Like dogs fighting over scraps, there is just so much money available – which will mean either everyone will get just a fraction of what they want and no one will be happy or a substantial lot will be walking away with empty hands! I do not envy the CPC!
I see more than smashed furniture coming out of this, someone is going to get hurt – not even mild-mannered Mike Dissette is going to settle this rabble down.
Optimistically, there may, and I repeat may be about a half million available and the total cost of projects submitted, $1,742,390.00.
Seriously, the Community Preservation Committee has absolutely done a fabulous job since its inception. I have seen them very carefully sift through the applications and have asked the hard questions. Their competency has been a blessing to the City. I think this year, though, will be their toughest yet.
But keep in mind a fact that many do not understand. They don’t decide how to spend the money. City Council does! (The Mayor can even veto a project approved by the City Council!) What the CPC does is provide their highest recommendations to the council. You, as citizens, can have a voice in which projects should proceed. Through letters to the CPC (via the Planning Office) and letters to the city councilors; a definite difference can be made. Just keep in mind, by CPA rules, 30% of the money must go to affordable housing, historic preservation and open space. (10% for each category at the minimum).
I have attached the list of projects in the Current Events folder. Feel free to download it.