Friday, August 24, 2007
Shorts from the Selectmen, Aug. 14
• Election. A warrant was issued for a Special State Election to be held September 4. The election is a special primary for a Fifth District Representative to Congress, replacing Marty Meehan, who has resigned to become Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
• Historical contract. A contract for the Historical Commission Cultural Resources Project approved at Spring Town Meeting was awarded to Anne M. Forbes. Only one bid was received.
• Benfield restriction nears approval. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a Certificate of Approval for the affordable housing restriction (GL 184 sect 32) on Benfield Parcel A. The restriction process is expected to be completed in September.
• Conflict of interest. Ed Rolfe, Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) disclosed an "apparent conflict of interest" in that he will be collecting signatures for an initiative to repeal Chapter 40B but as ZBA chair "will continue to have fair hearings in spite of my position." He noted the initiative process may not result in a ballot measure but ensures "meaningful dialogue will take place in the legislature."
• Rail Trail. A contract has been awarded for the Lowell to Westford section of the Bruce Freedman Rail Trail, 24 years after it was first proposed. The second phase, which would include the Carlisle piece, is planned for 2010.
• Appointments and resignation. David Guarino of East Street was appointed to the Finance Committee for a three-year term. He is a practicing attorney specializing in tax and estate planning, and formerly worked for Deutch Williams, Carlisle's town counsel.
Jen Bush of Church Street was appointed to the Conservation Commission for a three year term. She replaces John Lee.
Peter Shelton's resignation from the Recreation Commission was accepted with gratitude for his work on the commission.
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