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Friday, April 5, 2002

News

When the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) met on March 26, committee member and selectman Vivian Chaput announced that the town had assessed $215,758 in the first year of the Carlisle's Community Preservation Act (CPA) real estate tax surcharge, and the expected state 100% matching funds would bring the total to $431,516 (see CPA articles on page 7). Committee members discussed and agreed on ways the CPA funds might be used to help the town meet long-term goals in affordable housing, recreation, preservation of historic sites and open space. The majority of CPC members spoke against proposed reductions in the CPA surcharge for FY03. ...more

Last week the Mosquito received an anonymous mailing consisting of a copy of a state ethics commission's "Fact Sheet" on avoiding appearances of conflicts of interest. Portions of the fact sheet were highlighted, specifically a portion of M.G.L. Chapter 268A, the Conflict of Interest Law, Section 19, which states: "The conflict lawexpressly prohibits public officials from acting on any matter that affects the financial interest of themselves, their immediate family members [including] his spouse." The mailing was addressed to "Mosquito, Carlisle, MA" with no return address or note inside. ...more

A public hearing on the transfer of Carlisle's cable TV license will be held as part of the next Board of Selectmen meeting. Our current provider, AT&T Broadband, is merging with Comcast and will seek the Board's approval for license transfer to the new entity, AT&T Comcast. The public is invited to comment on the new entity's managerial, financial and technical qualifications to receive the license. Rob Travers will represent AT&T Broadband at the hearing but has been unable to confirm that any representative of Comcast will participate with him. The hearing takes place on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. ...more

The April 2002 issue of Boston Magazine features their annual table of statistics, "How Our Towns Compare. Carlisle was among the top five towns in many categories related to income, taxes and real estate values. ...more

During this year's difficult budget hearings and deliberations the Carlisle Finance Committee (FinCom) struggled to find available cash to close a large gap between the town's expected income and departmental budget requests. After snooping around a number of special town funds, the committee voted to recommend that voters reduce the 2% tax surcharge for the Community Preservation Act (CPA) adopted last year to the minimum allowed, and to divert most or all of the $100,000 in the town's conservation fund to support spending to run the town next year. ...more

Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds are collected as a percentage surcharge on real estate taxes, and are eligible for up to 100% matching funds from the state. The state money comes from fees on real estate transactions performed at the Registry of Deeds, estimated at about $26 million annually. Disbursements from the state CPA trust fund are made in October, and are divided among those towns which have locally enacted the CPA tax surcharge. According to the CPA web site, www.communitypreservation.org, approximately $39 million is expected to be in the state fund by October 2002, with expected disbursements of about $17 million. This would leave $22 million in the fund, which would grow to $48 million the following year. In March, Chris Saccardi wrote at the web site, "With these numbers in mind, it is expected that all communities who have adopted CPA will receive 100% matches for this year and at least the following two, even if Boston approves CPA during that time, which is far from certain. ...more

At a March 28 meeting, the Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) discussed the problems they had evaluated during an early morning walk through overgrown portions of three conservation properties. Accompanied by trails committee regulars, the commissioners had assessed the extent of work needed to bring conditions at Foss Farm and the Davis Corridor entrance up to par, and explored the feasibility of developing a new trail on the Greenough Land. ConsCom's mower Jack O'Connor joined them for the Foss Farm inspection. ...more

· Wetland remediation. New resident Travis Snell of Robbins Road, who had unknowingly committed a serious violation of Wetland Protection Act rules by cutting down trees in a wetland zone, made a final report on remedial actions ordered by the commission. The wetland was flagged by engineer David Crossman and the offending trees carefully removed. Crossman also recommended extension of a stone wall that formed a protective boundary to the wetland. On March 28 Snell presented a vegetation planting plan to replace the downed trees with wetland shrubs such as winterberry, high-bush blueberries and black spruce, topped off with wetland seed mix, to prevent incursion by invasive species. ...more

Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.

7:30 Minutes ...more

Town Hall 7:30 p.m.

7.30 Minutes: 3/25/02 ...more


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