Friday, August 13, 2004
Shorts from the Historical Commission, July 27
• Appointments. When the Carlisle Historical Commission met on July 27, David Chaffin took over as chair from Mary Ann Kitrosser, who remains on the board. Architect Larry A. Sorli was appointed to the board by the Selectmen, replacing architect Alan (Chip) Dewing who had served on the board for more than 20 years.
• 75 Westford Street. Donna Krapf of 75 Westford Street and architect Tim Hess met informally with the board to review the application process necessary to build a garage on the property. Hess and Krapf had not yet met with the Board of Appeals, having decided to "start the approval process here." Commission members agreed that a garage was needed and offered suggestions for submitting a successful application.
• Survey of historic assets. In preparation for requesting CPA funds for a survey plan to update the 1994 Town Survey of historic assets, the Historical Commission asked Ann Forbes, a consultant, to determine if the survey does need updating and to describe what that process would entail. Forbes told the board that the existing survey does require updating since it is not comprehensive enough in its present state, and she affirmed that "communities are using the historic piece of CPA to fund survey plans." Forbes estimated that a one-year plan for the entire town would cost $20,000 to $25,000, and that $3,000 to $5,000 would fund a survey plan, which could be considered Phase One of the entire plan. The survey plan would take three to four months to complete and town approval could be requested at the Fall Town Meeting.
In addition to using the survey as a planning document, Forbes pointed out that it is required in order to draft a Demolition Delay bylaw, an item that has been on the Historical Commission's agenda for some time. A copy of the 1994 Town Survey is available at the Gleason Library.
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