Cambridge City
MA

City Manager's Agenda Item
CMA 2017 #244
ORDER ADOPTED
Sep 25, 2017 5:30 PM

A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the Community Preservation Act (CPA) recommendations for FY2018.

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Listed below are the recommendations of the Community Preservation Act Committee (CPAC) for FY2018. For additional information, please see attachments from the CPA Committee Chair, Lisa Peterson, dated September 19, 2017.

 

The CPA process began with a public meeting held on June 22, 2017, to solicit suggestions on CPA projects for FY2018. Based on that meeting and other inputs, the CPAC was provided information on project funding requests.  A public hearing was held on July 27, 2017, to solicit recommendations from the public on percentage allocations. The CPAC also received several petitions, letters and e-mails along with online project requests from the public relative to CPA recommendations. The CPAC, on September 19, 2017, unanimously voted for an allocation of 80% for Affordable Housing, 10% for Historical Preservation Projects and 10% for Open Space Projects.

 

In accordance with the CPAC’s recommendations, I am requesting that the City Council appropriate a total of $12,832,848 in CPA funds raised by the City's FY2018 CPA surcharge, the FY2017 state match funds received in FY2018 and a portion of the existing CPA fund balance and funds currently in the Open Space Reserve and Historic Preservation Reserve fund.

 

For this appropriation, it is estimated that the net local receipts from the CPA surcharge for FY2018 will total $9,000,000, added to an anticipated FY2017 state match of approximately $1,470,000 and an additional $2,100,000 from CPA Fund Balance.  Additionally, $18,750 from the Historic Preservation Reserve fund, $234,098 from the Open Space Reserve fund balance is being recommended for appropriation, and $10,000 from CPA Fund Balance for the annual membership to the Community Preservation Coalition. 

 

On September 12 and 19, 2017, the CPAC made recommendations for allocation of these FY2018 funds. By unanimous votes, the CPAC recommended to the City Council, through the City Manager, that the CPA funds be allocated and appropriated as follows:

 


Recommended FY 2018 Allocation and Appropriation of CPA Funds

 

VOTE 1:              Fiscal Year 2018 Local Funds ($9,000,000)

 

Vote 1A

80% of FY2018 CPA Local Fund revenues ($7,200,000) allocated to Affordable Housing and appropriated to the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust.

 

Vote 1B

10% of FY2018 CPA Local Fund revenues ($900,000) allocated to Historic Preservation as follows:

1.       $600,000 appropriated to the Historic Preservation Grants

2.       $25,000 appropriated to the Brattle Street sidewalks

3.       $125,000 appropriated to the Electrical Department’s 3rd Street slate roof replacement

4.       $125,000 appropriated to the City Hall steps

5.       $25,000   appropriated to the Council Chamber painting

 

Vote 1C

10% of FY2018 CPA Local Fund revenues ($900,000) allocated to Open Space as follows: 

  1. $867,000 appropriated to the Sennott Park playground renovations
  2. $25,000 appropriated to the Magazine Beach park canoe/ kayak launch
  3. $8,000 appropriated to CRLS tennis courts

   

VOTE 2:              Fiscal Year 2017 State Funds [received in FY2018] ($1,470,000)

 

Vote 2A

80% of FY2017 State Match revenues ($1,176,000) allocated to Affordable Housing and appropriated to the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust.

 

Vote 2B

10% of FY2017 State Match revenues ($147,000) allocated to Historic Preservation as follows:

1.       $25,000 appropriated to City Council chamber painting

2.       $30,000 appropriated to the Historic and African American trail markers

3.       $9,000 appropriated to Cambridge Public Library annual reports digitization

4.       $83,000 appropriated to the Electrical Department’s 3rd Street slate roof replacement

 

Vote 2C

10% of FY2017 State Match revenues ($147,000) allocated to Open Space as follows: 

  1. $147,000 appropriated to CRLS tennis courts

 

VOTE 3:              CPA Fund Balance ($2,100,000)

 

Vote 3A

80% of the Fund Balance ($1,680,000) allocated to Affordable Housing and appropriated to the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust.

