The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday,May 18, 2001

Town Meeting sends override question to ballot box

Present and Counted For

Town Meeting voters sign in Monday night with tellers left to right, Susan Evans, Donna Ajgaonkar, Janet Hentschel, Connie Metivier, Bev Guyer and Irene Blake.
(Photo: Ellen Huber)

Spirited debates characterize two nights of TM

It took over six hours on two nights to slog through the 24 articles on the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting this week. Complex, confusing, and costly appropriations under Article 5 (the FY02 operating budget) occupied most of Monday's session.

Close vote favors property rights over wetlands

by Seba Gaines

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) lost a close one, 78 to 80, in its attempt to gain a stronger hand for protecting the town's wetland resources at the Tuesday night Town Meeting. The negative vote on their proposal to extend ConsCom jurisdiction to isolated wetlands and vernal pools and to establish no-build zones surrounding all wetland features came after intensive debate and a succession of procedural oddities.

Ballot questions: what they mean, what they cost

Ballot questions 1, 2 and 3 at next Tuesday's town election each involve different uses for the town's money, but the three questions all have one thing in common: they authorize the town to raise more money in property taxes than Proposition 2-1/2 would ordinarily allow.



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