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Public Hearing Information - Community Preservation Committee - Town of Needham, Massachusetts

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE
TOWN OF NEEDHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

PROPOSALS UNDER REVIEW FOR ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
MAY, 2018


The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) invites all interested parties to a public hearing on the following projects that have been included in the May 2018 Annual Town Meeting Warrant. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM in Powers Hall at Town Hall. The CPC welcomes the input to assist in their deliberations. A decision on whether the CPC will recommend each of the projects will be made by the end of March, prior to them being presented to Town Meeting. To view the applications, please go to www.needhamma.gov/CPC. If you are unable to attend but have questions, please contact CPC Staff Liaison at or at (781) 455-7550 (press 3 to reach her via Park and Recreation Office).


CONSTRUCTION - ROSEMARY LAKE SEDIMENT REMOVAL

The DPW and Town Engineer are requesting $2,400,000 for the removal of sediment in Rosemary Lake. The Town has been completing projects along Rosemary Brook, improving the quality of water that leads into Rosemary Lake. The next step is to remove the sediment from Rosemary Lake, all which will lead to better water quality downstream, as Rosemary Brook continues through Needham Heights, eventually meeting in Wellesley water lands and then the Charles River. If funded, the project would begin in early fall 2018.

TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS - ROSEMARY CAMP PROPERTY

The Park and Recreation Commission is requesting $50,000 to remove the three existing buildings along the trails at Rosemary Recreation camp property. The main trail head, off of the Rosemary Recreation Complex parking lot, is being rebuilt while the parking lot is rebuilt, and through a prior approved funding source, the bridge crossing the stream will be re-built by the Student Conservation Association. At a later time, a picnic shelter will be added at the camp property.


FEASIBILITY STUDY - EMERY GROVER

The School Committee requests $70,000 to study the Emery Grover School Administration Building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Review of past studies will be undertaken, to update the project schedule, address temporary staff relocation requirements and to identify any building code changes that will be needed to accommodate the projected use.   

CONSTRUCTION - MEMORIAL PARK FIELDHOUSE

The Trustees of Memorial Park request $500,000 towards the cost to construct a new fieldhouse at Memorial Park. The new building would continue to provide the same resources as the current building, but in improved rooms. The first floor would be used for athletic field activities, including meeting rooms for teams, concession, storage and field maintenance. The upper floor will continue to have a meeting room and assembly room. The majority of construction funding would come from other Town resources.


PRESERVATION - COLLECTIONS DATABASE

The Needham History Center and Museum requests $25,000 to complete the data entry of artifacts and archives. With prior CPC funding, the Needham History Center and Museum has ben able to rehouse and reorganize their collections and create a collections database. Archivally-sound containers have been used for storage, photos have been taken and information uploaded onto a data base system that makes it easier to search and put together exhibit, including web-based exhibits.