Friday, July 2, 2004
Shorts from the Selectmen, June 22
• Bicentennial celebration. Anne Marie Brako presented an update on Carlisle's bicentennial celebration to begin in February 2005. Committee nominees were presented and will be approved once a letter is submitted to the Selectmen. Fundraising will begin with t-shirt sales at Old Home Day. It is hoped the Town Green grading and reseeding can take place this fall to look nice for the celebration. Brako expressed concern that the Town Green Committee be representative of the town, not just abutters, though "people who look at it every day should have a lot of weight." A contest for a town song is in the planning stages, with the school music department taking part. Both amateur and professional categories are planned. Other activities are being considered, including community theater, a dinner dance, and harvest fair.
• Church bell and sign. The Carlisle Congregational Church's application for approval to move a bell and replace a sign provided an opportunity to air existing problems between the church and neighbor Carol Sullivan over landscaping and steeple lighting. The church was asking the Selectmen for approval of a plan for relocating their antique bell to the island outside the entrance and for adding a 36" x 47" lit sign to replace a lit sign that, according to Kirk Ware of the church trustees, had been on the site for thirty years. Sullivan voiced her issues with the existing situation, concluding that "the church's board of elders has been very receptive to my concerns." Chair Tim Hult suggested the two parties continue talking and return at a later date, "The best outcome is when the participants decide on a reasonable course of action as opposed to settlement by decree."
• Conservation restrictions. Greg Petersen of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation presented conservation restrictions for Benfield parcels B, C, D, and E. The Benfield farm on South Street is currently being subdivided for development. The three restrictions add 133 acres to the town's protected lands. John Ballantine expressed "enormous thanks for an amazing achievement" in protecting so much acreage.
• Bond anticipation note. Finance Director Larry Barton appeared for approval of a one-year bond anticipation note for $1,503,918 for the wastewater treatment facility, pathways, and tennis court projects.
• Superfund settlement. Barton also asked for approval to transfer funds between accounts in order to increase the set-aside for the Beede Superfund Settlement by $32,739. In the '80s and '90s, Carlisle had responsibly collected waste oil at the transfer station and shipped it via a licensed carrier to the fully-licensed Beede Waste Oil Company site in Plaistow, New Hampshire. Since then, the Beede site has been placed on the EPA's superfund list. Federal legislation holds the originator of the polluting material to be the responsible party. Last year the town had set aside $80,195 in anticipation of the final settlement. The EPA has assessed Carlisle for $112,034.
• FY04 overruns. Barton also asked to increase the amount in the Reserve Fund by $15,906.24 to help cover budgetary overruns in several departments, expected to total $96,000. The largest overruns included legal costs, snow and ice removal, and police and communications equipment.
The Selectmen approved all of Barton's recommendations.
• Appointments and salaries. Appointments and salaries for the coming year were approved. It was noted the Cable Committee currently has no members and that the police contract expires in the coming year. The Selectmen also reviewed rules for admitting firefighters to the town's benefits program, with participant payment of 100% of the premiums.
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