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Friday, January 28, 2005


Site for Carlisle School wastewater plant gets Selectmen's OK

School Building Committee Chair Christy Barbee displays diagram of the new Banta-Davis site for the wastewater treatment plant for the Carlisle Public School. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)
The Board of Selectmen has given the Carlisle School Building Committee the "go-ahead" to investigate a new site for the wastewater treatment plant on the Banta-Davis Land, reported School Committee member Christy Barbee at the January 19 Carlisle School Committee meeting. After construction bids for the original site came in at double the expected price, the committee has been exploring ways to reduce cost. HTA, the committee's consulting engineering firm, estimates the new site will save over $200,000, not including additional construction savings such as the access road (there is an existing road), and fewer safety concerns during construction. The previous site was to be built next to the school in the woods near the Spalding fields, which would require a new access road and partial use of the school's parking lot roads.

RecCom's reaction

"The Recreation Commission does not like the site," noted Barbee. The commission is concerned about the smell that may be produced by the facility. But if the facility is maintained properly it should not smell, Carlisle School Business Manager Steve Moore explained, and the committee is reviewing the possibility of moving the site further from the playing fields. "If there is additional pumping" due to moving the site back too far, warned School Committee member Wendell Sykes, "the price goes up." Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle asked about the history of the land and the original purpose of its purchase. "It is owned by the Town of Carlisle," answered School Committee member Michael Fitzgerald. It was purchased for the expansion of the school, cemetery, and public works. "It was purchased for those three purposes," said Fitzgerald. There has been a cooperative relationship with the RecCom, noted Fitzgerald, "but push comes to shove, we need to use the Banta-Davis site. The school's needs come first."

Abutters may benefit

Abutters have been notified, reported Barbee. "The good effect for the abutters is that the treatment plant reduces the load on the leaching fields," noted Sykes.

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