The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 18, 2002

News

Land assessments are up approximately 20% this year and tax bills, due to arrive on Monday, will reflect the steady rise in land values in Carlisle. For many homes in town, the land portion of property assessments is undervalued and does not reflect the current market value of properties, said Carlisle Principal Assessor John Speidel. ...more

An audience of three dozen people listened to Sprint PCS representatives present the results of their cell tower testing at the October 8 selectmen's meeting. The tests were done near the Carlisle Department of Public Works (DPW) shed, off Lowell Street, using an antenna lifted by a crane to heights of 100 and 150 feet. Sprint engineer Nooshin Zarien displayed maps of Carlisle showing how Sprint's cell phone reception would improve, with the higher tower providing the biggest improvement. ...more

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. ...more

Legislators offered a lot of bad financial news, with a sprinkling of good, at the semi-annual legislators breakfast sponsored by MAGIC (Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination) on October 10. ...more

· River Road update. At their October 8 meeting, the Carlisle Board of Selectmen delayed voting on the plan submitted by Joseph Campagna to replant trees he cut on town-owned land bordering his property along River Road. Town administrator Madonna McKenzie described the plan, which included planting four 10-foot trees as well as various shrubs. Campagna had been asked to stake the boundary of his property, but had not yet complied. McKenzie said that department of public works superintendent Gary Davis was willing to mark the boundary (using the county map as a reference), billing Campagna for the costs of labor. The selectmen did not favor this idea, and preferred to have the boundary fixed by a certified surveyor. The selectmen asked McKenzie to remind Campagna to stake the property line. ...more

The Carlisle Conservation Commission this week requested an opinion from town counsel, seeking clarification of the "legal limits or potential restrictions" that may constrain their ability to spend money from the conservation fund. Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 40, Section 8c (Chapter 40), the statute that provided for creation of local conservation commissions and authorized towns to raise or transfer money for use by such bodies into conservation funds, declared the purpose to be, "to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of, or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces in land and water areas within its city or town" ...more

MAGIC, the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination, will hold a special meeting to review and prepare comments on the 2000 Hanscom Field Draft Environmental Status & Planning Report. The review will be part of MAGIC's "Developments of Regional Impact" (DRI) review process. The meeting will take place on October 29 at 7 p.m. in the conference room at the Concord Department of Planning and Land Management at 141 Keyes Road. ...more

Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.

7:30 Minutes ...more


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