Friday, December 21, 2001
Shorts from the board of selectmen, December 11
· Town Forest. The selectmen agreed to appoint an ad hoc committee to investigate the history and boundaries of the Town Forest, particularly to identify the location of the 46 acres that formally constitute the Town Forest, and the acres that have not been so designated. Selectmen expect to appoint representatives of five constituencies - the historical society, Town Forest abutters, municipal land committee, conservation commission, and housing authority or Carlisle Affordable Housing Inc. According to chair John Ballantine, selectmen have been advised that a careful search of historical records will be required to establish the boundaries of the pieces of property added to the parcel over the years between the original purchase of a poor farm in 1852 to the designation of 46 acres as town forest in the 1920s.
· Transfer Station. The superintendent of public works and the building inspector wiil be asked to assist in establishing a permit for contractors to discard construction debris at the transfer station, with a suggested fee of $100. Selectmen are concerned about growing costs to the town to dispose of construction waste which some believe does not originate in Carlisle, and the costs of removing other hazardous waste as well.
· Salary increases. Selectmen increased the "min-max" salary range for one-third of employee grades, as the first step in a three-year plan to help the town remain competitive with a group of comparable communities (such as Dover, Boxford, Boxborough, Groton). The personnel board had recommended a cost-of-living increase of 3.5% for all employees covered by last year's wage and classification study. According to McKenzie, a recent study of comparable communities shows Carlisle falling behind in several areas once again. However, the finance committee guideline for increases for all non-school departments was 2.5%. Concerned the recession will impact town revenues, the selectmen were reluctant to budget the full 3.5%, voting instead to recommend an average increase of 3% in FY03.
This is the first year of an evaluation process planned last year, as the recommendations of the wage and classification study were first implemented. Based on these evaluations, town administrator Madonna McKenzie, in her role as personnel director for the town, will have the option to vary the increase from 2.5% to 3.5%, as long as the total increase for employees remains at 3%. The selectmen hope that awarding increases slightly higher than 2.5% will provide a merit increase for most, while also rewarding outstanding employees.
· Foss Farm. The selectmen signed a three-year license permitting farmer Mark Duffy use of fields at Foss Farm. The agreement allows the town to cancel the license with 30 days notice.
· Church signs. The board gave permission for the Carlisle Congregational Church to post signs at the intersection of School and Church Streets and at the school parking lots to direct worshippers to the Carlisle School for Sunday services while the church is under construction.
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