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Friday, December 18, 2009

Carlisle real estate assessments dip

Carlisle’s property revaluation has been completed in time for tax bills to go out January 1. It should be no surprise to anyone that most homes will see reductions in valuation this year. Whether that translates into lower taxes on any particular property depends on the degree of change versus other Carlisle homes. This time around, those living in moderate ...more

Two CCHS Warrant Articles readied

Expect to see a few Warrant Articles relating to the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) at the Spring Town Meeting. One Warrant Article will allow for the creation of a fund to support technology at the `high school, while the other will ask for funds to move from the facilities master plan currently underway to a feasibility study and schematic design ...more

CCHS Master Plan group seeks more space, eyes indoor track

The architectural firm producing a Facilities Master Plan (FMP) for the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) is recommending a 25% expansion in the size of the school. The firm, the Office of Michael Rosenfeld (OMR), is working with the CCHS Master Planning Committee to consider present and future space needs in preparation for either renovating or replacing ...more

Town considers job reductions, sharing functions with Concord

The Strategic Financial Planning (SFP) Committee has begun to move ahead with some reductions to town government while continuing their discussion of areas to recommend for long-term budgetary control. On December 9, they reviewed the ideas previously presented, putting some aside for more analysis, and passing others over to the Finance Committee (FinCom) ...more

Strategist looks at town trends

“Demographics work strongly against Carlisle,” observed John Ballantine, Carlisle resident, former Selectman and senior lecturer at Brandeis in finance and strategy, when he visited the Structural Financial Planning (SFP) Committee on December 9 to offer projections on town demographics over the next five to ten years. He noted that as retirees begin to ...more

Board of Selectmen shorts, Dec. 10

Dog license fees increase roughly 50%. A spayed or neutered dog license will cost $10 in 2010 and a female/male license will be $15. License fees for kennels will also increase. Town Clerk Charlene Hinton made the request, and it was approved by the Board of Selectmen at their December 10 meeting. Hinton offered ...more

Survey tallies transportation, health needs

Alan Cameron and Jim Elgin spoke to the Board of Selectmen on December 10, the fourth in a series of five presentations to the Selectmen on sections of the 2009 Town Needs Survey. Summarizing some of the results of the health/fitness section, Cameron said that 60% of the responding population assesses their health as “very good” but that perceived quality ...more

Cows have to wait at Great Brook Farm

The new barn is up at Great Brook Farm State Park, but it’s not ready to welcome the cows. “We’re not moving into it,” Tamma Duffy explained. Funding for the purchase of the robotic milking equipment, which is manufactured in Sweden, is on hold, she said. Until the equipment can be installed they cannot use the barn. The Department of Conservation and ...more

FinCom probes effects of potential 10% budget cuts

This fall, anticipating a severe and long-lived gap between the town’s income and expenses starting with the next fiscal year, the Finance Committee (FinCom) asked town departments for reports on what a 10% cut in their budgets would mean. At their November 30 and December 14 meetings they discussed and debated the prospect of such cuts with representatives ...more

ZBA reviews Benfield Farms senior affordable housing project

On December 15, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) continued the hearing for the 40B comprehensive permit application for the proposed Benfield Farms, a 26-unit senior, affordable housing development off South Street. The board began by reading aloud letters from abutters and addressing issues raised. Predominant concerns were over the size of the building (approximately ...more

Hooked on Science: Gene sequencing and robots come to CCHS

Last spring, the Concord Education Fund made a large investment at the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) to give students more opportunities in science and engineering. Their funding transformed an old industrial arts area into a high-end scientific laboratory and today, students are using that space to build robots and to perform biotechnology experiments ...more

Planning Board shorts, December 15

No position taken on stretch code. Anticipating the public hearing scheduled by the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, December 22 the Planning Board discussed the optional “stretch” building code regarding energy efficiency standards at its December 15 meeting. (See “BOS considers ‘stretch’ building code,” ...more

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