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Committee to review nine CPA projects in Hadley 

  • The Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley.

Staff Writer
Published: 2/28/2020 12:19:00 PM

HADLEY — Retrofitting the Goodwin Library for other municipal purposes, constructing a town fitness court and improving the historic Town Common on West Street are among projects that could be paid for through the Community Preservation Act account.

Nine projects totaling $458,754 have been submitted to the town’s Community Preservation Act Committee, which on Monday will begin deciding on which ideas to recommend for funding at Town Meeting in May.

CPA Committee Chairman Andy Morris-Friedman said Friday that $2.35 million is available in the account, but the committee needs to deliberate about what should go on the Town Meeting warrant.

“We’re only going to fund projects that we deem worthy of consideration,” Morris-Friedman said.

Morris-Friedman said it is notable that more than $1 million that officials had sought for fixing up the historic Russell School Building is not moving forward.

Instead, the largest item is $288,000 for revitalizing the Goodwin building, which has been the town library since 1902 but will be replaced by the new building rising next to it on the site of the demolished Hooker School.

As part of making Goodwin accessible, another $25,000 would pay for a design to get an elevator or lift into the three-story building.

The Park and Recreation Committee is asking for $100,000 for a fitness court that would be installed at Zatyrka Park, a site that was renovated in recent years and has become a place for residents to walk dogs and for children to sled. Another $8,000 is sought to hook up electricity and provide other amenities for the pavilion at the elementary school.

Department of Public Works Superintendent Chis Okafor has asked for $25,000 to hire a landscape architect for upgrading the Town Common. In recent years, the common has become the site of the annual asparagus festival and last summer hosted a weekly event featuring local food and music and saw the installation of a temporary pergola.

The Board of Health’s is requesting $5,000 for a study on how to make all town buildings accessible and for new accessible door openers for Town Hall, along with $1,500 for water testing at Lake Warner/ North Hadley Pond.

Morris-Friedman is asking for $4,300 to do restoration work on colonial-era maps that date to 1740, and David Moskin, a trustee for the library, is requesting $1,500 for protecting a decorative window that was removed from Hooker prior to its demolition, and which may be displayed at the new library.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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