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Washington County Courthouse
January 14, 2014

  • 6:00 p.m. meeting called to order by Co-Chairman Barry Piltz
  • Roll call of Commissioners: Barry Piltz, Jessie Williams, Benjy Nelken, Cary Karlson, Rebecca Goodman, and Leonard Williams. Netty Seard, Emmett Smith and Dell Jones were absent.
  • Recognized Guests: None
  • Minutes from December 10, 2013 read and approved.
Old Business
  1. Regarding absenteeism, the co-chairperson stated that if you anticipate that you will be absent for the meeting, please notify Emmett Smith, at 347-1708 or 68 at least two or three days prior.
  2. Barry asked who was paid by the Commission to fill out the application for the Washington County Court House. The person is Russell Archer, Canton, MS Historic Preservation Consultant.
  3. Barry asked for the status on the CLG meeting that was attended by Benjy and Jessie from the Commission. Benjy stated that the meeting was held at the City Hall with Mayor Cox, City Council, the Hafters, Shields and Michelle Jones from the CLG Office. After discussing the ordinance, Michelle will take the 2008 copy back to Jackson for review and determine if the ordinance will be sufficient for Greenville, whereas the county’s ordinance will also go into effect. The Hafters would like to recommend an opt in clause added to the ordinance rather than the opt out clause.
  4. It is not yet determined how the next commissioners will be chosen; by the City Council or by both the City Council and the Commission.
  5. A decision was made in deciding what constitutes a Historic District. The decision was made that it may consist of a block, two houses, a half block or a downtown area. The decision will be determined by the residents within the said boundary.
  6. Walley, Benjy, and Greg met Brad Jones who will make and place the historic signs in their prospective places. The total cost of the signs and placing them is $2,424. Also Walley was given $1,000 for the commission by the Convention Visitors Bureau for projects. The Commission voted to accept the plan and payments for the signs.
  7. The C&G building will possibly in several years become the Towboat Museum, enhancing tourism in the city of Greenville.
  8. Barry stated that Eric Morgan, the District 2 LPA Coordinator of MDOC, stated that the architectural plans and proposal are sitting on his desk and waiting for a field review, where MDOT and the architect’s office will go over what is being proposed. They have set up a meeting for January 29 at 10:00 AM.
  9. Bank Statement was reviewed.
  10. The Hollandale District was placed on the National Register on January 15, 2014. The next goal is to place the Historic Markers in the District.
  11. The election of new officers should take place at our next meeting, February 11, 2014
  12. Walley serves as the CLG (CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT) COORDINATOR of The Joint Greenville Washington County Historic Preservation Commission. That is the liaison between MDAH and the Commission.

New Business

  1. All members are looking forward to our CLG status.
  2. Meeting adjourned. Next meeting February 11, 2014.
— Minutes done by Jessie Williams, Secretary.
  Minutes – January 14, 2014