The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 13, 2001


Two hundred forty nine residents turned out for the Special Town Meeting last Tuesday evening to consider a single issue, whether Carlisle should join the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) and levy a two percent tax surcharge to fund conservation, recreation, historic preservation and community housing. After a wide-ranging discussion of the burdens and benefits, with the selectmen supporting the act and the finance committee opposing, the Town Meeting passed the measure by a margin of better than two to one. Final approval requires a town vote at the May 22 election...more

The search for a principal for CCHS has ended. At the April 10 meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee Arthur Dulong was introduced as the selected candidate. Dulong is currently associate principal at Lexington High School. Prior to this he was a math teacher, head of the math department and assistant principal at Lexington High School. Superintendent Ed Mavragis commented that Dulong had wide support across the community groups that participated in the selection process...more

The Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC), which had previously refused to reduce its proposed FY02 budget, faced a big dilemma at its meeting on Tuesday night. The clock is ticking down to the Concord and Carlisle Town Meetings, and the proposed CCHS budget was rejected by the selectmen and finance committees in both towns...more

Trends happen case by case, and sometimes remarkable changes slide in almost unnoticed if you aren't paying attention. At their April 13 meeting the board of appeals granted a variance to enlarge a house because they considered it smaller than needed by the family living there. Variances such as this have become more a rule rather than an exception...more

A crowd of about twenty spectators left the room when the Board of Appeals decided to continue the hearing on Nextel's application for installation of a communications monopole at 1 River Road to May 3...more

· Hart Farm Estates. The planning board took up a proposed lot line change that involved Hart Farm lots 8, 9 and the town owned open space. A simple Approval Not Required Plan (ANR) was presented to the planning board on Monday night, April 9. Routinely, the planning board determines whether or not the new lots being proposed have adequate frontage according to Carlisle zoning. ANRs are used when changing lot lines and in creating new lots where a road is not needed. At the encouragement of the board of health, conservation commission and the planning board, the developer is moving lots lines to be able to lower the grade on lot 9 and do away with the massive retaining wall, according to planning board chair Michael Epstein. The board signed the ANR and waived the small filing fee. It will now be up to the board of selectmen to approve this land exchange...more

The School Loop pathway committee, with Chair Deb Belanger and members Art Milliken, police chief David Galvin and department of public works (DPW) superintendent Gary Davis, was at the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting on April 3 to seek approval for an easement on school property to begin the engineering of the pathway. The pathway committee will present the School Loop plan at the May Town Meeting, but needs to complete the preliminary engineering and easement work in preparation for the meeting...more

· The Carlisle Castle Playground. The playground will be reopened this spring as soon as the snow melts and the necessary interim repairs can be made...more

With a great deal of fanfare from others at the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting on April 3, CSC chair Paul Morrison and David Mayall, president of the Carlisle Teachers Association (CTA), signed a new contract effective July1, 2001 through June 30, 2003. Morrison said, "We think it is a fair contract and I commend all the people involved in it. It addresses all concerns. We feel good about it and hope you do too." Superintendent Fox Melanson agreed and said there was a collaborative atmosphere in the negotiating team of the teachers association and the school committee. Negotiation/bargaining teams for the CSC and the CTA have been meeting over the course of many weeks and the contract was ratified by the Carlisle Teachers Association on March 28...more

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