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FRAMINGHAM – Today, April 16, is the final day to submit an application for one of four at-large seats on the 9-member Framingham Community Preservation Committee.

On Wednesday night, the Framingham Parks & Recreation Commission named Commissioner Shannon Stevens to the 9-member Committee. It was a unanimous vote to add the District 8 resident.

Also this week, The Historic Commission voted to send Fred Wallace from our commission to the CPA Committee

Thank you the Framingham Historic Commission voted to place Commissioner Fred Wallace on the Committee, said Historic Commission Chair Paul Silva.

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In November of 2020, voters said yes to the Community Preservation Act (CPA) 19,078 votes to 11,414.

Residential and commercial property owners will pay about a 1 percent surcharge on their property tax bill, starting fiscal year 2021 on July 1, 2021.

The Framingham Community Preservation Committee would be comprised of nine members, including a member member of the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Historic Commission and Framingham Housing Authority.

The remaining four members would be appointed by the City Council.

All must be Framingham residents.

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Committee Member Duties include to:

• Develop a Community Preservation Plan. Members are responsible for studying the needs, community resources and possible uses of CPA monies by creating a local CPA plan that prioritizes uses and allows for making informed decisions on CPA proposals.
• Conduct thorough review of CPA applications and make recommendations to the City Council for appropriation and action.
• Maintain all respective records and required reports on the CPA budget including CPC meeting minutes, proposal and recommendations. CPC is responsible for submitting a CPA budget annually to the City Council.

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Applicants shall demonstrate competence and or/interest in serving as a Community Preservation Committee member with particular expertise, education, previous and/or ongoing experience focused on land use matters concerned with affordable housing, agriculture, historic preservation, recreational and open space, planning, and/or land use project management. Municipal finance or fiscal accounting experience is desirable.

Members are prohibited from holding any other municipal position on a multiple-member body nor hold any position as a municipal officer while serving as a member of the Community Preservation Committee.

The City of Framingham is committed to the ongoing pursuit of strategic diversity initiatives that help to position diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to municipality and community-wide excellence in the City of Framingham.

The deadline to apply for the four positions on the Committee is today, April 16.

Visit to apply.

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By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.