4/5/2010 Historic Preservation Commission Minutes

Regular Meeting
Chairman Padgett called the meeting to order at approximately 6 p.m.; welcoming all in attendance. Minutes from the March 1, 2010 meeting were presented for review and approval. Betty Ann Surdykowski made motion to approve minutes; seconded by Jane Powers Weldon. All voted aye.

Unfinished Business

  • Chairman Padgett informed the HPC that the Resaca Battlefield Park project has been relinquished to Department of Natural Resources. The DNR will be responsible for building of the road, interpretative trails and signage. The museum will hopefully be built when the economy improves.
  • Chairman Padgett stated he is still compiling information on Fort Wayne for National Register.
  • Chairman Padgett stated the cemetery project is moving forward nicely. There are currently 160 cemeteries listed; 28 new cemeteries have been added since the March 1st HPC meeting. There was a brief discussion in reference to several cemeteries that have not been located as of this date.
  • Chairman Padgett stated David Mitchell met with Chris Mockett, Church of Latter Day Saints, in reference to community service project on April 24, 2010. David Mitchell informed the HPC that the Frix Cemetery will be cleaned up on this community service day and volunteers have been organized for this project. David stated anyone wishing to participate in this project should meet at the Latter Day Saints Church or Belmont Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on the day of the event. David said he will keep the HPC informed of the community service day project. There was brief discussion regarding Frix cemetery and parking around the cemetery.
  • Chairman Padgett stated he was reviewing laws of cemeteries and found the following – abandoned cemeteries can be turned over to county and maintained by county prisoners. He stated in the future any cemeteries that Gordon County could maintain would be a great service to the heritage of the county.
  • Chairman Padgett asked Jane Powers Weldon and David Mitchell to give a brief overview of the HPC training they attended in Warm Springs, Georgia. Jane stated the training was very informative. One of the things she found interesting was there are several iconic places a town/city should try to preserve; which include the courthouse/city hall, theatre, school, hotel, library, post office and cemeteries. She took away from the training different kinds of projects the HPC could work on, once finished with the cemetery project. David Mitchell stated there was a lot of informative information obtained at the training. He shared with the HPC information he obtained at the training on ideas of how to mark cemeteries. Chairman Padgett stated before any signage is put at any cemetery you have to obtain permission from the property owner where the cemetery is located. Chairman Padgett informed the HPC another training seminar will be held in late May in Canton, Georgia for anyone interested in attending.

New Business

  • Chairman Padgett turned the meeting over to Jeff Henderson. Jeff Henderson came to the meeting tonight to share some of his research findings of his family property/heritage in Resaca west of Damascus Church on Highway 41. Mr. Henderson gave a brief overview to the HPC of how and why he started studying this area. He also gave a brief history ‘lesson’ of family property. He had displayed maps, pictures and historical information at the meeting this evening.
  • Chairman Padgett informed the HPC after the meeting adjourns they are welcome to look over Mr. Henderson’s items he brought to the meeting. The HPC thanked Mr. Henderson for sharing his information and time this evening.

Chairman Padgett stated next meeting will be Monday, May 3, 2010 at 6 p.m.. David Mitchell made motion to adjourn; seconded by R. Stanley Chambers. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:50 p.m..

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