Message From Selectmen

Although the Town Hall building is closed to the public during the COVID-19 emergency, the functions of town government continue to operate in as normal a fashion as possible.  Nearly all of the town’s paid staff and a large number of the town’s exceptional volunteers continue to work remotely to ensure that our residents are well served and that their safety and well-being are secured.   Carlisle’s five-member Board of Selectmen has been and will continue to be meeting until this crisis has passed.  

The day-to-day management of the town’s response to this unprecedented pandemic is being conducted by the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) under the chairmanship of the Director of Emergency Management Chief John Fisher.  The LEPC consists of representatives from the Board of Selectmen, the town administrator, fire chief/EMS director, Health Agent, Council on Aging (COA) director, superintendent of schools, and is augmented by key persons from the school committee, school nurse, and the Carlisle Neighborhood Response Team (CNRT).   This group has been meeting three times per week to plan, coordinate and implement the policies, procedures, and communications required to maintain Carlisle as a safe, healthy and caring community.   An important component of the LEPC’s program is the regular, timely and informative communications that are issued frequently and distributed on the town’s website and to the public media including the Carlisle Mosquito.  Links to these and other information sources can be found under the link CoVID-19 Resources.

The Board of Selectmen is closely following the development of the pandemic so that Carlisle can return to a more normal state as early as possible.  Decisions about scheduling the currently postponed Town Caucus, Town Meeting, and election are pending better knowledge of the course of the crisis as well as guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   

The Board of Selectmen is currently holding remote public information sessions at 7:00 pm on Tuesdays which are open to the public by video conference or telephone: LINK HERE.  Persons with only phone access can call in questions to (978) 369-6136 or email them to: townhall@carlislema.gov.

We urge all Carlisle residents to follow the guidelines of health officials such as social distancing, wearing masks when in public, and staying home if sick and except for medical care and periodic provisioning.  Check (by phone) on your neighbors.  If you are especially vulnerable to the effects of the virus, call the COA or CNRT for assistance with obtaining supplies and food.  And stay safe.

April 10, 2020