3/2/2015 Historic Preservation Commission Minutes

Gordon County
Historic Preservation Commission Minutes
March 2, 2015

Members Present

  • Kenny Padgett, Chairman
  • Betty Ann Surdykowski, Vice Chairman
  • David Mitchell
  • Alvin Long
  • Jeff Henderson

Staff Present

  • Ursula Desrosier, Planning & Development
  • Sandy Padgett, Secretary

Guests Present

John King, County Administrator

Regular Meeting

Chairman Padgett called the meeting to order at approximately 5:30 p.m.; welcoming all in attendance. Minutes from February 2, 2015 minutes were presented for review and approval. Alvin Long made motion to accept minutes; seconded by Jeff Henderson. All voted aye.

Commissioner Reports

Betty Ann Surdykowski stated book discussed in previous HPC meeting would be available at Gordon County Historical Society for the cost of $22.00.

Chairman Padgett informed HPC of a cemetery class to be held in Dalton at Westhill Cemetery, March 10, 2015, sponsored by Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association. There is no charge to attend the class.

Chairman Padgett stated on April 5, 2015, there will be a gentleman coming with Discovery film crew. They will be filming on April 7, 2015 at Van Den Corput’s Battery. Documentary will be on Van Den Corput’s family and the family’s brewery.

On April 11, 2015, 28th Georgia will be putting on a living history at Fort Wayne. Anyone is invited to attend.

March 28, 2015 will be Park Day at Confederate Cemetery. Day starts at approximately 9:00 a.m., lunch will be provided along with free t-shirts for volunteers.

Unfinished Business

Chairman Padgett emailed David Clark this date in regards to updates for Resaca Battlefield Park. Chairman Padgett questioned County Administrator, John King, as to when entrance of Battlefield Park will be completed. John King spoke with David Clark, who stated a contract had been awarded. Progress on entrance is expected to begin in the near future.

Brief discussion regarding upcoming HPC training and training budget for upcoming year.

John King and HPC members spoke briefly about Resaca Battlefield Park.

Jeff Henderson questioned how the park is currently being maintained. Chairman Padgett stated once the park is turned over to Gordon County, it will be the county’s responsibility for maintaining the park. John King stated approximately $100,000/year will be budgeted for operation of the park. Budget monies would include vehicle, mowing contracts, gravel for trails, and staff monies. The park is currently aligned under Gordon County Parks and Recreation Department for budget purposes. Don Holley, is managing director for the park for budget purposes. John King stated there is currently $3500 in the budget for site improvements that could be used for interpretative signage. Chairman Padgett stated Friends of Resaca has $10,000 for Battlefield Site and/or Fort Wayne site.

Jeff Henderson questioned John King if charging for vehicles to enter the park would be a funding source for eventually building a museum on site. John King stated it has been discussed but would not be cost effective to pay someone to be on hand to collect monies. A drop box, on the honor system, has been discussed but drop boxes tend to be stolen.

Brief discussion to other public uses at the park to gather more interest at the park.


Chairman Padgett stated next meeting is Monday, April 6, 2015. Jeff Henderson made motion to adjourn; seconded by Betty Ann Surdykowski. All voted aye. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:54 p.m.

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