Friday, February 1, 2008
CPC reviews grant applications
On January 23, a night when the Town Hall was filled to capacity with various committee meetings, the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) had the pleasant task of beginning the selection process to provide grant support for one or more preservation, open space, recreation or housing projects. The CPC, which consists of one at-large member, and one representative each from the Housing Authority, the Recreation Commission, the Conservation Commission (ConsCom), the Historical Commission, Planning Board and Selectmen, was formed to administer the distribution of funds collected under the Community Preservation Act (CPA). CPA funds, which are collected via a 2% real estate tax surcharge and were matched dollar for dollar by the state last year, are to be used only for historical preservation, community housing, open space preservation and public recreation. The CPC reviews applications and makes recommendations to Town Meeting, which has final spending authority.
Committee Chair Kelly Guarino, representing the ConsCom, noted that the CPC would use this meeting to take a look at the five applications, make sure that each was complete, and decide when to meet with each applicant.
· Historical artifacts. The Carlisle Historical Society has requested approximately $2,300 for tools and storage materials of archival quality to store and display historic maps and textiles (including historic banners, flags and clothing) which are currently at risk of deterioration.
· Liberty Statue. The Carlisle Garden Club has requested $4,000 for cleaning the marble statue in the town center rotary. Acid rain and lichen growth on the monument has resulted in etching of the marble surface. To avoid further loss of surface detail, appropriate cleaning and conservation treatments are required. The civic committee of the Garden Club will contract the services of Ivan Myjer, an experienced monument conservation specialist, for the work.
· Upgrade of Town Honor Roll. To preserve the historical record of the Carlisle residents who have served their country and to honor those who died in military service, the Town Honor Roll Committee together with the Board of Selectmen have requested approximately $115,000 for design and construction services to upgrade the Town Honor Roll.
· Gleason Public Library façade. Wind-driven rain and snow have slowly deteriorated the mortar between the brick and granite joints of the old library building. The Board of Trustees of the library has requested $340,000 for removal of original bricks and granite blocks on the exterior façade of the 110-year-old building where water has infiltrated. The original bricks and granite will be returned using a lime-based mortar grout formulation to preserve the historic integrity of the exterior.
· Benfield infrastructure. The Carlisle Housing Authority is requesting up to $425,000 for engineering and construction of an access road, drilling a public water supply and installing a septic system for 26 units of senior housing on the Benfield Land.
· Additional reviews. Guarino stated that the Land Stewards are looking at the Greenough property and the Bog House, but it is likely that grant requests for those properties will not be submitted until next year. The CPC will meet again on February 4 to clear up any remaining questions with applicants. On February 25, the CPC will vote on which applications will be presented to Town Meeting for final approval.
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