The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 6, 2009

Board of Selectmen shorts, Jan. 27

Carriage Way. Following receipt of Planning Board assurance that the subdivision road meets all required construction standards and that its present condition, including drainage and landscaping, satisfies the Planning Board’s Rules and Regulations that were in place at the time that the subdivision was approved, the Selectmen voted on January 27 to “lay out” Carriage Way. This is the final hurdle before acceptance as a public road is voted on at the May Annual Town Meeting.

Trails Committee proposal. Tom Schultz, Chair of the Carlisle Conservation Commission, and representatives of the Trails Committee suggested that a town-owned one-acre landlocked lot on the northeast side of West Street (Lot 46 on Assessors’ Map 5) be transferred to the Conservation Commission. This, they said, would assure continuity of a “Potential South-West Trail” that connects open space land in Acton with trail easements over abutting private land and trail easements over lands currently owned by, or subject to Conservation Restrictions held by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation.

Speaking in favor of the proposal, Warren Lyman (Land Stewardship Committee) said, “Linkages (of trails) are important as are their permanent protection.” Such a transfer will have to go to Town Meeting for approval.

Benfield affordable housing. Providing a progress report on the proposed Benfield 40B, Housing Authority Chair Alan Lehotsky said, “We will be the pioneering LIP project when we come for a letter of support from the Board of Selectmen in the next few months.” He said that they received three proposals from qualified bidders for the project and that 46 Carlisle residents have asked to be placed on the waiting list for the 26 proposed housing units. NOAH of East Boston has been selected as the developer. (See “Benfield developer selected, what’s next?,” Mosquito, January 23.) The Neighborhood of Affordable Housing is a non-profit community development corporation established in 1987.

The developer and architect will give a presentation at the February 24 Selectmen’s meeting.

FY09 budget issues. Chair Doug Stevenson said that all departments have been cooperative with the request for voluntary budget reductions for the remainder of FY09 (end of June). Board member John Williams said that Finance Committee recommendations will be given to department heads for a “last pass” at the budgets.

Executive session. The Selectmen then voted to go into executive session to discuss contract negotiations with unions representing town and school employees. ∆

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