Friday, September 24, 2004
Shorts from the Selectmen, September 21
• Appointments and resignations.
The Selectmen voted to accept the resignation of Kim Donovan from the Carlisle Youth Commission and appointed Lori Canavan for a three-year term to expire June 30, 2007. Jan Burke was also appointed to the Youth Commission to complete an unexpired term ending June 30, 2005.
• Conservation restrictions. Conservationist Ken Harte culminated ten years of effort preserving the land of Carlisle by presenting three conservation restrictions for approval by the Board of Selectmen at their September 21 meeting. Chair Tim Hult praised the efforts of Harte and said, "This is quite a gift to Carlisle. Thank you, Ken."
The Selectmen voted 4-0 to grant a permanent conservation restriction, CR#52, from the Town of Carlisle to The Trustees of Reservations, on approximately 67.6 acres of Estabrook Woods buffer lands known as the Sachs Greenway, the Carr Land, the Deacon Land, the Malcolm Land, the Rockstrom Open-Space Parcel, and the Buttrick Woods Open-Space Parcel.
They also voted 4-0 to approve a permanent conservation restriction, CR#53, from the Carlisle Conservation Foundation and The Trustees of Reservations to the Town of Carlisle, on the approximately 10.6-acre parcel known as the Malcolm Preserve.
The third conservation restriction approval, CR#54, from the Carlisle Conservation Foundation to the Town of Carlisle, was on the approximately 15.2-acre parcel known as Poole Swamp.
• Chapter 61B right of first refusal. Carl Andreassen of Cross Street has withdrawn six acres of land (landlocked lot) from Chapter 61B (recreation) with the intent to sell to developer William Costello for the sum of $300,000. The Town of Carlisle has the right of first refusal for 120 days from the date of notice during which it is allowed to purchase the land. Chair Tim Hult of the Board of Selectmen asked Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie to inform the town boards (Planning Board, Recreation Commission, etc.) of the impending sale. The Selectmen will decide on any further action at their October meeting.
• Capital Improvements Plan. Peter Chelton, chair of the Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee (LTCRC) appeared before the Selectmen at their September 21 meeting to introduce their Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). The CIP is a financial plan that outlines sources and uses of funds for capital improvements over a five-year period. This allows the town to strategically schedule capital improvements and hopefully avoid sudden changes in our property tax bills. Chelton explained, "The outline for the plan was obtained from the State Department of Revenue and we will be following their guidelines." The CIP is a widely used tool for municipalities to budget for major capital expenditures like schools and equipment.
"The primary goal is to determine available funds and recommended timing of school renovation projects," said Chelton. The LTCRC will gather all of the capital projects, determine the possible sources of revenue and attempt to provide a smooth year-to-year balance. It becomes a matter of how much the town can afford and when we can afford it. Volunteer Lisa Jensen-Fellows, who has previously generated a five-year plan for the Finance Committee, will assist the LTCRC in its efforts to prevent deferred maintenance of town assets.
• Bedford Road pathway spraying. Those driving by the new Bedford Road pathway that goes from the town center to Kimball's Ice Cream stand may have noticed that it is turning green. John Bakewell of the Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee plans to spray the offending grass and weeds with the herbicide Round-Up. A motion by Selectman Deb Belanger that Bakewell be covered by town insurance was approved by a vote of 4-0. Chair Tim Hult asked that a letter be sent to all abutters to inform them of the spraying.
• Additional municipal aid. Representative Cory Atkins called Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie to inform her that the Town of Carlisle is receiving an additional $18,925 in municipal aid for FY05. The additional aid was included in the final supplemental appropriation bill and Governor Romney is expected to sign it. This is part of an effort to restore 100% of the Lottery proceeds to cities and towns and Carlisle's portion of the $75 million is based on the lottery formula. The state is not promising these funds for future years and is calling this a one-time, non-recurring municipal aid.
• Power outages. Power glitches and outages continue to plague Carlisle and Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie has received a number of calls from irate residents. She called NStar and was assured that they understand the problem (trees) and are working to cut some of the offending branches. Work crews have been seen around town trimming roadside trees and previous attempts of NStar to blame some of the town's innocent nut-gathering squirrels have ceased. Chair Tim Hult of the Board of Selectmen requested that McKenzie ask NStar to attend one of the board's meetings in October.
• Plumbing inspector. Carlisle has lost its plumbing inspector, who has accepted a full-time job. The town will be using a plumbing inspector from Concord on a temporary basis. Currently the position is outside Wage and Classification guidelines and is paid $3,286 plus one-half of every plumbing fee collected. The town is looking at a flat rate of $30 per hour for the temporary inspector and no portion of fees. Since the Concord inspector is only paid when an inspection is made, Selectman Doug Stevenson recommended that payments be made on a per-inspection basis rather than an hourly wage.
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