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Friday, April 30, 2010

FinCom supports CPA requests, CCHS Feasibility Study

The Finance Committee (FinCom) on April 26 unanimously supported the Community Preservation Act project funding requests recommended by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC). They also voted unanimously to support the the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) Feasibility Study and Schematic Design. Warrant Articles for both proposals will be voted on at Town Meeting on May 10. A planned presentation on the full Warrant was not given because the only people in the audience were the Mosquito reporter and the Town Treasurer.

Town Meeting will vote on four CPA spending proposals that have been reviewed and recommended by the CPC. CPA funds are collected through a combination of a 2% real estate tax surcharge and matching state grants. The four requests for FY11 include $165,000 for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Cranberry Bog House, $50,000 to fund the Housing Coordinator Position for the town for up to 28 hours a week in FY11, $15,000 to fund boardwalks, bridges, kiosks and signs for the Carlisle Trails System over the next five years, and an additional $5,000 for design funds for the Bruce Freeman Trail in Carlisle.

Land Stewardship Committee member Debbie Geltner presented facts about the Bog House and why it was worth saving. It was built in 1905 and it was bought by the town in 1986. It is leased by farmer Mark Duffy and used to support the cranberry harvesting operation and to store equipment. In addition, there is a multi-bedroom apartment on the third floor for farming support personnel. FinCom Chair David Guarino said he was comfortable with the purpose of the restoration.

FinCom also discussed Article 16, concerning a $1.3 million for a feasibility study and schematic design for the renovation of CCHS. Louis Salemy, member of the CCHS Facilities Master Plan Committee, had given a presentation to FinCom two weeks ago. Guarino said, “I’d be in favor of this after Louis’ presentation.” FinCom member David Model said he had articulated in an earlier email that “The high school is probably in worse shape than our grade school which we just voted on. It’s a shot at MSBA [Massachusetts School Building Authority] reimbursement.”

FinCom member Jerry Lerman said he was convinced to vote in favor of this because Salemy had said there would be a committee of financially minded people to study the financial implications of the project. All voted in favor of Article 16.

FinCom member Ed Sullivan, whose term is not up to 2011, has decided to resign early. ∆

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