CPA Committee was unanimously in sync last night
North Town Common in front of Town Hall will see major renovations
The Community Preservation Act Committee voted unanimously last night to recommend funding two major capital projects to the fall Town Meeting, including $190,000 -- contingent on a state grant of $400,000 -- to renovate the North Town Common and $240,000 to expand/renovate the Crocker Farm Elementary Playground and make it handicapped accessible.
Crocker Farm's sad little playground will expand by 33% and become ADA compliant
Vince O'Connor's pitch to spend over a million in town money, including hundreds of thousands in CPA historical preservation funds, to renovate the Mill Street Bridge (scheduled for state renovation at no town expense in 2017) was firmly rejected by the Committee.
Mill Street Bridge this morning
When member Marilyn Blaustein made a motion to "not recommend" the crazy proposal other members said simply not taking a vote is the same thing. So the Committee unanimously pocket vetoed the proposal by not taking a vote.
Little Red Schoolhouse will be demolished by Amherst College to make room for new Science Center
And Carol Gray, a mother on a mission to save the pre-school building her child attended, sent a letter of withdrawal to the committee for her $200,000+ request saying she could not find a location for the building after it's moved. At the last CPA meeting she stated she was in negotiations with UMass.
Carol Gray email to CPA Committee (click to enlarge/read)
When CPA Chair Mary Streeter quipped that UMass officials do not move as quickly as Ms. Gray, Assistant Town Manger Dave Ziomek confirmed that UMass Chancellor Subbaswamy made it very clear to him that UMass was not in the least bit interested in the structure.
Crocker Farm pre-school playground
Chestnut Hill Elementary School playground, Belchertown