The CPC held a Public Forum on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at 7:30 P.M. at the Lower Town Hall, to discuss and receive public comments on the list of projects submitted for funding under the Community Preservation Act.
At the conclusion of the public forum, the CPC began work on a budget proposal and warrant articles for presentation at the 2007 Annual Town Meeting. All recommendations for funding will require approval at Town Meeting. All expenditures will come from the Community Preservation Act fund.
The proposals recommended by the CPC for Town Meeting approval are:
- 2007 ATM Town Center -$30,000 from Historic Preservation/Open Space/Recreation categories.
- 2007 ATM Rail Trail Proposals (3)– Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Development Related Projects. $145,000 total from the Recreation category.
- 2007 ATM Johnson land Acquisition (189 Landham Road) – Purchase of land for Housing and Open Space.
- 2007 ATM Housing Trust Allocation – $250,000 from the Housing category.
5. 2007 ATM Carding Mill House Restoration – $25,000 from the Historic category. This proposal was revised from its original submission to reduce the amount of work (and the cost) to those items which make the structure weather-proof and vandal proof, and to conduct architectural and engineering studies as a planning base for future use of the property. The CPC held off on funding extensive improvements on the house until a plausible use is determined.
6. Proposal to amend the 2005 Annual Town Meeting Article 42 authorizing the expenditure of $500,000 for the purchase of permanent, affordable restrictions on housing units, by 1) extending the time restrictions cited therein by one year each, and by 2) authorizing the purchase of “no less than three additional units of housing” rather than limiting purchases to “an amount not to exceed $100,000 per unit of housing”.
The proposals can be viewed and downloaded by clicking the above links, or copies can be obtained at the Planning and Community Development Department, 978-638-3387.