Friday, October 17, 2003
Shorts from the Selectmen, Oct. 14
• Appointments. The Selectmen unanimously approved the appointment of Charlene Hinton as the Acting Town Clerk until the annual election in May 2004. (See story on page 1.)
Also approved was the appointment of Patti Hartigan, Carolyn Copp and Deborah Cassady to the Cultural Council for two-year terms that expire June 30, 2005.
• Town Meeting Warrant. The Warrant for the Special Town Meeting on November 10 was closed by the Selectmen. The Warrant will have six Articles, the most noteworthy of which is the $1.5M wastewater treatment plant for the Carlisle Public Schools. Also on the agenda is approval of funds in connection with a recruitment effort for a new superintendent to replace retiring Davida Fox-Melanson.
• CCHS teachers' contract. The Selectmen voted unanimously to fully support last week's statement by the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee which stated, "Any action taken by the CCTA (Concord-Carlisle Teachers' Association) that would in any way impede the process by which the high school maintains accreditation is counterproductive, does not adhere to the values of promoting and fostering student achievement, and will not serve to advance any position at the bargaining table. The RSC adheres to the jointly agreed-upon route about not negotiating the agreement in the public arena and therefore will not comment further on this matter."
The Selectmen underscored the point that the contract should not be negotiated in the public arena.
• Tax Rate. Carlisle is still waiting for the state to approve its calculation of the FY04 tax rate. The town received pre-liminary approval of the revaluation on October 7 (dated September 29). Final approval has taken longer than expected because of new rules for the reporting of state-owned land. All that remains, besides final approval, is approval of the new real estate growth number. The paperwork is done; the town just has to wait for the state's permission to submit it.
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