Friday, September 21, 2007
Shorts from the Board of Selectmen,
· Greenough House. Selectmen declared the town-owned Greenough House on the Greenough conservation land off Maple Street as surplus property for demolition. Plans are to demolish the dilapidated building, remove all building materials, and restore the land to a natural state.
· Benfield housing. Alan Carpenito of South Street recused himself from his role as Selectman to comment as a private citizen on the proposed town affordable housing project on land on South Street. "The neighbors are not opposed to affordable housing," he said, "but the dynamics of the project have changed. We want to make sure we are treated fairly." Carpenito said the original plans specified 26 affordable housing units on the 15 back acres of the property.
Current plans are to place the affordable housing units at the front of the property, visible from South Street, while recreational playing fields will go at the back of the property. This is the reverse of original plans where the homes were to be located at the back of the parcel. The plan was revised after a rare blue-spotted salamander, a Species of Special Concern in Massachusetts, was found on the back of the property. The revised plan was approved at a Fall 2006 Town Meeting.
John Williams, the Selectmen's liaison, said the Housing Authority will appear at the Selectmen's meeting on September 25
· Finances. Selectman Tim Hult, liaison to the town Finance Team, said an audit recently certified over $900,000 in the town's free cash account, and $1.2 million in the town stabilization fund. The funds help to assure the town receives the best rate from the state bonding authority, he said. Hult said that after reviewing the town's financial records, the auditor praised the town's financial team.
Hult reminded the board that home building has continued to drop off in Carlisle and there is a significant inventory of homes in town and in the state. New town building growth for next year, FY09, is projected at just $8 million, nowhere near past years, he said.
New town growth in the current FY08 is now projected to be $19 million when the fiscal year ends next June, compared with previous projections for $22-23 million in new growth.
· Pathways. Hult, also a liaison to the Pathways Committee, said the group discussed plans for the Concord Street section of path with the Historical Commission and neighbors on Concord Street. Hult said the section on Concord Street near the center has a difficult intersection. The Pathways Committee will make a recommendation about the Concord Street path in early October. Plans are for four-foot wide paths in the center area, with wider five-foot paths outside the center of town.
· Appointment. Marc Lamere of Rutland Street was appointed to the Historical Commission.
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