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Friday, May 2, 2008

Selectmen review Warrant, support override

On April 22, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) reviewed the Warrant for Town Meeting May 5. After some discussion, a vote was taken to support the override (Article 15) to provide additional money to the high school. In addition, most other Articles were supported, with the exceptions of Motion 7 of Article 21 ($425,000 CPA funds for Benfield) and Article 28 (Board ...more

COA reviews ten-town research, plans local survey

At the Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting on April 22, Jim Elgin and Bert Williams of the Council on Aging (COA) reviewed their board’s progress in planning for an aging Carlisle. They presented the results of research into services for seniors offered in ten Massachusetts towns of similar size, and also noted an opinion survey of Carlisle residents will be ...more

FinCom supports all CPA requests

The Finance Committee (FinCom) on April 28 reviewed two large outlays recommended for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding. Motion 7 of Warrant Article 21 for Town Meeting would provide $425,000 for Benfield infrastructure, and Motion 6 would provide $98,070 to replace the Veterans Honor Roll (see also “Article 21 – CPA appropriations,” page 7). The ...more

Planning Board shorts, April 28

Hanover Hill Subdivision. Planning Board chair-pro-tem David Freedman opened the continued public hearing on the Hanover Hill subdivision. The proposed common driveways and one related cul-de-sac were specifically scrutinized based on comments in a letter from Fire Chief David Flannery. Freedman explained that subdivision ...more

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. ...more

Conservation Commission shorts, April 24

Davis Corridor. The Conservation Commission (ConsCom) approved a new management plan for the Davis Corridor conservation land at their April 24 meeting, according to Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard. The plan was prepared by the Land Stewardship Committee and presented by committee member Liz Loutrel. The ...more

Article 15 – RSC seeks support for CCHS override

[The Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee explains why it is requesting $251,000 in additional funding over the guideline suggested by the Carlisle Finance Committee. The request must be approved by Town Meeting on May 5, under Warrant Article 15, and by voters at Town Election on May 13.] ...more

Article 7 – Carlisle School needs manager for building project

The School Building Committee (SBC) is requesting $25,000 to hire an Owner’s Project Manager for the proposed building project. SBC Chair Lee Storrs said that the Warrant Article authorizes the town to transfer funds from free cash, and will not raise taxes. ...more

Article 27 - school asks for five-year bus contract

In December 2008 or January 2009 the Carlisle School would like to put out a bid for a three-year bus contract, with two one-year extension options. This would give the school the flexibility to extend a financially favorable contract, or to end the contract and seek a new bid. The options may be exercised at the discretion of the school. ...more

Article 21 – CPA appropriations

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC), which consists of one at-large member and one representative each from the Housing Authority, Recreation Commission, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Planning Board and Selectmen, was formed to administer the distribution of funds collected under the Community Preservation Act (CPA). CPA funds, which ...more

News from surrounding towns

The following news items were extracted from material available on the Internet. ...more

Article 12 - Actuarial services

The state’s General Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has passed regulations requiring each town to calculate the present value of future post-retirement benefits. This information will be required on disclosure statements starting in FY09. ...more


Two errors appeared in last week’s story “Foreign Nationals Enrich the Carlisle experience.” First, visas are issued on October 1 of each year, not on April 1 (the date when people can begin to submit applications). Second, a quote from Roy Watson appeared out of context and should have read: “[Foreign students, that are not allowed to stay in the U.S. ...more

A primer on municipal finances

[The following definitions of terms are reprinted with permission from the town Warrant book.] ...more

Summary of Warrant Articles

Selectmen FinCom ...more

ConsCom agenda for Thursday, May 8

7:30 Minutes, bills, agenda items ...more

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