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Friday, June 19, 2009

CSC hears superintendency union offers limited savings: Alternatives proposed

When Carlisle School Committee (CSC) consultants presented their findings on June 10 regarding the financial implications of a proposed superintendency union between the Carlisle and Concord School Districts, they concluded that Carlisle might save on the order of $200,000 - $250,000, significantly less than the $800,000 originally estimated. Considering the ...more

Selectmen support Benfield housing in letter to DHCD

On June 9 the Board of Selectmen (BOS) heard good news from the Housing Authority after state officials toured the site of the soon-to-be Benfield senior housing project. They also signed a letter to the state noting their support. In each case they heard from board chairs that they should do a better job of involving town boards in the process. ...more

BOS to call fall Special Town Meeting

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) agreed on June 9 that an early October Special Town Meeting will be required to handle changes in the amount and timing of state aid disbursements. The town received a $1.4 million grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) in May under a special program that allows towns to pay down old school building debt. ...more

How is Carlisle riding out the recession?

A walk around town would reveal few signs of distress. Ferns remains busy, tax bills are being paid at Town Hall, and new homes are under construction. But look behind this facade and problems are evident. Unemployment is up and many of those with jobs are seeing lower income. Real estate sales are down, as are home values. More people applied for fuel assistance ...more

Thorstensen Lab in hot water

The former owner of the Westford water testing firm Thorstensen Laboratory, Michael Carlson, was indicted last week on 50 counts of falsifying reports to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), according to a June 9 press release by the state Attorney General’s Office. The falsified reports related to several Massachusetts towns, including Carlisle. ...more

ZBA adopts new guidelines for 40B projects

At Monday night’s meeting, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) unanimously voted to accept new 40B Comprehensive Permit Regulations, which will guide the process of granting a comprehensive permit for 40B projects in Carlisle. A key part of the new regulations is the requirement that applicants provide sufficient data and defray the cost of technical experts ...more

Flu cases appear in Carlisle schools

A small number of cases of flu have been confirmed recently at both the Carlisle School and the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS), according to announcements sent by email to members of the school communities. Both schools are remaining open, but are advising students with flu symptoms to stay home for seven days, or 24 hours after symptoms have ...more

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 ...more

Shorts from the June 11 Housing Authority meeting

• Concerns about legality of new 40B regs. Chair of the Carlisle Housing Authority Alan Lehotsky reviewed the discussion of the proposed new 40B regulations that took place at the June 9 Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting. “This afternoon Town Counsel reviewed previous drafts of comprehensive permit [documents] and we participated in a conference call to ...more

New barn takes shape at Great Brook Farm State Park

Construction of the long-planned modern milking barn at Great Brook Farm State Park began in early June. Limited state funding has, however, led to a scaled down version of the original design, with only some of the features funded to date. (See Carlisle Mosquito, April 3, 2009, “Great Brook Farm State Park seeks funding for new dairy barn.”) The schedule ...more

Survey says residents want new housing options

At the June 9 Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting, John Ballantine presented an overview of the results of the Town Survey, undertaken this spring, as it pertains to housing needs. He noted the response rate to the survey was high, with 1,755 returns representing 44% of Carlisle residents over age 21. Because of a low response rate by those in their 20s, about ...more

Trails Committee sets brisk pace

The spring season featured a vernal pool walk on the Benfield Land in April, a stroll that dedicated “Hal’s Boardwalk” to the memory of volunteer Hal Shneider in May, and a jaunt last weekend along the River Trail. The Carlisle Trails Committee will kick off the summer season with a reprisal of the Double-Sundae Saunter on Sunday, June 28 of the Old Home ...more

Closing the high school budget gap

The budget was the only item on the agenda for the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) meeting on Tuesday, June 16. The RSC is still trying to close a $560,000 FY10 budget gap for the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS). Chair Jan McGinn opened the meeting by noting the news from the state has not changed and “the freefall of the Commonwealth ...more

Planning Board agenda for June 22 Town Hall 7:30 p.m.

7:30 Minutes, bills, budget, ...more

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