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Kentwood Committees & Boards
Historical Commission
Minutes for 01/18/2007

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January 18, 2007

Chair Middlewood called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.

Members present: Middlewood, Thompson (excused at 7:30PM), Agostinelli, VanDyke, Heyboer and Boisvenue (7:00PM).

Absent: Pacic
Other present: Mr. Bruce Kraft was present along with his brother and son.

1. Approval of Minutes?Motion by VanDyke, supported by Agostinelli to approve the minutes of November 16, 2006 with corrections. Motion carried.

Middlewood introduced Mr. Kraft, his brother and his son to the Commission explaining his work on his family history (the Krafts) and connections to the Spaulding, Patterson and Cook families. Also, with the consent of the Commission the items on the Agenda were re-ordered.

2. Project Reports:

a. Oral history: Thompson went over the status of the oral history project. She provided a handout showing the Oral Histories conducted since 2004 and the prospective ones for this year.

b. The Pine Hill Cemetery project: No major updates to report.

c. Barn Survey (Combined with Agenda Item No. 5): Nothing to report for the Barn Survey. Middlewood asked staff to forward a copy of the Barn Survey Database to the girl Scout group for their use.

At this time, Heyboer provided a report on the VanderLaan Barn that was recently disassembled and stored on his property. It was too wet to stack all the members properly and uncovered as of now.

VanDyke indicated that he took photographs of the barn during the disassembling process, and so did staff. The plan and logistics of putting up the barn is still up in the air. Staff indicated that nothing definitive has occurred with respect to a possible interest for the same on the City?s part.

This was followed by a screening of the Barn Preservation Video that was obtained from the Michigan Barn Preservation Network.

d. Non agenda Item: Kraft Family History: Mr. Bruce Kraft provided a background of the work he has done. He pointed out the connections with the Spaulding, Cook and the Patterson families)

e. Heritage Room: Middlewood indicated that even though it is rare, the Heritage Room do get visitors interested in the City and its residents? past.

Staff explained the Commission the arrangement that was discussed with Cheryl Cammenga with respect to keeping the Heritage Room locked.

3. Public Awareness

a. The Kentwood History Presentation: Boisvenue continues to work on the two presentations (one for elementary school students and one for adults).

b. The screening of the DVD prepared by Kelloggsville Students, was postponed to the next meeting.

c. Smith School Display and Loaned Materials: Middlewood and Heyboer met with Deb McNally. She indicated that the School is interested in displaying some of the materials in question in a display case in the Library. Middlewood presented copies of the Oral Histories that talked about Smith School and of people that went to Smith School. The School is planning to arrange a reunion for the Smith School alumni.

4. VanderLaan Barn Preservation: See 2c.

5. Lock on Heritage Room: See 2e.

6. Nomination of Dale Heyboer for the ?Citizen Award?: The Michigan Historic Preservation Network presents an annual ?Citizen Award? to individuals who have contributed significantly to Historic Preservation. Middlewood proposed a nomination for Mr. Dale Heyboer for this year?s award.

Accordingly a motion was made by VanDyke, supported by Agostinelli to nominate Mr. Heyboer for the Michigan Historic Preservation Network?s ?Citizen Award?.

- Motion Passed (6-0) -

7. Other business/Comments: No other business to discuss.

8. Next Meeting ? The next meeting will be February 15, 2007, at 6:30 PM at the Heritage Room, KDL Kentwood.

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

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Debargha Sengupta,
Planning Staff.