Historical Commissioner John Dickson watched as the former Plunkett School was torn down. He heard the news that the former St. Mary of Morning Star was eyed for the demolition ball. He saw the St. Joseph Convent torn down.
He sees these buildings being torn down. But, he also sees developers looking to cobble together funds to save some. He writes letters of recommendations for historic tax credits but so often it isn't enough.
The Conservation Commission on Thursday evening reiterated its request for a detailed list of the plants that a local nonprofit hopes to put on town-owned land on Sept. 1.
And the commissioners expressed some dismay about having to ask twice.
Voters will be asked for a second time whether or not the city wants to adopt the Community Preservation Act.
The state law allows for communities to add a surcharge to property tax bills to pay for parks, open spaces, historic preservation, and affordable housing. The state divvies up fees collected from deed transfers with real estate sales and matches on a percentage basis.
The Spruces Land Use Committee on Wednesday selected Guntlow and Associates to do a wetland delineation and conceptual design for utilizing 42 acres of the former mobile home park on Main Street.
The committee received two bids for the work, which is being funded from Community Preservation Act funds awarded at May's annual town meeting.
The Community Preservation Committee on Tuesday approved the warrant articles it recommends for approval at May's annual town meeting.
The CPC is recommending the town fund six new requests with funds generated from the Community Preservation Act surcharge on local property taxes.
The Board of Selectmen on Monday declined to ask voters whether the town should continue participation in the Community Preservation Act.
In 2002, Williamstown voted to add a 2 percent surcharge on property valued at more than $100,000. The funds are granted each year by annual town meeting to support projects in one of three areas: historic preservation, open space and recreation and affordable housing.
The Community Preservation Committee has recommended that town meeting fund six projects to the tune of $154,421.
The committee at its Feb. 23 meeting voted to send just six of nine active applications for Community Preservation Act funds to May's annual town meeting.
The Board of Selectmen on Monday opened its meeting by announcing the close of a debate that has snarled another town body this winter.
"Several things here, not the least of which is the South Williamstown Community Association has graciously decided to withdraw its proposal for a dog park at [the former Little Red Schoolhouse]," Chairwoman Jane Patton said.
Plans to create a dog park in South Williamstown continued to draw fire at Wednesday's meeting of the Community Preservation Committee.
The South Williamstown Community Association is seeking $3,500 from Community Preservation Act funds to help build a fence for a dog park in the yard behind the South Center School near the junctions of Routes 7 and 43.
The Williamstown Historical Museum found itself at odds with a group of residents who are looking to create a dog park at the South Williamstown site the museum expects soon to call home.
The museum was before the Community Preservation Committee in search of nearly $15,000 for a historic preservation project unrelated to its upcoming move. The South Williamstown Community Association is looking for $3,500 in Community Preservation Act funds to help build the dog park.
Ten projects totaling more than $293,000 will be on the agenda when the Community Preservation Committee holds its first 2016 meeting on Wednesday evening at Town Hall.
The money in that $284,000 pot is generated by a combination of state support and r