The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 21, 2005

Where next?

To the Editor:

Preliminary plans were presented to the abutters of a 66-unit, 3-story development on 22 acres, off Concord Street on the evening of Wednesday, January 12 by developer Bruce Wheeler and his consultant Mark O'Hagan. This partially affordable housing development would be built under Chapter 40B of the state's Comprehensive Permit Statute which overrides local zoning in towns where less than 10% of the housing qualifies as low-cost (subsidized).

In at least one place the building setback from a lot line was about 15 feet. Total water usage was estimated at 10,000 gallons per day from multiple wells. Total effluent flow, of course, is also 10,000 gallons per day. The proposed sewage disposal system involved multiple septic systems with pressurized leaching fields. The housing density is about SIX times the normal density on a 2-acre lot with unknown effects on water supply and sewage disposal. A factor of six is large enough to seriously question its effects on water supply and sewage disposal.

The proposed wells in all probability will be using the same water source of at least some abutters, who now have marginal rates of flow. The septic systems will be pressurized systems putting the 10,000 gallons a day at a highly increased rate into the soil. We were given no information about this impact on the wetlands and vernal pools in the area. We and all other abutters present were alarmed at the disregard for the impact on the environment and the additional impact on the adjacent homes.

The developer is proposing units in close proximity to some dwellings totally obscuring their view and additionally so close that the units will look directly down on and into some abutter's windows. This is entirely unlike anything else in Carlisle and also defeats the reason every abutter moved here, i.e. privacy, vistas, environmental concern. In addition there will be approximately 120 additional cars from this 22 acres, unlike the usual 2 cars per 2 or 4-acre site.

Where do we go from here?

Joan and Alex Parker

Russell Street

Girls ice hockey

To the Editor:

I have received multiple phone calls and letters over the past week regarding the recent notes in the Mosquito regarding a possible girls hockey team at CCHS. The office of Community Education recently coordinated a 10-week girls-learn-to-play-hockey program with the generous cooperation of Middlesex School. We had five coaches and approximately 35 female skaters on the ice. Over 20 girls will be eligible to play at CCHS on a varsity team next year. The Concord-Carlisle Girls Hockey Club has a group of older girls playing a practice and scrimmage season. An all girls U12 travel team is beating up on other club teams in the area. Discussions with the CCHS administration have been very positive and creative solutions are being sought with the hope that a team at CCHS can be established next year. Community support, hard work, and creative problem-solving will be required to correct the inequity that exists in our girls and boys hockey programs in time for the 2005-2006 season.

Tom Bilodeau
Powdermill Road, Concord

Thanks, Janet Lovejoy

To the Editor:

Thank you, Janet Lovejoy, for conserving 63 acres of land and helping to protect a wildlife corridor. Reading last week's article somewhat diminished the sting of the two articles about coming developments, both right next to us.

Since moving to Carlisle in 1990, we've been amazed by the wildlife we've seen. Two wildlife corridors cross our eight acres: one from the Towle woods (off Bingham Road) to Cross Street and beyond — the other from Towle woods across Concord Street to Russell Street and beyond. The corridors cannot survive a 23-acre high-density development on the other side of Concord Street and a 50-acre large-home development off Cross Street The breeding red foxes, fishers, barred owls, broad-winged hawks, wood pewees, crested flycatchers, thrushes (hermit, wood, and veery), ovenbirds, scarlet tanagers, towhees, garter snakes, milk snakes, and various amphibians, plus occasional gray foxes, minks, weasels, wild turkeys, red-shouldered hawks, and saw-whet owls, will not be able to move about this neighborhood anymore. The Towle woods will become more isolated, with less animal diversity. Many birds will be extirpated from this area of Carlisle.

I truly hope that other wildlife corridors, including the one across the Lovejoy and Benfield properties which both families have done so much to protect, can be kept intact so that Carlisle will retain its distinction as a town with a variety of wildlife, not just the adaptable few: the red-tailed hawks, white-tailed deer, raccoons, and suburban coyotes which manage to live almost anywhere.

Jean Keskulla
Concord Street

Toy donors thanked

To the Editor:

The Carlisle Police Department would like to thank all those who contributed to this year's Christmas for Kids Program. Well over 400 toys were donated to the Lowell office of the Department of Social Services. The Town of Carlisle, once again, was the single largest contributor to the Lowell office. Also, we would like to thank all those folks that dropped off goodies at the station over the holidays.

Carlisle Police Department

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