Friday, October 30, 2009
Board of Selectmen shorts, Oct. 27
• Ferns receives liquor license. The Massachusetts Alcohol Beverages Control Commission has approved the license for Ferns Country Store. The Selectmen voted at their meeting on October 27 to prorate the $1,000 annual license fee -- $200 for the remaining two-plus months. With the transfer of a check to Town Administrator Tim Goddard and receipt of the license, proprietors Robin Emerson and Larry Bearfield said that the operation would begin in late November but before Thanksgiving.
• MAPC grant received for bike racks. Having received a grant for six new bike racks through the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Regional Bike Parking program, the Selectmen voted to have the Department of Public Works proceed with installation at: Banta-Davis fields, Gleason Library, Carlisle Public School, Town Hall, the tennis courts and Spalding Field. The bike rack presently at the school will be relocated to the Cranberry Bog House. The cost of the racks but not of the installation will be fully reimbursed by MAPC.
• Senior Tax Advisory Committee receives approval. At the suggestion of the Senior Tax Advisory Committee, an insert will be included with the third-quarter real estate and personal property tax bill soliciting donations to the “Town of Carlisle Elderly and Disabled Fund.” The fund assists low-income and disabled persons to meet their property tax obligations.
• Greystone Crossing. Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard and members of the Trails Committee presented an update on the ongoing investigation of trespass on private land and damage on common land at the Conservation Cluster Greystone Crossing. Photographs of the “ledge mining” and cavities remaining after large rocks had been removed were dramatic. The damage to the natural features that were in part justification for the Planning Board granting a special permit for the cluster development offended meeting attendees. Trails Committee member Marc Lamere said that some of the cavities present a hazard since they are on or near the trail through the property.
Selectmen Chair Tim Hult said that the damage is a serious matter and urged the public to report any suspicious activity on private or public land – and particularly in areas where ongoing construction could “mask” operations of perpetrators. ∆
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