Community Preservation Act funds available for three projects, to be voted on during Town Meeting

By Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed | Oct 10, 2016

The Community Preservation Committee and Selectmen have recommended three uses for Community Preservation Act funds that voters will be asked to approve during the Oct. 24 Town Meeting.

The articles are as follows:

- A total of $55,250 for the restoration of the Great Neck Union Chapel (located on Main Street next to the Old Methodist Meeting House)

- A sum of $75,000 for an engineering study study for the Leonard C. Lopes playground in Onset

- A total of $635,000 for the the purchase of land and housing for the Wareham Land Trust and Father Bills & Mainspring

According committee co-chair Sandy Slavin there are a significant amount of funds available for each of the three projects.

In 2002, the town voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act. This allowed the town to add a 3 percent surcharge on property tax. Money collected is used for Community Preservation projects.

The state partially matches the town's collection. The first year, over $300,000 was collected by the town.

"Over the years, more and more communities realized this was a good thing," said Slavin. "More and more towns have stepped in. As more towns come in, the pool has been reduced."

According to Slavin, with $12.2 million brought in since 2002 in CPA funds, there is currently $1.3 million in funds that can only be used to preserve open space, for historic preservation, for recreation, or affordable housing.

Grants can be submitted to the committee. The committee will study and either accept or reject it. If accepted, the grant will be sent to the Board of Selectmen and the board will decide whether the grant be put on the Town Meeting warrant or not.

Read more about the how the funds approved during April's Town Meeting were used here.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Chaka | Oct 11, 2016 21:16

75K for an engineering study of Lopes playground? Why not take that 75K and just buy new equipment? It's already a great playground. I've heard the wood used to build all the structures has arsenic or is toxic or whatever. Okay, so why not just replace/rebuild? Why waste money?

Posted by: Doctor Deekas | Oct 12, 2016 08:49

We need to vote the playground money down. The existing playground has been there for 30 years, and yes, built with pressure treated wood. Oh my heaven, how many kids have eaten the wood and died in Wareham? None. We don't need another study done on this playground. Guess what? We did a study 30 years ago on the same property when we built it, pull that out of the files. The soil hasn't changed. And we don't need to redesign it - we need to replace several of the broken/missing pieces that were vandalized over 30 years. Not only is this the most cost effective avenue for the taxpayer, it lets us spend other money on the other areas of town that are missing their playgrounds. We don't need a plastic playground when we have a perfectly good wooden one.

Posted by: Chaka | Oct 12, 2016 20:31

Well said Dr. Deekas

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