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February 02, 2018
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The North Adams Historical Commission will meet Friday, February 2, 2018, at noon in the second-floor conference room #202 of City Hall.
The agenda will include welcoming the new mayor, Tom Bernard, and acquainting him with NAHC (budget – Johnson Grays plaque, reprints vs. allocation of discretionary funds - City Hall vault archival project, Fort Massachusetts, demolitions, explanation of demolition delays, letters of support Armory, Louison House, Noel Field, Blackinton Mill, Freight Yard Historic District (Western Gateway Heritage State Park), plaque project to honor former residents, City Yard, Surveys, and LHDSC).
Other items for consideration (if not already mentioned with the Mayor) will be acceptance of minutes of December 6th meeting, Local Historic District Study Committee, ratification of demolition vote for 10, 18-20 Veazie, tour of 249 Church, current Survey update grant progress, the Preservation Planning conference in Williamsburg January 11th, the March 15th Western Massachusetts historical commission coalition meeting in Greenfield, Certificate of Completion Conflict of Interest Law online training program submissions to City Clerk and NAHC reorganization during the first meeting of the new year.
Justyna Carlson, Chair

North Adams Historical Commission
Minutes
Friday, February 2, 2018
12:00 p.m., Conference Room 202, City Hall
North Adams Historical Commission met Friday, February 2, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. in the second-floor conference room 202 at City Hall.
Members present: Justyna Carlson, Darrell English, Alan Horbal, Joanne Hurlbut, Paul W. Marino, Christopher Wondoloski, and Wendy Champney (all seven members). In addition were Michael Nuvallie (OCD) and guests Mayor Thomas Bernard, Tammy Daniels (iBerkshires), and Mary English.
On the agenda were welcoming the new mayor, Thomas Bernard, and acquainting him with NAHC (budget for Johnson Grays plaque, reprints vs. allocation of discretionary funds - City Hall vault archival project, Fort Massachusetts, demolitions, explanation of demolition delays, letters of support - Armory, Louison House, Noel Field, Blackinton Mill, Freight Yard Historic District (Western Gateway Heritage State Park), plaque project to honor former residents, City Yard, Surveys, and Local Historic District Study Committee).
Other items for consideration:
Acceptance of minutes of December 6th meeting
Local Historic District Study Committee
Ratification of demolition vote for 10, 18-20 Veazie Street
Tour of 149 Church Street
Current Survey update grant progress
Preservation Planning conference in Williamsburg January 11th
March 15th Western Massachusetts historical commission coalition meeting in Greenfield
Certificate of Completion Conflict of Interest Law online training program submissions to City Clerk
NAHC reorganization during the first meeting of the new year
Acceptance of Minutes of December 6th Meeting
While anticipating the arrival of new mayor, Thomas Bernard, Justyna, NAHC Chair, began the meeting with the acceptance of the minutes of December 6th meeting. Alan moved, Paul seconded the acceptance of the minutes; all in favor.
Local Historic District Study Committee
The Chair questioned the delay of implementing the Local Historic District Study Committee. Paul, committee member, attributed the delay to many unforeseen obstacles. Justyna reiterated the need and importance of the study committee in determining areas and/or properties that would fall under Local Historic Districts and advised resolving the delay. This morning she had a call from a resident of “The Swamp” area seeking funds for repairs on 1800’s home in the Survey and had to explain that nothing is available to private home owners without the establishment of local historic districts.
Welcoming and Acquainting the New Mayor with NAHC
