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Washington County Courthouse
April 8, 2014

  • 5:30 p.m. meeting called to order
  • Roll Call of Commissioners: Barry Piltz, Walley Morse, Benjy Nelken, Jessie Williams, Leonard Williams, and Dell Jones were present. Netty Seard, Rebecca Goodman, and Carl Karlson were excused.
  • Recognized Guest: None
  • Review of Minutes April 8, 2014
Old Business
  1. The Commissionís meeting will resume its regular scheduled time 6:00 pm.
  2. Even though Eric Martin resigned his position as architect for the Depot project, the new architect, Craig Bjorgum, said he had worked with Eric and felt that the project would meet the June deadline. MDOT will meet in Yazoo On April 21 with Eric Morgan, the architect. Cary and Walley will represent our district.
  3. The status is that the City and County Commissioners will be working separately. Benjy suggested that we should not make a move until the City begins to organize and set up its commission.
  4. It was stated that the Commission should meet every three months instead of every month. However for right now we will continue to meet on the regular time scheduled.
  5. It was stated that the Mayor wanted to get the CLG status reinstated so the city may be able get the grants needed. Walley stated that if a member of this Joint Commission wanted to work with the City, they do have the option to do so. The County will work only with Metcalfe, Arcola, Hollandale and the County-owned buildings in the City.
  6. The Depot and its grant is owned by the city but is the benefit of Joint Greenville/Washington County Historic Preservation Commission. The City and the County must work together in order to maintain the grant money.
  7. Brad Jones is making the signs for Hollandale.
  8. Status of the Courthouse: we are stilling waiting on Hooker Engineering to draw up a floor plan (diagram) in order to complete the application.
  9. MDOT called the meeting for the CENI Contract. They will work with the blueprints, the architects and cost of the project, and after 21 days they will send the suggestions to the city to make a decision. The engineer and City will make recommendations for choosing the business which will make the decision for the next phase.
  10. Russell Archer cannot complete the Courthouse application because he could not find the evacuation plan. However Walley will work on the project with Bill Gatlin of Archives & History and complete the application.
  11. The Washington County Board of Supervisors asked the Historic Preservation Commission to handle the grant for the Courthouse that Dr. Leonard Williams got for $100,000 which required a $25,000 match from the county. The name is the Community Heritage Preservation Grant, which was for the (FANFARE) windows that were used in the Courthouse since the 1930ís.

New Business

  1. The Commission will be waiting for the project report after April 21.
  2. Meeting Adjourned until May 13, 2014
— Minutes done by Jessie Williams, Secretary.
  Minutes – April 8, 2014