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Committees: Community Preservation Committee

Engineering Office /
c/o CPC Admin - Carol Costello
Engineer's Office - DPW Building
25 Bare Cove Park Drive
Hingham, MA 02043
Phone 781-804-2306
EMAIL:  CPCAdmin@hingham-ma.gov

Important Documents and Links:

CPC Bylaw

CP Coalition - State Website

Community Preservation Committee Begins New Round of Funding (effective 8/1/14)

The Community Preservation Committee is accepting new applications for the upcoming year.  A 2-step process has been implemented this year to assist applicants early in applying for CPA funds.

Applications are available at the Town Hall in the Clerk's office or by downloading the application from this website.  

Step 1:  Preliminary Application - available:  8/1/14 - DUE:  9/5/14

Step 2:  Final Application - available:  8/31/14 - DUE:  10/9/14


Completed applications should be submitted to CPC Administrator Carol Costello, Engineering Office - located on the second floor of the DPW building, 25 Bare Cove Park Drive.  Please note:  as for the CPA FINAL application, please submit your original, 10 copies and a PDF should be emailed to CPCAdmin@hingham-ma.gov.

The Community Preservation Committee reviews applications submitted by Town bodies and citizens at large for funding projects involving the acquisition of open space/recreation, preservation of historic resources, and the support of low and moderate income housing, and makes recommendations to Town Meeting regarding the use of the Town's Community Preservation Fund for those purposes. That fund is composed of a 1.5% surtax on Town real estate taxes and state matching grants payable each Fall based on the surtax revenues for the fiscal year ending the prior June 30th, and interest on the accumulated funds.

The Community Preservation Act requires that at least 10% of each year's Community Preservation revenues be spent or set aside for each of the three Community Preservation categories. The remaining 70% is available for spending on any one or more of the categories as the Committee and Town Meeting see fit.

What is Community Preservation Committee and who are they?

OUR MISSION:

We invest in community housing, historic resources, open space & recreation land to preserve, restore, and enhance Hingham's character as a community.

OUR PURPOSE:

The Community Preservation Committee reviews applications submitted by Town bodies and citizens at large for funding projects involving the acquisition of open space/recreation, preservation of historic resources, and the support of low and moderate income housing, and makes recommendations to Town Meeting regarding the use of the Town's Community Preservation Fund for those purposes.

Under the Community Preservation Act, funds are granted through two steps:
1. The CPC recommends an amount of funding for a project
2. The local legislature votes to appropriate up to the recommended amount of funding.

Nine members comprise the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) for the Town of Hingham – one each appointed by and from the Conservation Commission, the Planning Board, the Historical Commission, the Housing Authority, Recreation Commission and the Board of Selectmen, and three citizens at large, one appointed by the Board of Selectmen and two by the Moderator. The Committee reviews applications submitted by Town bodies and citizens at large for funding projects involving preservation of historic resources, creation of low and moderate income housing, acquisition of open space, and recreation. The CPC makes recommendations to Town Meeting regarding the use of the Town's Community Preservation Fund for those purposes.

The CPC may not appropriate funds directly, but the legislature may not appropriate CP funds without a CPC recommendation.

CPC MEMBERS 2014-2015

MEMBER
APPOINTED BY: TERM ENDS:
     
Bob Curley, Chairman
Matt Zieper, Vice Chairman
Historical Commission Rep
Moderator Appt.
2016
2015
Vicki Donlan
Recreation Comm Rep
2016
Kathleen Peters Selectmen Appt 2017
Irma Lauter, Selectman Selectmen Representative 2015
Tony Kiernan
Moderator Appt. 2017
Scott McIsaac Conservation Comm Rep 2016
Gary Tondorf-Dick Planning Board Rep 2016
James R. Watson Housing Authority Appt 2016
     
Lucy Hancock
Advisory Committee Chair Liaison  
Tom Belyea
Advisory Committee Liaison  
Ted Joyce
Carolyn Murray
Advisory Committee Liaison
Advisory Committee Liaison
 
