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Washington County Courthouse
August 13, 2013

  • 6:00 PM Meeting called to order
  • Roll Call of Commissioners present: Walley Morse, Rebecca Goodman, Barry Piltz, Dell Jones, Emmett Smith, Jessie Williams; Leonard Williams excused (on sick leave), Cary Karlson, Netty Seard excused.
  • Recognize Guests: Al Brock (Greenville Main Street), William Coppage, (DDT Reporter)
  • Minutes from July 9 reviewed
Old Business
  1. Mr. Bobby Dadlani had requested we help him apply for tax credits for his Leyser Building property at 301 Washington Ave. Walley had done the work and submitted part 1 of the application to MDAH. Todd Sanders, MDAH coordinator for the tax credits, came up on July 16, 2013 and with commissioners Walley Morse, Jessie Williams, Barry Piltz and also Greenville Historian Benjy Nelken, toured Mr. Dadlani’s property and also the Sears Lofts facility with Bill Boykin. Mr. Sanders was disappointed that the property had already undergone some restoration without prior MDAH approval and thought at a federal level it would not be approved for the tax credits. So Mr. Dadlani decided it would serve no purpose to submit the detailed Part 2 of the application, and he would proceed with his restoration as he saw fit, and still trying to keep the building as historical correct as he could. Walley provided photos of the new windows/doors as the work developed.
  2. Barry Piltz gave an update on the Depot and, to his understanding, the Architect contract had finally been approved, and it was moving to the next step.
  3. Bank statement had been reviewed with the deposit from the plaque sale to the carousel for $125.00.
  4. The city council was taking steps to hire an ordinance enforcer within the Planning Department to implement more oversight of the city's ordinances.
  5. MACE owned Elks Lodge was still up in the air. Mayor Cox wanted some action on the property, but none has taken place so far.
  6. Keating House nomination to the National Register had been put on hold. Walley had not heard from the Keatings since June.

New Business

  1. Fernando Cuquet, owner of the Belmont Plantation home on Highway 1 at Wayside, had passed away. Since the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the commission wanted to keep a watch on the developments that would take place on his passing.
  2. Edward Gonzales-Tennant, Ph.D. (University of Florida), Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Director of GIS Program, is coming to Greenville September 19-22 to look at the Chinese Cemetery. He plans to bring some students to document the cemetery next year. He is an anthropological archaeologist and uses the latest GIS technology to document the migratory patterns and makes that information available to the public.
  3. Walley is scheduled to meet Vicki Myers and Michael Jones (MDAH) August 14 at 11:00 am to discuss the CLG program. Jessie requested she also attend the meeting.
  4. Lakeport Plantation lecture on Hernando de Soto Thursday August 29, 2013 in Lake Village, 5:30 pm, refreshments 6:00 pm lecture. De Soto died in Lake Village? Rebecca also requested to go along.
  5. Thompson House Bed & Breakfast in Leland will have its open house August 23, 2014 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Walley will go, and pick up anybody else who wishes to attend.
  6. Elgin Pollard building discussed again, and with Mayor Cox’s push to clean up some properties, Walley will again encourage Mr. Pollard to do something with his property at 643 Washington Ave. Mr. Brock again stated that Main Street had committed to work with him, but had no response from him.
  7. August 1, 2013: Walley had met with Mr. Boykin and Peter M. McEnery, S. Parkerson McEnery representing “The McEnery Company” from New Orleans who was doing a valuation assignment on the Sears Loft building for the bank. Their company had a long record of developments including the Hub City Lofts in Hattiesburg. The New Market Tax Credits were also discussed with the potential value including the Historic Tax Credits to provide 84% in reclaimable cost.
  8. Walley had set up a FACEBOOK account with “Greenville Washington County MS HPC”, and encouraged the commissions to also set up a Facebook account. He had posted photos of the recently redone home in the Historic Residential District at 539 south Main. He had 470 views of the photo showing the importance of this emerging social network.
  9. 7:15 pm: Meeting adjourned until September 10, 2013
— Minutes done by Jessie Williams, Secretary.
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