The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday,May 18, 2001


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 budget requests

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 plans

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 meeting.

· 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 Quotes

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

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