Friday, October 8, 2010
Board of Selectmen shorts, September28
• Emergency notification plan emerges. The Carlisle Board of Selectmen (BOS) on September 28 reviewed a procedural draft submitted by Board of Health Agent Linda Fantasia describing the town’s new automated emergency telephone notification system. Examples of emergencies justifying use of the town-wide telephone system would include severe weather conditions, flood warnings, construction updates and special meeting notices. Certain emergency situations might require two activations: an initial alert as well as a second message telling residents when the emergency has ended. Examples include missing persons/Amber alerts, imminent danger from fire, hazardous material incidents, bomb threats, criminal manhunts and road closures. Selectman Bill Tice advised against possible overuse of the system.
• Curve Street dam reclassification under review. The BOS approved $1,500 to hire a registered civil engineer to work with the town in undertaking a state process to reclassify the Curve Street dam for “agricultural use.” The reclassification, recommended by the Conservation Commission, will save the town from undertaking very expensive repairs. The BOS hopes to apply part of the town administrator’s budget and/or money set aside for legal expenses to cover the unplanned expense.
• Community Chest and United Nations proclamations issued. The BOS unanimously agreed to declare October as Community Chest Month to support this month’s fundraising efforts which benefit 40 local agencies, including the Concord-Carlisle High School, and to recognize on October 24 the 65th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
• Free October movie scheduled on Town Common. Representatives from the Carlisle Kids House presented a plan to show a movie on Friday, October 29, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the center of town. The tax-exempt organization provides programs for children aged three years, nine months up through graduation from middle-school. The movie, under selection at the moment, will air on a 21-foot inflatable screen. Open to the public, the event will run free of charge to raise awareness of the organization. The BOS approved the plan unanimously pending coordination with the Police Department.
• Center Park event. The BOS also approved a request from Jon Golnik to use the town-owned Center Park on Sunday, October 3, for a campaign event.
• Savoyard promotion approved. The BOS will allow the Savoyard Light Opera Company to hang a banner over School Street at the Town Common from October 17 through November 22 to advertise the upcoming production of “The Music Man.”
• Surplus equipment discarded. The BOS unanimously approved disposal of outdated technology equipment by the Carlisle Public School.
• Regionalization opportunities special committee formed. The BOS approved a slate of candidates to a committee considering coordination of regional efforts to lower municipal costs (see article, page 1). The BOS will appoint a citizen-at-large at a future meeting after reviewing candidates for the slot. ∆
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