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Friday, November 5, 2010

Selectmen shorts, October 26

Advanced Life Support (ALS) agreements adopted. The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved an interlocal agreement on October 26 for emergency medical services among 13 other Central Middlesex communities, through the Professional Ambulance Paramedics. In addition, the board signed an agreement with Emerson Hospital which will receive the emergency cases. Carlisle’s local emergency medical responders provide rapid response with basic life support, while the town calls outside for ALS for heart attacks or other life-threatening emergencies. Until this year, Emerson Hospital provided this service, but since February, the service has been provided through Professional Ambulance Paramedics, with administration by the newly formed Central Middlesex EMS Rescue Authority.

Fire Chief David Flannery explained that although the agreement would be in place for 25 years, the town could annually opt to withdraw from the contract at no additional cost, provided that the town gives a six-month notification of the change.

Flannery recommended the ALS interlocal agreement as the best financial alternative and only real option at present. He predicted the annual costs will remain flat, but will review the actual charges and report back to the Selectmen on finances and response times when more data is available in 2011.

Gleason receives river grant. The Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council (RSC) awarded an $800 grant to the Gleason Public Library. The RSC Project Coordinator Lee Steppacher presented the Selectmen with the check to add river-related resources to the library collection and to sponsor an evening speaker on river issues.

Custodian hired. The Selectmen unanimously appointed Allan Foote to the position of maintenance custodian, effective in the first week of November. Town Administrator Tim Goddard selected Foote from a pool of 30 applicants. The previous custodian, Peter Duffany, retired last week (see photo, page 3). Selectman Doug Stevenson recommended that Duffany receive a citation to recognize his 13 years of service to the town as custodian.

Cranberry Bog House repair committee forms. The group overseeing work at the Cranberry Bog House will consist of Alan Ankers (a volunteer with skills in structural engineering), Larry Sorli (a volunteer and registered architect who specializes in historic restoration), Warren Lyman and Debra Geltner (both from the Land Stewardship Committee). Conservation Commission Administrator Sylvia Williard and Goddard will act as liaisons to the group. The Selectmen approved formation of the four-member committee to manage the repair of the 105-year-old structure. Last May Town Meeting authorized using $165,000 in Community Preservation Funding to repair the building.

Changing town demographics. Former Selectman and Fiske Street resident John Ballantine spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting to remind the group of the need to address the needs of an aging town population. He stated that in Carlisle the percentage of people over 60 has doubled in recent years and added that this was very different from the more stable demographics in Concord. He asked that the Selectmen use this information to guide their future decisions.

Affordable Housing Production Plan approved again. The Selectmen briefly discussed the Affordable Housing Production Plan approved on October 12 and the incorporation of minor edits later received from the state Department of Housing and Community Development. Planning Board Chair David Freedman confirmed that the changes were not substantive, and the Selectmen unanimously approved the revised plan.

Executive session. At the end of the meeting the board held a closed session. Goddard stated that the purpose was to discuss “strategy with respect to litigation.” ∆

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