Friday, March 9, 2001
Shorts from the Selectmen's Meeting
· Progress on school loop. Deb Belanger of the bike and pedestrian safety committee reported that snow has prevented Landtec from beginning engineering work on siting pathways to form the school loop. If snow melts and the work is completed, her committee will plan a public meeting before Town Meeting to present the siting and to discuss the impact on abutters.
· Hope for Internet Access. Paul Gill of the cable communications advisory committee reported his committee is working on a wish-list in preparation for the transfer of the title to new franchise operator AT&T Broadband sometime this year. The committee has surveyed residents, talked to town departments, and brainstormed desired features. Discussion centered around the wisdom of drafting Carlisle's own request for proposals (RFP) to strengthen our negotiating position. Of particular concern is the addition of bandwidth to support Internet access. The committee hopes to have a public meeting before summer.
· Added traffic officer? A grant of $75,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to pay for an additional police officer for three years must be approved by the selectmen. "Is this net money in, or net money out?" asked FinCom member Simon Platt. Responded selectman Vivian Chaput, "We're paying the money now, but at time and a half (using an officer on overtime). The new officer eliminates that and brings in new revenues (due to higher ticketing)." The motion was tabled until the impact on the police budget can be assessed.
· Other grants. The fire department received a $14,844 grant from the executive office of public safety for imaging cameras and safety equipment. A grant to the police department of $1250 from the Mass Interlocal Insurance Company for video cameras is half of what is needed to supply needed surveillance.
· Budget update. The FinCom reported that CCHS has not reached agreement with the Concord and Carlisle FinComs. A long list of possible warrant articles was presented which includes a DPW truck and a ladder truck for the fire department, as well as $1 million for the school septic system. Negotiation is continuing between the Carlisle Fincom and town departments. Paul Morrison of the school committee expressed dismay at the lack of discussion between the FinCom and his committee. The FinCom will speak with the school committee and prepare a spreadsheet for meeting with selectmen on March 6.
The selectmen accepted with regret the resignation of Hal Sauer from the housing authority.
March was declared Red Cross month in recognition of this outstanding organization and its contributions to our community.
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