Topics: Community Preservation Act

ORLEANS — There’s something for everyone in the community preservation committee’s recommendations for spending on community housing, historical preservation, open space, and recreation. What there’s not is everything for everybody. With almost 20 requests for supporting totaling well above $2 million, the committee had a tough job getting the number down to its expected revenue for the fiscal year beginning J...

CHATHAM – A variety of projects, ranging from salt marsh preservation to bike path mile markers, have been submitted for funding through the Community Preservation Act. Sixteen proposals, totaling $1,460,050, will be reviewed by the community preservation committee, which is charged with making recommendations on the projects to voters at the May 11 annual town meeting. According to Finance Director Alix He...

HARWICH — The community preservation committee saw the need for a community playground adjacent to the Harwich Elementary School, but wrestled with funding the entire project when deliberating on how the town’s Community Preservation Act funds should be spent in the May town meeting. The committee ended up reducing the playground request from $641,035 to $500,000, and also reduced the affordable housing trust ...

ORLEANS – When Santa gets back to the North Pole this week, he’ll find another wish list waiting for him. Twenty-two applications for Community Preservation funds to support community housing, open space, historic preservation, and recreation efforts have been submitted to the town, twice last year’s number. Formal review by the community preservation committee begins at its Jan. 2 meeting, and a public hearin...

CPA Endorses $295K For Playground

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – Voters at May's annual town meeting will be asked to spend $295,000 in community preservation funds to upgrade the playground at Chatham Elementary School. The community preservation committee endorsed the proposal last week after trimming $56,000 from the community playground committee's initial request. For more than four years a dedicated group of parents, school administrators and town officia...

CPC Turns Down Chatham VFW Funding Request

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – The community preservation committee has turned down the Chatham VFW Post's requests for funds to upgrade the heating system at its George Ryder Road facility. The $205,000 request doesn't adhere to Community Preservation Act guidelines for historic structures because it does not involve acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation or restoration. While a section of the building has been determined to b...

Clean Sweep: Community Preservation Recommends All Requests

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The community preservation committee has recommended approximately $825,000 in Community Preservation Act funds be approved in the annual town meeting this spring, including funds for a Red River Beach revetment, Brooks Academy repairs, affordable housing and restroom facilities at Sand Pond. The committee made its recommendations last Thursday night, approving all eight applications it had received....

With Deadline Soon, Projects Line Up For CPA Funds

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — From new bike path crossing lights to an affordable housing consultant, Community Preservation Act funds are being eyed for a variety of projects. And more applications are likely to trickle in as the Jan. 15 deadline approaches. The community preservation committee reviewed some of the applications this week, and will hold a second session on Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. at the community center. As of this w...

This is the second of a three-part series focusing on warrant articles for Chatham's May 14 annual town meeting. CHATHAM – Every year, homeowners pay a 3 percent surcharge on their property taxes that's used to fund affordable housing, historic preservation, open space and recreation projects that would not usually be covered by the town's operating budget. The Community Preservation Act was signed into law ...

CHATHAM – Members of the community preservation committee have rejected a request for $400,000 toward construction of a new observation deck at the fish pier, saying it didn't qualify as a recreation project. Recreation is one of the four areas for which funds raised under the Community Preservation Act (CPA) can be spent. While the fish pier deck replacement was presented by the natural resources department a...

Town, Citizens Group Commit To Working Together To Address Crisis CHATHAM – Most weekday mornings, traffic traveling east on Route 6 comes to a standstill in Dennis, where the highway narrows into a single lane. Many of the vehicles are heading here, where the occupants work but can't afford to live. “We're becoming a bedroom town,” said Selectman Shareen Davis. The lack of affordable housing here is not...

Selectmen's Projects Win CPC Endorsements

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen sent a message to the community preservation committee last week that they are looking for the committee to be part of a team seeking to address the important needs of the community that cannot be funded through the town budget. CPA funds are raised through a 3 percent surcharge on property taxes and a match from the commonwealth to assist with housing, historic preservation, open space and...

Orleans' Old Firehouse Ready For Its Next Mission

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Volunteers handy with a hammer and saw built a garage for the town's fire truck on Main Street back in 1925. H.K and Theresa Cummings donated the land and town meeting chipped in $7,000. The police department moved in in 1954, and both departments moved to their new building in 1967, at which point the recreation department started using what had become known as the Old Firehouse. After some period...

Brooks Library, Pond Restoration, Open Space Pitch For CPA Funds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town will once again seek Community Preservation Act funding to restore the health of Hinckley's Pond. Town Administrator Christopher Clark was before the community preservation committee last week and made it clear the project is important, citing another fish kill at the pond this year. The CPC public hearing last Thursday was a requirement under state statute that the group conduct a public in...

ORLEANS — The town's community preservation committee does just that. It recommends funds to preserve open space, housing options, history and, this week, one woman's dream for youth recreation opportunities. On Feb. 16, the CPC voted to recommend giving Nauset Together We Can $19,000 toward the next phase of the Jean Finch Skateboard Park at Nauset Regional Middle School, just weeks after the death of Finch...

CHATHAM — Rounding out this year's list of projects seeking Community Preservation Act funding are preservation projects at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and various recreation projects, including a pickleball court. The community preservation committee will now begin debating the merits of the dozen different applications, which total more than $615,000. Having already heard presentations on several r...