Friday, May 27, 2005
Vote for Susan Stamps
To the Editor:
I support the election of Susan Stamps for the Housing Authority. I have worked with Susan for approximately two years as a law associate and have observed her hard work and commitment, both to the clients of her busy law practice and to the Town of Carlisle. Susan has lived in Carlisle for thirty years where she raised her two children and built her own law practice, located in Concord. She has remained active in town government, including ten years on the Personnel Board, involvement in three town administrator search committees, and on the town bargaining team for the police union contracts. She is currently chair of the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee, where she is an effective and proven leader. Last year, she led the effort for a resolution voted by the town opposing certain portions of the USA Patriot Act.
I believe Susan is well qualified to tackle the challenges to be faced over the next several years by the Housing Authority, especially the critical decisions regarding affordable housing. Susan has a proven ability to analyze highly complex situations and to find the most practical and just solutions. She accomplishes this by delving into the issues, conducting thorough research, and listening to the many sides of an issue with objectivity, openness, creativity, and respect for diverse opinions. She has the perseverance and practical knowledge to get the job done and the communication skills to work effectively with fellow board members, townspeople, elected representatives and local developers.
With her legal expertise and extensive experience in town government, I know that Susan Stamps, if elected, will be a great asset to the Housing Authority. She will be able to use her experience and expertise to lead the town in the right direction regarding affordable housing and the other challenges facing the Housing Authority.
Vote for Tice
To the Editor:
I am writing this letter in support of Bill Tice's candidacy for Selectman. I had the pleasure to serve on the Planning Board with Bill for many years and during that time observed many qualities that will certainly be transferable to the Board of Selectmen, notably: the ability to listen and learn about an issue from various points of view, then analyze the issue and engage in productive and respectful dialogue with the public and colleagues on the Board in an effort to reach the best solution feasible and, if possible, contribute to achieving a consensus resolution. Bill brought these and other attributes to his five years on the Planning Board, serving from time to time as treasurer and chairman, as well as to his service as treasurer for the Long-Term Capital Committee. He is a thoughtful and caring person and would be a terrific addition to the Board of Selectmen.
Spencer Brook Lane
To the Editor:
Thanks to all who made the Spring Clean-up at the Historical Society's Heald House a great success. Though we are perhaps not as elegant as our neighbor, This Old House, we are nonetheless feeling our spirits much uplifted by the cheerful contributions to cleaning, raking, pruning, sweeping, removing fencing, and general cleaning up.
Specifically, thanks go to Donna Allen, Valerie Baier, Sarah and Parker Brophy, Maria Conley, Charlie Forsberg, Ed Humm, Annette Lee, Ginny Mills, Susan and Katie Mills, and Sue and Krista Stengrevics.
The Historical Society is grateful to you all.
CCHS repairs explained
To the Editor:
At the Carlisle town election on May 31, you will be asked to decide on a debt exclusion question that will allow the Concord-Carlisle Regional School district to issue $590,000 of debt outside of the proposition 2 1/2 levy limit. The school district will utilize the proceeds of the debt to make necessary and critical repairs to the infrastructure of the High School. We urge that you vote in favor of the debt exclusion question.
We have undertaken the process of a comprehensive review of the entire infrastructure of the High School, the results of which we will be reporting back to the towns of Concord and Carlisle over the next few months. In the meantime, in order to maintain a safe environment for our students, faculty, administrators and visitors, we face making some critical repairs and replacing outdated equipment now. The proceeds of the debt will fund the replacement of the bleacher system in the upper gymnasium ($130,000), replace the outdoor bleacher system ($425,000), and will repair a failed overhead canopy system ($35,000).
The indoor bleacher system has failed, rarely expanding and contracting as required by the program and is not ADA compliant. The outdoor bleacher system which was recycled from the Emerson Field in the early 1960s is decaying, becoming a safety hazard and is also not ADA compliant. The replacement for both the internal and the outdoor bleacher systems will be ADA compliant, safe and portable. The new bleacher systems will be utilized in the overall reconfiguration of the High School. The canopy between the "I" building and the "H" building is no longer structurally sound and in need of critical repair.
The cost to the average homeowner in Carlisle for these projects is projected to be approximately $21.00 per year.
We appreciate your continued support of our High School and urge you to vote in favor of the debt exclusion question.
Michael E. Fitzgerald
Vice Chairman - Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee
Vote for Alan Carpenito
To the Editor:
I am writing to support the election of Alan Carpenito for Selectman. I have known Alan since shortly after we both moved to town, and I came to know him much better when his two sons, along with my son,
joined Boy Scouts.
Alan is one of the hardest working, most energetic people I have ever met. He tackles seemingly impossible tasks, and finishes them ahead of schedule.
He does not spend money easily. Using an inexhaustible supply of brains and energy and a minimum of cash, he transformed his classic Carlisle summer bungalow into a stylish colonial home with more artistic features than a real estate broker could fit in a listing sheet.
He is very considerate of other people. More than once I've seen someone reach for the wrong tool, or seen a teenager struggle fruitlessly over a task. Alan will gently step in and offer appropriate advice, sometimes so gracefully that it is hard to see how he was involved.
