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Friday, February 1, 2002

CARLISLE LUNCH GROUP. Speaker Gabe d'Annunzio addresses the Carlisle Lunch Group on Monday, along with his alter-ego Guido. His talk "Stupid Marketing Tricks for Small Businesses" focused on essential components of marketing. See article on page 9. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)
Several town departments were urged to rein in costs when they presented preliminary budgets at the January 22 meeting of the Carlisle Board of Selectmen. The finance committee (FinCom) has recently predicted a million-dollar shortfall between next year's budget requests and income estimates (see FinCom article on page 1 of the January 25 Mosquito.) The selectmen considered approaching the problem with a combination of budget cuts, a transfer from free cash, and an override at Town Meeting. The selectmen hope to achieve about $350,000 in cuts from the proposed budget. ...more

This year is shaping up as worth watching for longtime observers of negotiations between the towns of Concord and Carlisle as FY03 budget proposals for Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) multiply. Currently, there are seven suggested spending levels. The largest gap, between the operating budget the Carlisle Finance Committee voted to support last fall and what the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) requested at the FinCom's January 23 hearing, is nearly $1.3 million. ...more

When the O'Rourke Land was sold to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 1999, Carlisle retained water rights on portions of the parcel. The original sale agreement stated that Carlisle had three years in which to test the Contingent Water Rights Area, and if it decided to forfeit water rights on that portion, then the town would be eligible for an additional payment of $115,783. ...more

After over ten years of cleanup and water quality testing, the Carlisle Board of Selectmen decided at their January 22 meeting that groundwater at the police station was now clean enough to warrant reducing the frequency of testing. This action may save the town a couple of thousand dollars annually. ...more

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito