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Friday, February 14, 2003

COA thanks former fire chief Bob Koning

To the Editor:

On behalf of the council on aging, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Bob Koning for his very thoughtful and generous donation. Rather than accept a gift at his retirement celebration, Chief Koning requested that the funds raised on his behalf be donated to Carlisle's COA. This is yet another example of Bob Koning's altruism and dedication to our community. He is a truly special person. Carlisle is a better place because of him.

Susan Evans and Elizabeth Jewell
Carlisle Council on Aging

Questions 'over regulation' of stables

To the Editor:

Now that Carlisle's population exceeds 5,000, the state requires that the board of health license "stables" and allows, but does not oblige, the board to make regulations concerning stables and the protection of public health.

We own dairy goats. Over the last 13 months, I've attended a number of board of health meetings and listened and participated in often passionate discussion about whether stable (or "animal management" in the board's parlance) regulations are necessary in order to protect public health in Carlisle. While we have consensus that we need to license, the board and the attending livestock-owning public have been sharply divided about how extensive those regulations need be. As drafted, aspects of these regulations exceed the town zoning bylaw accepted by Town Meeting. The final regulations need only be adopted by our three-member board of health.

This past week, the board partially reviewed the 16th draft of the proposed regulations. The scope of this draft concerns me for I believe it still represents "over-regulation" of stables. The board has not documented the need for extensive regulations. We have heard the board comment frequently on their perceptions that abutters must be protected from the potential "nuisance" impact of livestock. However, the attending townspeople have not been presented board findings that cite and tally specific past instances where these regulations would have enabled the board to better protect public health. We've no public data that tells us if we have significant livestock-related public health issues in town that aren't in fact already managed through our existing bylaws and regulations.

We would appreciate wider community feedback into the board's efforts so that the board can discern how prescriptively the town wants to regulate animal ownership and property rights.

Our land use pattern in Carlisle can and should more actively support family agriculture and livestock keeping. Thanks to our many neighbors who do enjoy our goats and garden.

Tricia Smith and Michael Holland
Indian Hill Road

Land planner opposes one-way street

To the Editor:

In response to the favorable letters [article] on the conversion of Church Street to a one-way street, I would like to offer a different opinion. l reside on Autumn Lane, which means that I am a frequent traveler on both School Street and Church Street. I am also a land planner with experience in roadway design and transportation planning. I believe the conversion of Church Street to a one-way roadway is not a good idea. The traffic problem on Church Street is limited to a few hours per day whereas rendering this roadway one-way creates other unintended consequences.

I am one of many people that drive on Route 225 during the evening peak hour. Since I am no longer able to make a left turn onto Church Street, I must either make a left turn onto Stearns Street and a right turn onto Baldwin Road or go through the rotary and make a left turn onto School Street. Both of these options are less than ideal. Stearns Street and Baldwin Road are narrow roadways not designed to accommodate through traffic.

The second option is to go through the rotary and make the left turn on School Street. However the rotary backs up during the evening peak hour and routing more traffic through the rotary is not good traffic planning. Moreover making the immediate left turn onto School Street is not a particularly safe traffic movement. I always expect to get hit by oncoming traffic even though I use my blinker.

Additionally, if one is exiting the school and needs to return to Concord Street, you are now forced to make a left turn onto Route 225 and go back through the rotary. Sight lines from Church Street onto Route 225 are poor and making this turn can be difficult. Additionally you are again routing more traffic through the rotary. Routing additional traffic through the rotary or onto Stearns Street at 5:30 p.m. when there is no traffic on Church Street, seems to be short-sighted. While I recognize the difficulty in enforcing a limited ban on two-way traffic, I think this is the preferred alternative.

Lisa Davis Lewis
Autumn Lane

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