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Friday, March 6, 2009

TCCC recommends pathway along Common by Concord Street

The Town Common Circulation Committee (TCCC) voted to recommend to the Carlisle Selectmen that a “single pathway be constructed in the Town Common along the Concord Street side below the stone wall.” The pathway will be constructed with the same “chip seal” material as the other town pathways in the historic district, with a granite curb along the road. Committee member Tim Hult noted the telephone pole on Concord Street near School Street might have to be moved in order “to get the four feet” needed for the pathway.

Town Common Circulation Committee members include (left to right) Jack O’Connor, Alan Cameron, Sylvia Sillers, Tim Hult and Alan Carpenito. Not shown are Jack Troast and Marc Lamere. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)

The Selectmen formed the committee in August of 2008 at the request of Deb Belanger from the Pathways Committee. Members include First Religious Society representative Alan Cameron and Tim Hult (who is also a Selectman), abutters Jack O’Connor and Sylvia Sillers, Selectman Alan Carpenito, Pathways Committee member John Troast and Marc Lamere, who serves on both the Trails Committee and Planning Board.

Like an English village

Hult suggested that during the construction phase of the Concord Street pathway the town should be sensitive to the daffodils planted along Concord Street. The flowers, along with daylilies, were a memorial gift to the town from the Malcolmson family. Carole Malcolmson, a former Carlisle resident who now lives in Cambridge, explained to the Mosquito that she, along with the help of her children Hazy and Jeordie and their friends, planted them in 1993 in memory of her late husband, Euan. A native of Britain, he had noted that if Carlisle had been a village in England, there would be many more flowers growing in the town center. While the daylilies did not prosper, the daffodils have multiplied and can be seen blooming at the base of the Town Common next to stone wall that runs parallel to Concord Street.

Second path considered

The committee also considered the placement of a pathway connecting the rotary area to a pathway on School Street. The committee discussed placing a new path on the same side as the First Religious Society church, though there was concern with how the church’s driveway will interact with the pathway.

TCCC member Alan Carpenito said he had met with Joe March of the engineering firm of Stamski and McNary to discuss the pathway location. “He recommended we do a survey to find out the town’s right-of-way on School Street,” Carpenito reported. He said Stamski and McNary is sending a proposal for a survey to the Selectmen. Reached by phone, Carpenito said the survey would probably cover most of the Town Common and School Street area.

“It’s probably a good idea,” said Hult, referring to the survey. “We need to do something on the edge of the church driveway to deal with the issue of safety.” Another area to be looked at, Carpenito said, is the corner of Church and School. Hult agreed, noting the conversion of Church Street to a one-way street may change how the corners are constructed.

Third path proposal

The committee briefly discussed concerns about the proposed pathway on Church Street leading to School Street. The pathway would be constructed off the Common, on the side of Church Street that contains private houses and the former Congregational Church building, now owned by Howard Hensleigh.The Pathways Committee had been working on obtaining easements over the needed four feet from the road. After they planned the pathway up Church Street, a survey revealed the town might not own a right-of-way on the corner of Church Street and School Street. Instead, Carpenito said that it “belongs to Mr. Hensleigh.” An easement has not been received and it is an issue that is not currently resolved, Hult pointed out. ∆

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