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Five Articles Seeking CPA Funding in Upton

Out of the 35 articles on Upton's May 9 Annual Town Meeting, five articles are seeking Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding for various projects including renovating the Town Hall and upgrades to the Veteran's Memorial Playground.

Article 9 concerns the Town Hall renovation project and is requesting approximately $1.7 million up to $2 million from CPA monies to fund the project's remaining $6.5 million price tag. Town officials intend to borrow the balance of the CPA funds not being used up front and the balance of the non-CPA eligible costs over a 20 year period from various sources. Those involved in the project continue to stress that taxes will not be raised to complete the project. If Article 9 passes, the historic Town Hall building will be made handicapped accessible, be more energy efficient, and allow for more town departments to be staffed at the building. The Town Hall staff will temporarily move to the now-vacant Holy Angels Church while the yearlong renovation project takes place.

Article 17 is an annual article from the Community Preservation Committee and sets aside $10,000 of CPA funding for administrative expenses.

Article 18 involves an Eagle Scout project and is seeking $4,000 from CPA funding to build a 30 by 20 foot pavilion at the Town Beach. If Article 18 passes, the monies will be used to purchase the materials needed. The Boy Scout overseeing the project, Jose Porter, has also sought out additional donations to complete the pavilion and reached out to Blackstone Valley Technical High School for assistance.

Article 19 is requesting $15,103 of CPA funds that will be used to preserve the town's historical cemetery records and allow them to be searchable through a digitalized database.

The last Community Preservation Committee sponsored article is Article 20 and is requesting $78,500 from Community Preservation Act funding in order to upgrade the Veteran's Memorial Playground located on Route 140. If residents pass this transfer, improvements would include the replacement of the park's surface materials, repairing fencing, benching, and picnic tables, replacing slide and swing harnesses, and purchasing and installing climbers, see-saws, spinners, among other equipment.

Other articles to be voted on include a bylaw amendment that will change the number of members on the Affordable Housing Trust from seven to five and who may include members of the Board of Selectmen, Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board, and Community Preservation Committee.

Article 11 is to establish a bylaw to allow town officials to deny licenses or permits to those residents or businesses who have not paid taxes.

If Article 13 is passed, residents will approve Upton joining a bundled electrical program in an effort to reduce electrical costs for residents and businesses. If approved, residents and business owners will automatically be transferred to the lower cost provider unless they choose to continue to purchase their power from National Grid.

Article 14 will permit the town to join the Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project to help reduce mosquito borne illnesses. The funding for this program comes off the town's Cherry Sheet.

In total, 35 articles will be voted on during the May Town Meeting scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Nipmuc Regional High School. The complete warrant can be located on the town's Web site at www.uptonma.gov.



Five Articles Seeking CPA Funding in Upton

By Michelle Sanford

Staff Reporter/Columnist

Out of the 35 articles on Upton's May 9 Annual Town Meeting, five articles are seeking Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding for various projects including renovating the Town Hall and upgrades to the Veteran's Memorial Playground.

Article 9 concerns the Town Hall renovation project and is requesting approximately $1.7 million up to $2 million from CPA monies to fund the project's remaining $6.5 million price tag. Town officials intend to borrow the balance of the CPA funds not being used up front and the balance of the non-CPA eligible costs over a 20 year period from various sources. Those involved in the project continue to stress that taxes will not be raised to complete the project. If Article 9 passes, the historic Town Hall building will be made handicapped accessible, be more energy efficient, and allow for more town departments to be staffed at the building. The Town Hall staff will temporarily move to the now-vacant Holy Angels Church while the yearlong renovation project takes place.

Article 17 is an annual article from the Community Preservation Committee and sets aside $10,000 of CPA funding for administrative expenses.

Article 18 involves an Eagle Scout project and is seeking $4,000 from CPA funding to build a 30 by 20 foot pavilion at the Town Beach. If Article 18 passes, the monies will be used to purchase the materials needed. The Boy Scout overseeing the project, Jose Porter, has also sought out additional donations to complete the pavilion and reached out to Blackstone Valley Technical High School for assistance.

Article 19 is requesting $15,103 of CPA funds that will be used to preserve the town's historical cemetery records and allow them to be searchable through a digitalized database.

The last Community Preservation Committee sponsored article is Article 20 and is requesting $78,500 from Community Preservation Act funding in order to upgrade the Veteran's Memorial Playground located on Route 140. If residents pass this transfer, improvements would include the replacement of the park's surface materials, repairing fencing, benching, and picnic tables, replacing slide and swing harnesses, and purchasing and installing climbers, see-saws, spinners, among other equipment.

Other articles to be voted on include a bylaw amendment that will change the number of members on the Affordable Housing Trust from seven to five and who may include members of the Board of Selectmen, Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board, and Community Preservation Committee.

Article 11 is to establish a bylaw to allow town officials to deny licenses or permits to those residents or businesses who have not paid taxes.

If Article 13 is passed, residents will approve Upton joining a bundled electrical program in an effort to reduce electrical costs for residents and businesses. If approved, residents and business owners will automatically be transferred to the lower cost provider unless they choose to continue to purchase their power from National Grid.

Article 14 will permit the town to join the Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project to help reduce mosquito borne illnesses. The funding for this program comes off the town's Cherry Sheet.

In total, 35 articles will be voted on during the May Town Meeting scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Nipmuc Regional High School. The complete warrant can be located on the town's Web site at www.uptonma.gov.




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