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CPC Votes on Two Articles for the October Town Meeting Warrant

by Paul Saulnier
October 12, 2017

The CPC (Community Preservation Committee) is required to hold a public hearing to hear comments and vote on projects that they have submitted for town meeting consideration on October 30, 2017. That was the purpose of this advertised meeting on October 11, 2017 @ 7:30 PM in Room 014 of the Town Hall.

Chairman Frank Chamberlain, above, explained that CPC administers the funds allocated to three interests: Open Space preservation, historic preservation and affordable housing. Over the years the 1.5% surcharge on taxes has been spent on preserving over 300 acres of land for open space, preserving historic town records, construction of the affordable units at Cutler Heights and 8 units of affordable housing by the Housing Trust at the astounding cost of only $100,000 per unit!

The first article up for review was submitted by the 8 Arch Bridge Committee. They are seeking an additional $200,000 to cover the low bid for the proposed restoration of the bridge surface and construction of safety railings for use by walkers, bicyclists and equestrians. The bridge committee has met with the Selectmen and the Finance Committee and both feel that the town wants the rail trail completed and the bridge made safe for users.

Bridge Committee chainman Jay Robinson, front row middle, attended the hearing along with Yours Truly to answer any questions from the CPC.  Finance Committee member Vin Murphy, front row right, told the CPC that the Finance Committee is in favor of the article as are the Selectmen represented by Kevin Conley, back row, second from the left. Chamberlain explained that the article would request $27,000 from Open Space, $50,000 from Historic Preservation and $123,000 from General Reserves, representing funding is the same proportions as the original $590,000 requested at the May, 2017 Town Meeting. After discussion, the CPC voted unanimously to recommend approval to Town Meeting.

The only other article submitted by CPC for consideration by Town Meeting is for $800.00 to fund materials for the reconstruction of two failing boardwalks, each 36 feet long, spanning wet areas in Wenakeeing Woods, 108 acres of woodlands with trails open to the public. The project was submitted by Drew Dykema who is working towards his Eagle Scout Badge. The CPC voted unanimously to recommend approval of the project.

 

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