Friday, December 19, 2008
Shorts from the Board of Selectmen,
• Town survey to probe needs of Carlisle residents. Jim Elgin, chair of the Carlisle Town Survey team, provided an update on the survey. At Town Meeting last year $25,000 of CPA Funds was set aside for a survey of the upcoming needs of all Carlisle residents. A 12-page survey has been completed that covers quality of life, health, fitness, housing, transportation and other issues. It will be mailed to all Carlisle homes in January with a return date of mid-February. To save postage, the survey can be dropped off at several locations in town. “We specifically are staying away from the Internet so we don’t exclude those who aren’t Internet-savvy,” said Elgin. Results will be available by early April. The survey will be accompanied by a publicity campaign to raise response rates, said Elgin, adding, “If we do a lousy job of publicity, it’s all for naught.” The Board of Selectmen (BOS) voted to support the survey and agreed to publicize it on CCTV.
• New law requires permits for trenches. As of January 1, a new state law, nicknamed Jackie’s Law after a four- year-old who was killed in an unattended trench, requires each municipality to develop a permitting process for trenches and to appoint a Trench Opening Permitting Officer. The BOS designated John Luther for this role. Any trench over three feet deep must be covered or secured to avoid injury to anyone falling in. The law applies to septic systems, cisterns, and other trenches on public or private land. Further information is available at. It has not yet been determined what the permitting fee will be in Carlisle.
• Energy Task Force formed. A representative of the Division of Energy Resources will be auditing school and town buildings in the next weeks to identify areas where energy could be conserved. A new Energy Task Force was formed to review the conclusions and move forward on them. Two volunteers who responded to a letter in the Mosquito, Helen Young of Heald Road and Steve Hinton of East Street, were appointed. The Task Force will also likely include a BOS member, a member of the school administration, and the Town Administrator.
• Garden Club donates lawn sprinkler system for Town Hall. The BOS agreed to allow the Garden Club to install a sprinkler system in front of Town Hall where plantings have had problems surviving. The Garden Club will move forward with a vote among its members to pay for the installation. Yearly start-up and shut-down would be the responsibility of the town and can probably be performed by the DPW. Chair Doug Stevenson thanked Garden Club member Jane Anderson “for her leadership on this project.”
• Policy for recognition of retiring employees. A policy, drafted by Doug Stevenson, for standardizing recognition of town employees who retire was reviewed. It designated increasing levels of recognition depending on time of employment. Bill Tice noted that the school should be asked how they handle retirements as there may be a policy in place. He also suggested recognition for ongoing service milestones. Town Administrator Madonna McKenzie said a Town Meeting vote would be needed to provide funds for the receptions specified for 25 years of service. The draft will be reviewed with the school, department heads and personnel board and discussed at a future meeting.
• New police contract. The BOS designated Alan Carpenito and Tim Hult to begin negotiations with the police union for a new three-year contract.
• Fund to help local families. Tim Hult noted that a significant donation has been made to help local families in financial trouble. The funds will be distributed by the three churches in town which will solicit additional amounts.
• Carlisle’s bond rating. John Williams noted that Finance Director Larry Barton will be meeting with Moody’s Investment Services this week regarding the town’s bond rating. At its current AA2 rating, the town can borrow at less than 4% interest. “That’s really huge right now,” said Hult, noting that agencies may be under pressure to lower ratings.
• Bylaws for local wind and solar energy generation. The Alternative Energy Committee which is drafting changes to town bylaws to allow for wind and solar energy generation, will make a presentation at the first BOS meeting of the new year on January 13. A public hearing will be planned for February.
Michael Tattersall of Concord Street was appointed to the Cable Advisory Committee along with BOS member Tice. Other members are being sought.
Gregory Bondick of Hart Farm Road was appointed to the Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee.
Eugenia Harris notified the BOS she has resigned as the governor’s appointee to the Housing Authority. John Williams noted, “She really performed a great service to the community.” ∆
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