The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 21, 2001


When the dust settled after the skirmishing between the governor and legislature over this year's state budget, the town got word last week that, with five months of this fiscal year already passed, actual state aid will be about $100,000 less than had been estimated on "cherry sheets" received last July. The cuts consist of about $2,600 less aid from the lottery, a reduction of over $26,000 in Chapter 90 highway funds, $71,000 less for payments in lieu of taxes on state-owned land, and small cuts in other categories. ...more

This is beginning to feel like a play of many acts. The cast changes little the board of appeals, the cell tower applicants, the abutters. The props are the same charts with their red and green and blue overlays, bulging briefcases, documents by the score that get admitted into the record. The setting changes tonight, December 13, it is the library in the Carlisle School. The screenplay is not fully scripted and so a certain tension exists. The curtain goes up ...more

At their December 11 meeting the board of selectmen voted to authorize the spending of up to $2,000 to construct a small portion of the pedestrian path on the grounds of the school near the Carlisle Castle play area. Funds will be spent from $30,000 in state highway funding allocated for a feasibility study for a much longer path, the "school loop," which would connect Carlisle Center, the Carlisle Public School campus, Banta-Davis Fields and Kimball's ice cream stand. ...more

· 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, . ...more

Several residents of North Road and Rutland Street appeared at the planning board meeting on December 10 to object to the guard-rails being constructed at the intersection of Great Brook Estates and Rutland Street. "The guard-rail has the look of a freeway. It's appalling and hideous looking," said Risha Deary, a resident of North Road. Larry Bearfield, also of North Road, appealed to the board, "The rural quality of our roads is paramount we don't want to become [Route] 128." ...more

Evidence of a renewed spirit of cooperation and collaboration was shown on Wednesday evening at Town Hall when Ed Mavragis, superintendent, and Deirdre Farrell, director of financial services, of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District, and Carlisle members of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee Cindy Nock and Harry Crowther, presented a preliminary draft of the FY03 budget for the high school to the Carlisle Finance Committee (FinCom). ...more

Work in the wetland border zone:
some site improvements are exempt

Homeowners with property located within 100 feet of a wetland or 200 feet of a river or stream can save themselves time, money and worry by talking to the Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) in the early stages of any landscape project. ...more

In preliminary discussions on next year's (FY03) town budget at their December 11 meeting, the board of selectmen asked the finance committee (FinCom) to calculate what cuts would be required to keep any increase in the tax rate at or below 5%. The community needs to understand what "level of pain" would be involved in that level, chair John Ballantine commented. Selectman Doug Stevenson hoped that an operating override could be avoided if budget increases could be kept at that level and new growth from new construction were higher than anticipated. ...more

The start of a new year is quickly approaching and that means one thing: It's financial aid time again. Experts at ACT offer the following information to help families find the resources they need to complete their financial aid paperwork. ...more

The social action committee of the First Religious Society has scheduled a special Sunday morning service on economic justice January 6, to be conducted by The Reverend Dorothy Emerson, artistically enhanced by guitarist Martha Leader. Emerson, a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, is executive director of the Unitarian Universalist Women's Heritage Foundation and author of the book Standing on Our Own. ...more

Carlisle Postmaster William J. Ponte called upon postal customers to continue to be prepared for more of the inevitable snow, ice, sleet and freezing rain and asked for their cooperation in keeping walkways and curbside mailboxes free and clear of those hazardous substances when they do arrive to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of mail this winter. ...more

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