Mashpee One Room School House

Mashpee’s one-room schoolhouse will receive an HVAC unit to cool the space in the summer and heat it in the winter.

Eight applications for Community Preservation Act funding were approved by the Mashpee Community Preservation Committee during its meeting last Thursday, January 6, including three historic preservation projects, a community garden expansion and two affordable housing restorations.

The committee approved every project that applied for funding, totaling $2,358,581.

Each project will go before the Mashpee Select Board, which will decide whether the projects will be included and recommended on the annual Town Meeting warrant in May.

The applicants came before the committee in a meeting on December 2 when committee members interviewed applicants about their projects. The committee voted to postpone the votes of recommendation until last Thursday.

The committee approved $50,000 from the affordable housing reserves for Mashpee Town Planner Evan R. Lehrer to hire a consultant to create a housing production plan for the town in a unanimous decision.

At last month’s meeting, Mr. Lehrer said the housing plan would include a demographic survey of affordable housing in Mashpee and would be a schedule-oriented plan.

Also requesting funds from the affordable housing reserves, which stand at about $719,000, the Mashpee Housing Authority’s executive director, Kimberly Conn, requested funding for a roof replacement for Homeyer Village, which is a Chapter 667 elderly/disabled development, and repairs to roof, siding and windows for the Breezy Way development.

The committee unanimously approved the requested $168,084 to replace the Homeyer Village roof. The development has 24 units and is home to 30 to 35 residents.

Members also unanimously approved the requested $264,893 from the affordable housing reserve for the Breezy Way development, which has six family units and houses 22 residents.

Three applications requested funds from the historic reserves, which stand at about $691,000 in the town’s CPA fund balance.

The projects include a $19,680 HVAC unit for the town’s one-room schoolhouse, $86,000 for the competition of the veterans’ war memorial located in Community Park and $42,438 to restore the historic Lakewood Cemetery, which includes gravestones that date back to as early as 1805.

All three historical projects were unanimously moved forward to the select board.

If recommended by the select board and then approved by voters during Town Meeting, the HVAC unit will cool the one-room schoolhouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, during the summer months when most visitors come to see the landmark. It will also provide heating that will allow the building to be open for special events in colder months.

The $86,000 will fund the remaining parts of the veterans’ monument, including granite paneling, the town seal, lettering and medallions on the granite, electrical work and landscaping.

And, if approved at Town Meeting, the Mashpee Historical Commission will use the $42,438 from the historic reserves to restore gravestones and fencing in the Lakewood Cemetery located off Lakewood Drive and Maple Road.

The Mashpee Community Garden applied for $18,086 from the open space/recreation reserve to expand the community garden by 14 plots. The committee voted unanimously in support of the garden expansion.

Lastly, the committee considered an application from the Mashpee Department of Public works for a multiple-use track-and-field stadium at the Mashpee Middle-High School. The discussion around the nearly $3 million project, which has had strong supporters and dissenters in town, took up most of the meeting.

The department of public works requested $1,709,400 from CPA funds for the track, water hydration station and other stadium details. It plans to finance the turf field using $1.25 million from the capital improvement plan.

After much discussion, the committee voted 8-1 to recommend the $1,709,400, coming in totally from the uncommitted fund balance, to the select board. At present, the CPA’s undesignated fund balance is $7.6 million.

Committee member-at-large Arden Russell Cadrin voted against recommending the track-and-field project.

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