REPORT OF THE COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE 2009
The Community Preservation Act (the “CPA, MGL 44B) allows any city or town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to adopt a property tax surcharge. The revenues from this surcharge (along with state matching funds) can be used for open space, historic preservation, affordable housing and land for recreational use.
The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) sponsored an article and supported another article, which was sponsored by the Housing Partnership, at the Special Town Meeting held February 24, 2009.
TOWN HALL/CENTER SCHOOL RENOVATION – The CPC sponsored and the Town Meeting voters approved spending $786,310.00 for the purpose to pay additional costs of remodeling, reconstructing and making extraordinary repairs to the Town Hall and Center School Building. These CPA funds are in addition to the $952,000.00 of CPA funds approved in 2007 for purpose of paying for details including, but not limited to, wall cabinet restoration, slate roof replacement, restoration of divided light windows, and replacement of columns.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATION – The CPC recommended and the Town Meeting voters approved spending $25,000.00, reserved for Community Housing, for the purpose of hiring a qualified consultant to work with the Housing Partnership for the preparation of a Community Development Block Grant Application or other grants and funding sources for infrastructure and housing rehabilitation improvements, and to work with the Housing Partnership on affordable housing initiatives as identified in the Housing Needs Assessment/Housing Production Concepts Plan prepared in 2008.
The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) sponsored THREE articles at the 2009 Annual Town Meeting, on the Special Town Meeting Warrant voted that same night:
FIELD DESIGN – The CPC recommended and the Town Meeting voters approved spending $72,711.00 for the purpose of the design proposal for new recreational fields on the Shepard Parcel on Route 15.
INTERPRETIVE SIGNS – The CPC recommended, and the Town Meeting voters approved spending $6,000.00 for the purpose of purchasing and installing interpretive signs to be placed at three historically significant public places. These areas are the