Friday, September 23, 2005
Selectmen's long-term goals: a vision for Carlisle
In late August the Carlisle Board of Selectmen met to discuss goals for the town in the coming year. The short-term goals were published on September 16, and the long-term goals appear below:
1. Stable and sustainable financial management: To manage town finances effectively, thereby maintaining a responsible tax rate and providing appropriate town services. This involves finding ways to ease the burden on many of our long-term and lower-income residents.
2. Excellent education for our children: To maintain the excellent quality of education provided by the Carlisle Public School, the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School and the Minuteman Technical High School, by supporting the administrative and instructional personnel and maintaining quality facilities.
3. Conservation land and open space: To maintain the town's commitment to conserving open space as an essential element of our rural environment. This involves management of future development, a willingness to consider new land acquisition and sound stewardship of the land currently conserved.
4. The safety and security of our citizens: To provide a safe and secure environment for all of our citizens. This involves the maintenance of sound police and fire operations as well as the effective and safe maintenance of our public roadways and traffic.
5. Effective and efficient town services: To support delivery of effective and efficient services by all of our town employees. This requires that we provide competitive compensation, effective tools and systems, and a constructive work environment for our town employees.
6. Stable and responsive public utilities: To work with providers such that they maintain stable and responsive telecommunications and energy resources to all of our citizens while working within the constraints and requirements of our town by laws.
7. Affordable housing: To maintain and implement a long-term affordable housing plan using a multifaceted approach, thereby increasing the quantity of affordable units within the town.
8. Regional and state partnerships: To work with regional organizations, neighboring communities and our state representatives on issues that affect our region. These issues include but are not limited to traffic, Hanscom Field, 40B and school financing.
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