Friday, December 7, 2004
Twenty-minute Town Meeting approves all requests
by Cecile Sandwen
No action on wastewater plant
Christy Barbee, Chair of the School Building
Committee, explained the removal of Article 3. Bids for construction
of the wastewater facility had come in “a half million dollars more
that expected.” She spoke of “a benefit to going back and examining”
what went wrong. Barbee concluded, “We respectfully ask that you not
move the Article and give us some time.”
With the removal of Article 3, the most substantial business was Article 2, the request for a transfer of $142,000 from free cash for the “reconstruction, refurbishment and repair of the Town Hall HVAC system.” Selectmen Chair Tim Hult explained the heat “stopped working for a period” last winter and a task force was formed to recommend improvements. After early indications that the repair might cost $350,000, a bid package was designed and the lowest bid came in at $129,000, to which a $13,000 contingency was added. The FinCom approved the fund transfer, noting there is currently $646,531 in free cash.
Alex Parker of the task force responded to a question from the floor regarding possible reimbursement from the original designers of the HVAC system. “There would be a very small chance of success . . .It’s been a number of years,” he said. A two-thirds vote was needed and easily obtained. After the Article was approved, Hult thanked the task force for “a good piece of work.”
Historical survey funded by CPA
The Article 4 vote approved a transfer
of $8,000 from the Community Preservation Act account to the Historical
Preservation account to finance preparatory work on a historical and
archeological survey of town buildings and sites. Once the preparation
is completed, the follow-on survey is expected to cost between $17,000
to $20,000, according to David Chaffin, Chair of the Carlisle Historical
Commission. He noted the survey will “identify property deserving of
cataloging” including “a wealth of Native American sites” in town. The
study will be available to all, including students, researchers, boards,
realtors, and developers.
The Article 1 vote approved fund transfers. The first applied a one-time state aid payment of $18,925 to the legal account to cover overages due to litigation and to provide assistance in negotiating the police contract. Other transfers moved interest not paid (due to delay of the wastewater treatment plant) to two accounts: $15,000 to the Town Administrators capital fund, and $4,816 to the salary of the treasurer/tax collector. These transfers will correct oversights in the preparation of the FY05 budget.
Since none of the appropriations voted by the Town Meeting will be require new raising new revenues or debt, the Town Election scheduled for December 13 has been cancelled.
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