Friday, August 12, 2005
Shorts from the August 9 Board of Selectmen's meeting
Town Common Committee
The Town Common Committee (TCC) recently purchased $409.65 worth of lime, fertilizer, and a lawn spreader and then sent the bill to the Carlisle Board of Selectmen. The Common is maintained by the Carlisle D.P.W., whose budget should cover such costs. Since the TCC does not have a budget and therefore has no money to spend, the Selectmen were understandably upset that the committee had not sought prior approval. At their August 9 meeting, the Selectmen voted to approve — just this one time — payment for the lawn products and chair Doug Stevenson will send a letter to the TCC group warning them against future unauthorized expenditures.
The Board of Selectmen appointed Sylvia Sillers to the Historical Commission for a three-year term ending June 30, 2008. Also appointed for a three-year term were Kelly J. Stringham to the Conservation Commission, Beth Bourque and Susan Evans to the Youth Commission and Steve Hinton as an associate member to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Terry West and Patricia Koenitzer were appointed to the Cultural Council for a two-year term ending June 30, 2007. Jane Coleman Williams and M. Lawrence Barton were appointed to the Senior Tax Advisory Committee for a one-year term ending June 30, 2006. Selectman John Williams was selected as Town of Carlisle representative to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC).
ALS billing charges
Fire Chief Dave Flannery appeared before the Selectmen to request an increase in the rates for Advanced Life Support (ALS) billing. The current rate of $350 for ALS Base Rate I (one paramedic) will increase to $625 and ALS Base Rate II (two paramedics) will increase from $350 to $740. Although the Town of Carlisle is not a direct provider of ALS services, we have an agreement with Emerson Hospital and do all billing for ALS charges, for which we receive a portion of the charge. The new rates are in line with the allowable charges of the 2005 Medicare Fee Schedule.
The Board of Selectmen approved the new rates by a vote of 5-0.
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