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CMMCP Membership changes


 

The Project was created by the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1973, and currently consists of 40 cities and towns in Central Massachusetts, from both Worcester and Middlesex Counties, covering over ~720 square miles. Please click here for more information on our service area.

 

1975 32 towns

1976 32 towns Sterling joins, Chelmsford withdraws

1977 30 towns Carlisle & Lancaster withdraw

1978 33 towns Chelmsford, Fitchburg & Lancaster join

1979 33 towns no change

1980 34 towns Lunenburg joins

1981 35 towns Leominster joins

1982 31 towns Bolton, Hopkinton, Sterling & Stow withdraw

1983 30 towns Acton withdraws

1984 30 towns no change

1985 30 towns no change

1986 30 towns no change

1987 30 towns no change

1988 30 towns no change

1989 30 towns Wilmington joins, Harvard withdraws

1990 28 towns Natick joins, Boylston, Grafton & Lancaster withdraw

1991 26 towns Groton & Northbridge withdraw

1992 26 towns no change

1993 25 towns Shirley withdraws

1994 27 towns Blackstone & Stow join

1995 28 towns Dracut joins

1996 28 towns no change

1997 28 towns no change

1998 28 towns no change

1999 29 towns Millbury joins

2000 29 towns no change

2001 34 towns Acton, Auburn, Hopkinton, Millville & Northbridge join

2002 35 towns Sturbridge joins

2003 36 towns Webster joins

2004 36 towns no change

2005 36 towns no change

2006 36 towns no change

2007 39 towns Boylston, Lancaster & Uxbridge join

2008 38 towns Boylston drops out

2009 38 towns no change

2010 39 towns Devens joins (November)

2011 39 towns no change

2012 40 towns Boylston joins

2013 41 towns Lowell & Groton join, Uxbridge drops out

2014 40 towns Groton drops out (no services rendered)

2015 41 towns Gardner joins

 

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER COMMUNITY: Cities may join CMMCP by a vote of the City Council; towns may join by a majority vote at a Special or Annual Town Meeting. Please call (508) 393-3055 or e-mail deschamps@cmmcp.org for an approximate assessment and an information packet to be mailed out.

 

 

 

COMMENTS: Membership was in flux the first 7- 8 years, with towns coming into the program, dropping out, and coming back in again due to the recession we experienced in the last 70s and early 80s. But it was stable in the mid 80s as the economy recovered, until the recession in the late 80s and early 90s started to take its toll. Towns were closing libraries, turning off street lights, and our service area shrank to its lowest point (25). A few towns joined in the next 10 years or so, but when West Nile Virus was found in Massachusetts in 2000, many towns expressed interest in the program. We saw an unprecedented expansion from 2001 2003, gaining 7 new towns in just those 3 years. Other cities and towns have joined the Project in the past decade, and we frequently meet with city and town officials about our program.

 

Please check this link for surveys of area residents from 2007 present, as well as a survey of member Boards of Health performed in 2013: http://www.cmmcp.org/research.htm