FRAMINGHAM – Former Planning Council Chairman Thomas Mahoney will lead the newly formed Community Preservation Committee. Mahoney was unanimously elected chair at the committee’s very first meeting tonight, July 28.
Former District 8 Councilor Judy Grove was unanimously elected vice-chair of the committee.
City Clerk Lisa Ferguson began the meeting by swearing in the 9 members.
The 9-member Committee was created by the City Council in 2021, after Framingham voters passed the Community Preservation Act via a November 2020 poll question – 19,078-11,414.
Framingham became the 178th Commonwealth community to pass the Community Preservation Act.
The adoption allowed the City to impose a 1% tax on landowners to pay for open space, historic preservation, recreation and community housing development projects.
The 9-member committee will be responsible for approving the projects.
Under the City Council Ordinance, the Community Preservation Committee “will study and maintain a list of the city’s needs, opportunities and resources relating to community preservation.” The committee consults with existing municipal commissions, including the conservation commission, the historical commission, the planning council, the park commissioners and the housing office, or persons acting in these capacities or exercising similar functions, in carrying out these studies.
The committee will also “review relevant master plans and studies prepared by city officials to better understand land use needs” and “develop a long and short term community preservation program and financial plan for Framingham. which identifies objectives and needs, establishes priorities and establishes evaluation criteria for proposed projects. The financial plan includes a multi-year forecast of revenue and expenditure, including the identification of other sources of public or private funding available. The program and financial plan should be reviewed and updated annually to reflect changes in community needs, priorities and resources.
The city council also determined the composition of the 9-member committee, which includes four appointments by the city council, which were made in June.
The City council named Grove, Mahoney, Eastleigh Farm owner Doug Stephan, and District 6 resident Liz Kaprielian, who has been active with the Rotary Club and Access Framingham.
Mayor Yvonne Spicer vetoed the composition of the committee, arguing that it is the mayor and not the legislative branch of the city, the council should proceed with the appointments of the citizens.
The mayor appoints boards and commissions composed of several members, and the other 5 members of the Community Preservation Committee come from these appointed councils, committees and commissions.
These 5 members are:
The The city council overturned the veto in a 10-1 vtakes away.
Of the 9 members, four live in District 1, two in District 8, one in District 5, and one in District 6.
Kaprielian was elected clerk and Stevens treasurer of the committee.
Kaprielian said she wanted everyone to have a “positive experience” with the Committee.
The committee should meet at least once a month and can meet twice a month as it has a deadline of February 1.
“We have a lot of work to do in a very short period of time,” said Mahoney.
No later than February 1, 2022, the Community Preservation Committee will present to Council the recommended projects for fund credits as follows:
a. acquisition, creation and preservation of open spaces;
b. acquisition, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic assets / resources;
vs. acquisition, creation, preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of recreational land;
D. the acquisition, creation, preservation and support of affordable community housing; and,
e. the rehabilitation or restoration of open spaces and affordable community housing acquired or created with the Fund.
Project recommendations should include the implementation schedule, the expected cost of the project, the requested credits and all other sources of funding. With regard to affordable community housing, the Committee recommends, where possible, the redevelopment of existing buildings or the construction of new buildings on existing sites. Notwithstanding, the Committee may, following a two-thirds vote of the Committee,
submit additional recommendations to the Board for proposed appropriations in a given fiscal year. These recommendations require a two-thirds vote of the entire Board for approval.
“The committee can set aside funds for future use when sufficient funds are not available at that time. Such a recommendation to the Council for deferred expenditure of money must be earmarked for specific purposes consistent with the preservation of the community. Alternatively, the committee may recommend measures to set aside funds for later general-purpose spending in accordance with the law, ”according to the city ordinance.
By April 1, 2022, the community preservation committee must “submit to the mayor and council an annual administrative and operating budget for the committee for the next fiscal year, which must not exceed five percent (5% ) of the estimated annual budget for that year. Fund income. Council will vote on this request by June 30 at the latest.
“I want this committee and this program to be successful,” said Mahoney.
The committee has scheduled its next meeting for August 9 and will invite the CEO of the Community Preservation Coalition to make a presentation and then have a question-and-answer session with the committee.