Friday, April 27, 2001
Monday evening the Concord Town Meeting voted to approve the revised Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) budget request for fiscal year 2002. Since the same budget request will be presented before the Carlisle Town Meeting on May 14, this vote moved the towns of Concord and Carlisle one step closer to agreement on the high school budget.
The surest sign that spring is here is the opening of the three Banta-Davis playing fields this weekend. The three new fields were seeded last year and will now double Carlisles recreational facilities. Currently two fields are used primarily for baseball and the third for soccer.
A group of Carlisle friends and colleagues gathered at the Rusty Scupper restaurant in Acton last Friday evening to say a fond farewell to Rena Swezey, who recently resigned from her position as administrative assessor in Carlisle. During her eight years with the Carlisle Board of Assessors, Swezey worked on property valuations and assessment administration.
Even if selectmen in both Concord and Carlisle support identical FY02 budgets for Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) and place identical overrides on the ballot for town elections, voters in the two towns could reject all overrides, or pass two different budget levels. What happens in that case? At a joint meeting on April 19 the leadership of both towns struggled to understand how such a nightmare scenario would be resolved.
Agreeing that team planning for the next 25 years of development is essential, or well be getting 25 years of the same, MAGIC (Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination) members arrived early and settled in for a full evening discussing the regions CEDS (Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy) in a joint meeting with METRO West town planners earlier this month.
The North East Solid Waste Committee (NESWC) announced that the Town of Carlisle was awarded $158,525 from the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund to help offset the communitys share of costs of federally mandated environmental upgrades to its regional waste-to-energy facility.
At the Town Meeting on May 14-15, Carlisle citizens will be asked to accept the Town of Carlisle Affordable Housing Plan 2001 in Article 22. This is the same plan that was introduced to the town at the fall 2000 Special Town Meeting and does not include any specific projects or funding requests.