Friday, November 2, 2007
Shorts from the Board of Selectmen, October 23
· CPA Funding. Selectman Doug Stevenson said he learned at a recent regional advisory meeting that many communities expect a decrease in the state reimbursement rate for Community Preservation Act funds. Where previously Carlisle received 100% reimbursement from the state to match local CPA funds collected, Stevenson said in the future the town should expect a possible reduction to a 40 to 50 percent rate.
This past year the town collected $297,000 in CPA funds from the two percent property tax surcharge, an amount recently matched by the state 100% with a $297,000 reimbursement. Carlisle Treasurer Larry Barton said the state will notify the town in the spring concerning the expected reimbursement rate for FY08, funds to be distributed next October.
· CPC Appointments. The following members were appointed to the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) as the representative from their board for one year until June 30, 2008: from the Planning Board, Kent Gonzales; from the Conservation Commission, Kelly Guarino; from the Historical Commission, Sylvia Sillers; from the Housing Authority, Alan Lehotsky; from the Board of Selectmen, Tim Hult, and one community member, Julia Lavely. A representative from the Recreation Commission is yet to be appointed.
· Wilson/Andreassen memorials. Selectman Alan Carpenito said the town continues to collect funds for memorial plaques for long-time Carlisle residents Waldo and Esther Wilson and their daughter Sarah Andreassen. Waldo Wilson was Carlisle's first Fire Chief and Town Accountant for over 50 years. Esther Wilson was Carlisle's dispatcher for over 40 years and Sarah Andreassen was Town Clerk and Town Accountant for over 25 years. Donations can be sent to the Town of Carlisle, 66 Westford Road, Carlisle, MA 01741 with checks payable to: The Wilson/Andreassen Gift Fund.
· Annual Town Meeting and Election. The date for next spring's Town Meeting was set for May 5, 2008, with the Town Election to follow on May 13, 2008.
· Ethics workshop. On October 18 town department heads and interested committee and board members were invited to a workshop given at Town Hall by David Wilcox, acting executive director of the Legal Division of the State Ethics Commission. About a dozen attended the meeting and learned about the state's Conflict of Interest Law. Town Adminiistrator Madonna McKenzie said it is important for all town officials to understand the ethics laws to protect both themselves and the town.
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