The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 8, 2002


Planning board votes safe, aesthetic guardrail for Great Brook Path

With only Great Brook Estates developers Albert Ira Gould and Betsy Goldenberg present at their January 28 meeting, the planning board authorized an oxidized steel rail and pressure treated post for the entrance guardrail on Great Brook Path, off Rutland Street.

The plan for the subdivision had included a guardrail on top of a retaining wall. However, when construction started North Road and Rutland Street neighbors strongly objected to its "appalling and hideous" freeway look. The Planning Board agreed and, over three separate meetings, discussed the merits and aesthetics of steel rail, steel rail faced with wood, steel posts, etc. An oxidized steel rail can be seen throughout Concord and has a characteristic rust brown color.

The board had also debated what standard of safety the guardrail should meet ­ from federal highway standards to slowing a car but not stopping it. Member Tom Lane characterized the safety standards as "not to be given up lightly." The steel rail authorized by the board will in fact meet federal highway standards, which require the structure to prevent a vehicle from exiting the roadway.

With this vote the board was able to maintain high safety standards, satisfy the conservation commission's restriction on treated wood, and address the aesthetic concerns of the neighborhood. Six abutters had attended initially, but by the third meeting none were present to hear the board's decision.

Heald Homestead site plan

The Carlisle Historical Society, Inc. appeared before the planning board on January 14 in the first step of obtaining site plan review for their new home, the Heald Homestead (formerly Cop-permine Farm) at 698 Concord Street.

Attorney Jacob Diemert presented the society's plans. The only changes to the site were the removal of the stockade fence that aligns with Concord Street and the filling of the swimming pool. Diemert maintained that no changes would be made to lighting or access. Further he represented that there will be no public access and that the site will be used to prepare exhibits and for storage of historic documents and artifacts. A resident caretaker will also be on site.

In granting their recommendation the board requested that the brush along the roadside be cleared to improve visibility for vehicles exiting the driveway. The board then approved the site plan unanimously.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito