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Friday, May 1, 2009

Candidates for town office introduce themselves: Questions for all candidates

• Tell us a little about yourself. What educational background, experience or special interests do you have that are relevant to the position you are seeking? ...more

FinCom against Highland repairs

On Monday the Finance Committee voted not to support expending $445,000 in CPA funds to make repairs to the Highland Building. Article 22 Motion 3 on the Warrant for Town Meeting May 4 proposes allocating funds to install and upgrade fire safety, plumbing and heating systems, and repair the external façade to the now-vacant and deteriorating ex-school building. ...more

Carlisle School Committee supports all Highland Warrant Articles

At its April 15 meeting, the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) examined the three Warrant Articles related to the future of the Highland Building. ...more

Selectmen drop wind turbine bylaw from TM: Support Gleason, Highland

On April 28 the Board of Selectmen (BOS) voted to withdraw the Wind Turbine bylaw, Article 33, from the Town Warrant at the request of the Alternative Energy Committee. A number of objections to the bylaw had been raised by the Planning Board, including concerns about ambient noise and migratory birds. Bill Tice, BOS representative to the Alternative Energy ...more

Town election candidates field questions at LWV Forum

On a sunny Sunday afternoon with temperatures hovering around 85 degrees, nine candidates for elected office came to the Town Hall to participate in the League of Women Voters’ Candidates Forum on April 26. This year’s only contested seat will be for the position of Library Trustee. ...more

Architect explains Article 22: Gleason restoration plan

A small but attentive audience attended the public meeting on April 16 at the Gleason Public Library to learn more about the proposed library restoration and repair project going before Town Meeting on May 4. (See Mosquito, “Gleason Library project prepares for Town Meeting” April 10, 2009). Library Trustee Priscilla Stevens introduced Architect Drayton ...more

Carlisle to honor veterans

The Board of Selectmen on April 14 unanimously approved the First Religious Society plan to display the Field of Flags exhibit on the Town Common during the month of May. The Somers Congregational Church Memorial Committee in Connecticut originated the traveling exhibit in 2007. The exhibit includes the placement of small flags, each representing a U.S. fatality ...more

Article 12: CCHS debt exclusion to fund facilities improvements

Chair Jerry Wedge told the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) on April 14 that Concord had passed an override for $750,000 for CCHS facilities at the ballot. This week the override also passed at Concord’s Town Meeting. ...more

Carlisle School Committee votes to lengthen kindergarten

The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) voted unanimously on April 23 to add one more afternoon session to the kindergarten program, effective next September. The new schedule will include full days on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and morning sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. Currently, kindergartners attend full days on Tuesday and Thursday and mornings on the ...more

RecCom wants Highland restored

The Recreation Commission (RecCom) met on April 16th to discuss a wide variety of topics including the pressing issue of their interest in the Highland Building. ...more

FinCom wraps up FY10 budget

The FY10 operating budget to be presented at Town Meeting May 4 may not be a large item of controversy this year. The Finance Committee (FinCom) worked hard to keep budgets tight, resulting in no request for an override of Proposition 2 ½ limits on tax levies for town operations. Only one member of the public appeared at the FinCom’s Public Hearing on Monday ...more

Selectmen shorts, April 14

Hanover Hill mailbox locations. Robert West, of Wilkins Hill Realty, requested that the houses in the subdivision each have their own mailbox versus the cluster-mailbox unit on Westford Street, currently required by the town postmaster Gregory Lee. The postal service prefers cluster solutions to reduce mail-delivery ...more

Housing Authority would slow adoption of new 40B guidelines

On April 9 and April 23 the Carlisle Housing Authority members discussed new 40B application guidelines being considered by the town. Housing Authority member Susan Stamps expressed concern that they have not had time to review the documents. ...more

ZBA delays vote on new 40B regs

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) met on Monday night to hear public input on the set of proposed 40B Comprehensive Permit Regulations. These proposed regulations would establish rules for the procedural and substantive review of comprehensive permit applications. They were drafted by consulting attorney Jon Witten and presented to the ZBA on April 6 by the ...more

Benfield development details to be shared in public forums

A number of informational meetings will be held regarding Benfield Farms, the affordable senior housing project on the town-owned Benfield Land. During their April 9 and 23 meetings the Carlisle Housing Authority discussed upcoming presentations and neighborhood outreach. ...more

Church Street by Common to remain two-way

Deb Belanger, Pedestrian and Bike Safety Advisory (Pathways) Committee Chair, presented a revised plan to the Board of Selectman (BOS) at Tuesday night’s meeting that would preserve two-way traffic at the Church Street intersection between Concord and School Streets. The revision, which she called “The result of multiple sequential compromises over a year ...more

Regional School Committee hears METCO update

The Regional School Committee (RSC) learned about recent developments in the METCO program when Director Kim Bovell and two participating students spoke during the RSC meeting on April 14. Briana Bigby, a senior from Roxbury, and McCall Cruz, a senior from Boston, both said they had felt welcomed at the high school. Bigby has been in the program since first ...more

CCHS students excel outside the classroom

Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Principal Peter Badalament had good things to say about student extracurricular accomplishments at the April 14 meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC). ...more

Article 24:Worker’s Compensation for Town Clerk

At Town Meeting the Board of Selectmen will ask voters to approve Article 24 which would authorize the Selectmen to include the position of Town Clerk in the group of employees that is covered under the Town of Carlisle Workers’ Compensation Program. ...more

Article 31: Wetlands bylaw changes

Article 31 of the Annual Town Meeting Warrant, titled “Wetland Protection General Bylaw Revisions,” proposes a small set of technical changes that correct a typo and update the reference to state regulations. The Conservation Commission submitted the article. ...more

Town Forest report released

Liz Carpenter of the Land Stewardship Committee presented the newly completed Town Forest Baseline Assessment to the Conservation Commission on April 23. The assessment covers both the 71-acre Town Forest, located off East Street, and the adjacent eight-acre Heidke parcel, which was a gift to the town in 1978. The report includes the complex acquisition history, ...more

CSC hears highlights of seventh-grade curriculum

Three seventh-grade teachers, Susan Brinner (math), Cheryl Hay (language arts) and Brad Cranston (science), provided the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) with a quick description of the academic life of a Carlisle School seventh grader during the CSC meeting on April 23. ...more

ConsCom shorts, April 23

Westford Street pathway. Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard reported that Wilkins Hill Realty, the developer of the Hanover Hill subdivision off Westford Street, has offered to grade and slightly extend the dirt ramp between the new footpath and the west entrance to Towle Field. This will eliminate the steep ...more

Summary of Warrant Articles 2009 Annual Town Meeting

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Planning Board shorts, April 27

Valchuis settlement agreement. The implementation of a settlement agreement on the long-standing suit against the Planning Board regarding a Berry Corner Lane property (Map 7, Parcel 29) is progressing. (See Carlisle Mosquito, February 15, 2002, “Valchuis brothers file second lawsuit.”) Details of the agreement ...more

BOH gives advice on swine flu

Media attention is focusing on the outbreak of swine flu in various states across the country. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control are providing regular updates to local health departments. The Carlisle Board of Health will keep residents informed of events as they might apply to Carlisle. Information can be found ...more

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