The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 26, 2003


The new fiscal year began in July and the new school year started in September, but Concord-Carlisle Regional High school is still without a budget. In a close 52% to 48% vote, Concord residents defeated a ballot question that would have appropriated an additional $83,535 to the high school, matching the funding level approved by Carlisle. ...more

"Good afternoon. I am honored to be here to announce that, as of today, I am a candidate for State Representative for the fourteenth Middlesex district." That statement, greeted with a round of applause, launched Carlisle Selectman Doug Stevenson's bid for election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The announcement was made on Saturday, ...more

Faced with the first vote on a comprehensive permit application in Carlisle, after nine months of public hearings, the Carlisle Board of Appeals (BOA) is proceeding slowly and cautiously. At its meeting last Tuesday, the board spent time considering the conditions under which the permit might be given to the eight-unit development known as Laurel Hollow, at ...more

As Carlisle put the finishing touches on the current budget (FY04, which started June 30) the Finance Committee breathed a sigh of relief · then launched into FY05. The FinCom's immediate task is to develop a "guideline" for the town budget which departments can use to plan for next year. Whereas historically the guideline was simply a percentage ...more

September 16

Uniform tax rates. Because there are few businesses in Carlisle, Town Assessor John Speidel told the Board of Select-men that raising the commercial tax rate was "not really worth it" as a way to generate more tax revenue, and the Selectmen voted to keep the tax rate the same for all types of real estate and personal property taxes. ...more

Cutting cost of town government. Finance Committee member Deb Belanger proposed assembling a team of department heads to examine ways to cut costs in town government. The committee would look at sharing resources, eliminating marginal services, consolidating purchasing, and outsourcing. Fincom Chair Lisa Jensen-Fellows' suggestion that the committee ...more

The Conservation Commission usually operates as a regulatory body responsible for the implementation of the Wetland Protection Act (WPA) and the Rivers Act, but at its regular meeting on September 18 last week, the commission found it necessary to plunge into four enforcement matters arising from violations of WPA regulations. ...more

Ashley and Laurel Stephenson filed an amended notice of intent to their previously approved proposal for the restoration of the main house, garage and barn at 397 River Road. Their request was simply to reorient the barn site which would create no disturbance of the buffer zone and use less pavement in the driveway. Haybales from their previously ...more

Waters Foundation grants. This is the seventh year the Carlisle Public School has received a Waters Foundation grant to help integrate the application of systems thinking and systems dynamics (a series of computer programs that model cause and effect feedback loops) in the curriculum of all grades of the Carlisle Public School. Grade 8 mathematics ...more

Carlisle School Principal Andy Goyer told the Carlisle School Commit-tee on September 17 that the Massachu-setts Department of Education has released the long-awaited results of the spring MCAS (Massachusetts Compre-hensive Assessment System) tests. Although the school has not yet examined the results in detail, the numbers show that Carlisle students continue ...more

Town Hall 7:30 p.m.

7:30 Minutes: 9/8, 9/9 ...more

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