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Braintree councilors approve $52,000 in CPC applications

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 2, 2011 05:19 PM

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Braintree’s Town Council on Tuesday approved two more appropriations for Community Preservation Committee money, distributing a total of $52,000 to two projects for historic preservation.

CPC will first spend an additional $25,000 towards the renovation of the exterior for the Old Thayer Library, located next to Town Hall.

Overall, the preservation of the exterior of the building, which includes updates to the original 137-year-old roof as well as to the gutters, downspouts, and façade work, will cost over $200,000.

The town received $45,000 in federal funding for the project, and approved $233,000 for the project in July. This appropriation will enable engineers to continue to move along the path to the project’s completion.

The architects, who have already completed design specs and plans, “will continue with their services and oversee the exterior restoration project,” said Planning Director Christine Stickney.

The project will keep the building weather-tight until further money can be obtained to address the inside of the building, which needs significant work and handicap-accessible updates to bring the building up to code.

Braintree councilors also approved $27,000 for the purpose of funding a new roof for the Union School, otherwise known as the American Legion post.

The building has required a new roof for a while, as the current one has been leaking in numerous spots.

The importance of this effort cannot be underscored enough, especially as the building is the oldest municipal building in Braintree that is still being used.

The community continues to fund projects on a rolling admissions basis as money comes in from the state and from the community’s 1 percent surcharge on property taxes.

In July, councilors approved $301,105 for a variety of improvements, including storm water improvements at Sunset Lake, the $233,000 on the old library restoration, signage for the Town Forest, and money for preserving inventory forms and historic vital records.

Currently, there is approximately $4 million in the account. According to councilors in July, $1 million has already been allocated to projects that had not yet begun.

Despite the significant funding still in the account and available for anything from open space purchasing to historic preservation to low-income housing, there haven’t been many project applications as of late.

“We’ve talked to a couple of folks that have some ideas, they have to pull their applications together, so hopefully we’ll see some applications,” Stickney said. “We always have info on the website of how the money can be used and for what.”

Although the committee is looking for applications, they will by no means be less strict in their requirements for recommending projects.

“The committee spends quite a bit of time reviewing the application, making sure it meets the requirements of the act, and they are conservative to how the funds are spent, making sure they get the best bang for their buck,” Stickney said.

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