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March 26, 2013

Hearing tonight on preservation grants

NEWBURYPORT — Members of the Community Preservation Committee are scheduled to meet tonight at 7 in the police conference room at 4 Green St.

The committee will be hearing presentations from organizations hoping to receive projects in the next year.

Those projects, and presenters, expected to be heard tonight are as follows:

Kelley School Preservation Project, Youth Services, $375,000.

Joppa Park Renovation Project, Phase II, Parks Commission, $40,000.

Cherry Hill Parcel B Soccer Field Improvement, Youth Soccer Association, $200,000.

Atwood Park Improvement, Friends of Atwood Park, $40,000.

Kelleher Park Playground, Central Congregational Church, $6,000.

Bartlet Mall, Bartlet Mall Commission, $15,400.

Open Space Fund, reserve, Open Space Committee, $100,000.

The committee will have reviewed about 20 applications seeking $1.8 million by the time it makes its funding decisions.

City officials said that not all projects receive money, and most applications that do receive funds do not receive their full request.

Each year the committee reviews applications and makes determinations for the dispersal of financial support.

The funds are available because residents voted to adopt the statewide Community Preservation Act in 2002. The measure created a 2 percent surcharge on real estate taxes from local property owners.

The state provides complementary funds each October. Last year the state contributed about $146,000 of the $762,000 that the committee dispensed.

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