Yarmouth Community Preservation Committee Updates Selectmen on Efforts

YARMOUTH –Members of the Yarmouth Community Preservation Committee (CPC) met with selectmen on Tuesday night to discuss their efforts over the past year.

The committee consists of nine voting members, with two seats for citizens-at-large and seven appointed by representative committees.

There is about $4 million in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds that are available for the town to improve the community with eligible projects.

“We all try and work together and do what we can with the funds that we have to advance the Town of Yarmouth and make it an advantage to all the taxpayers in the Town of Yarmouth,” said committee chair Gary Ellis.

Since the CPA has been around, the committee has completed more than 70 projects around town.

That includes the preservation or creation of 51 affordable homes, 117 households assisted with rentals and 19 historic properties rehabilitated.

There were also 15 completed recreation projects and about 52 acres of open space land protected.

Looking ahead, the CPC is looking to expand economic growth in Yarmouth with the redevelopment of two motels on Route 28 and the Rail Trail bicycle path.

“We look forward to working with you in the coming year towards forwarding the goals of the selectmen and the Yarmouth taxpayers,” said Ellis.

The committee is also anticipating applications for the redevelopment of the former drive-in site into a Riverwalk Park and the preservation of the Baxter Grist Mill building.

This year, CPA applications for the FY18 grant round are due by September 15.

Project recommendations will made for consideration at the May 2018 Annual Town Meeting.

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