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Kentwood Committees & Boards
Historical Commission
Minutes for 05/19/2005

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May 19, 2005

Chair Middlewood called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

1. Roll Call:
Members present: Middlewood, Heyboer, Van Dyke, Boisvenue, and Hackler.
Members absent: Thompson (with notification), Pacic
Other present: Robert Kline, Bob McDonald

2. Approval of Minutes:

Motion by VanDyke, supported by Heyboer to approve the minutes of April 21, 2005 as presented.

- Motion carried -

3. Project Reports:

a. Oral History: Middlewood indicated that there is some difficulty in getting transcripts and tapes from the transcriber again. She will suggest that staff contact the other transcriber on our list (John Morrison from After Word) to see if he would be interested in tackling the project. Meanwhile, the Girl Scout troop who wanted to be part of the interviewing project has requested a postponement until September 2005. In addition, Thompson has advised that she will be moving out of the city, but will continue to conduct oral history interviews for the Commission. Staff provided her with another new subject.

b. Heritage Room: Middlewood advised that Intern Hogan has completed her assignment regarding the Heritage Room. She has completely re-arranged the collection, inventoried it, and prepared a new inventory with accession numbers for use. Her work has exceeded our expectations and a copy of the new inventory will be forthcoming from staff.

c. Barn Survey?Sengupta submitted a written report to the effect that the first draft for the computer format of the barn survey will be going to Iowa and Indiana for review by the end of May. This is the version that may be adopted as the national standard for the barn survey project conducted by the Barn Preservation Network. Middlewood did not receive an update from the Girl Scout troop involved in the project.

d. Pine Hill Cemetery: No update at this time except a comment from the Girl Scout troop leader that the project is more complicated than expected.

e. Website: The changes/updates identified by Hogan continue to be incorporated into the city?s website. Hogan and Middlewood consulted on format and long range plans were also made for additional links.

f. Public Awareness: It was noted that the changes discussed in the previous meeting were being incorporated shortly and the brochure will be presented to the Commission in the June meeting.

4. Other Business:

a. Letter of Appreciation: Middlewood presented a letter of appreciation for Sarah Hogan to the Commission for signatures.

b. Goals for KHPC?2005: Middlewood provided copies of the 2005 goals to the Commissioners. The goals are part of the overall planning department goals that were requested by the Mayor?s office.

c. Review of letter regarding evaluation for historic significance: Although not requiring any action on the part of the Commission, this letter was submitted FYI. The Planning Department often receives such letters and must respond.

d. Kiosk in Bowen Park: Heyboer reported that the kiosk has been repaired by the Dept. of Parks and Recreation. They have replaced the Plexiglas broken by vandals during Spring break. This project is now completed.

e. WOOD Radio Project: Heyboer turned over the labels for the transmitter to Vandyke who agreed to put the covers in place and mark the transmitter as ?Property of Kentwood Historic Preservation Commission.? He will contact the developer for access to the building.

f. VanderLaan Barn Preservation: Middlewood noted that the barn has now been isolated in the middle of the development area on East Paris. All other buildings have been removed. Agostinelli reported that part of the purchase agreement was that the barn would be preserved.

g. Report on Railroad Presentation: Robert Kline attended the presentation regarding the Michigan Central Railroad from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids. He admitted that the presentation was disappointing in that it only dealt with the Caledonia area. He did, however, glean some interesting information about potential photographs taken in the 1940s of railroad stations and trains as part of the war effort. He will attempt to track down additional information.

5. Next Meeting?There will be no meeting in June and the next scheduled meeting will be July 16, 2005, at 6:30.

6. There being no further business before the Commission, a motion was made by VanDyke, supported by Heyboer, to adjourn.

Motion by VanDyke, supported by Heyboer, to adjourn

-Motion carried-

The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Debargha Sengupta
(Prepared by Esther Middlewood)