Friday, October 8, 2010
Historical Commission shorts, Sept. 28
• “Felix the Cat” needs new home. The Historical Commission handled an unusual request at their meeting on September 28. Named by the library staff, Felix is the sculpture of a beak-wearing black cat that is often sited outside the library doors. Unfortunately, since its first installation eight years ago near a library bench, it has been repeatedly kicked and shoved over by passersby. Despite repeated attempts to reattach the sculpture with nails and epoxy to its perch, it inevitably lands on the ground, where the library staff take it inside to decide how next to reattach.
Library Director Angela Mollett and Library Trustee Priscilla Stevens asked the commission for permission to place the homeless sculpture on a new rock near its former site. “People miss him,” said Mollett.
“After talking to several people about long-term solutions, we came up with this: to weld him onto a field rock in a more out of the way place. We want to make it more secure,” declared Stevens.
After the commission looked at the picture of its possible new location, Commission member, Neal Emmer said. “I think it looks very good. Good choice.” When asked for a vote, Emmer “moved that Felix the Cat relocate as proposed by the library to the rock as shown in the picture.” The motion passed unanimously.
• Energy Efficiency Task Force. “We are trying to be an energy-efficient community,” began John Luther, Carlisle Building Inspector and member of the Energy Efficiency Task Force. In order to qualify Carlisle for participation in the Green Communities Grant Program, the task force is encouraging governing boards to take action within their purview. Luther stated that the town will need to create a district that has the potential to hold an acre of 250 kilowatt solar panels. The town could potentially combine several town-owned locations to achieve this goal. Some examples of placement are the roof of the fire station, town hall, or the back of the school.
Chairman, Sylvia Sillers asked, “Why not exclude the historical district”? Added commission member Hilton, “This area is special.” Luther responded, “I’m not saying that we would put anything in the town historical district, but we would like your support.” Commission member Nathan Brown clarified the situation by adding that in order to identify the overlay district, there has to be an as-of-right siting for the state.
Luther closed by saying that this will be considered a commercial application and that he will seek the commission’s assistance and approval in the future.
• Vent termination. Liz Carpenter of 46 Concord Street came before the commission to gain approval for a vent termination pipe that sticks up 30 inches above their chimney. Carpenter and her husband recently converted their home’s heating system from oil to natural gas, which required that the vent termination pipe run up the chimney flue. After the conversion was made and tests on the system were completed, it was determined that the termination vent needed to be 30 inches higher than where it had been installed. It was explained that this was the only option.
Commission member Peggy Hilton suggested that since this is a hardship case Carpenter should come back next month for a formalized hearing. A Certificate of Hardship applies “where an applicant has shown that a disapproval will result in a substantial hardship…”
• Historical Resources Survey. The Massachusetts Historical Commission indicated in a phone call to Gretchen Caywood that it would take a few more months to upload Carlisle’s pictures from the survey into the state database. They have given the Historical Commission permission to provide a link to their website. ∆
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