Friday, June 5, 2009
Board of Selectmen shorts, May 26
• Chair elected. The Board of Selectmen (BOS) selected Tim Hult as its new chairman (for his fourth time in the role) and John Williams as vice-chair for the next fiscal year beginning on July 1. Hult encouraged others to consider stepping up in future years saying, “I think being chairman is a role everyone should experience.” Williams acknowledged the work of previous chairmen, saying “It’s just a great deal of extra time and work.” Doug Stevenson, retiring as chair on June 30, quipped, “It’s been a pleasure . . . most times.” Newly elected BOS member Peter Scavongelli attended his first meeting.
• Police contract. Hult and Scavongelli will represent the board in renegotiating renewal of Police Lieutenant Crowe’s three-year contract, expiring on June 30.
• Walk to School Day. The event held on Friday, May 8, inspired 289 students, more than one-third of the attendees of Carlisle Public School, to walk to school. A subset of 147 students braved the rain and made the walk on the originally scheduled date of Wednesday, May 6.
• Honor Roll monument. The dedication of the new monument at the Town Common will take place on Sunday, June 28, of Old Home Day weekend at 2 p.m. Stevenson announced that a three-star general from Hanscom Field will give the keynote address. (see article, page 1).
• Caroline Hill Schlarship. The board approved scholarships as recommended by the Carlisle Scholarship committee (Sally Coulter, Michael Fitzgerald, and Chair Diane Powers) for Daniel Canina attending Williams College ($2,500); Philip Dumka attending Northeastern University ($2,000); Jacob Faucher attending UMass-Amherst, Patrick Fantasia attending George Mason University and Joseph Lesses attending Curry College ($1,500 each); Marianna Wells attending Colby Sawyer ($1,000) and Benjamin Verrill attending Connecticut College ($500).
•·BOS intern. Kasturi Puntambekar, of 50 Hart Farm Road, joined the BOS staff as a volunteer intern for the summer. A freshman at American University in Washington, Puntambekar contacted the BOS office looking for summer work. She will be helping out at other town departments as well.
• Eagle Scouts. The BOS signed proclamations to recognize the attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout by the following: Christopher Bojanic, Andrew Doig, Matthew Koski and Graham Reed. The ceremony will take place on June 14.
• Wheelabrator waste-disposal contract renewed. The Selectmen unanimously approved the five-year contract extension for use of the resource-recovery facility located in North Andover (per approval at the May Town Meeting).
• Appointments. The BOS approved the transition of David Freedman from an associate member of the Planning Board to a full member. The BOS also approved the renewal of appointments of Barbara Bjornson and Jerome Lerman as Fincom members.
• Center Park Project. Committee Chair Sabrina Perry notified the board of a new policy that no signage may be placed in the park’s island plant bed or in the beds before and after the center fence. All signage in the area will be restricted to Center Park events only, and the committee plans to follow the Historical Commission guidelines that a temporary sign may only be posted for 30 days. A sign will promote the Carlisle Garden Club tour taking place on Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m as Center Park will be included as a “Bonus Garden” feature of the tour. Although the park was dedicated in 2007, development will continue over the next five years and the committee remains together to facilitate planning, implementation and fundraising to support this initiative.
• Town property maintenance. Stevenson noted some deterioration of gravestones in the cemetery and reminded his peers that future preservation needs to come from the board. Also he noted that flags in the center of town are aging and may need replacement.
• Cemetery deeds. The Selectmen approved the sale of one cemetery plot for up to three graves. ∆
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