GROTON — In a meeting held to review ongoing projects funded by the Community Preservation Committee, members learned that two major applicants that had been awarded money were on schedule to be completed by the spring.
Of the two, there was added good news from Parks Commission chairman Donald Black that the Field of Dreams project looked as though it would come in at least $8,000 under budget.
That project was granted $148,152 by the CPC for construction of a fourth playing field at the town’s Cow Pond Brook athletic facility.
Part of the $8,000 saved, said Black, was due to the private donation of an electronic scoreboard for the new field.
“I’m pleased to report that the Field of Dreams is in its final stages,” Black told committee members at their meeting of Dec. 19.
The new field will be configured as a little league field and be the last that could be fit at the park. In addition to building the field itself, the Parks CPC application also included the cost of installing lights for night play
According to Black, the lights have been installed, the finished field graded and hydro seeded, and irrigation systems installed.
Upon the awarding of a fencing contract to a local merchant chosen after a bidding process, a fence is expected to be erected around the field over the next week or two.
Black said that with all going well, plans call for the new field to open for use by April of 2012.
Also last Monday night, CPC members heard from Habitat Advisory Group representative Al Collins about progress being made at the historic Boutwell House, headquarters of Groton’s Historical Society.
Over the past several months, said Collins, work has been completed on the roof of the carriage house as well as the 160 year old Main Street building itself.
Also completed has been repair of the main building’s exterior foundation as well as its rear chimney. Gutters have been replaced and demolition of certain interior portions of the house is almost finished.
Collins reported the discovery of architectural plans showing design details of the house circa 1894 were being followed as closely as possible in order to restore the building as close to its original appearance as possible.
Even with all that has been accomplished, only a small amount of the $176,525 awarded the project by the CPC has actually been used so far.
Further ameliorating use of the public funds will be a Cultural Council Facilities Grant of $79,000 which is to be matched by the Historical Society. That money will be used for additional improvements on the property including installation of a fire sprinkler system and energy efficient window replacements.
The CPC was established in 2004 when residents at town meeting adopted the CPA (Community Preservation Act) and decided to fund it with a 3 percent surcharge on local property taxes, the highest percentage rate allowed under the Act.
Funds raised through the CPA are earmarked solely for the creation of community housing, historic preservation, the purchase of open space, and recreational purposes. It is the responsibility of the CPC to review submissions and prepare those that meet CPA standards for presentation to voters at town meeting for final approval.
Once projects are approved for funding, the CPC monitors them to make sure the money awarded is spent correctly and the jobs move along at a regular pace.