The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 18, 2002


Wooly mowers clean up Towle Field Only woody growth needs conventional mowing

In a record short meeting on October 9, the conservation commission received an encouraging report about the health of Towle Field from mower Jack O'Connor. Describing the town's largest open field as "more like a pasture than it's been in years," not only because the sheep give it an old-fashioned ambience, but because they have earned their keep as masticators of nasty plants.

O'Connor said he had inspected a "control" site that had been closed to the flock and found it choked with buckthorn and poison ivy, in striking contrast to the grazed areas. Nonetheless, he advised mowing the entire field as soon as the sheep ship out for the winter. He aims to get rid of the woody stems and base stubble, so there can be no Indian summer re-sprouting, and also to make the field more navigable for cross-country skiers.

The commission agreed that it is in the town's best interest to mow, and voted funding, "not to exceed $1,000." O'Connor responded that it wouldn't cost nearly that, because the condition of the field is so much improved.

Other ConsCom business

The commission made some minor additions to the new fee schedule as proposed at the last meeting. They attached an item pegging the cost of an Abbreviated Notice of Intent at $50 and voted to include an exemption policy. Town projects will carry no fee, and higher-level governmental agencies may be exempted at the discretion of the commission.

Selectman Vivian Chaput reported successful implementation of an Emergency Certificate issued to her last month, when the dam at Milne Cove Pond sprang an alarming leak. Although repairs are complete, she will need to file an ex post facto Notice of Intent to make the project legal.

Adjournment came at a civilized 9:30 p.m.

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