Despite the faltering economy (chiefly felt through a diminution in the state match), the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) had a worthwhile year in 2009. The April 2009 Annual Town Meeting voted to accept our recommendations to appropriate from Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds: $26,389 for Phase III of preserving and microfilming Town Records; $100,000 to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund; $6,000 to the Recreation Commission for assessment of parcels of land for possible purchase for recreation fields; $12,000 to the Historical Society to prioritize their collections for future preservation; $166,000 for Phase II of the Rehabilitation of South Union School and $190,950 as payment towards the bond for the Chestnut Hill Farm Conservation Restriction.
Considerable work has been done this year on many of these projects. Phase III of the Town Clerk’s project for preserving town records is complete. The Rehabilitation of South Union School is more than half done. Much has been done on the Cordaville Triangle Park and the interviews are complete for the Oral History project.
This fall four projects for CPA funds were presented to the CPC for their consideration. At their October 15, 2009 meeting, the CPC voted to recommend to the 2010 Annual Town Meeting that they grant: $70,000 to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund; $42,360 to the Recreation Commission to complete the Cordaville Triangle Park; $13,500 to the Historical Commission for a schematic design to rehabilitate Peters Annex for a new police station and $50,000 for pre-construction costs towards creating Stony Brook Museum in the Nichols House ($50,000 for this purpose was voted at the April 2008 Annual Town Meeting, but it has not been able to be used and the money has been returned to the CPA fund. The proponents hope for better luck this time). In addition, we recommended that $186,277.50 be granted as a payment towards the bond for the Chestnut Hill Farm Conservation Restriction.
The CPC regrets the resignation of Joe Hubley as the Historical Commission's representative. As of this writing there is no replacement.