Friday, October 24, 2003
Funds released for Bedford Rd. paths
The Pedestrian and Bike Safety Advisory Committee appeared before the Selectmen on October 14 with a request to release funds for a portion of the footpaths project which was approved by the Spring Town Meeting. Member Jack Troast had earlier sought authorization from the board to expend $1,250 on additional survey work as follows:
• $850 to overlay the Town of Carlisle's tax assessor maps to the existing Bedford Road survey completed in April of 2001. The resulting survey map will serve as a more practical tool for interested residents to locate and consider the approved footpath on Bedford Road.
• $400 to locate a stone wall as it relates to the town's right of way in the area of the common property line of the Conservation Land Trust parcel and 209 Bedford Road. This is to determine if sufficient town property exists or if an easement should be pursued.
Troast's latest request was for authorization to expend up to another $28,000 to install a footpath, per the Carlisle Footpath Plan, along Bedford Road beginning at 8 Bedford Road and continuing up to the property line at Kimball's ice cream stand. The $28,000 would be applied as follows:
• $16,700 to Stacy & East, of Carlisle, to provide labor, equipment, loam and seeding.
• $11,300 for pathway materials
The footpath committee recommended that the Board of Selectmen first use the $23,000 balance in the Chapter 90 account, and the remaining $5,000 out of the $150,000 authorized by Town Meeting last spring for the pathways project. Chapter 90 funds are provided by the state for local road repairs. Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie circulated a letter dated September 24 from Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney stating that Carlisle is slated to receive $134,448 in Chapter 90 funds for FY04, the current fiscal year, which is good news.
The committee expects that total third-party costs of constructing the Bedford Road section will be within the $50,000 figure previously earmarked. Troast noted that there are seven easements required and that all affected parties have seen preliminary drawings of the footpath location. The easement papers are presently in the hands of property owners, awaiting their signature.
Chair Tim Hult agreed with the footpath committee proposals and concluded the discussion by saying, "We want to know how much money you need over the next 12 months." A motion authorizing the committee to allocate the $23,000 balance out of Chapter 90 funds for completion of survey work and beginning of construction was passed by a vote of 4-1, with Selectman Tony Allison opposed.
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