Friday, May 2, 2003
Shorts from the Board of Selectmen's meeting, April 22
· Warrant Articles. The Carlisle Board of Selectmen voted to support all Articles except 13 (which will not be moved) and Articles 15 and 16. They delayed voting on Article 15 (community preservation act) and Article 16 (tennis courts) until more information was available.
· Site plan review for 34-45 Bedford Road. The Selectmen met with Francene Amari-Faulkner, who is seeking permission under Carlisle's distinctive structure preservation bylaw to convert a two-century-old barn into office space. The barn is at the intersection of Bedford Road and East Street and is located within the historic district. The Selectmen's public hearing was continued until Amari-Faulkner receives the final go-ahead from the Carlisle Historical Commission.
· Ambulance fund. Fire Chief David Flannery agreed with the plan to transfer $20,000 from the ambulance fund to defray departmental operating expenses in fiscal year 2004, but he had reservations about continuing such transfers every year. The fund was created in 1998, primarily for the purpose of saving money to pay for the next ambulance. The current ambulance is scheduled for replacement in 2007, at a cost of approximately $200,000.
The ambulance fund receives the fees charged for providing residents with ambulance transportation ($322 per trip). The fire department transports people to the hospital an average of 110 times a year.
Flannery warned the Selectmen that future reimbursements from insurance may decline and costs rise. One reason is that some insurance payments for ambulance-related services, such as cardiac monitoring, have recently been reduced. The bigger worry Flannery voiced was that Emerson Hospital's Advanced Life Support (ALS) service is losing money ($600,000 last year), and Carlisle may experience higher costs if the program is taken over by a private vendor. Roughly 40% of Carlisle's ambulance calls require ALS services, to help handle life-threatening conditions. He said that the town of Bedford pays $135 each time it uses a private ALS service.
After the discussion, the Selectmen voted to make the $20,000 transfer from the ambulance fund as of July 1.
· Appointment. The Selectmen appointed Robert Peary to the household recycling committee for a three-year term to end June 30, 2006.
· License agreement for Hutchins and Robbins Fields. The Selectmen approved a two-year farming agreement drafted by the Conservation Commission and John Valentine for the use of the town-owned Hutchins and Robbins Fields, located off Curve Street.
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