2012-2015 Meeting Minutes

October 14, 2015, City Hall, 6pm

Present: Commission members Sandy Pettey, Kathy Bair, Debra Benes, and Steve Owens, and guest Bernard Mues. Kathy called the meeting to order at 6pm.

Minutes: The minutes of the regular meeting of Sept. 10, 2015 were presented, and the balance in our account was corrected to $79.87. Debra moved and Steve seconded that we approve the corrected minutes and the motion passed.

Walking Tour Booklets: Kathy had collected $205.89 in donations from the booklet boxes at the end of the summer season. We got the box back from Quilters Corner because they didn’t have enough counter space, and are making a few more boxes.

Main St. Report: Kathy is working on the report of Main St. activity for July, August, and Sept.

Deer Lodge Preservation Inc.: A CBDG grant application for architectural services has been submitted after talking to several architects, and they are working on an EPA cleanup grant application for the Hotel Deer Lodge. A community meeting on the Hotel is set for Nov. 18th.

Conley St. Bridge: After discussion of the merits and cost of a sign for the Conley St. bridge, listed on the National Register as part of the Yellowstone Trail, Steve moved and Sandy seconded that we spend $62 for the sign and bracket for a sign, and the motion passed.

Organizational Issues: Those present discussed the mission of the commission, membership, and other issues affecting the board, including attendance and public participation. Kathy will check with the City about the mission statement or other information in the ordinance that established the commission.

Workshop: The Montana Main Street folks are working on having a “Placemaking” workshop in Helena in the future and are looking for input and letters of support from local groups that might benefit.

Banners: We are still looking at having sturdy banners prepared that can be hung from billboards on the highways approaching the city.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm. The next meeting was set for 6pm on November 19, 2015.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Owens, Secretary Sept. 10, 2015, City Hall, 6pm Present:  Commission members Kathy Bair and Steve Owens, Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew, and City Council rep Tom Goddard.  The meeting came to order at 6pm. Financial Report:  Kathy presented the financial report she picked up from the city. Our balance for our state funds was $79.87.  We had $2,422.22 in our non-state funds from walking tour booklets and stuff. Booklets:  Now that we have all the information for the Walking tour booklets saved we can print more and make changes as we desire rather than needing to have others do it.  We should have 500 more finished soon.  There is some demand for a separate booklet with the other local National register properties and maybe the historic churches.  Most of that information is readily available.  Kirby will build several additional boxes for new locations. Montana Main St.:  Now that we are the local host for the Montana Main St. project Kathy reported on activities.  For the April-June reporting period there were 211.75 documented hours of work tied to Main St. projects.  Deer Lodge Preservation, Inc.:  DLPI has applied for several grants for work on the Hotel, including a CDBG grant.  Should know on some of them in the next few weeks. 1908 Booklet:  Steve had an old photocopy of the 1908 promotional booklet on Deer Lodge which has many fine photos of homes and churches.  He has not been able to locate the original copy that the Kohrs Library used to have. Tax Credits:  The idea of having Pete Brown from SHPO come talk to a community gathering about tax credits and stuff was discussed. Since no action could be taken and there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:10pm.  The next meeting was set for October 14 at 6pm.  Respectfully submitted,  Steve Owens, secretary

May 13, 2015   6pm   City Hall

Present:  Commission members Kathy Bair, Sandy Pettey, and Steve Owens, Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew, and guest Bernard Mues.  Kathy called the meeting to order at 6pm.
Old Business:  Previous year’s budget- because Kirby was not required to get certified for as many things as expected he was able to purchase a drum-top HEPA vacuum that can be used for various cleanup activities in the community with the few hundred dollars left in last year’s budget.
Budget:  Our allocation from SHPO this year should be $5,500.  Kirby submitted our proposed budget.  Some will be used for the walking tour booklets.
 Walking tour:  The balance of the meeting was spent discussing various aspects of the walking tour, including which structures to add and delete, possible distribution changes, and other ideas.
 There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:23pm.  We will not meet during the summer, but can discuss business by email if something urgent comes up.  The next meeting was set for mid-September at a date to be determined as the time draws nearer.
 Respectfully submitted,
 Steve Owens, secretary

