The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 23, 2009

Selectmen shorts, October 13

Special Election to replace Senator Kennedy. On October 13 the Board of Selectmen (BOS) unanimously supported holding a primary election on Tuesday, December 8 and a final election on Tuesday, January 19 to fill the state’s vacant senate seat.

H1N1 vaccine clinics for students. Board of Health (BOH) member Mark Caddell outlined plans to hold clinics at the Carlisle School to vaccinate children ages 5 to 18, including private school students and those at the high school. Proposed guidelines will require a parent present for the vaccine for children in grade five or lower. Children in upper grades can receive the vaccine without a parent.

The BOH currently is looking for volunteers to join the Medical Reserve Corps, and will conduct training prior to the clinics. The town has access to $17,000 for expense reimbursement through an Emergency Health Grant issued by the state, and has purchased a refrigerator to store the free vaccine.

The BOH had planned to hold the first clinic in mid-November, but has had to postpone the clinic until supply questions are ironed out. The state has ordered vaccines, but now distribution to towns is not expected until late November or December.

Affordable Housing Plan Committee. The Selectmen reappointed the committee through October 2010. Members include Hult, John Williams, Alan Lehotsky, James Bohn, David Freedman and Tom Lane.

Recreation Commission changes. The board accepted the resignation of Randy Laughlin with appreciation, and appointed Noreen Ma to the position for the balance of Laughlin’s term through 2010, as well as appointing Rick Amodei for a 3-year term.

Senior Advisory Committee. The Selectmen named the following to the committee for a one-year term to expire on June 30, 2010: Larry Barton, Melissa Stamp, Kathy Mull, Angela Smith, Nadine Bishop and Ann Wright.

Caroline Hill Trust Fund. The board unanimously approved setting aside $5,200 for energy assistance for Carlisle residents in temporary need of help. Applicants used only $4,200 of last year’s $5,000 allocation which left $800 added to this year’s allocation for a total of $6,000 available for the 2009/2010 winter season. The board also joined to set aside $1,000 in financial support for a child to pay for medical bills, clothing and purchase of Christmas gifts at the request of the Carlisle Public Schools. Superintendent Marie Doyle. Hult noted that gifts from the fund are intended as temporary relief and the board should exercise care in making annual grants to the same individual. ∆

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