Friday, February 2, 2007
Shorts from the Carlisle Planning Board on January 22
• Tree removal on Cross Street. During a joint hearing with Carlisle Tree Warden Gary Davis on January 22, the Planning Board reviewed a request from developer William Costello to remove five trees and approximately 31 feet of stone wall within the public right-of-way of Cross Street in order to create a driveway entrance to a proposed single-family dwelling. The hearings are required under the provisions of the Scenic Roads bylaw and the Public Shade Tree Act.
George Dimakarakos of Stamsky and McNary explained that the proposed driveway would serve the third of five building lots being developed by his client on the west side of Cross Street, across from Costello's 15-lot conservation cluster. The latter development, Greystone Crossing, has three common driveways on Cross Street for all 15 lots.
With the possibility of two more driveways being requested for the remaining undeveloped lots, the Planning Board discussed whether a single entry from Cross Street might be a better approach. Dimakarakos said he thought Costello would be open to having a discussion about a common driveway and the board agreed to continue this hearing to their meeting on February 26.
• Town computer policy. The Planning Board reviewed a new computer use policy on behalf of employees Planning Administrator George Mansfield and Planning Assistant Gretchen Caywood who, like all town employees, are required to sign the policy by February 2.
The "Computer, Electronic Mail and Internet Use Policy" was just approved by the Selectmen on January 9 and was distributed to town employees by Town Administrator, Madonna McKenzie. The three-page policy is more restrictive than the existing computer and Internet-use policy that is part of the town's personnel handbook. It limits and monitors Internet usage on town computers, including the downloading and deleting of files, and personal e-mail use.
The board requested a review of the policy by town counsel and agreed to support Mansfield and Caywood should they choose not to sign the policy until after this input is received.
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