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Washington County Courthouse
September 14, 2010

  • 6:00 p.m. meeting called to order
  • Recognize guest: Ann Morse
  • Roll Call of Commissioners, Melanie Sanders, Emmett Smith, Betty Coleman, Dorothy Williams, Walley Morse, and Dell Jones in attendance. Johnnie Pearl Gibson excused, Cindy Ayers absent.
  • Minutes from meeting August 10th read by M. Sanders, Betty made motion to approve with Dorothy 2nd minutes approved as read.
Old Business
  1. “Mississippi Landmark” Status still in hands of MDAH. We have not yet got any pricing on the A/C heating units or pricing on the roof repair. Betty Coleman had some dealing with Mr. Roush and did not put him in a favorable light. There is a large cabinet (maybe 20’ long) in the attic that undoubabtly was too large to move. No additional structural damaged was found to the building. Letters of support had been sent by the mayor’s office, Washington County CVB and Greenville Mainstreet to MDAH in support of the Mississippi Landmark status of the Depot.
  2. Downtown Greenville Survey contracts all had been signed and Nancy Bell had started her work on the survey. Ms Bell agreed to also look at downtown Hollandale. Commission Design Guidelines had been presented to the City Council, Mayors Office, Board Of Supervisors and Walley had met with City Planning/Zoning Department and gave them a copy also. The steps necessary to pass a city ordinance for the Historic District was discussed. The Commission needs to present an ordinance to the ordinance committee for consideration.
  3. Oral History Grant with Mississippi Humanities Council just about done. Letters to U.S. Senators and Rep Bennie Thompson in appreciation of their support to the Arts had been sent. Final closeout should be done at month’s end. The Oral History project is a continuing project, as Lonnie Looper is doing some editing of the tapes that we had done.
  4. Delta Heritage Day/Levee Break festival put on hold. The commission’s responsibilities lie elsewhere at this time.
  5. Washington County List of most endangered sites:
    • Mount Holly (Lake Washington)
    • Susie B. Law Home (Lake Washington)
    • Attabury Home (Estill)
    • Archer Home (Broadway & Alexander, Greenville)
    • Hollandale 1st Public School (Hollandale MS)
    • New Hope Missionary Baptist Church (Estill) Dell Jones noted that a cleanup day had been planned for October 6th for the grounds and cemetery and thought the Commission should be involved with that.
    • Elks Lodge (Washington Ave, Greenville). Posted on Mississippi Most Endangered List
  6. Discussion on sending application to Mississippi Heritage Trust on Mount Holly for the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places 20ll. Walley assured everyone he had all the necessary information for the aplicatation. It was agreed on to send the application, deadline was November 15, 2010.
  7. Dorothy and Walley gave a short summary of the MDAH workshop August 20th. It was noted that Mississippi Income Tax credit could be used in the National Registered Residential Districts in home repair. $5,000 had to have been spent. Walley had the forms and would help the latest (Cornelius Fisher, 531 S Washington Ave) with that application. The HUD publication “Nationally Applicable Recommended Rehabilitation Provisions” had been purchased for $10.00 as an additional resource in establishing an historic district.
  8. Bank Statements: Planters Bank $100.00. Trustmark Bank $ 8,345.01. It was noted that Walley had spent 4 hot hours on two trips to the Scrap Iron place to sell the scrap iron from inside the Depot. Total received was $176.00 of which Walley kept $100.00 and deposited the rest in the Commissions account.

New Business

  1. MACE 6th Annual Delta Dialogue, Friday September 17, 2010 at the Greenville Higher Education Center with the theme HERITAGE TOURISM IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA; COMMUNITIES TAKING ACTION. Chester Smith 662-335-3523.
  2. Manning signs had done 60 decals for the Historic Commission and 2 each was passed out. Really looked good. Total cost was $64.20.
  3. Tour date for the County Courthouse was set for 5PM of the evening of the next meeting October 12th. Don’t forget to bring a flash light. It was agreed that media and other interested persons would be welcome. Princella will provide the narrative.
  4. Tour date for the Lake Washington Area by the Lake Washington Foundation History Committee was set for October 7th (Thursday) $30.00 each with lunch provided. Walley will co-ordinate the time, place etc and let the commissioners know.
  5. Special thanks to Princella Nowell for her generous gift of membership to the Mississippi Historical Society to all our members.
  6. Dorothy Williams reminded everyone of the Oct 5th AARP meeting at Buster Brown Center at 2: PM Everyone was invited. Pricella Nowell to give her Power Point Presentation on old downtown Greenville.
  7. Meeting adjourned at 6:38 until October 12, 2010.
— Minutes done by Walley Morse, Secretary.
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