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Friday, February 27, 2009

Chief Sullivan proposes new marijuana fine

Since the Massachusetts law decriminalizing possession of an ounce of marijuana passed last November, police chiefs across the state have struggled with the issue of enforcement. While possession is still illegal and punishable by a $100 fine, police can no longer arrest offenders for this infraction alone. And pedestrians not carrying identification, or choosing ...more

School Building Committee seeks $450,000 TM Warrant

On February 12, the Carlisle School Building Committee (SBC) voted unanimously to recommend the Selectmen draft a Town Meeting Warrant Article for a debt exclusion of $450,000 for the next phase of the Carlisle School renovation project. These funds will be used for schematic design and associated costs of the replacement of the Spalding Building and renovations. ...more

Town Caucus to convene Monday

Considering a run for town office? Candidates for elected positions in town government will be nominated during the annual Town Caucus on Monday, March 2, in the Clark Room at Town Hall. See table at right for a list of openings. ...more

Do students gain from a gap year?

Robert Gilpin of Time Out Associates gave a presentation at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School on February 10 about why and where students should consider taking a year off between high school and college, and why parents may find this both in their own and their children’s interest. Gilpin said, “More investigation … in the choices available on ...more

ConsCom hears from Carlisle’s farmers

At its February 12 meeting, the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) learned about the state of agriculture in Carlisle from those who know it best – the local farmers. Farmers John Valentine and John Bakewell provided information about their past and planned growing seasons, while farmers George Fraser, Dick Shohet and Mark Duffy were not able to attend. ...more

Conservation Commission shorts, February 12

Cranberry Bog dam. Conservation Commission (ConsCom) Administrator Sylvia Willard stated that she had received an order from the state in early December requiring an inspection of one of the dams at the Cranberry Bog. In response to a follow-up letter from Willard, the Dam Safety Office has agreed to delay the order ...more

RSC to ask Town Meeting for $750,000 debt exclusion

In a statement to both towns, Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) Chair Jerry Wedge writes, “The RSC is asking for $750,000 from the two towns to fund capital expenses at the high school. These funds will be borrowed as a five-year bond and the cost will be born by both communities in a ratio established by the actual enrollments.” The funds ...more

Police Chief given new contract

Police Chief John Sullivan recently completed his first three years leading Carlisle’s police force and, on February 10, the Board of Selectmen approved a new three-year contract, similar to his previous agreement. Chief Sullivan will now receive a base salary of $85,233, plus an additional 25% through the Police Career Incentive Pay Program (Quinn Bill), ...more

Selectmen eye three rising School budgets

Issues involving the balance in maintaining existing buildings and new construction continue to dominate Carlisle Selectmen agendas and discussions. The Carlisle School, the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS), and the Minutemen Regional School all were discussed by the Selectmen on February 24. ...more

Proposed wind turbine bylaw debated

Approximately 30 residents attended the February 23 public hearing on the proposed new bylaw on Wind Energy Conversion Systems. The proposed new Section 5.10 would establish standards for locating and using wind turbines in any zoning district by special permit issued by the Board of Appeals. The proposed bylaw is sponsored by the Alternative Accessory Clean ...more

Planning Board shorts, Feb. 23

Wireless Bylaw revisions. With no additional comment or testimony received from the public, the Planning Board voted to close the public hearing on February 23. Major subsections of 5.9 “Personal Wireless Communication Facilities” will be deleted and replaced. The changes relate to the board’s stated objective ...more

CCHS receives additional state aid

At the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) meeting on February 24, Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Operations John Flaherty announced that the regional high school will receive an additional $216,290 in state aid this year. ...more

Cougar and deer top Conservation Coffee discussion

Pat Huckery, Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife (MassWildlife) Eastern Region Administrator, chose to talk about the elusive eastern cougar (also known as mountain lion) on February 10 in her fourth appearance as guest speaker at a Conservation Commission (ConsCom) breakfast meeting. Although Carlisle Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard says ...more

News from surrounding towns

The following news items were extracted from material available on the Internet: ...more

Board of Health agenda for March 3

7:30 Reports, minutes, bills ...more

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