The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 30, 2001


The Carlisle Fire Department performed 21 pumpouts on Thursday, March 22 and 8 more pumpouts the next day as rains continued to fall. Fire department captain David Flannery said Carlisle's three pumps were kept going round the clock and fire department crews kept them going as Carlisle bailed and pumped its way out of record rains, thaw and high water. Neither fire nor police departments reported emergency situations that regular crews and pumps couldn't handle...more

On Tuesday night, selectman Mike Fitzgerald opened his board's discussion of the Concord-Carlisle High School budget by reporting the Concord FinCom has changed its guideline to meet the Carlisle guideline put forward last week. For Carlisle, that guideline allows a 12 percent increase in our share of the school budget, significantly less than the 21 percent requested by the school. At the level of agreement between the two FinComs, the school would be forced to cut approximately $950,000 from its proposed budget...more

A tightly reasoned presentation by conservation commissioner Jo Rita Jordan has swayed the currently cost-averse board of selectmen to let the town decide the fate of the Greenough Pond. On March 13, they agreed to reinstate an article on the Warrant for the May 14 Town Meeting that requests $13,050 for an engineering study of the Greenough Dam. The dam is a 70-year-old man-made structure that holds back the flow of Pages Brook to form the largest open-water pond in Carlisle and to enrich extensive wetlands upstream...more

The search committee seeking a new principal for the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School interviewed six candidates for the job in open meetings over the last week. On Tuesday, the committee selected three of these candidates as finalists. Chosen were Arthur Dulong, Pamela Culver and Peter Badalament. The six semi-finalists had been chosen from 13 applicants that the committee had interviewed privately...more

As if their taxes were not high enough already, Bedford voters adopted the Community Preservation Act by a decisive vote of 809 to 483 (63%) in a town election on March 10. This action implemented a 3% property tax surcharge, with exemptions for the first $100,000 of real estate value and low-income status, and made the community eligible for state matching funds. The driving force behind Bedford's first-in-the-state adoption is the current wisdom that only a few towns will join CPA in its first year (FY02) and the $26 million state pot of money will be split by fewer communities. Just in the past week North Andover and Duxbury have become the second and third towns to adopt the CPA...more

by Kathleen Coyle

In 1969 the Massachusetts legislature enacted a law intended to address the shortage of low and moderate income housing in the state by reducing barriers created by local approval processes and zoning restrictions. This was to be the first such law in the nation, and other states have subsequently passed similar legislation. The law, known officially as The Massachusetts Comprehensive Permit Law, has been termed the anti-snob zoning law. It piggybacks on state and federal subsidized housing laws that apply to towns where subsidized housing comprises less than 10% of the year-round housing stock.more

There is no rubber stamp at the board of appeals. Board members judge each case independently, looking to alleviate topographical hardship, improve safety, and accommodate residents' requests as long as the variances granted do not violate the intent of town bylaws. All the rulings from the most recent meeting on March 14 involved resident applications...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) devoted a major part of their March 22 meeting to a discussion of revisions to the town's wetland protection bylaw as submitted for inclusion in the May 14 Town Meeting Warrant. They addressed a number of comments received from readers of the proposed amendments that have been posted on their website at Concern has been expressed, by both attorneys and lay citizens, because two special categories of projects had not been expressly exempted from the bylaw, and it was felt they should be...more

Mystified by these combinations of letters coming from the Carlisle SchoolIAQ, ADA? The solution can be found with David Flannery, the Carlisle Public Schools supervisor of building and grounds, who reported on his activities at the March 30 school committee meeting...more

· A proposed 2001-2002 calendar was presented to the school committee Tuesday evening, March 20 by principal Andy Goyer. He said he had done his best to coordinate the schedule with Concord-Carlisle High School and receive input from the staff in Carlisle. The first day of school will be on Tuesday, September 4. The 180 required days of school will end on June 18 with no snow days. There will be five professional days next year and one early release day a month; six on the second and three on the first Tuesday of the month. Superintendent Fox-Melanson noted the first trimester is a little longer in the new calendar than this year...more

"The student backpacks are gargantuan and are growing at an enormous rate." said Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson at the Carlisle School Committee meeting Tuesday, March 30. The school administration is so concerned that it asked sixth graders to take part in a now three-month-long experiment. Backpacks for the sixth graders can be brought to school but left in the locker...more

Acting chair of the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) Suzanne Whitney Smith opened the public hearing on School Choice at the school committee meeting on March 20. No one from the public attended the hearing and the CSC voted not to admit non-residents to the Carlisle School...more

Carlisle students took imagination to a new level in regional competition of Destination Imagination (DI), formerly known as Odyssey of the Mind, in Bedford on Saturday, March 17. The DI program puts a premium on creativity and teamwork in solving problems. The Concord-Carlisle High School team, making its debut, placed first in the secondary division and proceeded to state competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on March 24, where they placed seventh...more

Money was the subject on March 20 as the selectmen revisited the Warrant for the May 14 Town Meeting, beginning with a review and discussion of capital expenditures to be included in Article 6, then moved on to warrant articles for police support services, a sander and a firetruck, and engineering work on the Greenough Dam. Two other potentially controversial warrant articles propose membership in a mosquito control project (Article 15) and new regulations to protect vernal pools (Article 20)...more

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