Friday, March 21, 2008
Shorts from the Selectmen, March 11
• Alternative Energy. On March 11 the Board of Selectmen (BOS) voted on the charter of a new ad hoc advisory committee on alternative energy, to include Selectman Bill Tice, Carlisle Administrative Coordinator Elizabeth Barnett (non-voting), one member from the Planning Board, one member from the Zoning Board of Appeals, and four community representatives. The committee’s charter is to review the town’s bylaws and recommend any changes needed to allow alternative electrical-energy generation facilities for both residential and business use.
• Village Court. The Village Court Advisory Board has reported their desire to make the current buildings more easily accessible and their consideration of potential use of two additional acres of land to expand housing (contingent upon whether usage requirements would allow them to share the school’s wastewater treatment plant).
• Appointment. The Selectmen unanimously appointed Michael Corsica of Russell Street to complete an open term on the Board of Assessors until next town elections.
• Family leave and military service. Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie reported that the Family Medical Leave Act signed by President Bush effective January 28 allows for two new leave rights related to military service: 1) Eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of leave because of “any qualifying exigency,” if a spouse, son, daughter or the parent of an employee is on active duty or notified of an impending call to active duty status. 2) Eligible employees who are the spouse, son, daughter, parent or next of kin of a covered service member who is recovering from a serious illness or injury sustained in the line of duty are now entitled to 26 weeks in a 12-month period to care for that service member.
• A cemetery deed was approved. ∆
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