The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 17, 2002


Voters say 'No tax override'
Burkel, Fitzgerald elected to school committee

In a stunning reversal of a ten-year pattern of approving overrides, adding up to a 42% increase in property taxes since 1992, Carlisle voters said no to question 1B, which would have increased taxes 5.9% over the Proposition 2-1/2 levy limit. At the town election on Tuesday, the override went down on a vote of 856 to 689. ...more

May 14 election results


Concord approves two overrides for CCHS

It was bound to happen. Two towns with different tax structures and budget priorities, setting the high school budget independently, are bound to end up in a mismatch. ...more

In a telephone conversation on the morning after the election, chair of the board of selectmen John Ballantine said that the selectmen, at their next meeting on Tuesday, May 21, will discuss placing another override budget before the town. A Special Town Meeting in June, already being planned to deal with the CCHS budget dispute (see article above), could offer the opportunity to try for another override. ...more

A damaged culvert near 578 Maple Street will cause local traffic to be rerouted for the next few weeks, according to Gary Davis at the DPW. For homes at 578 Maple Street and above, access will be from East Street; houses below 578 Maple Street can be accessed from Bedford Road. ...more

At their May 2 meeting the Carlisle Board of Appeals approved three permits and, after some soul-searching, granted a variance for a large house addition on a small non-conforming lot to a family that recently expanded with the addition of triplets. ...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) has been put on notice that competition by recreation groups for the use of the town's Foss Farm property is on the immediate horizon. The 55.2-acre tract purchased in 1971 for purposes of conservation and outdoor recreation has the distinction of receiving the most varied and intensive usage of any of the lands under their management. Most popular are the public garden plots, horseback riding facilities, trails for hiking, skiing and dog sledding, and the cornfields that provide fodder for Mark Duffy's Great Brook Farm herd. ...more

The conservation commission has taken short-term steps to ensure continual maintenance of the farmhouse and agricultural fields on the Greenough Conservation Land. Their actions will provide a two-year breather while long-term plans are drafted and approval sought by Town Meeting vote. ...more

Wetland buffer off Carriage Lane. A Carriage Lane resident filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) seeking permission to clear a 15-foot backyard extension into a wetland buffer zone off Carriage Lane. Conservation administrater Sylvia Willard confirmed that the project was essentially a matter of removing undergrowth, since the owners had agreed to save all the large pine trees and remove only two dying oaks. The commissioners reluctantly approved a compromise strip, specifying that it end 25 feet from the resource area, prohibit removal of the healthy trees, and include either boulders or a stone wall to mark the 25-foot wetland boundary. ...more

CSC votes "no" to school choice. At the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting Tuesday, May 7 the vote was unanimously against participation in the "School Choice" program for the 2002-2003 school year. Participating school systems agree to accept students from other towns in exchange for a tuition payment by the student's home town. A public hearing on the subject was held on April 2. ...more

Almost half of the state's population is contained in the greater Boston area, with growth and development rates soaring in the Route 495 and west sector, where population grew 11 percent between the last two census dates and only five percent in the state as a whole. A substantial group of state officials, community selectmen, planners and representatives of the business community met to consider the economic effects and characteristics of this growth on May 9 at an Economic Development Forum, co-sponsored by MAGIC (Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination) and the MetroWest subdistricts of the greater Boston area. The meeting was held at Clock Tower Place in Maynard, itself a bubbling example of successful collaboration between local government and the local business community. ...more

Carlisle's Memorial Day celebration will be held on Monday, May 27 from 9:30 a.m. until noon in Carlisle Center. ...more


High Honors

Feldt, Megan ...more

At their May 7 meeting, the Carlisle School Committee reviewed trends in education spending over the past ten years in Massachusetts. "Special education costs, influenced by medical and social factors, will continue to rise," said Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson. "We hear this from every town, from every superintendent. The numbers are staggering." ...more

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito