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Friday, January 22, 2010

State raises Carlisle School building project aid offer to $7 million

At a joint meeting on January 14, town and school officials agreed to accept a preliminary state offer of a 40% reimbursement rate for approved costs in the proposed Carlisle School building project. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) approved $17.5 million out of $20 million in total project costs, for a total grant of $7 million (see Table ...more

Minuteman School Committee wrestles with ethics charges

Jeffrey Stulin, Chair of the School Committee of Minuteman Regional Career and Technical High School, opened a special meeting on January 13 that addressed rumors and anonymous letters, as well as concerns of the participating towns’ governments, about ethics issues relating to Superintendent Dr. Edward Bouquillon’s hiring practices and occupation of a ...more

Coakley wins Carlisle, loses state race

Democrat Martha Coakley beat Republican Scott Brown in Carlisle’s Special Election on Tuesday, January 19, but Brown prevailed state-wide by a clear margin to become Massachusetts’ new U.S. Senator. Brown was elected to finish the late Ted Kennedy’s unexpired term of office, which ends in 2012. ...more

Settlement finalized with dispatchers

A pay dispute between the Town of Carlisle and the emergency communications dispatchers has been settled. On January 14 the Carlisle Board of Selectmen signed an agreement restoring shift differential pay for dispatchers who take leave time (vacation, sick, personal or bereavement days) during regular shift differential times (4 p.m. to midnight or midnight ...more

Public safety and DPW show details of lean FY11 budgets

Carlisle Police Chief John Sullivan had the honor of being the first to explain the details of his department’s spending for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) at the January 11 Finance Committee (FinCom) hearing. The FinCom is holding budget hearings throughout January and February to review each department’s budget and to evaluate any exceptions to the guideline ...more

Town cost reduction plan takes shape: Key services to be preserved, CPA program questioned

The Structural Financial Planning Committee (SFP) has vetted a number of suggestions for raising town revenues or reducing costs, to prepare for anticipated future school projects. As deadlines approach for finalizing recommendations for the FY11 budget year, the outlines of a reduction plan are taking shape, but details of implementation will require further ...more

CCHS feasibility study/schematic design to cost $1.3 million

Deputy Superintendent John Flaherty told the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) Facility Master Plan Committee [FMP] that there will be a $1.3 million Warrant Article on Concord and Carlisle’s Town Meetings for a feasibility study and schematic design for renovating the high school. ...more

Seven options presented for CCHS upgrade

At last week’s CCHS Facilities Master Plan Committee (FMP) meeting, Michael Rosenfeld of the Office of Michael Rosenfeld (OMR), the architectural firm doing the master plan, walked the committee through various high-level ideas of how to renovate the high school facilities. Versions ranged from keeping the school as a sprawling one-story building to condensing ...more

Menders, Torrey and Spencer chosen for Highland Building stabilization

After four finalists for the job of overseeing the stabilization of the Highland Building were interviewed at the Highland Committee’s meeting on January 14, the committee chose the architectural and planning firm Menders, Torrey and Spencer (MTS) of Boston. The other finalists included Spencer, Inc., CSS Architects, Inc., Durland Van Voorhis Architects and ...more

ConsCom considers Cranberry Bog House repairs

Warren Lyman, Lynn Knight and Deborah Geltner of the Land Stewardship Committee (LSC) gave a progress report to the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) on January 14 describing their efforts to achieve funding to repair the Cranberry Bog House on Curve Street. The LSC is a ConsCom subcommittee that assists with management of the town’s conservation parcels. ...more

Wetlands, wildlife habitat dominate ConsCom Benfield 40B discussions

At its January 14 meeting the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) continued the public hearing under the state Wetlands Protection Act for the proposed Benfield Farms 40B at 273 South Street. ...more

Housing Authority approves $5,000 for Benfield environmental studies

Mark Beaudry of Meridian Associates, project manager for the Benfield 40B affordable housing project, attended the January 14 Housing Authority meeting and discussed the two recent hurdles encounted by developer NOAH (Neighborhood of Affordable Housing) in proceeding with the project. Permits are issued by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife for projects ...more

ConsCom shorts, January 14

Tapping Towle Sugar Maples. The Conservation Commission (ConsCom) is seeking an organization, group or individual to tap the sugar maple trees along the edge of Towle Field. At the commission’s meeting on January 14, Conservation Administrator, Sylvia Willard, reported that Gaining Ground, a non-profit organization ...more

Rosemary Teehan and guide dog teach Carlisle students about inclusion

To celebrate National Inclusive Schools Week (December 7 – 11), Superintendent Marie Doyle invited Rosemary Teehan, who is blind, and her guide dog Velvet to the school to meet with the first, second and third grade students. As the third graders quietly filed into the Grant lobby Teehan read outloud from a Braille version of Harry Potter while Velvet lay ...more

Board of Selectmen shorts, January 12

Finances dominate discussion. Once again the Selectmen devoted a full hour on the agenda to consider finances. Chairman Tim Hult called the projected $150,000 override earmarked for regional high school spending “the elephant in the room.” The Selectmen have determined that town departments cannot make cost ...more

Energy Efficiency Task Force to recommend Warrant Articles

The Carlisle Energy Efficiency Task Force may request that Selectmen add two Articles on the Town Warrant. The first would ask the town to approve the new Stretch Building Code. The second would be for funds to make improvements for energy efficiency in town buildings. ...more

Agendas for upcoming town committee and board meetings. Board of Selectmen agenda for Jan. 26

Town Hall, 7:00 p.m.

7:00 Town Administrator Report ...more

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