April 16, 2015 City Hall, 6pm

Present:  Commission members Jacque Lavelle, Kathy Bair, and Steve Owens, Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew, City Council rep Tom Goddard, and guest Bernard Mues.
The meeting came to order at 6pm in City Hall.
 Minutes:  The minutes of the regular meeting of March 19, 2015 were approved as presented.
Old Business:
Godaddy:  The 3 year renewal of the Godaddy hosting service for the website ended up costing $286.20.
 EPA Certification:  Kirby reported that EPA certification is not necessary for him to help with City Hall or the Deer Lodge Hotel repairs, thus saving us that expense.  The paper, toner and other office supplies came to $155.00.  The amount that was then available for the Rialto marquee work was then $1,696.00.
 Preserve America:  Kathy said she is waiting until the walking tour booklet is finished to get back to work on the Preserve America designation application.
Walking tour booklets:  The locations for the tour book boxes were discussed.  Jacque said her staff could probably make a few more to put at several motels and maybe other locations.
Banners:  Kathy will check into hanging banners on the highway signs.
Revised booklet:  After discussion it was felt we could add a few more photos to the booklet, possibly including the Kohrs Library, Trask Hall, Woman’s Club, and Bielenberg home since they are listed on the National Register individually even though they are outside the district.  EW will try find historic photos of the structures.
Kirby will be retiring about May 30 and new contact info is kirbymatthew@outlook.com & 406-490-0419.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:20pm.  The next meeting was set for May 13, 2015 at 6pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, secretary

January 15, 2015, 6pm, City Hall

Present:  Commission members Peggy Gow, Kathy Bair, Jacque Lavelle, and Steve Owens, Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew, and guests Bernard Mues and Deer Lodge City Public Works Director JR Horswiil.  The meeting came to order at 6pm in the council chambers.
The minutes of the regular meeting of November 13, 2014 were approved as presented.  We did not meet in December.
Finances:  The most recent printouts from the City show that the $3372.50 reimbursement from SHPO for our grants and expenses has been received by the City.  It appears our balance is $2118.47.
Old Business:  Website- Sherrill Kraakmo is too busy this year to continue doing our website.  Jacque will contact her about taking it over from her.
“Ghost Signs”  The folks in Helena have not heard back from the “Wall Dogs’ who painted the “Eddy’s Bread” sign in Helena.  Steve will contact them again.
New Business:  JR Horswill from the City came to ask for help and suggestions for addressing some of the issues facing the City Hall structure.  He reviewed work that was done in recent years and talked about the drainage from the roof, all the windows that need replacing, the clock tower, and mortar repairs and other exterior work.   He said they were looking at applying for the Montana History Foundation grant program and asked for other ideas for funding.  The CTEP program is no longer in place.
City clerk Donna Seaton sent Tom Goddard some info on grant programs, but it was primarily about an effort by the National Endowment for the Arts and National Park Service to encourage the creation of  and greater public engagement with art relating to the work and mission of our national park system and won’t help with City Hall.
Signs:  Marge Bloomquist had asked about the sign for her building.  Debra will pick it up and she and Dave will fix the back so it can be installed.
Growth Policy:  Kathy brought up the work being done on the growth policy update for the City.  A public meeting will be held February 17 to gather input.
 A bill has been proposed to divert some of the bed tax funds to historic preservation grants.
 There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7pm.  Next meeting will be Feb. 19.
 Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, secretary
June 12, 2014, 6pm,  City Hall
Present:  Commission members Debra Benes, Jacque Lavelle, Peggy Gow, and Steve Owens,
Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew, and Council Representative Tom Goddard.  The meeting came to order at 6pm.
The minutes of the regular meeting of May 15, 2014 were approved as presented.
Financial reports: No one had a chance to stop at City Hall during the day to get current financial reports.
Ghost signs:  Steve had more contact with the folks in Helena who painted the ghost sign there.  They were still waiting to hear back from the “Sign Dogs.”
New Business:
Grants for Under-represented Communities:  Jacque shared information on a NPS grant program to broaden the inclusion of under-represented communities in state-wide inventories of historic properties and the National Register.  The deadline is June 30, which is probably too late for us for this year, but we will watch to see if it is in place next year.
Grant-Kohrs:  Superfund cleanup in the Grant-Kohrs area of the Clark Fork River will start next year.
Mullan Trail:  Steve talked about a group that tries to publicize and inform folks about the Mullan Trail or Road from Fort Benton to Walla Walla from the 1850’s, and their interest in having a session some spring to talk about the part that ran through Powell County and the exploration just a few miles north of Deer Lodge.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7pm.  The next meeting was tentatively set for Sept. 18th.
Respectively submitted,
Steve Owens, Secretary

 

