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Friday, September 25, 2009

Highland Building subcommittees get underway

The August 14 edition of the Mosquito reported that the Selectmen had approved two subcommittees, one to work on the repair project at the Highland School, and the other to study and make recommendations as to the building’s disposition once it has been stabilized. Both subcommittees plan to meet on October 1.

The Selectmen appointed former Selectman Alan Carpenito, Selectman Peter Scavongelli and Nathan Brown to the subcommittee coordinating Highland repairs. Spring Town Meeting approved $445,000 in Community Preservation Funds for repairs and safety improvements. Brown, Scavongelli, Bob Hinton and John Ballantine were appointed to the subcommittee covering future uses of the building. Recently, the Council on Aging (COA) has determined that they are not interested in using the building because of location and parking issues, while at a meeting on September 16 the Recreation Commission reiterated their interest in using the building. The Highland committees will add two members of the Carlisle School Committee to their ranks as well. However, School Committee member Dale Ryder stated that the School Committee has not yet appointed these representatives.

Last week, an email from John Ballantine of the “Future Use” subcommittee prodded the Selectmen to “get things going” with respect to holding a subcommittee meeting. Presumably this request was directed at Peter Scavongelli, the Selectmen’s representative to the committee. The “Repair” subcommittee had not yet weighed in. However, Scavongelli has confirmed that the two subcommittees will hold their first meeting together on October 1 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall to form and launch their agendas. ∆

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