The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 1, 2002


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

Board of health (BOH) chairman Steve Opolski opened the January 22 meeting as more than 50 people, many standing, crowded into the Clark Room at Town Hall. Opolski explained that state law requires the BOH to license and regulate stables if the town population is greater than 5,000 people. Town clerk Sarah Andreassen claims that there are currently more than 5,000 people living in Carlisle, he said. The state, which does not have as recent a count as Andreassen, says we are under 5,000. ...more

· Warrant opened. At their January 22 meeting the selectmen formally opened the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting, to be held May 6, 2002. The warrant will close on March 12. ...more

It is reassuring to find there is one key piece of area agricultural real estate that Carlisle taxpayers will not be called upon to rescue from development. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has informed our conservation commission of its championing of a grant from the state's Route 3 Mitigation Fund, to be matched by federal, municipal and foundation resources, for purchase of the 50-acre Kennelly Farm in Billerica. ...more

The conservation commission is circulating a revised Request for Proposals (RFP) that calls for bids from potential tenants for the third level of the Cranberry Bog House on Cross Street. A prior RFP garnered two bids, neither of which the chief procurement officer found acceptable under the stated requirements. A three-year lease will be awarded to the applicant who submits the best plans for accomplishment of a specified list of repairs in lieu of rent, provides proof that s/he is qualified to complete the tasks and possesses the financial resources to purchase the needed materials. ...more

Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.

7:30 Water supply regulations ...more

· CSC meets in Concord. The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) met briefly one half hour in Concord on January 22, 2002 before the Concord Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) Committee meeting. The intention of the yearly joint meeting in Concord is to increase awareness between representatives of the Concord and Carlisle schools. The next meeting will be in Carlisle February 5. ...more

It would cost Carlisle about 17% more to fund next year's share of the operating budget for the Concord-Carlisle regional school district, if the budget presented by the Concord-Carlisle Regionsal School Committee (RSC) at the January 23 Carlisle Finance Committee (FinCom) meeting is approved. ...more

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito