The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 4, 2005

How does construction affect nearby wells?

To the Editor:

We attended the Board of Health (BOH) meeting on October 25 to hear about the Stearns Street well problem and see whether there was any relevance to the proposed nearby Coventry Woods 40B development on Concord Street. The relevance of this particular case, in my opinion, was inconclusive, but in the long term this problem may be quite relevant.

According to the well owners, Stephen and Deborah Webster, their well "went dry" every autumn after an irrigation system had been installed and operated at the nearby Malcolm Meadows development. In response, the BOH ordered a water ban on Stearns Street during the month of October. The Webster well was reported to be operating properly after the ban, but heavy rains could have contributed to its return to life. The BOH also stated that a house cannot be occupied unless it has a working well and that it is up to the owner to fund well repairs to make it so.

If a considerable number of wells start failing due to increased housing density, who should pay to fix the failed wells? In California, some new developments are charged a fee for their effect on the town infrastructure, rather than having the whole town pay for this. Should Carlisle impose an infrastructure fee on new developments?

Perhaps Carlisle should consider appointing a "Water Committee" to study remedies for well problems caused by increased housing density and the blasting used during construction of new housing units which can change fracture patterns in the bedrock around wells. Adequate well testing regulations for nearby wells at the time of new construction should also be considered.

Lastly, the BOH at this meeting briefly considered the Coventry Woods application, an item that was not on the BOH agenda published in the Mosquito. Fortunately, we attended this meeting.

Alex and Joan Parker
Russell Street

Carlisle Extended Day has a new name

To the Editor:

Many of your readers may have noticed when driving down East Street that there is no longer a simple white sign with the words, "Carlisle Extended Day" on it. Instead a much more vibrant sign has been added with our new name, "Carlisle Kids' House." As our organization has grown, we realized we needed an umbrella organization to describe that we are no longer simply an extended day program, but several children's programs and resources under one roof. We continue to run a high quality extended day program, with new director Karen Tang. As many of you know, last fall we added an Early Literacy Preschool, which recently welcomed Debi Vigilant as it's director. Both of these programs are growing strong and continue to be valuable family resources. This summer in response to community interest, we ran camp programs for the first time. Our pre-camp and post-camp weeks provide coverage at times when many other camps are closed. We also worked in conjunction with Carlisle Recreation for six weeks to provide extended camp for working parents.

This year at Carlisle Kids' House, we have added coverage on snow days, and some holidays. For the first time, we will be open during the school's holiday break. In the near future, we hope to further broaden our tutoring programs, and continue to develop new programs that give all Carlisle children and families a place to play, learn and gather with friends. If you haven't seen us lately...please stop by for a visit.

The Board of Directors
Carlisle Kids' House

Flood victim appreciated Driscoll's help

To the Editor:

Saw the article on Dave Driscoll in Biloxi. [See "David Driscoll helps victims of hurricane Katrina" on page 3 of last week's Mosquito.] Dave also came to New Orleans to help an old friend muck out the remains of that friend's family home of nearly 50 years. Working in the goo that over a month of salt water had created of furniture, photos, clothes, food, everything a house contains, Dave, solely in the name of friendship, saved that friend's butt. How do I know? I am that friend.

M. H. Meszaros
(refugee from New Orleans)

State Senator Atkins writes

To the Editor:

I am proud to announce that on September 21, 2005, the House of Representatives passed H. 4369 which guarantees death benefits to volunteer firefighters, police officers, and EMS personnel. This not only takes care of a volunteer public safety officer's family in the event that he or she dies, but also creates an incentive for individuals to go into volunteer public service. We all learned of how unfair our old system was when a Lancaster volunteer firefighter died in the line of duty, leaving his family with no benefits.

I thank Carlisle's volunteer firefighters for their service and their sacrifice. I hope that we in the Legislature continue to serve you and your families as well as you serve us each day.

Cory Atkins
State Representative
14th Middlesex

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito