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Kentwood Committees & Boards
Historical Commission
Minutes for 10/19/2006

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October 19, 2006

Chair Middlewood called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m.

Roll Call:

Members present: Middlewood, Thompson, Agostinelli, VanDyke, Pacic and Boisvenue.
Heyboer absent with excuse.
Other present: Robert Kline and Gary Terrell

1. Approval of Minutes?Motion by VanDyke, supported by Thompson to approve the minutes of May 15, 2006. Motion carried.

2. Project Reports:

a. The Pine Hill Cemetery project: No major updates to report; the Girl Scout troop continues to work on the project.

b. Barn Survey: Nothing to report.

c. Oral history: Middlewood handed out the obituaries for Velthouse and Mercer to be added to their respective Oral History folders. A few other photographs and documents related to Velthouse may be obtained from her assigns.

Middlewood mentioned a few names who are prospective oral history candidates. Also, interviews would have to be scheduled for Judy Wylie and the Patterson family.

Thompson indicated that because of health issues and job commitments, she may not be able to conduct new inter

Kline mentioned that he would e-mail information about a person related to Adelaide Gleason who may be a prospective candidate for oral history. The same is true for Gary Terrell?s aunt and uncle.

d. Heritage Room: Several documents and photographs were received from Gary Terrell that was in the possession of Earl H. Keys, a relative of Mr. Terrell who worked for Paris Township. He also indicated that he would be willing to bring in more similar stuff if he finds any. The Commission thanked Mr. Terrell for the donation.

3. Public Awareness

a. The Kentwood History Presentation: Boisvenue has received more information that can be incorporated into the two presentations (one for elementary school students and one for adults). He mentioned that once the slides are finalized, he would work on a write-up which would be narrated along with the slides. The complete presentation with the narration would be put in to a disc and archived.

b. (Outside of the agenda, but related to Public Awareness): The ?Then and Now? program by WKTV has not been worked on lately. But the work would soon resume. The intent is to prepare 2-minute blurbs on items of interest in Wyoming and Kentwood, including ones related to local history.

4. Local Authors? Night: The event was successful. There were 11 authors and about 40 people in attendance. There were a lot of interesting comments.

Some of the discrepancies in the Arcadia Book on Kentwood were discussed. Staff suggested that a correction sheet be prepared that can be downloaded form the Commission?s website.

5. Contact with Henry Koetsier: VanDyke indicated that the meeting with Henry Koetsier would be arranged before the next meeting.

VanderLaan Barn Preservation: Staff provided an update on the status of the VanderLaan Barn. It was indicated that while the City was interested in the Barn, they do not have the resources in place to put it up on the City property. Any such plan would have to wait until such resources become available. Heyboer is working with Barncats to relocate the barn to his property and hold on to and donate it to the City if and when resources become available.

8. Other business/Comments:

No other business was discussed.

9. Next Meeting? The next meeting will be November 16, 2006, at 6:30 PM.

There being no further business before the Commission, a motion was made by Boisvenue supported by Pacic to adjourn.

The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Debargha Sengupta,
Planning Staff.