Friday, June 20, 2008
Shorts from the Board of Selectmen June 10 meeting
• Delinquent taxes may impact overall town budget. Carlisle town officials must do the same balancing act of income and expenses that many residents face. With $134,000 in tax bills from 51 accounts still outstanding, the town budget faces a strain going into July. With the $105,000 abatement due to the South Street Nominee Trust after the Appellate Tax Board decision, the Selectmen, on June 10, discussed whether to delay payment into July and subsequently incur a few hundred dollars in interest. The group unanimously decided to move ahead and pay the bill in June if possible.
While noting that the outstanding amount of taxes is consistent with deficits in recent years, Selectman Tim Hult cautioned that the trend is “obviously a concern in this kind of economy.” On a positive side, he reported that the Carlisle Public School has paid the last bill for the management facilitator. He praised the school for staying within budget for the third year in a row, and noted that it used to be a “big draw on the reserve fund.”
“We need to be proactive in energy conservation and structuring long-term contracts [to cover areas that are energy-dependent],” suggested Hult. He cited big-ticket items like the gas and electric contracts at the Carlisle School and the $400,000 school bus contract that will be negotiated next year will likely include a clause to cover costs of fuel escalation. With the number of people interested in the topic of energy conservation and the number of experts in town, Hult believes Carlisle can identify ways to save on energy. He would like to see audits of the sites using the most energy and identify low-cost ways, such as the addition of insulation, to save money in the future.
• New officers. In the annual election of officers for the board, Doug Stevenson was voted the new board chair, John Williams the vice-chair and Bill Tice the clerk.
• Statue contract. The board gave unanimous approval of a contract with Ivan Myjer to clean the Lady Liberty marble soldier’s monument on the rotary for $3,250.
• Appointment. Kevin T. Smith was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a 3-year term.
• Honor Roll update. Stevenson reported that the Honor Roll Committee has narrowed proposals down to four and will be holding open sessions to meet with the relevant designers next Tuesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.
• Meetings. Proposed Selectmen meetings for the summer include: June 24, July 8, July 22, and August 12. ∆
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