Friday, June 19, 2009
Selectmen shorts, June 9
• Highland. Two five-member Highland Building Groups were formed by the Selectmen at their June 9 meeting: one to implement the $445,000 construction project approved at Town Meeting and one to investigate uses for the building. The Highland Study Group that made recommendations for Town Meeting has disbanded, but some members may be interested in continuing. Both new committees will be advertising for members. Kathy Mull and other members of the Council on Aging (COA) board were present to convey that they have toured the building and are in agreement that to locate there would not be in the best interest of the COA. Mull cited parking, proximity to the school and distance from town services located at Town Hall as issues.
• Emerson ALS. In response to news that Emerson Hospital is considering ending its Advanced Life Support (ALS) service to neighboring communities, the town managers and emergency chiefs of towns receiving Emerson ALS will meet on Tuesday June 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Acton Town Hall to discuss options. ALS is specialized response for life-threatening emergencies such as heart attacks. A proposal is being put forward to form a regional ALS board to contract with third party emergency service providers.
• Town Administrator search. Advertising for the Town Administrator’s job has garnered 12 responses. A review committee consisting of two members of the Board of Selectmen (BOS), one member of the Personnel Board, one town employee and one at-large member will be organized.
• Celebration for Keith Greer. A proclamation noted that Keith Greer, retiring pastor of the Carlisle Congregational Church, had served for 34 years and is the second-longest serving pastor in the community after Pastor Litchfield. A ceremony will be held June 20 to honor Greer.
• Honor Roll dedication. The BOS approved use of the Town Common for the Veterans Honor Roll dedication on Sunday, June 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. A change order to speed the casting of the bronze plaques so they can be on time for the ceremony was also approved at a cost of $6,000. “It was a bargain at the price we had,” said Stevenson with regret, but “We can’t have an Honor Roll dedication without the Honor Roll.”
• Summer concerts. Also approved was a request from Congregational Church pastor Steven James Weibley to hold three concerts on the Common this summer, with final approval required when the dates are known. Last year one concert was held and about 100 people attended.
• Appointment. The BOS will appoint one of its members TBD to serve on the CCHS Building Committee. ∆
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