He is a helpful pillar of the neighborhood, always looking out for elderly neighbors during a big snow, or checking in to see if they need help with a ride to the store. In many ways, he and his wife Lynne embody the very best of what it means to live in a small town.
He is also well grounded and pragmatic. When he plans a task, the plan will be both challenging and practical.
Alan is creative, hard working, fun to be around, and careful with money. With Alan Carpenito as a Selectman, Carlisle can be assured of getting the maximum results for a minimum of expense.
Please join me in voting for Alan on May 31.
Public bidding process needs improvement
To the Editor:
The wastewater project illustrates three problems with public projects. Cost estimates are almost always too low (my experience with the Town Hall and library), the public bidding process controlled by the laws of the Commonwealth and kept in place by the strong lobby of contractors and sub-contractors on Beacon Hilldoes not permit negotiation (the technique used in the private sector to reign in costs), and contractors must pay "prevailing" (i.e. union)wage rates to insure that non-union shops have no cost advantage over union shops. It is my understanding that the constraints on public projects (ostensibly in place toprevent bid-rigging or favoring vendors with demonstrated ability to deliver quality work on time and on budget)increase the costs by as much as 25%.A challenge by one of the bidders on our library project increased our costs by $50,000 over the low bid and now we will be asked to pay $143,000 more or reject all bids and rebid the wastewater treatment project. Under the current system it is very difficult for the town to reject a bidder as not qualified and we can only do business with a contractor known to havea reputation for superiorresults if he is the low bidder. It is time for the cities and towns of Massachusetts to lobby for a change in the laws controlling bidding onpublic projects.
Edward H. Sonn
Third grade discusses Benfield property issue
To the Editor:
On Monday, May 16, our class spent one hour discussing the article in the Sunday Boston Globe about the Benfield property. In third grade in Carlisle we study Native Americans, so we were very interested when we read that the land may be ceremonial grounds for New England tribes.
We have six questions that we want to ask to help us decide how we feel about the town building housing and a playing field on the land:
1. Why can't Carlisle build somewhere else?
2. Can there be a compromise? Can Carlisle build around the special land?
3. Is the land still special to the Native Americans?
4. Why didn't the Native Americans tell Carlisle sooner about this problem?
5. Why is this land more important than all the rest of the land that Carlisle is built on? Didn't Native Americans live on all of it?
6. Does Carlisle actually own this land right now?
We took a vote on this issue. So far, before these questions are answered, here's how we voted:
Support the Native Americans: 11
Support Carlisle: 6
Not Sure: 5
This is a very interesting issue.
Mr. Stamell's Third Grade
Vote for Williams
To the Editor:
I would like to endorse John Williams for the open position for the Board of Selectmen. I have come to know John over the last few months as a man who takes the time to understand and know the current issues that affect Carlisle today and in the future.
I first noticed John at several town board meetings. When I finally took the time to introduce myself, I discovered that he was taking his personal time to get to know the issues and meet the volunteers who unselfishly give their time to make Carlisle a better place.
John sought me out to better understand the needs of Carlisle Recreation. This past Saturday, John took time to meet some of the 1,000 weekend participants on our playing fields to better understand the demand for additional playing fields for games and practices. This impressed me because at not one time during the past six years in my position as chair of Carlisle Recreation has a selectman ever taken the time to meet, greet, and find the time to understand the needs of this continually growing interest group.
I plan to vote for John because he is new to town but not new to town government. John moved here from Lincoln, has raised a family, and is a successful businessman. He looks at issues from a fresh new perspective and does not have ties to any one issue or interest group. I believe he will be able to address and get involved in town issues and be a leader as we address the growing needs of the Carlisle population.
I will vote for John and I encourage you to vote for him too.
Chair, Carlisle Recreation
Vote for Carpenito
I am writing this letter in support of Alan Carpenito of South Street who is running for election to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen. It is very important for members of the wider Carlisle community to become aware of Mr. Carpenito's exceptional abilities in civic affairs.
Mr. Carpenito provides forceful advocacy for the interests of his neighbors and for his own values. He expresses his views clearly, honestly, and respectfully. He has assumed a leadership role in providing valid, alternative approaches so as to moderate the current rush to construct a large, active ball field in a remote residential area. He demonstrates perseverance and dedication in his effort to point out more cost effective and practical locations for recreational facilities. While a strong advocate in his own right, he is pleased to hear and listen to the views of others.
Mr. Carpenito heads a young, growing family, works hard for a living, and has very strong ties to the Carlisle community. As a selectman, his "real world" orientation, his integrity, his clear thinking, and his decisiveness will serve the Town of Carlisle very well. The people of Carlisle are fortunate to have this opportunity to elect an individual such as Mr. Carpenito who can think his way through the complexities of conflicting political, financial, and human issues that constantly confront Carlisle's Board of Selectmen.
David B. Trask
Log Hill Road
Ed. note: David Trask is a member of the Carlisle Finance Committee.
Tricia Smith thanks visitors
To the Editor:
Wow — I want to say "thank you" to all who came out this past grey Saturday to visit our goats and cheesehouse and to support our Historical Society. I hope you learned a bit about family-scale dairying, a historic activity we're adapting to our present. Your kids were great guests. We much appreciate your interest in what we do. If you have questions or comments I missed, please feel free to contact me via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone. Michael and I had a great time.
Indian Hill Road
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