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Friday, January 16, 2009

Job loss hits close to home

As the national unemployment rate has climbed, Massachusetts unemployment has also risen, to 5.5% as of November 2008. The share of Carlisle residents applying for unemployment benefits rose by 1% during the period from November 2007 to November 2008, according to the Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development (see Table 1). The actual number of Carlisle ...more

FinCom suggests trimming town budgets 2%

At its January 12 meeting with department heads for Police, Fire and Department of Public Works, the Finance Committee (FinCom) grappled with how to react to the downturn in the economy and to guidance provided by the state regarding local aid. (See also “Selectmen balance financial actions,” page 5.) ...more

State looks to Obama economic aid, asks Carlisle for “shovel-ready” projects

In case federal economic stimulus funds become available for state and local infrastructure improvements, the state asked Massachusetts towns to submit a list of “ready to go” projects by January 8. Carlisle submitted the following for consideration: replacement of the Spalding School Building and renovations to other school buildings, the repair and restoration ...more

Historical Commission Shorts, Jan. 6

• Cranberry Bog House repair. Warren Lyman of the Carlisle Land Stewards offered information on the condition of the Bog House prior to filing an application for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding. The application is due on January 9 and would most likely be submitted for funds for historical repairs under the CPA. ...more

News from surrounding towns: Superintendent Doyle seeks job in Belmont

The following news items were extracted from material available online. ...more

Shorts from the Zoning Board of Appeals, January 8

Assurance Technology. At its meeting on January 8, the Zoning Board of Appeals reviewed the special permit granted to Assurance Technology Corporation (ATC) for their property at 84 South Street. ATC is an engineering consulting company dealing primarily with government contracts. Jack Leonard, the comptroller, ...more

Selectmen balance financial actions

Spend, or cut the budget? Every decision has ramifications, and the Board of Selectmen does not make decisions lightly. With a potential reduction in state aid looming, the board decided at its January 13 meeting to ask town departments to identify 2% cuts in this year’s budget. Nonetheless, the board decided to endorse modest salary adjustments and bring ...more

Is Deck House closing its doors after 50 years?

Carlisle homeowners were surprised to learn before Christmas that Empyrean International, the Acton builder of Deck House, had closed suddenly and is in State Court receivership. The private company had undertaken restructurings, layoffs and new product introductions in an attempt to revitalize its business. However, chief executive and principal owner Patrick ...more

Substitutions sought for Deck components

Since Empyrean closed in November, J.J. Supple, a Deck-recommended builder, wonders what to tell his Deck customers needing new sliders, windows, or renovations. “What am I going to say? I just don’t have the answer right now.” But Molly Tee, formerly a project manager with Empyrean, notes there is a network developing. “We’re working together on ...more

Selectmen shorts, January 13

Wind turbine bylaws. Keith Therrien presented findings of the committee developing bylaws for residential wind turbines. Based on research, he estimated that installations would be about 140’ in height and given setback restrictions will not sit comfortably on lots less than four acres. He believes in most situations ...more

Shorts from the CSC, January 7

Budget update. Superintendent Marie Doyle presented the quarterly budget to the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) on January 7. “We froze the budget in October,” she said. “We are in good shape right now.” CSC member Louis Salemy replied, “You guys have done a good job squeezing pennies.” The FY10 budget ...more

Developer seeks tax abatement

Carlisle Assessor Melissa Stamp and Town Counsel Richard Hucksam appeared before the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board on January 12 in response to an appeal for a real estate tax abatement by William Costello, of Bingham Road, LLC. The abatement is being requested for FY08 taxes paid for lots in the Greystone Crossing development on Cross Street. The project ...more

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