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Friday, May 21, 2010

Gorecki elected Selectman, all questions passed

John Gorecki won the race for a position on the Board of Selectmen, carrying 482 votes to Larry Bearfield’s 385. It was the only contested race in Carlisle’s Annual Town Election on Tuesday, May 18. All four ballot questions passed. The voter turnout was low at 24.9%, with 884 of the town’s 3550 registered voters participating.

Ballot question 1 authorizing a proposition 2-1/2 debt exclusion for bonding a feasibility study and schematic design for the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School building project passed by a margin of 623 to 238. Question 2 passed 565 to 290, authorizing a debt exclusion for bonding a feasibility study for the Minuteman Technical and Career High School. Voters approved bonding for a new fire truck, 605 to 236, under question 3.

Ballot question 4, the non-binding referendum to the Selectmen on the Community Preservation Act (CPA) surcharge, passed by a margin of 446 to 381. Passage instructs the Selectmen to ask voters at a future Town Meeting and Election whether to reduce the CPA surcharge or rescind the town’s participation in the CPA. However, the Selectmen have received mixed signals, since Annual Town Meeting defeated the same referendum on May 10. Town Administrator Tim Goddard says that the Board of Selectmen has not yet considered how it would react to a mixed result. “It will be for the board to interpret the meaning,” he said. “I guess it will be an interesting discussion at their next meeting.”

The otherwise quiet election ended on a note of excitement, caused by a power outage in the final moments of counting the ballots. During the rainstorm a little before 10 p.m. a tree fell on East Street, bringing down power lines. Many buildings in town were without power for a couple of hours while the wires were repaired. According to Town Clerk Charlene Hinton, the power first flickered in Town Hall briefly, causing her computer to freeze while she was tabulating the results. The computer was restarted and she was able to print out a copy of the results before the power failed completely about ten minutes later. ∆

Results of Carlisle Annual Election
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Office  Candidates  Total 
Moderator  Wayne Davis  750
1 For 1 year  blank  134
Total  884
Selectman  Larry A. Bearfi eld  385
(1 For 3 years)  John Gorecki  482
Blank  14
Tim Hult  1
Susan Stamps  2
Assessor  James Marchant  720
(1 For 3 years)  Blank  164
Board of health  William Risso  670
(2 For 3 years)  Catherine Galligan  694
Blank  404
Housing authority  Stephen Pearlman  708
(1 For 5 years)  Blank  176
Library trustee  Priscilla Stevens  731
(1 For 3 years)  Blank  152
Sally Swift  1
Planning board  David Freedman  692
(3 For 3 years)  Marc Lamere  719
Jeffrey Paige Johnson  679
Blank  561
Francene Amari-Faulkner  1
School committee  Mary Storrs  701
(2 For 3 years)  Joshua Kablotsky  663
Blank  404

Ballot Questions

Debt exclusion for Feasibility study/schematic   
design for Concord Carlisle High School   
Ballot question #1  Yes  623
No  238
Blank  23
Debt exclusion for feasibility study for Minuteman   
Regional Vocational Technical School   
Ballot question #2  Yes  565
No  290
Blank  29
Debt exclusion to replace pumper truck   
Ballot question #3  Yes  605
No  236
Blank  43
CPA referendum   
Question #4  Yes  446
(Non-binding)  No  381
Blank  57





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