Community Preservation Committee


The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was approved by Watertown voters with a 2% surcharge on November 8, 2016.  The CPA was enacted by the state legislature in 2000. The law allows municipalities within Massachusetts to raise monies through a surcharge, of up to 3% of the real estate tax levy, on real property. The state, through its CPA Trust Fund, augments local CPA revenues annually. CPA funds may be used only to:

  • Acquire, create and preserve open space
  • Acquire, create, rehabilitate and preserve land for recreational use
  • Acquire, rehabilitate and preserve historic resources, and
  • Acquire, create, preserve and support community housing

The CPA also requires that the Town Council establish a Community Preservation Committee (CPC). The Community Preservation Committee shall have all powers and duties as set forth in G.L. c.44B, and in particular G.L.c.44B, §5, as may be amended.

Committee Meetings 

The Committee voted to have monthly meetings and currently are meeting regularly on the third Thursday of the month.  Meeting dates and times should be verified by reviewing the posted agenda or calling, prior to the scheduled meeting. 

  • When: Third Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted and start at 7 p.m. 
  • Where: Town Administration Building, 149 Main Street, Town Council Chamber, 2nd fl. 


Agendas are available a minimum of 48 hours prior to the meetings:

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Minutes are available following approval by the Committee:

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Nine members serve a 3-year term (initial terms are 1 to 3 years).

Member Member Type Address Term
Elodia Thomas, Chair Resident 67 Marion Rd 02/01/2021
Jason D. Cohen Planning Board 153 Common St 02/01/2020
Mark Kraczkiewicz Resident 77 Riverside St 02/01/2020
Dennis J. Duff Resident 33 Spruce St 02/01/2020
Maria P. Rose Conservation Commission 45 Edward Rd 02/01/2021
Susan T. Steele Historical Commission 77 Russell Av 02/01/2021
Allen Gallagher Housing Authority 55 Waverley Av 02/01/2022
Bob DiRico Board of Park Commissioners 124 Orchard St 02/01/2022
Jonathan M. Bockian Resident 165 Irving St 02/01/2022