By Bethany Bray
---- — SALEM — The Community Preservation Act takes effect July 1 in Salem, and a committee is now in place to vet each project funded by the act.
The CPA pays for projects to create or improve recreation, open space, affordable housing or historic preservation through a property tax surcharge. Salem residents voted to adopt the CPA in November with a property tax surcharge of 1 percent.
City leaders decided to establish a nine-member CPA committee in Salem, with five members coming from existing city boards and two each appointed by the mayor and City Council.
The City Council could have chosen to have a councilor as one of its two appointees. This week, however, councilors chose to pick two of the more than 15 residents who contacted City Hall to be considered for the new CPA Committee: Kevin Cornacchio, a former Conservation Commission member, and Ed Moriarty Jr., a Salem attorney and former member of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Mayor Kim Driscoll appointed Mickey Northcutt, CEO of North Shore Community Development Coalition, and Timothy Shea, director of athletics at Salem State University.
The City Council voted to approve Northcutt, Shea, Cornacchio and Moriarty’s appointments last night.
Joining the four appointees will be Salem Housing Authority member John Boris, Planning Board member Helen Sides, Historical Commission member Joanne McCrea, Conservation Commission member Bart Hoskins and Leslie Tuttle from the Park and Recreation Commission.
With its membership just coming together this week, the new CPA Committee has yet to schedule its first meeting. The CPA takes effect in Salem with the new fiscal year, on July 1.
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