The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 22, 2002


by Nancy Pierce

On Tuesday night the board of selectmen voted to place on the ballot two Proposition 2-1/2 override questions, expected to be the focus of discussion, debate and mobilization of advocates and opponents through the May 6 Town Meeting and the May 14 town election. ...more

It's been one of the driest seasons on record with little rain and snow falling over the past fall and winter. The state is now on a drought watch with much of the East experiencing extremely dry conditions. It's hard to ignore the drought now that spring is here. With "leaf-out" and the growing season beginning, plants are about to take up what little moisture is available on the surface. ...more

Cell tower testing on town-owned land will take place today and tomorrow, Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23. A balloon test conducted by American Tower Corporation is scheduled for today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Conant Land. A second balloon test on the DPW/transfer station land is scheduled for tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...more

A comet discovered on February 1 by Kaoru Ikeya in Japan and Daqing Zhang in China is visible in the western sky low to the horizon as soon as it gets dark. Binoculars are the ideal optical aid for finding this elusive "dirty snowball." On March 16, I could not see it with my unaided eye from a not-so-dark site in New Hampshire but it was a delightful sight in a binocular, with its faint tail pointing upward from the horizon and extending at least half the field of the eyepiece. The so-called "night glasses" or 7 x 50 binocular will get more of the faint light into your eye than will the daytime 6 x 35 binocular and thus are a better choice for comet hunting. A small telescope would be even better once you know where to look. ...more

At its March 14 meeting the Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) scheduled a wide-ranging site walk to check on the extent of trail deterioration on the east side of town. The decision followed an advisory from trails committee leaders Louise Hara and Steve Tobin, that was delivered at ConsCom's February 28 session. ...more

Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.

7:30 Minutes ...more

Stacey Abato, a representative for Raggs Septic Service, appeared at a continuation of a public hearing held by the Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) to apply for a license application. The owner of the business, Fred Fish, is in jail for dumping septic waste in the Concord sewer system, instead of in approved sites. Abato claimed that the business is now being run properly and it that it is unfair of Carlisle to continue to refuse Raggs a license. Board agent Linda Fantasia had checked with the Better Business Bureau, as well as other towns, and reported that there were no "smoking guns." There are eight towns which currently have licensed Raggs. ...more

Rep. Carol Cleven announced that Carlisle has received a $1,571 grant to promote recycling. The grant consists of $1,410 for consumer education mailers, $41 for junk mail kits and $120 for transfer station signs. ...more

Inevitably every spring there are homeowners in Carlisle who fire up the chainsaw or start pushing the wheelbarrow and unknowingly violate town regulations. Residents, in particular new homeowners, are frequently not aware of the federal and state laws and town bylaws governing wetlands, streams, scenic roads and construction. In addition, new residents need an introduction to Carlisle's arrangement of septic systems and wells. There are many regulations that govern what homeowners can and cannot do with their property and at least four town departments are involved. ...more

At their March 12 meeting the Carlisle Board of Selectmen agreed that a number of issues will not be placed on the Warrant for the May Town Meeting. ...more

Although fire ponds are "never totally reliable" sources of water, the Carlisle Fire Department still counts on them for approximately 50 percent of their fire-fighting water needs, according to fire chief Bob Koning. Right now the ponds are relatively full, but not as high as usual for this time of year. "If we have a dry April," says Koning, "we will be in a tough water position." What if the ponds run dry? "We will have to call mutual aid with tank trucks, which is not as fast and not as efficient." ...more

A 67-acre conservation restriction (CR) was proposed by the Carlisle Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee to cover a collection of town-owned conservation parcels located near Harvard University's Estabrook Woods. At two meetings, on March 12 and 19, selectmen asked many questions of advisory committee members Ken Harte and Wayne Davis but could not reach a consensus on whether or not to place the proposal on the Warrant for the Spring Town Meeting. An unresolved issue is whether any of the parcels may be potential cell tower sites. ...more

On April 1 the Carlisle Communications Board of Directors will hold its annual editorial review at 8 p.m. at the Mosquito offices at 872 Westford Street. The public is welcome to come and express comments and concerns about the Carlisle Mosquito at this time. ...more

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