Friday, October 28, 2005
Shorts from the BOS, October 25
• Free Cash. Free Cash was certified at $943,558. Included in this number is approximately $300,000 remaining in budgets at the end of the fiscal year. About $200,000 can be traced to lands coming out of Chapter 61. Although these were one-time spikes, they are the type of random windfalls that make up a sizable portion of Free Cash each year
• Town flag. A public hearing on the lighting of the Town flag, as opposed to raising and lowering it each day, will be held by the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on November 8.
•Accessory apartments. Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie and Board of Selectmen Chair Doug Stevenson met with consultant Toby Kramer to finalize the terms of a contract to create an Accessory Apartment bylaw for Annual Town Meeting. An ad hoc work group consisting of Stevenson, McKenzie, Robert Koning (Building Inspector), Susan Stamps (Housing Authority) and someone yet to be named from the Planning Board, will work with Kramer to write the bylaw. The Accessory Apartment bylaw could provide another means for Carlisle to meet the 10% affordable housing requirements of Chapter 40B.
• Municipal hearings officer. The Massachusetts Municipal Association has informed Carlisle that it needs to designate a municipal hearings officer (who cannot be from the fire or building departments) to be available to hear local appeals under Chapter 148A. This is under the Fire Safety Act, passed last year by the legislature, and authorizes the issuance of civil citations for violations of the State Fire or Building code. The Fire Safety Act was passed in response to the Station Nightclub fire. Carlisle may never have need for the services of the municipal hearings officer, but the Town will comply and the Board of Selectmen will appoint someone to that position.
• Wilkins Lane. A public hearing is planned by the Board of Selectmen to discuss the acceptance of Wilkins Lane as a Town Road. The request arrived after the warrant was closed for the last Annual Town Meeting. This will begin a process to have it in place for the next Annual Meeting.
• Appointments. Henry Cox of 243 Brook Street was appointed to the Trails Committee for a one year term ending June 30, 2006.
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