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Friday, January 18, 2002

The board of appeals continued their open deliberations for granting the variances requested by American Tower Corporation and a number of cell phone companies to site their 150-foot stealth monopine cell tower on the Duren property at 662 Bedford Road. Town counsel Rich Hucksam was present to give the board guidance on how to proceed in their deliberations, and more specifically, what issues were germane to the discussion and which could be omitted from consideration. ...more

Finance committee member Lisa Jensen-Fellows appeared before the selectmen on January 8 with an overview of the state of the town budget for fiscal year 2003 (FY03). The selectmen had asked for an analysis of the repercussions of holding the tax rate to a 5% increase. Uncertainty regarding items such as pensions and benefits made it impossible to discuss specifics, but it was clear preliminary requested budgets would far surpass the FinCom guideline, which sought to hold the tax rate to a 4.5% increase. ...more

GETTING TO KNOW MINUTEMAN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL. Jannine Baker, 16-year Minuteman computer science teacher (center) with Carlisle's Minuteman Regional High School students (front row) Josh Luther and Brendan Smith, and (back row) Adam Weiss, Reed Lockwood and Katrina Weiss. The group is in Jannine's computer lab. See article on page 10 and 11.

(Photo by Ellen Huber)

Town administrator Madonna McKenzie had bad news for the finance committee (FinCom) at their first budget hearing of the winter on January 9. First was the budget line titled "pensions and benefits," which actually covers all insurance premiums (including employee and teacher group health insurance), and pensions for town employees. Due to increases in all these areas, the amount required will actually be at least $100,000 over what the finance committee had assumed when setting the guidelines for all town departments. ...more

Finance committee member John Nock observed at the committee's January 9 budget hearing that labor costs are about two-thirds of the town budget. No surprise then that most discussion at that hearing on the public safety budgets involved labor costs well beyond the two-and-a-half-percent budget increase requested by the finance committee in setting guidelines last October. ...more

Superintendent Ed Mavragis will resign

Late on Wednesday afternoon the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) learned that Ed Mavragis, superintendent of Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle High School, intends to resign. Mavragis said that he will submit a formal resignation at the next meeting of the RSC on Tuesday, January 22. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the CCHS library and is open to the public. ...more

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