students in grades K-6 who live further than two miles from school.) ...more

Concerned that the Town Hall parking lot will not easily accommodate the number of voters expected to turn out for the November 7 presidential election, the selectmen asked town clerk Sarah Andreassen for her opinion. According to Andreassen, 2,693 voters turned out in the last presidential election (1996), and over 3,000 can be expected this year due to growth in voter registration. Two years ago, when 2,087 voters turned out, there was a traffic jam in the Town Hall parking lot. Cutting back an island in that lot, which used to prevent cars from entering and exiting concurrently, has helped. ...more

· Wages and classifications. A Warrant article is being prepared to request the additional money needed to implement the final phase of the Wages and Classifications Study. Although every town employee has been upgraded, where necessary, to the minimum salary level of his or her classification, additional money is needed to place people at their proper points within the range. Adjustments were also made to incorporate an across-the-board increase in the ranges due to a rise in the consumer price index of 2.7 percent. In addition, four administrative assistants are being upgraded to grade 4, with the hourly rate of $12.36 to $17.59, because job descriptions did not accurately reflect the level of responsibility. ...more

· A public hearing was held for a waiver of the distance from a tank to a well at 80 Wildwood Lane for the repair of a septic system. Although Title 5 guidelines are met, the distance of 81 feet falls short of Carlisle's rule of 100 feet. The waiver was granted. ...more

Deb Belanger, chair of the bike and pedestrian safety advisory committee, presented a draft plan for footpaths which is now being circulated among various town committees and interested groups for their input. After some discussion at the October 10 selectmen's meeting, Belanger failed to receive a positive response to fund a feasibility study of the plan at this time. ...more

Twenty-five year growth projections for the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) are staggering. At their biannual legislative breakfast this past week, members and legislators heard that a 300,000 increase in population is expected in the 11-town MAGIC area and as a result, 200,000 more commuters are anticipated. Rapid growth along the Route 495 corridor will lead to approximately 600,000 new jobs and it is expected that 400,000 of those people will be driving. One member's comment, "You ain't seen nothing yet," was the general reaction from legislators, selectmen and planners who will have to cope with the anticipated population and economic changes. ...more

In an effort initiated by Senator Susan Fargo, area legislators have called upon the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to further review Shuttle America's request to operate flights to New York's LaGuardia Airport. Senators Fargo, Pamela Resor and Robert A. Havern, III, along with Representatives Jay Kaufmann, Cory Atkins and Charles A. Murphy, have written both agencies in the interest of historical preservation. ...more


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