Selectmen meeting shorts, Nov. 20

by Anne Marie Brako

Ferns renews licenses for 2013

The Selectmen on November 20 unanimously approved three license renewals to Carlisle Center Ventures, LLC relating to Ferns Country Store. The first involved the off-premises beer and wine package store license, the second a carry-in liquor license and the third a common victualler’s license. The Selectmen have not received any complaints in the past year relating to use of these licenses at Ferns. The process also required approvals from the Carlisle Board of Health, Police Chief and Fire Chief. Ferns co-proprietor Larry Bearfield promptly presented checks to cover the license fee, in the order mentioned, for the sums of $1,000, $50 and $25.

Hurricane Sandy repercussions

Selectman Doug Stevenson reported that the Public Safety Task Force would like to investigate the possibility of teaming up with Concord in providing power to Carlisle. Stevenson noted that the Concord Municipal Light Plant was far superior to NSTAR in trimming trees to avoid power outages in the first place. He did add that the discussion was very preliminary as any new agreement would involve some “hurdles,” for example NSTAR would have a termination fee for investments already made in town.

Considering Minuteman high school tuition cost

The Carlisle Selectmen are considering a draft study concerning out-of-district students at Minuteman Regional High School. The tuition charged students from non-member towns is $19,046 while average costs are actually $23,244, a $4,198 difference. In a November 2 letter to “Minuteman Stakeholders,” the Superintendent Ed Bouquillon noted that the discrepancy “creates a disincentive for non-member communities to join the district.” Furthermore, the superintendent noted that the lower tuition rate may result in member communities excluding non-member students when designing a new school facility. The Selectmen plan to discuss the issue at the next board meeting on December 4.

Tree lights up on December 4

Carlisle’s honored citizens Charlie and Joanne Forsberg will light the Christmas Tree on the Town Green on December 4 at a 6 p.m. celebration. This marks the first year that the tree will utilize energy-saving LED lights. Celebration organizer Larry Bearfield told the Selectmen that funds for the new lights came from volunteer contributions made in a bucket placed at the public school, along with generous donations from the First Religious Society, MaryLou and Robert Koning, Sr., and the Derkazarian family. Bearfield reported that Ferns would host a special mailbox to collect and deliver letters to Santa. Writers hoping for a response should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Town releases surplus computer equipment

The Gleason Library prepared a list of obsolete computer equipment with a value of less than $5,000 and offered it to other town departments. The Selectmen unanimously approved a motion that the library can subsequently dispose of the items as it wishes.

Joint appointment made

The Carlisle Planning Board met jointly with Carlisle Board of Selectmen for a brief meeting. The two boards approved the motion for Karen Andon to fill a vacant position as an associate member to the Planning Board through May 2013. Daniel Holzman had vacated the seat due to his current absence from the Boston area.

Bylaw review ahead

The Carlisle Selectmen will pursue a bylaw change to clarify “guest houses” at the next Town Meeting in the spring. Before beginning the work, the board will identify if there are other areas of the bylaws needing clarification after reviewing findings from the Collins Center for Public Management Report at the next board meeting on December 4. ∆