 

Vote 3B

10% of the Fund Balance ($210,000) allocated to Historic Preservation as follows:

1.       $170,000 appropriated to Electrical Department’s 3rd Street slate roof replacement

2.       $40,000 appropriated to Longfellow Park steps

 

Vote 3C

10% of the Fund Balance ($210,000) allocated to Open Space as follows:

1.       $210,000 appropriated to CRLS tennis courts

 


The following appropriation requests represent major initiative to utilize CPA Historic Preservation and Open Space Reserve Funds based on a process to identify eligible open space and historic preservation projects that meet CPA criteria.

 

Vote 4A

Appropriate $18,750 from the Historic Preservation Reserve to the   Public Investment Budget as follows:

1.       $18,750 appropriated to the O’Connell Branch interior lighting

 

Vote 4B

Appropriate $234,098 from the Open Space Reserve to the Public Investment Budget as follows:

2.       $206,507 appropriated to Sennott Park Playground renovations

3.       $27,591 appropriated to the Amigo and Morse School playgrounds

           

VOTE 5:   CPA Fund Balance - Administration ($10,000)

 

Vote 5A

  1. $10,000 appropriated to Administrative Costs for Community Preservation Coalition Membership Dues.         

 

Table 1 Summary of FY18 Recommended Appropriations by Expenditure Type

 

Affordable Housing

$10,056,000

 

 

Historic Preservation

 

Historic Preservation Grants

$600,000

Historic and African American trail markers

$30,000

Main Library annual reports digitization

$9,000

Brattle Street sidewalks repair

$25,000

City Hall steps

$125,000

Council Chamber painting

$50,000

Electrical Dept. 35 Third St. slate roof replacement

$378,000

Longfellow Park steps

$40,000

Subtotal (Historic Preservation)

$1,257,000

 

 

Open Space

 

Sennott Park playground renovations

$867,000

CRLS tennis courts

$365,000

Magazine Beach Park- canoe/kayak launch

$25,000

Subtotal (Open Space)

$1,257,000

 

 

Administration/ Community Preservation Coalition

$10,000

 

 

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Appropriate from Historic Preservation Reserve to Historic Preservation Projects

Amount

O’Connell Branch interior lighting

$18,750

Subtotal (Historic Preservation)

$18,750

 

 

Appropriate from Open Space Reserve to Open Space Projects

 

Amigos and Morse School playgrounds

$27,591

Sennott Park playground renovations

$206,507

Subtotal (Open Space)

$234,098

 

 

Grand Total

$12,832,848

 

 

Table 2. Summary of Recommended Appropriations by Funding Source

 

 

FY2018 Local Funds

FY2017 State Funds

CPA Fund Balance

Reserve

FY2018 Total

Affordable Housing Trust

$7,200,000

$1,176,000

 

$1,680,000

 

$10,056,000

Historic Preservation Projects

$900,000

$147,000

 

$210,000

 

$1,257,000

Open Space Projects

$900,000

$147,000

$210,000

 

 

$1,257,000

Administration/ Community Preservation Coalition Membership Dues

 

 

 

 

 

 

$10,000

 

 

 

 

 

$10,000

Historic Preservation Projects from Reserve

 

 

 

$18,750

$18,750

Open Space Projects from Reserve

 

 

 

$234,098

$234,098

Total

$9,000,000

$1,470,000

$2,110,000

$252,848

$12,832,848

 

 

Meeting History

Sep 25, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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TWENTY-THREE ROLL CALL VOTES

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Leland Cheung, Jan Devereux, Craig A. Kelley, David P. Maher, Nadeem A. Mazen, Marc C. McGovern, Timothy J. Toomey, E. Denise Simmons