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Friday, November 12, 2010

Selectmen shorts, Nov. 9

Town Administrator review. After the first year of his three-year contract Administrator, Tim Goddard has received a “good” performance review at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on November 9. Observing that in their rating system “good” is just below “outstanding,” Williams said, “I appreciate having something good to talk about.” The board voted a salary of $104,291.25 (2.75% increase) for the second year effective October 1, and a 3% increase for the third year with the understanding that there could be a bonus for performance, “contingent on a satisfactory performance evaluation and availability of funds.”

Checks only for Transfer Station stickers. Town Administrator Tim Goddard said, “ We’ve had a request from the Communications Center for the board’s approval that they would like to handle checks only for Transfer Station stickers. It is cumbersome handling cash and making change.” The board voted to approve the request and Goddard will undertake publicity for the change in procedure.

Bond anticipation note authorized. Finance Director Larry Barton said, “Late last week we sold a renewal of $465,000 bond anticipation note at a rate of 1.05%. That note is due November 18, 2011. Once again Eastern Bank came in with the lowest bid.” Proceeds of the borrowing are to be used for financing the school design project, purchase of truck and cisterns authorized on May 4, 2009. Barton said that the renewal might come up next year as well since the intent is to permanently finance it in conjunction with the school building project in 2013 or 2014.

Local hiring. Former Selectman Alan Carpenito came before the board and said, “With Carlisle getting into a flurry of building projects over the next couple of years. I’d like to ask the Selectmen to look into the possibility of some local hiring. Several cities and towns do it, and if the language is in the contract documents then the contractors have to make an effort to hire some local people. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the trades. There are administration jobs, engineering jobs. A lot of people on site are not construction workers.”

Chair John Williams said, “A great idea – we’ll look into it promptly.” Administrator Tim Goddard was asked to take up the possibility with Town Counsel.

Annual tree lighting. The board approved the request of the Christmas on the Common Committee for the annual tree lighting to be held on Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. The First Religious Society has offered use of Union Hall for the event.

Ellen Miller documentary to be premiered. Anne Marie Brako invited the Selectmen and the Carlisle community to attend an event sponsored by CCTV and the Gleason Library on Thanksgiving weekend, Sunday, November 27, at 1:30 p.m. at the library. There will be a short reception. She has produced a 45-minute documentary on the late Ellen Miller – author, former Historical Society board member and Mosquito feature editor – which will be premiered at 2 p.m. Brako’s son directed the documentary.

Appointments. On recommendation of the Carlisle Youth Commission Nicole Pinard, of Heald Road, was appointed to the commission for a three-year term.

Tax Classification Hearing delayed. The hearing was opened but then scheduled to be continued at the next Selectmen’s meeting on November 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Executive Session. The board went into executive session to discuss police matters, litigation strategy and collective bargaining strategy. ∆

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