Friday, October 14, 2005
Shorts from the Board of Selectmen, October 11
• Police Department gift. Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie reported that the Carlisle Police Department has received an anonymous donation of $10,000 to be used by the Department at the discretion of the Chief. The donation was made prior to the retirement of Dave Galvin although Acting Chief John Sullivan was also involved in the discussion. The Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 to gratefully accept the gift, with Selectman Tony Allison hoping that the Police Department doesn't spend it all on a big party.
• Linda Boucher awarded MMACC.Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Barton announced that town employee Linda Boucher has completed all the requirements for her Massachusetts Municipal Assistant Collector Certification and will be awarded said certification on December 14. The Board of Selectmen plan to send a letter of congratulations to Boucher on her accomplishment.
• Town flag. Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie has asked the Board of Selectmen to hold a public hearing on the possibility of lighting the town flag on the Common during the night hours. McKenzie said that daily raising and lowering of the flag causes excessive wear of the rope and that it costs the town $1,200 to attach a new rope to the top of the flagpole each time it breaks. A spotlight aimed upwards at the flag would allow it to remain aloft 24 hours a day. Power is available nearby for the annual Christmas Tree lights and would cost less annually than the rope replacement.
• Municiple generators.The Carlisle Building Committee, after talks with Building Inspector Bob Koning and Fire Chief Dave Flannery, has decided to consider asking for an upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) generator. This is in conjunction with Carlisle's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and would power the entire school campus in case of a power failure. The expected cost will be in excess of $300,000 and is considerably more than first estimated.
The WWTP generator that is being purchased now as part of the sewage treatment facility could be replaced, after Town Meeting funding approval, with this larger unit at a later date. In addition to pumping sewage, the larger generator would be able to pump water, refrigerate emergency medications, and provide lighting and heat. The original smaller WWTP generator could then be swapped to power the Town Hall.
• Appointments/resignations. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to appoint Carlisle Conservation Commission (ConsCom) member Diane Troppoli as ConsCom's representative to the Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee for a one-year term ending June 30, 2006 to fill the open position resulting from the resignation of Tom Brownrigg.
The Board voted to accept the resignation of Mark Struss from the Board of Health. Struss, who was elected last spring for a three-year term, is moving to Chelmsford and will no longer be eligible to serve on the board. The Board of Health is seeking candidates for the position and is particularly interested in candidates with a legal, environmental or medical background.
Selectmen approved a request from the Zoning Board of Appeals to reassign Emmanuel Crespo to Associate Member and grant full membership to associate Stephen Kirk.
• Annual Town Meeting and Election.The Board of Selectmen voted to set May 1, 2006 as the date of the Annual Town Meeting. They also scheduled the Town election for May 9, 2006. Other key dates in the Town Meeting timeline include the Town Caucus on March 13, posting of the warrant on April 10, and the Finance Committee hearing on April 24, 2006.
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