10/1/2012 Historic Preservation Commission Minutes

Gordon County Historic Preservation Commission
October 1, 2012

Members Present
  • Kenny Padgett, Chairman
  • Betty Ann Surdykowski, Vice Chairman
  • Jane Powers Weldon
  • R. Stanley Chambers
  • David Mitchell
Staff Present
  • Sandy Padgett, Secretary
  • Ursula Desrosier, Planning & Development
Regular Meeting

Chairman Padgett called the meeting to order at approximately 5:30 p.m. welcoming all in attendance. Minutes from September 4, 2012 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 met with DNR and took a detailed tour of the Resaca Battlefield Site. All the construction markers for the road levels are in place, bridges are in, and arch structures on concrete pads that the road bed will run over in the dry creeks are also in place. Chairman Padgett stated a gator and ATV vehicles were stolen from the battlefield site. Chairman Padgett stated the road elevation will be 5’ in some locations. He stated the Battlefield site is running on schedule.

Fort Wayne site has compacted gravel on the trail system. He stated one bridge still needs to be installed across the creek and few other things before Phase I is completed. For completion of Phase II more grants will need to be applied if County commission agrees to grant application; grant would be for signage and restroom facility. Fort Wayne project is running ahead of schedule.

Cemetery project will begin again soon.

Kay Family Association, located in South Carolina, contacted David Mitchell in reference to locating Kay Family burial plots. He stated himself and his wife was able to locate two burial plots. Kay Family Association obtained information stating that some of the Kay family was buried in the Bethlehem Church cemetery.

Chairman Padgett suggested placing another article in the Calhoun Times in reference to cemeteries the HPC are still searching for.

There was brief discussion to ongoing sale of dolls through Gordon County Historic Society.

Jane Powers Weldon stated Calhoun HCP’s next meeting is Wednesday, October 3, 2012 @ noon.

Chairman Padgett spoke with David Gomez in regards to placing Trimble Hollow marker sign in correct location.

Chairman Padgett stressed the importance of short and long term goals for the HPC to be identified.

Jane Powers Weldon feels the HPC should look at individual properties to be listed on a local history register.

Betty Ann Surdykowski suggested looking into old churches within Gordon County to be listed on a local history register.

There was brief discussion to previous historic survey and work MACTEC performed for the HPC.

Chairman Padgett suggested to HPC to invite newly elected commissioners to an upcoming HPC meeting.

Jane Powers Weldon stated she was contacted by Ted Collins in regards to the preservation of Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She stated she believes this church is already listed on the National Registry. Chairman Padgett asked Jane Powers Weldon to invite Ted Collins to November HPC meeting to discuss the church.

There was brief discussion to other old churches within Gordon County.

Chairman Padgett stated the state archives will be tentatively closing in November to public and will possibly be available by special appointment. Jane Powers Weldon stated staff at state archives has been cut to bare minimum.

Chairman Padgett briefly overviewed short term goals reviewed by HPC –

  • Historical Markers
  • Cemeteries
  • Historical Churches
  • Historical structures
New Business

HPC agreed to wait till sometime in near future to invite newly elected commissioners to upcoming HPC meeting.

Chairman Padgett stated he would try and get a copy of National Registry application for Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 5, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m. Jane Powers Weldon made motion to adjourn; seconded by David Mitchell. All voted aye. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:07 p.m.

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