Friday, March 20, 2009
BOS shorts, March 10
• FY09 budget on track. Board of Selectman Chair Doug Stevenson noted at the March 10 meeting that for FY09 local receipts have stabilized and real estate is “tracking at a relatively good pace.” A small shortfall is still possible, but should not surpass $50,000. It is expected that no reserve fund requests will be entertained from departments as each is being asked to return unspent funds to the General Fund to make up for lost state aid. However, the snow and ice account will likely require shoring up from reserves.
• Energy bylaw reflects public input. Selectman Bill Tice reported that the committee drafting the solar and wind turbine bylaws received “a lot of good community input” at its public hearings, and some changes will be made regarding allowable noise, solar installations on sheds and abutter agreements. Michael Epstein of the Planning Board later suggested alignment between these bylaws and those proposed for wireless, noting concern that “lattice towers prohibited in one place are allowed elsewhere in a taller structure.”
• Wireless facilities.The request for proposals for wireless communications facilities on town land will be discussed at the next BOS meeting on March 24.
• Veterans Honor Roll Memorial. The project is in the construction phase and a clerk of the works has been appointed. A dedication is planned for Old Home Day Sunday, June 28.
• Energy audit. The town has received an energy audit completed by the state Division of Energy Resources. An Energy Committee has been formed to implement the suggestions and there is a possibility of funding.
• Transportation study. The BOS voted unanimously to support an application for a no-cost assessment of walking and biking routes as part of the Safe Routes to School Program sponsored by the Executive Office of Transportation. Pathways Committee chair Deb Belanger is the municipal liaison for the project.
• Teachers contract. The teachers contract negotiations at the Carlisle School are moving along and two more meetings are scheduled, reported John Williams
• Cable contract. The Cable TV Committee is beginning to meet in order to negotiate a new contract with Comcast. The current contract expires in the fall. Volunteer members of the newly reconstitutued committee include Bill Tice, Mike Tatersall and Justin Romeo. Tice later noted that they are also getting advice from former member Paul Gill and people from the Concord-Carlisle TV public access TV station.
• Appointments. Laura Zimmaro was appointed to the Household Recycling Committee for a three year term. She is author of a Feb 13 Mosquito article “Down in the Dumps.” ∆
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