Friday, September 20, 2002
Selectmen's shorts from the September 10 meeting
· Dates set. The 2003 annual Town Meeting was set for Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. The date for town elections was set for Tuesday, May 13.
· Results of cell tower testing done at the department of public works site have been received from Sprint, and will be reviewed by the selectmen at their meeting in October.
According to an August 30, 2002 letter to the selectmen from Atlantic Western Consulting, Inc., which gathered the data, "Drive test results confirm Sprint PCS's need to locate an antenna facility in the Carlisle Center area to remedy a long-standing gap in reliable coverage in the area and to enable reliable linkage to adjacent existing and proposed cell sites along Bedford Road/River Road in Carlisle and in abutting towns. Further, drive-test results indicate that Sprint would need a height of approximately 150 feet at the DPW location."
Tests were conducted in early spring before the trees were fully in leaf. During the test, Sprint's antenna was mounted at two heights: 100 feet and 150 feet above ground level, and the wireless signal strength was measured along various roads in town. Signal reception improved when the higher cell tower height was used.
· Extra Chapter 70 aid for Minuteman approved. The Minuteman Regional School had estimated that it would receive a total of $2,557,038 in state Chapter 70 aid, but the state actually appropriated an additional $8650. Member towns must give formal approval before Minuteman can spend the money.
· Resignations. The selectmen accepted the resignation of Marion ("Midge") Eliassen from the board of appeals "with gratitude for her 17 years of service." (See "Town boards, then and now" on pages 8 and 9 for Eliassen's reflections on her years of volunteer work for the town. Part 1 of the article appeared in the September 13 issue.)
Michael Epstein resigned from the planning board in July, after serving for almost seven years. The board of selectmen will invite planning board members to attend the selectmen's meeting September 24, to discuss candidates for appointment to fill the vacancy until next spring's town elections.
Due to her move to Concord, Sharon L. Connors resigned from Carlisle's historic district commission.
· Appointments. The following were all appointed for three-year terms: Tricia Smith to the conservation commission; Kim Donovan and Karen Huntress to the youth commission; and Hal Sauer to the board of appeals. Sauer had already been serving as an associate member.
The selectmen re-appointed Ann Vandal to the position of town treasurer/tax collector, to serve until June 30, 2004. The term is longer than the usual one-year, in order to bring her reappointment date in line with most others, at the end of June. They also voted to renew her insurance bonds, in the amounts of $100,000 for her work as tax collector, and $104,000 for her work as treasurer. Now that the two tasks have been formally combined as one job, the selectmen will try to obtain a combined insurance policy in the future.
Sarah Andreassen was re-appointed for a three-year term as town accountant.
· Senior tax program committee. The committee was activated by the appointment of the following membership: town treasurer Ann Vandal; chair of the board of assessors Jim Marchant; and Liz Jewell, Susan Evans and Nadine Bishop from the council on aging. All were appointed for one-year terms. Selectman Carol Peters explained the committee's charter is to look at the senior work-for-tax program, and also to consider how the town might accept donations from other citizens to give tax relief for seniors. Later they may look at other tax relief programs.
· Two one-day liquor licenses were granted to the Friends of the Gleason Library for their Mystery Theater fundraiser to be held November 15 and 16. A stipulation was added that there must be a policeman on or near the premises while alcohol is being served.
· Selectmen approved borrowing up to $300,000 from the town's stabilization fund, with the intention of repaying it within a month, when the town will be putting out a short-term bond. The financial squeeze was due to delays in receiving funds from the state. The board assumed that other towns are also experiencing this problem, and they decided to contact Carlisle's state representative Cory Atkins for help in getting state payments released. Selectman John Ballantine suggested the board think about contingency plans, in case the delay in state payments is lengthy.
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