Friday, July 20, 2007
Selectmen shorts, July 10 and June 26
• Veterans Memorial. A number of people have expressed interest in joining the Memorial Committee and Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie suggested expanding it to include more than two at-large members. Tim Hult expressed gratification at the "very qualified" townspeople who have stepped forward, including veterans, family members and a volunteer who has surveyed memorials in other towns. He noted the Selectmen's choice to oppose the proposal at Town Meeting was "a difficult discussion, but I think we're going to come to a solution veterans will be very happy with . . . I'm glad we decided to take a more careful look."
• Municipal Coalition for Housing. A letter from a new organization called the Municipal Coalition for Housing was received asking Carlisle to join. The group consists of town officials in Bolton and other municipalities who oppose the 40B law and favor "local control and individual choice." On the suggestion of Administrative Coordinator Elizabeth Barnett, action was deferred to see what other towns do. Said John Williams, "A lot of their goals are things we would agree with . . . but let's work on the initiatives we have and get something done."
• Cistern easement. An easement for Chestnut Estates at 400 Rutland Street providing cistern access that would benefit neighborhood firefighting capability was approved.
• Fire Department finances. A transfer of $6,077.92 from the Ambulance Fund to the fire department's ambulance operating budget was approved. Increased EMT stipends and more calls necessitated the transfer to cover costs. The ambulance fund collects fees to be applied to purchase of a new ambulance, but enough has been amassed for that purpose.
• Employee raises. Wages and salaries were approved for the coming year. Most town employees not under a contract received a 3.5% increase.
• Appointments. Selectmen approved the following appointments to boards and committees: Phyllis Hughes and Karen Rigg to the Council on Aging (COA) for three-year terms; Kathy Coughlin-Horvath to the Cultural Council for a two-year term; Lee Storrs to the School Building Committee for a two-year term; Judy Lane and Richard Ketchen to the Town Common Committee for one-year terms; Verna Gilbert to the COA for one year completing Betty Elgin's term.
• Resignations. The Selectmen accepted the following resignations: Betty Elgin resigned from the COA. Selectman Doug Stevenson noted, "She was a source of energy for the council" and will continue with monthly coffees and Meals on Wheels.
Steve Hinton resigned from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Selectman Tim Hult said, "His knowledge of matters related to water moved us through a lot of thorny problems."
Nancy Kuziemski resigned from the Personnel Board and her seven years of commitment to the board were acknowledged.
• Volunteers needed. The Cable Advisory Committee is being reformed to renegotiate the contract that expires this year. Also, the Personnel Board is down two members. Selectman Alan Carpenito noted the Personnel Board meets once a month and is "a good way to get in the door" for those interested in public service. Anyone interested in either committee can contact Madonna McKenzie at Town Hall.
• Fee-based accounts. Increases were approved for the limits of several 53E1/2 accounts used for collecting fees for various services. The Board of Health account cap went from $50,000 to $60,000, the Youth Commission's account maximum changed from $5,000 to $6,500 and the Building Inspector account was raised from $70,000 to $76,000. All increases reflected rising costs.
• Art display. A Girl Scout troop's request to display artwork at Town Hall was approved.
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