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Friday, April 17, 2009


A look back at April in Carlisle

Besides the perennial activities of Town Meeting, Patriots Day and the Boston Marathon, the following stories have appeared in Mosquito articles through the years:

APRIL FLOWERS. Hosts of golden daffodils have sprung up throughout the town. (Photo by Dave Ives)

Five years ago

Town Hall, then seven years old, was found to need an estimated $360,000 in repairs to the HVAC system, including a new boiler, piping, ductwork, ceiling removal and reinstallation and control wiring.

• Veterinarian Peter Morey sold his practice, Carlisle Animal Hospital to the Healthy Pet Corporation of Fairfield, Connecticut. After four years, the chain closed the Carlisle franchise in 2008.

First cell tower. Requests to construct Carlisle’s first personal wireless communication facility met stiff resistance. After years of applications and appeals, the U.S. District Court settlement mandated the construction of a 189-foot monopole at 871 Bedford Road on land owned by the Anderegg family. Earlier, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) had denied variances requested by American Tower Corporation to build a wireless facility at 662 Bedford Road on land owned by Dave Duren, but had approved requests for variances requested by David Woodward and Gretchen Anderegg to build a cell tower on their abutting properties at 767 and 871 Bedford Road. American Tower Corporation and abutters appealed these decisions. The location approved in the court settlement was more than 900 feet from the nearest house and 1,650 feet from Bedford Road. If construction had not begun promptly, the court would have allowed a cell tower to be constructed at 662 Bedford Road.

Ten years ago

Gleason Library renovation plan, estimated to cost $2.8 million, received unanimous endorsement by the Selectmen and Finance Committee and was later passed by voters at Town Meeting and the polls. Plans called for the 4,500 square feet in the 1895 building to be renovated, while the 3,500 square-foot addition built in 1973 would be torn down and replaced by a 7,900 square-foot two-story addition. Financing would include a state grant of about $900,000, along with $360,000 in gifts and long-term bonding of $1.5 million.

O’Rourke Land funded. U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan delivered a check for almost $1.8 million to pay for the sale of O’Rourke Farm by the town to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The town had purchased the 129-acre property from the O’Rourke family a year earlier.

BOH gave approval for the Carlisle Congregational Church expansion project to add a 300-seat sanctuary to the church on School Street. Construction of a sanctuary had been postponed in 1969 when the facility was originally built and a 50-seat fellowship room had been used in the interim.

Fifteen years ago

Malcolm Meadows received Planning Board approval. The 12-unit development on Stearns Street remains the town’s only senior residential open space cluster. Cluster zoning allows the construction of additional housing on a piece of land in exchange for the preservation of open space.

Twenty years ago

• The Carlisle School was awarded $26,000 after nine days of hearings before an arbitration board regarding a dispute concerning a school expansion project. The general contractor, Taylor Woodrow Construction Corporation, charged $100,000 for ledge removal, saying it was not included in the original contract and eventually brought a lawsuit against the town for $500,000. The town said the ledge was not unexpected and sued the architects claiming negligence in the contract bidding and maladministration of the construction contract. The town offered to pay the contractor $200,000, but eventually the matter was taken to arbitration, where the board ruled in favor of the town.

• A single-engine Cessna airplane made an emergency landing on Foss Field on a Sunday afternoon when the pilot, Jan Eggenfellner of Nashua, New Hampshire, lost engine power and was unable to reach Hanscom Field. Eggenfellner and his wife Morales had rented the two-seated aircraft from Daniel Webster College, where Eggenfellner was a student. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the plane. ∆

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