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.
A confused public questions, then approves, school
Confusion was the dominant theme of a free-wheeling discussion on Town
Meeting floor, as voters tried to understand a maze of choices for appropriations
for the Carlisle Public Schools (CPS), three for Concord-Carlisle High
School (CCHS), and two separate override questions incorporating all five
choices. Voters questioned why increases, even within the ...
Study to repair Greenough
Dam receives nod from Town Meeting
The Warrant article seeking $13,050 for engineering studies to determine
what will be required to restore the integrity of the Greenough Dam passed
without even a trickle of opposition at the Tuesday night session of Town
Meeting. Conservation commissioner Jo Rita Jordan put her audience in
a receptive mood by showing colored slides of Greenough Pond in its full...
Board of health hears
unusual septic requests
41 Orchard Acres
At their May 8 meeting, architect Rob Carson presented the board of health
with an interesting plan for replacing a current house with a larger one.
The existing house will be torn down, but the owner wishes to live in
the house while a new house is being built, using the current septic system
in what Carson calls phase one.
Conservation Commission approves two buffer zone
The May 10 conservation commission meeting dealt with two Notices of Intent
(NOIs) for construction within 100-foot wetland buffer zones.
Shorts from the Carlisle
School Committee, May 8
The following items were discussed at the May 8 Carlisle School Committee
· Personnel changes. Speech and language pathologist Karen
Condouris, who had been on leave this year, has resigned to become project
coordinator for a new research center studying developmental disorders
such as autism at the BU Medical...
Sarah S. Brophy for
Town Moderator One-year term
Tell us about yourself. I'm a museum professional, a mother of
two boys in Carlisle schools, and the wife of a volunteer fireman/soccer
coach. During 13 years in Carlisle, I've been appointed to three town
committees, sat on the board of the historical society, written museum
articles for the Mosquito, and twice worked with many volunteers as editor
of the Red...
Town Meeting Quotable
compiled by Cecile DeRuin and Marilyn Harte
"He was a Concord townie. He remembers Carlisle when it was a
cow town and full of chickens."
Selectman John Ballantine in a tribute
to Michael Fitzgerald, who is stepping off the board of selectmen
"Someone told me that when I heard those pages turn [of the Warrant
booklet] I'd know you were with me."
Town Moderator Sarah Brophy
Fargo looks at energy
distribution, education, innovation
Hot on the heels of a winter of staggering home fuel costs, and with the
California electricity crisis emblazoned in the headlines, state senator
Susan Fargo said bluntly, "We have no energy policy in Massachusetts."
But she clearly has no fear of a crisis here of California proportions.
"We have a better deregulation bill," she said. In the near
term, however, she would