At this time, the new mayor, Thomas Bernard, joined us. After welcoming and introductions, Justyna proceeded to acquaint the Mayor with North Adams Historic Commission. Beginning with the NAHC budget, the Chair reviewed the restoration of Johnson Grays plaque (when NAHC had a budget line item of $250-$500), and reprints (Stories from our Hills shown) vs. allocation of discretionary funds for City Hall vault archival project which she asked Alan to explain to the Mayor. Some funding came from City income from Fresh Grass and Wilco weekends. Other topics reviewed were proposed plans for the memorial site of Fort Massachusetts which she requested Wendy to expand upon for the Mayor, demolitions, currently a topic because of Edgewood Avenue revisitation of 2014 approval, and explanation of demolition delays with North Adams having an ordinance specifying 12 months delay, letters of support for Armory, Louison House, Noel Field, Blackinton Mill, Freight Yard Historic District (Western Gateway Heritage State Park), plaque project to honor famous former residents , City Yard demolition, Surveys, and the urgency of implementing the Local Historic District Study Committee. Before departing, Mayor Bernard thanked members for their service and acknowledged the importance of history and cultural preservation. In addition, the Mayor indicated potential support for the continued City Hall vault archival project after he examines the budget for funding. He also requested photos of the City Yard stone engraved signs to be safeguarded, and awaits proposed plans of Fort Massachusetts memorial site. He suggested we look into the North Adams Public Library for the plaque project.
Ratification of Demolition Vote for 10, 18-20 Veazie Street
Given that some NAHC members had not seen the Porches Veazie Street plans and had questions at the last meeting, members voted to table 10 and 18-20 Veazie Street until further clarification. After additional discussion, approval of demolition was moved by Alan, seconded by Chris; all in favor.
Tour of 149 Church Street
The Chair sent a letter of support for the up-coming planned improvements to the historic building located at 149 Church Street. On December 6, 2017, Kathy Keeser, executive director for the Family Life Support Center in Adams, invited NAHC members to tour the Louison House (historically Gallup/ Flood House), which the center oversees. Ms. Keeser has applied for funding regarding improvements to the Flood House. So as not to alter the historic character of house or neighborhood, almost all improvements will be internal rather than external.
Current Survey Update Grant Progress
The FY’17 North Adams historic properties survey update project is underway. Lara Kritzer, Principal Planner for JM Goldson community preservation and planning, has been working diligently on finalizing the selection of properties to be documented. Currently, the project includes New Street, Taft Street, Protection Avenue, and State Road neighborhoods, which are related to the Greylock Mill and its housing. Additionally included are Phelps Avenue, Bonair Avenue, Chantilly Avenue, Versailles Avenue, Hawthorne Avenue, Greylock Avenue, and Olds Street. In addition, related to the Blackinton Mill housing, are Ashton Avenue, Davidson Street, and Mill Street. There is also a need to do an archaeological and/or monument form for the historic site of Fort Massachusetts off present-day 245 State Road.
Preservation Planning Conference in Williamsburg January 11th
Justyna and Wendy attended the MHC Round 24 of the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund grant program on Thursday, January 11, 2018, which was held at Meekins Public Library located at 2 Main Street in Williamsburg, MA. The MPPF is a state-funded 50% reimbursable matching grant program to support the preservation of properties, landscapes, ad sites listed in the State Register of Historic Places. Applicants must be a municipality or nonprofit organization. Forms were passed on to the Hillside Cemetery project volunteers.

March 15th Western Massachusetts Historical Commission Coalition Meeting in Greenfield
Upcoming Meeting Notice
Western Massachusetts Historical Commission Coalition
Topic: Why and How: Repairing Historic Windows
Thursday, March 15, 2018, (SNOW DATE 3/22/18) 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2
Greenfield, Massachusetts, 01301
Hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments
Please RSVP to Stacia Caplanson at scaplanson@preservationmass.org
Wendy and Justyna plan to attend.
Certificate of Completion Conflict of Interest Law Online Training Program
Certificates of completion Conflict of Interest Law online training program are now due to the City Clerk. A reminder to all NAHC members, the online training program must be retaken every two years.

NAHC Reorganization
NAHC reorganization during the first meeting of the new year took place. Moved by Alan, seconded by Chris that we reelect existing slate of officers (Justyna Carlson as Chair, Paul W. Marino as Vice Chair, and Wendy Champney as Secretary); all in favor.
Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 1:28 p.m., moved by Alan, seconded by Paul; all in favor.

Respectively submitted,
Wendy Champney
NAHC Secretary




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