Friday, August 15, 2008
Board of Selectmen shorts, August 12
• State reimbursement denied. A final decision to deny funds for the wastewater treatment plant part of the Robbins School expansion of FY2000 was received from the Massachusetts Building Authority. Tim Hult noted “It’s unfortunate a significant part of the project was not funded by the state.” According to a footnote to a chart sent with the rejection, “The town was unable to provide supporting documentation for costs incurred. Unsupported or unidentified costs are ineligible per DOE and MSBA policies.” Hult reiterated the importance of being “very careful relating to documentation” as the town goes forward with new projects.
• Poison ivy control. A proposal to remove poison ivy along the library path and road between the school parking area and Village Court was submitted by Phyllis Hughes and her daughter Helene, who works in the weed removal industry. It would mean deploying workers in Hazmat suits to weed using no pesticides. The cost would be $400 and the DPW has no extra funds. Hult wondered if private funds could be used for this small project and Doug Stevenson noted it would be useful to clean up this one patch and see if the method worked. Madonna McKenzie noted the town needs to look more closely at the whole issue of maintaining pathways throughout town.
• Gas line work. Norman Daigle of Westford Street used the community feedback time to complain about hay bales set out by the Conservation Commission on Westford Street to protect wetlands while work is done on gas lines. His driveway cannot be repaired while the bales are in the way. He noted he had a “very disturbing” conversation with the ConsCom that indicated “This thing could drag on for three years!” and added, “I want that mess cleaned up . . . It’s been over six months.” Stevenson noted the purchase of Keyspan by National Grid has slowed the onset of work, which is now slated to begin in September. He agreed to “take a crack at applying whatever pressure we can” to deal with the problem.
• Pathways. An easement for 546 Westford Street was granted to continue the pathway from Hanover Hill development to Towle Field. Thanks were offered to the Flavins for allowing this easement on their property.
Jack O’Connor used the community feedback time to complain that pathways over his driveway and one other will use paving, a surface he did not approve, and that he was not informed of the change. Stevenson noted the change was made for handicapped access and a “longer conversation” on the topic will be held at another time.
• Solar light offer. A solar powered light is being offered to each Massachusetts city and town by the Renewable Energy Trust and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The Carlisle Traffic Safety Advisory Committee will be consulted as to whether there is an obvious need for lighting somewhere before a decision is made.
• Right of way issue. The Conservation Commission has opened a hearing on the Mark home at 24 Bingham Road where a wall was constructed in the town’s right of way. Bingham Road does not follow the right of way as mapped on the 1950’s plan, leaving more town-owned land than normal at the home. The Selectmen allowed the hearing to go forward with the requirement that the owner’s lawyer draft a letter to be included with the deed informing any future buyer of the condition.
• Appointments. A Bruce Freeman Rail Trail committee is being formed to coordinate construction and provide uniformity among towns. They have asked for a Carlisle member and Alan Cameron was appointed.
The Bike and Safety Advisory Committee requested that two new associate members be added to the committee. The Selectmen approved increasing the committee to six members. The two new members are Mary Lynne Bohn and Dan Donahue.
A Town Common Circulation Committee was formed to make recommendations on traffic around the Common. Alan Cameron, Jack Troast, and Marc Lamere were appointed. A member of the BOS will be named later as a member of the committee.
In addition, Steve Pearlman and Kelly Guerino were appointed to the Community Preservation Act Committee. Tom Brownrigg was appointed to the Conservation Commission. Jeff Bloomfield was appointed to the Recreation Commission.
• Insurance savings. The Massachussetts Insurance Industry Association Rewards Program has credited Carlisle with $3,597 for its loss prevention and risk management activities. The town has earned almost $14,000 over the past six years under this program.
• Financial planning. A joint meeting of the Concord and Carlisle Selectmen, Finance Committees, and Regional School Committee will be held Thursday September 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord Town House. Tim Hult, Doug Stevenson and Alan Carpenito will attend for the Carlisle BOS. ∆
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