The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 20, 2005


Town Meeting Article 7:
Wastewater Treatment Plant

The School Building Committee is asking for approval of $1,326,716 to construct the school wastewater treatment system to be built on the Banta-Davis Land. Voters at a Special Town Meeting previously approved $1,279,000 for the project in the fall of 2003.

In the 1-1/2 years since funds were approved, the project was held up by delays waiting for approval of the system from the state Department of Environmental Engineering and for final engineering designs. In the interim, construction costs, both for materials and labor, also rose sharply.

The wastewater treatment building was moved to Banta-Davis after high construction bids that came in last November prompted a complete site and project review to see if costs could be cut.

It was nearly ten years ago that the school septic field failed state Title 5 technical regulations. The project was held up by a lawsuit, the need to design a wastewater plant rather than a septic field due to increased enrollments, a lengthy engineering and permitting process, high construction bids, and this week by a bidding dispute by a construction contractor.

Previously, the former School Building Assistance Bureau agreed to a 60% reimbursement for the wastewater project, a rate tied to the Link Building project in 1997. The SBA allotted reimbursement for a new septic field for the building project at that time. Despite the delays, the school believes the project remains eligible for reimbursement. See the May 6 and May 13 Mosquito articles for more on the project.

OHD Chicken BBQ tickets on sale now

Tickets for the Carlisle Firefighter's Relief Association Old Home Day chicken barbecue are now on sale at Ferns Country Store and the police dispatcher's window. The barbecue will be held at the fire station on June 25, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $8 in advance, or $9 on June 25. For more information, call Richard Sibley at 1-978-287-4142. Proceeds benefit the Carlisle Firefighters Relief Association. There is limited seating. To avoid disappointment, get your tickets now.

COA doings

Come fly with the COA: On Thursday, June 10, a COA member and private pilot will give scenic airplane rides. Carpool to the Something Different Café at the Beverly Airport. Following lunch, two people at a time will be taken for half-hour rides over the coast around Salem, Marblehead and Cape Ann. The cost will depend on flying time, and is estimated to be about $45 per person. Sign up by June 1 by calling Bert Williams at 1-978-369-7601.

Day in Marblehead: On Wednesday, June 15, weather permitting, Bert Williams has offered an excursion in his 30-foot sailboat. Carpool, leaving Carlisle at 10 a.m. and return about 5 p.m. Bert will take six people at a time for a one-hour sail in and around the harbor. No sailing experience is required but some physical agility is needed. RSVP to Bert at 1-978-369-7601 or

Library will hold basic computer instruction workshops

The Gleason Library is offering an introductory computer workshop on June 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. In addition, one-on-one basic computer tutoring sessions will be held June 6, 7 and 8 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. The workshops are free; registration is required. Drop by or call the library reference desk at 1-978-369-4898.

Equestrian event to benefit Foss Farm will be held on Sunday

The Carlisle-Area Equestrians and Old North Bridge Pony Club will host a special horse event to benefit Foss Farm on May 22. Horses and riders from across New England will compete for fun and prizes in the third annual Foss Farm Spring 2 Phase Event. Food will be available for purchase. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Jumping events begin at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact organizer Beth Platt at

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