CPA Committee Pledges $200K For Housing Trust Fund
Like all CPA recommendations, those funds and the trust would have to be approved by town meeting.
The $107,500 would cover research toward possible locations for affordable housing. At the last meeting, the Affordable Housing Committee asked for a long-term commitment in the form of a $600,000 amendment, which would go toward future acquisitions for development. Instead, both committees decided to work toward forming a trust fund.
Initially, the committee motioned to give the trust fund $150,000 of the then-remaining available $250,000 in the CPA budget. CPA Committee member Christopher Winters argued to include more money for easier and quicker potential land purchases.
In other business:
► The CPA Committee allotted $25,000 of the requested $48,000 for the gravestone restoration project by the South Williamstown Historical Committee. Committee member Gina Rouse said the oldest gravestones were completed first and the group will now focus on gravestones closer to where burials are now occuring.
► With no discussion, the 1753 House Committee received $4,000 to replace a replica chimney.
► Berkshire Housing Development Corp., which is planned to offer affordable housing targeted to people with Williamstown connections, was granted $80,000 unopposed.
► The CPA Committee rejected, 3-5, a $10,000 request for a new scoreboard for the Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball Inc. Winters was worried about beginning to spend money on a field located on a floodway, which could lead to even more costly CPA expedentures.
► David Richardson of the South Williamstown Community Association withdrew a $400,000 request so the group could purchase the vacant Store at Five Corners and transform it into a non-profit. Richardson said the group could not get the approval to potentially purchase the land from the current landowner.
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