The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 3, 2000


Six towns and 38 firefighters were involved in a three-alarm fire at the residence of the Vicharelli family on Munroe Hill Road this past Friday, October 27. The fire was reported by a neighbor at 2:04 p.m. When the first fire crew arrived at 2:09 p.m., the roof was fully involved and Carlisle Fire Chief Bob Koning immediately called for a three-alarm response. The blaze was under control at 3:36 p.m., although the firemen stayed until 5:54 p.m. ...more

While the presidential contest between Vice-president Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush is likely to draw voters to the polls on Tuesday, it's the eight state-wide ballot questions that are likely to keep them there. Town clerk Sarah Andreassen urges all residents to bring along their completed "cheat-sheets," available in the red Voters Guide mailed to all residents or on page 19 of this issue, due to the large number of contests and length of the ballot questions. The polls will be open in the Town Hall on Tuesday, November 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ...more

In a stellar example of living their values, Jack and Betty Valentine of Acton Street have granted a conservation restriction "in perpetuity" on 10.2 acres of scenic pastureland on the southeast corner of the intersection of Acton and West Streets. The restriction, which was approved by the selectmen at their October 24 meeting, is granted to the Carlisle Conservation Foundation and specifies that the "primary purpose of this conservation restriction is to maintain the premises as an open field presenting a scenic, open, pastoral vista to travelers along West and Acton Streets. ...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission has received confirmation of their concern about the continuing stability of the Greenough Dam, following a recent inspection by the dam safety office of the state Department of Environmental Management (DEM). To quote an October 17 inspector's letter to the commission, "Your dam appears to be in fair to poor condition and not satisfactorily maintained. Deficiencies listed in the attached report should be attended to at your earliest opportunity." ...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission will convene on Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. Tentative agenda items follow. ...more

Route 3 Construction

"We're not going to cut any trees we don't have to," says John Greeley, spokesman for Modern Continental, the developer who has the contract for widening Route 3. However, few trees will be left after crews begin the clearing for two additional lanes on the median strip of Route 3 between Route128 and Tyngsboro this month. Construction of the two lanes will start next spring. ...more

The latest plan for home construction in the area between East Street and Bedford Road brought a contingent of seven neighbors and abutters to the October 26 meeting of the Carlisle Conservation Commission. Engineer Gary Shepard of David Ross Associates unrolled plans for construction of a driveway accessing a single-family house on a lot he admitted has had "a long, complicated history" that involved both land swaps and lot reconfigurations. ...more

· Cablevision power supply. A request was approved for placement of a new power supply in an area off Nowell Farme Road where other utility installations already exist. The unit will be a pedestal approximately four-and-a-half feet high. ...more

· Great Brook conservation cluster. Engineer Gary Shepard of David Ross Associates presented a request from Ira Gould for a 30-day extension of an October 30 deadline for completion of a wetland replication area in the Great Brook conservation cluster. Explaining that he had not received all the permits required from other official bodies until a few days ago, he said the work could not be accomplished by the deadline. The major commission concern was whether the plants placed in the new wetland site in November could survive the winter. A call to the state Department of Environmental Protection had brought a recommendation that the applicant be allowed an extension. Understanding that, should the plantings fail he would need to replace them in the spring, Gould received his approval. ...more

The planning board tackled several plans and petitions at their October 23 meeting, focusing on traffic and fire safety as well as visual aesthetics ...more

With the new potential threat of mosquito-borne West Nile virus, the board of health is once again exploring whether Carlisle should join the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project. At their October 24 meeting, Tim Deschamps, assistant superintendent of the project, explained the five stages of the project's mosquito control operation: larvaciding, water management, surveillance, public education and adulticiding for mosquito control. Twenty-nine towns have joined the project, excluding Carlisle, Concord, Westford and Acton and Deschamps pointed out that the other three towns are also considering mosquito control. The question of whether to participate in the project will be placed before Carlisle citizens at the Town Meeting on November 14 (Warrant Article 7). ...more

The following information has been excerpted from the "Information for Voters" guide published by Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin and mailed to residences in October. Due to the length of the questions, the sample ballot is not reprinted. ...more

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito