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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

2015-2016:  Community Preservation new round of funding begins

The Community Preservation Committee is accepting new applications. A 2-step process was implemented last year to assist applicants early in the process. Please refer to the CPC Process Manual for full details

MANDITORY 2-step process due dates:

Step 1: Preliminary CPA Application – available: 6/1/15 – Deadline: 9/8/15
If preliminary application is approved then you would complete:

Step 2: Final CPA Application– Due: 10/9/15

Applications are available in the Clerk's office at the Town Hall and on our Town's website as of June 1, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to complete the Preliminary Application and submit as soon as it is completed.

Completed applications should be submitted to Carol Costello - Engineering Dept, located at the DPW building 25 Bare Cove Park Drive, Hingham. Please feel free to contact Carol Costello if you have any questions by email CPCAdmin@hingham-ma.gov or by phone (781) 741-1430.

Statement from Robert Curley, Chair of CPC

Last year the CPC instituted the use of an optional preliminary application for grants of CPA funds and advised that the use of the preliminary application would become mandatory for grant applications in the 2015/2016 grant cycle. The CPC has found the preliminary application very useful in determining project qualifications, in assigning project managers and in allowing CPC staff and project managers to provide early guidance to project proponents concerning the timely submission of final grant applications and all necessary supporting documents. The CPC encourages early submission of the preliminary application, early consultation with CPC staff, and early submission of the final application and supporting documents. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the CPC will defer consideration of proposals to a later year for projects where there is no preliminary application and an untimely and/or incomplete final application lacking required supporting documentation. The CPC has typically received proposals for awards which far exceed available CPA funds and can best perform its function when it has timely and complete applications. Extraordinary circumstances might include potential open space acquisitions which only become available after the application deadlines.




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  
Victor Baltera
Ted Joyce
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: 10-23-14

 

2014 Annual Report

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is comprised of nine people, six of whom are 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 of whom are 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 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 Roger Fernandes, Town Engineer, who provides 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 obtains community preservation funds from a 1.5% surtax on Town real estate taxes (effective 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 collected by the Town Community Preservation Fund for the year ended June 30, 2014 is approximately $825K from local taxes and $275K from the State match. 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 22 proposed projects in 2014 for a total request of more than $4.6 million. After due diligence, the Committee recommendations to the Advisory Committee and the Board of Selectmen included: 6 open space/recreation projects, 5 historic preservation projects, 2 housing projects, 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 $1.4 million was recommended and approved by the 2014 Annual Town Meeting for the following projects.

Open Space Acquisitions and Recreation projects included:
• An allocation to the Conservation Fund
• Comprehensive Trails Plan
• Purchase of land owned by Boy Scout Troop 4
• Additional funds for the Whitney Wharf Bridge
• Bathing Beach Stabilization
• Cordage Factory Head House, i.e., the Rec Barn

Historic Preservation projects included:
• Girl Scout House preservation and restoration
• Old Colony Lodge roof replacement
• Second Parish Handicapped Access design
• Ames Chapel preservation and rehabilitation

Affordable Housing projects included:
• Selectmen's Parcel design
• Hingham Affordable Housing Trust Opportunity Funding Program
Finally, an administrative allocation was made to cover staff and operating costs of the CPC.

The Committee wishes to thank Sally Weston for her many years of service and welcomes new member Tony Kiernan. 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.)
Matt Zieper, Vice Chair (Moderator's Appt.)
Vicki Donlan (Recreation Rep.)
Tony Kiernan (Moderator's Appt.)
Irma Lauter (Selectmen's Rep.)
Scott McIsaac (Conservation Rep.)
Kathleen Peters (Selectmen's Appt.)
Gary Tondorf-Dick (Planning Rep.)
James R. Watson (Housing Rep.)

Carol Costello, CPC Administrator
Roger Fernandes, Town Engineer