Friday, May 2, 2008
Board of Selectmen Shorts, April 22
• Carlisle School building project. The School Building Committee (SBC) has received word from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) that the Carlisle School has been selected to move into design phase. It is expected a request for design funds will be put forward at a fall Town Meeting.
• School wastewater project. The SBC also met with the MSBA regarding reconsideration of funding for the wastewater treatment plant. Tim Hult noted that based on the questions asked at the meeting, “I would not be optimistic” because there is no physical document noting approval of the change from a planned septic system to a wastewater treatment plant. The MSBA appears disinclined “to honor the verbal commitments of the previous administration.”
• Affordable Housing. Carlisle has received an application for an Accessory Apartment to be considered affordable under the new bylaw. This will be the first application reviewed in the state. “We’re part of the learning process,” said Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie, noting Carlisle has been working with the state to develop regulations “workable within the communities.”
• 40B. The 40B Working Group has completed its review of suggested procedural changes for 40B hearings, but must now revisit their results because of new regulations recently handed down by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).
• New roads. Two public hearings were held and the layouts of Great Brook Path and Koning Farm Road were approved as town ways as recommended by the Planning Board. No comments were received. Bob Koning noted that two lots of five have been developed at the Maplewood subdivision. Town Meeting will be asked to accept the roads as town ways under Articles 22 and 23.
• The Veterans Honor Roll web site has been launched and can be reviewed at the Carlisle town web site (www.carlisle.org.) Doug Stevenson invited the public to review the list “and make sure everyone who should be honored is included.”
• Center Park. A request by the Carlisle Garden Club to use Center Park for a public event in which the character of Isabella Stewart Gardner will be reenacted was approved. The event will take place Saturday, September 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. Attendees will be encouraged to park at Town Hall.
A vote was taken to extend the area used for Old Home Day to Center Park.
• Subcommittees. A committee of two Selectmen was formed to review public requests for assistance such as scholarships. To maintain confidentiality, they will make recommendations to the board. John Williams and Alan Carpenito were appointed.
The Alternative Energy Committee has met and developed a timeline and assignments. They will meet again in May.
The Cable Committee is looking for members to help negotiate the Comcast contract which is to be renewed this year.
• Utility poles. A public hearing has been scheduled for May 27 regarding Verizon’s request to place three new poles on the north side of Westford Street near Cross Street.
• The Memorial Day celebration will include dedication of the Wilson and Andreassen memorials.
• Appointment. Carol Killpartrick was appointed COA Transportation Coordinator.
• Service honored. It was noted a retirement dinner was held for Dave Duren (40 years) and Rob West (12 years), who retired from the Fire Department this year. Bob Koning, former Fire Chief, said there has been a Duren in the department since 1939 and noted the family’s “remarkable service to our community.” ∆
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