Friday, October 24, 2008
Selectmen shorts, October 14
• School building project. On October 14 Lee Storrs, chair of the School Building Committee, updated the Selectmen on the possibility of having a Special Town Meeting in January to consider expenditure of an estimated $300,000 to cover the schematic design for the school building project. The committee must still finalize several open items, including whether the state will require the town to go through another bidding process, or if the selection of HMFH Arcitects for the Facilities Master Plan in 2006 can carry through to the design phase.
• Highland. Options for the Highland Building remain under discussion and will reappear on the Selectmen’s agenda in a few weeks. Carlisle Public School Superintendent Marie Doyle reiterated that the land should remain under the auspices of the school to allow for future school expansion if necessary.
• Open meetings. Selectman John Williams relayed the “strong desire” from members of the Finance Committee for the members of the board to engage more frequently with their Concord counterparts when “not negotiating something.” Selectman Timothy Hult strongly opposed informal meetings and believed that all such discussion should be “open to the public.” Stevenson argued that “brainstorming” did have value, and he would not discourage it. Open forums for discussions do exist and the Selectmen should become more active in them, he added.
• Halloween event. Officer Scott Barnes described “Spooky Movie Night” on the Town Common from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Halloween Night on October 31 as proposed by Ferns’ proprietor Larry Bearfield. The police department will arrange for a projector and screen for the event. The First Religious Society has offered use of Union Hall in case of rain. “It gives us the opportunity to give back to the community, and gives the kids a place to go,” said Barnes. He said the movie selection will be made to appeal to middle school grades and older.
• Ferns. The Selectmen signed off on the previously approved and revised site plan for Ferns’ expansion. Stevenson noted that in discussing zoning board issues relating to the expansion at the last meeting, the board had incorrectly gone into executive session and closed the meeting to the public. He had reviewed the Attorney General’s guidelines for closing a meeting to the public and clarified that the possibility of litigation was not a valid reason. The relevant minutes from the closed session will be made available in the Selectmen’s office.
• Road drainage. The Selectmen approved the drainage easement at a property on 6 Patten Lane to enable work on Stearns Street.
• Regional police agreement. Selectmen approved the North East Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Interagency Mutual Aid/Assistance Agreement (NEMLAC). The agreement represents an alliance of over 20 towns, and Hult noted, “This is good for a small community like us.”
• Appointments. The Selectmen finalized the Community Preservation Committee membership for the coming year: Kelly Guarino (Conservation Commission representative) and Steven Pearlman (Housing Authority), Sylvia Sillers (Historical Commission), Kent Gonzales (Planning Board), Mark Spears (Recreation Commission), Julia Lively (Community Representative), and Hult (Board of Selectmen).
• Cemetery. The Selectmen approved one cemetery deed for three graves. ∆
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