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2005 Minutes and Agendas: Historic Sites Committee Meeting Minutes of October 27, 2005



Minutes of the Centerville Historic Sites Committee meeting held Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Whitaker Museum, 168 North Main Street, Centerville, Utah.


MEMBERS PRESENT


Lisa Buckmiller, Chairperson


Nancy Beesley


Bill Duncan


Alec Hagen


Melissa Hogan


Bill Rigby, (was excused at 7:35 p.m.)


MEMBERS ABSENT


Michelle Powers


STAFF PRESENT


Kathy Helgesen, Planning Commission liaison


Connie Larson, Recording Secretary


MINUTES REVIEW AND APPROVAL


Nancy Beesley made a motion to approve the September 22, 2005 Historic Sites Committee meeting minutes as amended. Bill Duncan seconded the motion, which was passed by unanimous vote (6-0).


FEASIBILITY STUDY; PROPOSAL, COMMUNITY SURVEY AND FOLLOW UP COMMUNITY FORUM, AS REQUESTED BY MAYOR DEAMER AND CITY COUNCIL


Lisa Buckmiller reported she presented the proposal for the Feasibility Study on the Whitaker Museum to the City Council. She said the purpose of the Feasibility Study and remodeling of the Whitaker Museum is to take the museum back to the 1860 to 1920 era. Lisa explained Mayor Deamer has requested more information on the study, and the City Council would like a news article and a survey in the next City newsletter for the citizens to be better informed on this issue. Lisa explained Mayor Deamer would like to have a public forum where citizens can ask questions of the Historic Sites Committee about the Feasibility Study and the proposed plans for the Whitaker Museum. She said members of the Whitaker family have been supportive of the study and the plans to remodel the Whitaker Museum. Bill Rigby expressed his opposition to the Feasibility Study, and the ideas presented on how the Whitaker Museum could be remodeled. Mr. Rigby excused himself from the meeting.


Lisa explained she met with Steve Thacker, City Manager, about building onto the museum, and Mr. Thacker told her this would not be possible. She said Mr. Thacker told her it would be best for now to do a simplified plan of removing the part of the museum that is not maintainable. Melissa Hogan reported that renovation money for the museum was not approved by the City Council.



The Committee agreed to pursue the feasibility study to see what options are available for the preservation of the museum. The Committee discussed how the kitchen represents a mixture of different eras, and the upstairs bedrooms are decorated in a 1970s decor. The Committee would like to see all of the house decorated back to the original look of the 1920s. Melissa reported that Don Hartley, State Historical Society, said "the Whitaker Museum is an underutilized historical jewel."


Melissa explained the money for the feasibility study has already been appropriated from State and local government entities, and the renovations for the museum would probably be a 10 to 20 year project that would be completed through grant money and volunteer efforts.


REPORT ON SORENSON HISTORIC HOME TOUR TAKEN BY MELISSA HOGAN, GRACE MARSDEN, AND LISA BUCKMILLER ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2005


Lisa reported on the home tour to the Sorenson Historic Home in Salt Lake City. The Committee viewed pictures of the Sorenson home, and discussed ideas on how to make similar improvements in the Whitaker Museum.


SYLVIA TINGEY HOME REMODEL


Lisa reported the Sylvia Tingey home is still under the process of being remodeled. Lisa said that when the home is completed, the Committee will view the home and then decide whether to call the State Preservation Office to decide if the home will continue to be on the National Historic Register. If the home is taken off the National Register, a local curbside marker will be placed on the property.


MISCELLANEOUS


Lisa reported she gave the historic plaque for the Thomas Tingey home to Christy Best on October 23rd. Lisa’s husband will install the plaque on the home.


Melissa reported the new owners of the Nathan Porter home on 400 West would like to donate the adobe bricks from the home to the City. Melissa suggested the bricks could be used for a new bay window on the Whitaker Museum. After discussion, the Committee agreed is would not be feasible to store the bricks for a long period of time, and agreed to not accept the bricks.


NEXT MEETING


The next Historic Sites Committee meeting will be on Thursday, January 26, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Whitaker Museum.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.


Lisa Buckmiller, Chairperson Date Approved


Connie Larson, Recording Secretary



 
 
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