Donna Smallwood
Advisory Committee Liaison  
     
Carol Costello – Administrator Committee Appt N/A
Roger Fernandes – Town Engineer



Committee Appt



N/A


Rev: 8-1-14

 

2013 Annual Report

Nine members comprise the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) – one each appointed by and from the Conservation Commission, the Planning Board, the Historical Commission, the Housing Authority the Recreation Commission and the Board of Selectmen, and three citizens at large, one appointed by the Board of Selectmen and two by the Moderator. The Committee reviews applications submitted by town bodies and citizens at large for funding projects involving preservation of historic resources, creation of low and moderate income housing, acquisition of open space and recreation. The CPC makes recommendations to Town Meeting regarding the use of the Town's Community Preservation Fund for those purposes. The CPC is assisted by Town Engineer, Roger Fernandes, to provide technical oversight on construction projects and assistance in analyzing grant requests. Carol Costello, Administrative Assistant to the Town Engineer, provides administrative support to the CPC on a part-time basis.

The Town's Community Preservation Fund is composed of a 1.5% surtax on Town real estate taxes effective beginning July 1, 2001, State matching grants payable each November 15th based on the surtax revenues for the fiscal year ending the prior June 30th, and interest on the accumulated funds. The total amount that will have been collected by the Fund through June 30, 2013 is approximately $832K including a total of $212K in State matching funds. The Community Preservation Act requires that at least 10% of each year's Community Preservation revenues be spent or set aside for each of the three Community Resource categories, i.e., Historic Preservation, Community Housing, and Open Space. The remaining 70% is available for spending on any one or more of the categories, including recreational projects, as the Committee and Town Meeting see fit.

The CPC reviewed 14 proposed projects in 2013 with a total request for more than $5.3 million. After due diligence the Committee recommendations to the Advisory Board and the Board of Selectmen included: 5 open space/recreation projects, 4 historic projects, 1 housing project and 1 administrative allocation. As required by the CPA legislation, the unexpended amount of the past and current reserve for affordable housing projects was allocated to a reserve for future affordable housing projects. A total of $717K was recommended and approved by the 2013 Annual Town Meeting for the following projects.

Open Space Acquisitions and Recreation Projects included:

• The purchase of land and a conservation restriction on the Noonan property on Rockland Street
• Relocation of the softball field at Hingham High School
• Resurfacing of the basketball court and skating rink at Cronin Field
• Bradley Woods Playground and Park – Facilities upgrades
• An allocation to the Conservation Fund

Historic Preservation Projects

• Heritage Museum – Approval at $1.1 million in bonds to be repaid with CPC funds to participate in establishing the Hingham Heritage Museum and Visitor Center at Old Derby
• Ames Chapel – preservation and rehabilitation
• GAR Hall – exterior preservation
• East Street State House – preservation study

Finally, an administrative allocation was made to cover staff and operating costs of the CPC, such as the independent professional appraisals conducted on the Noonan Property.

The Committee wishes to thank Dan Coughlin for his many contributions to Community Preservation serving as member, Vice Chair and Chair. The Committee also wishes to thank Selectman Bruce Rabuffo and former Recreation Commission Chair Frank Jones for their years of service. The Committee welcomes new members: Selectman Irma Lauter and Vicki Donlan, who chairs the Recreation Commission. Finally, deep appreciation and thanks are extended to Town Engineer Roger Fernandes and CPC Administrator Carol Costello for their tireless efforts on behalf of the CPC.

Bob Curley, Chair (Historical Rep.)
Irma Lauter (Selectmen's Rep.)
Matt Zieper, VC (Moderator Appt.)
Vicki Donlan (Recreation Rep.)
Scott McIsaac (Conservation Rep.)
James Watson (Housing Rep.)
Kathleen Peters (Selectmen's Appt.)
Sally Weston (Moderator Appt.)
Gary Tondorf-Dick (Planning Rep.)
Roger Fernandes, Town Eng.
Carol Costello, CPC Admin.