The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 1, 2001


Conservation property management took up a large portion of the May 24 conservation commission (ConsCom) meeting, beginning with the latest news from the sheep-grazing front. The commissioners were happy to learn that finances have been obtained to move ahead with a plan to hire a flock of 200 wooly ruminantscomplete with electric fence, sheep dog and shepherd to see if the hungry animals can help keep area conservation lands relatively free of invasive plants.

Students, parents and teachers in the METCO program at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School visited the Carlisle School last week, as part of a panel discussion organized by Carlisle's regional school committee members Cindy Nock and Harry Crowther.

The conservation commission issued an emergency certificate to trails committee chair Steve Tobin for replacement of a collapsed stone bridge on the Old Morse Road trail that runs from the Transfer Station to Curve Street. The structure, which fell victim to over-industrious beavers and spring floods, now presents a threat to hikers. Tobin has walked the trail with DPW head Gary Davis, who declared the stones too heavy to move or set and so suggested installation of a modern culvert. Tobin received the nod.

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) considered the first three plot plans of seven expected to be submitted by developers Ira Gould and Betsy Goldenberg for Great Brook Path off Rutland Street. The only other Notice of Intent (NOI) posted at the May 24 meeting was an application from Richard and Nancy (Shohet) West for construction of a house on a four-acre lot broken off from Mrs. West's parents' Mill Iron Farm off Bedford Road.

Flooding on High Woods Lane

"The question seems to be whether this was built according to the approved plan," explained planning board member Dan Holzman regarding the High Woods Lane common driveway special permit.

The conservation commission received a list of desirable repairs to the Cranberry Bog House compiled in an outside inspection by building inspector Bob Koning, Carlisle Historical Society member Larry Sorli and conservation administrator Sylvia Willard. The items identified will be prioritized for inclusion in the July 1 work-in-kind license agreement for the third-floor occupant of the Bog House. Architect Sorli has agreed to draw up a plan for replacement of the external stairway to the third floor. Final details of the license agreement will be worked out over the next few days with Carlisle Cranberries president Mark Duffy.

The Carlisle Conservation Commission has one opening on its seven-member board. The board has two major areas of responsibility which include administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and protection of the town's natural resources.

Seventeen percent or 46 members of the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) class of 2002 have qualified for the 2002 National Merit Scholarship Competition. This is the largest number and largest percentage of a class at CCHS to qualify. The Carlisle students are Maryanne Decatur, Roshni Kapadia, Brian Lee, Jeff Luoma, Melanie McCandless, Elizabeth Mollo-Christensen, Aaron Pinsky, and Emily Shieh.

· Class gift.The class of 2001 of the Carlisle Public School has submitted a request to purchase a tree to beautify the school campus and serve as a "living expression of gratitude." Chair of the school committee Paul Morrison thanked the eighth-grade students for the gift.

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