The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 9, 2001

News

Members of the Carlisle Municipal Land Committee (CMLC) have discussed, pondered, debated and studied for several years, trying to develop a plan for acquisition and use of town land. Tomorrow morning from 9 to 12, at the Town Hall, residents will have a chance to weigh in at the CMLC's first planning day. ...more

Growth has changed the face of Carlisle town government and presented a variety of new challenges to the town's selectmen. They are on the front lines as the town wrestles with issues such as effectively organizing town government to meet the demands of growth, keeping financial balance when townspeople are requiring more services, and preserving the essential character of Carlisle as new development reduces open land and brings an influx of more affluent people to town. Recent interviews with each of the selectmen probed their greatest challenges, their major concerns, and the issues that will be paramount in the coming years. Also, from their vantage point at the head of town government, I asked each to look forward five to ten years and tell me how the town will change, and what needs to be done now to manage those changes. ...more

At the January 30 Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (CCRSC) meeting, Superintendent Ed Mavragis presented the latest round in budget development, attempting to put into some kind of descending order what would be eliminated first if overrides do not pass. ...more

At the January 30 meeting of the board of health, members offered their own views on appropriate mosquito control for Carlisle. ...more

At its January 25 meeting the conservation commission got its first look at proposed changes to the Carlisle Nonzoning Wetland Bylaw being developed by an ad hoc advisory committee. Major recommendations called for a hike in filing fees and penalty levels plus buffer protection for vernal pools and Isolated Land Subject to Flooding (ILSF). They will also seek authorization to require a strip of "continuous, undisturbed vegetative cover" within both those boundaries and the existing 100-foot buffer zone that surrounds wetlands under the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act (WPA). ...more

The Carlisle Finance Committee (FinCom) continued to hear budget presentations from town boards and administrators on January 24 and 31. FY 02 draft budgets from the board of health and the conservation commission (ConsCom) far exceeded the FinCom's 3 percent budget increase guideline, citing the need for additional staff hours as well as increasing operating expenses. The recreation commission (RecCom) budget also exceeded guidelines, although its user fees far exceeded the projected expenses. Presentations from the planning board and the town clerk were brief and very well received, given that their budgets were within the 3 percent guideline. ...more

Sometimes the real news doesn't even make the agenda. Last Thursday the Carlisle Board of Appeals (BOA) heard only one case from a town resident regarding a lot-line variance (see below). However, a half-dozen people were on hand to find out how the board would prepare for its next meeting, on Thursday, March 1, when it will hear a request by Nextel Communications for a dimensional variance for the installation of a communications monopole at 1 River Road. ...more

Concord-Carlisle Swimming Pool Fund Inc. is a nonprofit, charitable corporation that was formed to oversee the design and construction of an indoor swimming and recreation facility that will be located on the grounds of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. On January 30, representatives of the corporation came before the regional school committee to give a status report. ...more

At Tuesday's school committee meeting, Carlisle School Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson announced that the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) dismissed a complaint brought against the school by former fifth-grade teacher Susan Greene. On April 12, 2000, Greene had filed a claim with MCAD alleging that she was subject to retaliation due to her support for a student who filed a sexual harassment complaint against another Carlisle teacher. ...more

I talked to the state rabies experts last week. There have been confirmed rabies cases in all of the towns in Massachusetts except those on the Cape and Islands. In Carlisle, they stopped checking all animals that had not had risky exposure with humans or domestic animals, after the first two confirmed cases. Two raccoons and a fox were confirmed rabid in Carlisle. It's here. ...more

The January 30 meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee opened with an interview of a candidate for director of financial services to replace former director Dr. Gerald Missal. Dierdre Farrell has been serving as interim director working with Missal through a transitional period and taking over after his departure. During the interview Farrell stressed the importance of insuring the integrity of data used in strategic planning. After the interview, Superintendent Edward Mavragis recommended retaining her services for 2 1/2 years. The motion to do so passed unanimously. ...more


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