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Friday, April 30, 2010

Selectmen oppose “stretch code”

The Board of Selectmen unanimously support all Warrant Articles for May 10 Town Meeting with two notable exceptions. When they considered the items at their April 27 meeting, Selectman John Williams opposed the non-binding consideration of the Community Preservation Act – annual project requests (Article 21), and the board – with the sole exception of Chair ...more

CCHS renovation plan explained at forum Concord approves feasibility study, schematic design funding

Something under a dozen people attended a public forum on April 15 to clarify the upcoming Warrant Article to fund a feasibility study and schematic design for renovation of the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS). At the table to present information and answer questions were CCHS School Building Master Plan Committee members Louis Salemy and Karla Johnson, ...more

Conservation Commission approves Foss Farm sled dog guidelines

At its April 15 meeting, the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) adopted a set of guidelines intended to enable sled dog training and other activities at Foss Farm to proceed smoothly while easing the noise concerns of an abutter. ...more

FinCom supports CPA requests, CCHS Feasibility Study

The Finance Committee (FinCom) on April 26 unanimously supported the Community Preservation Act project funding requests recommended by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC). They also voted unanimously to support the the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) Feasibility Study and Schematic Design. Warrant Articles for both proposals will be voted ...more

Gleason Library renovation in home stretch, under budget

Springtime rains used to mean drenched carpets at the 115-year-old Gleason Library. But this spring, which saw record-setting rainfall, the interior was dry as a bone. “The timing couldn’t have been better for the building project to be complete,” says Director Angela Mollet. The massive renovation, covering everything from roof to façade to foundation, ...more

Doyle reflects on her six years in Carlisle

Carlisle Superintendent Marie Doyle will be moving to Longmeadow, Massachusetts this July to join the Longmeadow School District as Superintendent of Schools. She announced her resignation from the Carlisle School in November, effective June 30. The Longmeadow district, with its approximately 3,100 students in three elementary schools, two middle schools, and ...more

Celebration, but no rest for School Building Committee

The Carlisle School Building Committee (SBC) began its meeting on April 15 by serving non-alcoholic bubbly and feasting on cake. “This toast is to everybody,” said Chair Lee Storrs, “for all the help and hard work they put in. It’s been a lot of years of work.” After years of discussion and planning, a school building project of just under $20 million ...more

SBC to use design-bid-build process

The Carlisle School Building Committee (SBC) passed a motion on April 15 to use the traditional, or design-bid-build, method for the construction phase of the building project. Carlisle’s Owner Project Manager Sean Fennell of Daedalus, Inc. recommended the design-bid-build method, instead of the newer technique, known as Construction Manager (CM) at Risk. ...more

CCHS superintendent evaluation process changes

Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Superintendent Diana Rigby’s annual evaluation will be done at the Regional School Committee (RSC) meeting on June 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. Superintendent evaluations will now be done in public, due to a recent court ruling at the state level. ...more


The April 16 article “Fifty Acre Way oil leak triggers emergency response” concludes with the statement “new state legislation makes it illegal to have an oil line which is not visible.” A more accurate statement would be that if an oil line is under the floor it must either have an oil safety valve (which can shut off the flow) installed at the tank ...more

Planning Board weighs in on Benfield Farms housing plan

All seven members of the Carlisle Planning Board huddled around the head table in the Clark Room for a special meeting on April 26 to review an application for a comprehensive permit for Benfield Farms on South Street. The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is required to complete deliberations on a 40B comprehensive permit application within 180 days and fewer ...more

Housing Authority looks to new Benfield easements

Easements will be needed for the Benfield Farms affordable housing project, in order to clarify access rights across the four portions of the 45-acre town property on South Street. However, the Housing Authority decided at its meeting on April 22 that it would be prudent to complete the rest of the design process before writing additional easements. ...more

Zoning Board of Appeals continues Benfield Farms review

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) met on April 22 to continue the hearing on the 40B application for the Benfield Farms development. The hearing began with Greg Peterson of Indian Hill addressing the board. ...more

Well, wetlands dominate ConsCom’s Benfield Farms discussion

Since the missing wetland flags have been replaced, Mark Beaudry of Meridian Associates asked at the April 15 Conservation Commission (ConsCom) meeting that the Benfield Farms wetland boundaries be confirmed as soon as possible. Beaudry is a civil engineer representing the applicant, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH), for construction of 26 proposed ...more

ConsCom shorts, April 15

Wildlife and plant programs. At its April 15 meeting, the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) approved permits for two upcoming nature events. MassAudubon will bring live riverine animals to an educational event on River Wildlife Communities Sunday, May 30 at 2 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Land Stewardship ...more

Housing Trust tries to finalize accessory apartment program

On paper, the town bylaw approved in 2006 allowing for Affordable Accessory Apartments (referred to as “AAAs” by some town officials) sounds like a win-win situation. The town counts AAAs towards 40B low-income housing fulfillment, and homeowners can receive up to $15K in assistance to develop and maintain an AAA under a program funded by the Community ...more

Planning Board agenda for May 3 Town Hall 7:30 p.m.

7:30 Minutes, bills, budget, ...more

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