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Friday, July 30, 2010

Benfield housing gets green light from ZBA

Nothing lasts forever, but the months of public hearings regarding the Benfield Farms 40B comprehensive permit application felt like a close approximation. Finally, at their July 14 meeting, the three members of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) ceremoniously penned their names to the voluminous document. Thus ended a traumatic chapter in the history of Carlisle ...more

CCHS to replace artificial turf

Concord-Carlisle High School’s new artificial turf fields are to be ripped up and replaced this fall with a newer artificial turf product through an agreement with the Town of Concord and Sprinturf, the manufacturer of the turf. The fields were finished in June of 2008 and soon after a test by The Boston Globe showed high levels of lead in the lime-green ...more

Town departments to return $665,000 in unspent funds

Thanks to a little luck and some careful attention to spending, $665,000 allocated to the Carlisle town budget was not spent in FY10. The budget year closed on June 30. The unspent sum is made up of funds from several areas, reflecting a Town Hall where frugality is valued and good fortune occasionally shines. ...more

Benfield wetlands decision appealed

“Intermittent” stream designation questioned

The Conservation Commission’s (ConsCom’s) Order of Conditions approving the Benfield Farms affordable housing has been appealed to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Juergen Lemmermann of 548 South Street, an abutter whose property lies across the road from the site, submitted the appeal in a July 8 letter requesting a “Superseding” ...more

Town seeks new cable contract, including mini studio

For more than a decade, the Cable Advisory Committee has been working to keep Carlisle’s cable and Internet coverage up to date, researching and writing contracts with a variety of cable and Internet providers on behalf of the town. Beginning with Cablevision and dial-up Internet, Carlisle has progressed to its present contract with Comcast to provide full ...more

Board of Selectmen shorts, July 27

Location for memorial bench considered. At the Selectmen’s meeting on July 27, Town Administrator Tim Goddard read an email received from Marc Lamere on behalf of the Historical Commission. The commission has considered placement options for a memorial bench offered by the family in remembrance of James and Cecelia ...more

Utility work gets underway on Carlisle School building project

Work on moving the utilities from under the school plaza has begun, School Building Committee (SBC) Chair Lee Storrs reported at the July 22 meeting. “The early utility work contract has been executed and work is proceeding. Last week the contractor mobilized equipment, had materials delivered to the site, and dug several test pits. He has begun mechanical ...more

CCHS Building Committee awaits state decision

Will the state agree to support the proposed renovation project for the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS)? Currently, the high school is on the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (MSBA) repair list. The CCHS Building Committee met for the first time on July 14, but it cannot proceed until MSBA moves the school to its renovation list. ...more

DPW schedules summer road repair

Road maintenance may not be glamorous, but it can be an intensely interesting topic for those waiting for their street to be repaired. Department of Public Works (DPW) Superintendent Gary Davis knows this and is careful in not promising specific repairs until he has worked out his budget and priorities. ...more

ConsCom to seek ad hoc committee for bog house repair

At the urging of Warren Lyman of the Land Stewardship Committee, the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) will recommend that the Board of Selectmen appoint an ad hoc Cranberry Bog House Preservation Committee to guide the renovations to the building on Curve Street. When Lyman spoke to the ConsCom on July 22, he indicated that the Town Administrator and two town ...more

Planning Board shorts, July 19

Carlisle School building project discussed. Since the school building project is subject to Site Plan Review by the Board of Selectmen, School Building Committee Chair Lee Storrs, architect Arthur Duffy and Sean Fennell (Daedalus Projects, Inc.) came before the Planning Board with an informal conceptual plan for ...more

ConsCom shorts, July 22

Expanded turtle study. A project to study the habitat preferences of the Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta) at Greenough Pond was approved by the Conservation Commission (ConsCom) on July 22. Rebecca Loeb is working with wildlife ecologist Bryan Windmiller ...more

Carlisle Conservation Foundation: 50 years of land preservation

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Carlisle Conservation Foundation (CCF), a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the rural character of Carlisle and to preserving its natural beauty and wildlife habitats. Beginning with its first land purchase in July of 1960, the foundation has facilitated the protection of hundreds of acres of land ...more

Carlisle cases heard in court

Two Carlisle cases have been heard in the Middlesex District Court this month. The first was that of Curtis Gladstone, a Chelmsford resident who was arrested and taken into custody last August for breaking into and entering a house on Cross Street (See Mosquito, 8-14-09, “Police nab housebreakers in all out chase”). Gladstone’s trial was waived until ...more

What you don’t know may not hurt you, but it could cost you

The prime season for underage drinking parties – the weeks just before recent graduates leave for college – is upon us. Public focus has traditionally been on the teens who attend parties where alcohol is consumed, but when police are called to the scene, parents or responsible adults may be the more permanent victims. Police must enforce the Social Host ...more

Don’t give your kids alcohol and don’t host a teen party with drinking

As your children grow, you can affect their decisions if you have clear rules about not drinking alcohol. Alcohol can harm their health and can cause significant financial, legal, and emotional costs to you and your children. ...more

Selectmen shorts, July 13

Quinn bill update. Town accountant Priscilla Dumka referenced the state’s Quinn bill that previously rewarded police officers for educational training with incentives up to 30% of their base salary. Under the current police contract, the town adds the incentives to each biweekly paycheck. If the amount reimbursed ...more

Submerged landscapes – marine mapping off the New England coast

“Massachusetts has been one of the leaders in doing a very systematic mapping of their offshore sea floor,” said U.S. Geographical Survey (USGS) oceanographer Dave Twichell. “It’s the only state doing this right now.” It is important to map the sea floor, he explained, so that decisions on where to place Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals and wind ...more

Board of Health agenda for Tuesday, August 10

7:30 Minutes, bills, ...more

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