May 15, 2014, 6pm,  Broken Arrow Restaurant
Present:  Commission Members Peggy Gow, Dorothy Ellis, Jacqueline Lavelle, and Steve Owens, Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew, and City Council representative Tom Goddard.  The meeting came to order at 6pm at the Broken Arrow because of us got to City Hall in time to get the key.
The minutes of April 10, 2014 were approved as presented.
Financial reports:  Kirby and Kathy had visited City Hall in an effort to determine our financial status.  They got some printouts for the fiscal year to date and some comparisons with previous years.  We had an idea where we stood, but some items still need clarification.  Hopefully having a new city treasurer will help with this.
Questionnaire:  Kirby reviewed the NPS “Cumulative Baseline Questionnaire for CLG’s that he had been working on.  As part of a “Certified Local Government” we need to provide certain information on our activities periodically.
Authority:  As part of our ongoing education efforts for members and the public we discussed what authority the Commission actually has, ways to enforce historical standards, the various tax credits and eligibility, and other issues..  We try to help and not be too burdensome.
Brochures:  We have a quote from Lickety Print for $362.50 to reprint 250 of the walking tour booklets.  We had previously budgeted for this item, and everyone was in favor of getting them printed in time for the summer season. Jackie has the key while Kathy is gone and will check and refill the boxes and bring the donations to City Hall to be deposited.
 “Ghost Signs:” Steve had contacted the folks in Helena who financed the painting of the Eddy’s Bread sign there.  They paid about $12,000, but that included a lot of scaffolding and removing and reinstalling a large neon sign that was in the way.  They will contact the “Wall Dogs” and try to get an idea what they would charge to paint the sign on the side of Browsing Bison.  Bob and Johanna Rase had offered to do some painting on signs downtown if it works out.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 6:54. The next meeting was set for June 12, 2014 at 6pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, secretary

 

February 13, 2014,  City Hall,   6pm
Present:  Commission members Kathy Bair, Peggy Gow, Dorothy Ellis, and Steve Owens, and Preservation Officer.  The meeting came to order at 6pm.
The minutes of the regular meeting of January 9, 2014 were approved as presented.
Reports:
City Council:  Tom Goddard will be the new representative form the City Council, replacing jack Hinkle, who retired from the Council.
Conley St. bridge:  Kathy has been working with Brian Bender, the county planner, on signage for the Conley Street bridge that is now in the National Register.
Bonner Building:  The owners if the Bonner building, formerly Greany’s but taking back its original name, continue to work on plans for restoration and reuse.  Dorothy said they want to do everything right historically and have it serve as a model for other commercial structures.  She and Kirby will see if Pete Brown can come to examine it and make recommendations.
Old Business:
Officers:  Although Jack has resigned has Council rep he seemed interested in staying on the board when he returns in March.  We currently have no designated vice-chair, but decided to wait until we have everybody here in March.
Computer:  We still need to get the computer’s WORD program updated.  Steve contacted John Snell, but that was about the time of John’s injury, so he will try again.
Website:  Sherrill Kraakmo has loaded the minutes for the last year on the site.  She and Steve are working on adding the list of building in the district that have signage and more about the Commission itself.
New Business:
Plan:  Kirby is finishing up our budget for our application to the state that is due soon.  The group discussed items that we can take off the plan and things that should be added, like the Bonner building and other restoration work going on in the Historic District.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:20pm.  The next meeting was set for 6pm on March 13, 2014 at City hall.
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, secretary
January 9, 2014,  6pm,  Broken Arrow
Present:  Commission members Steve Owens, Kathy Bair, and Dorothy Ellis, and Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew.  The meeting came to order at 6pm.
The minutes of the meeting of December 12, 2013 were approved as presented.
Reports:  Recent developments with buildings in the Downtown Historic District were reviewed.  The sale of Greany’s building, to go back to its original name of Bonner, is expected to close on January 15, 2014.  The building the Shack is in is being examined for possible sale, and the process is being done carefully.  No more news on the meat market.  The family working on the Grant (Montana) hotel continues to clean out the interior.  There was some discussion about ways to keep the historic flavor of the downtown.
Computer update:  Steve will contact John Snell about updates for the office computer.
Main St. Bridge:  The project is temporarily help up while ownership of the property at 100 Main St. is determined so the house can be removed..
Local History:  There was a discussion of sources of local history and available resources for researching various buildings.  The possibility of kit houses and package houses in town was reviewed.  In the future we may do a display at the library of local building materials and of the various types of stone used in early structures.
 Kirby plans to retire March 8th.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:20pm.  The next meeting will probably be February 13th.
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, secretary
November 14, 2013, 6pm, City Hall
Present:  Commission members Jack Hinkle, Kathy Bair, Peggy Gow, Dorothy Ellis, and Steve Owens, and Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew.  Jack called the meeting to order at 6pm.
The minutes of the meeting of October 17, 2013 were approved as presented.
  • Orientation:  The group discussed, for the benefit of new and older members, the sources of information we utilize to do our mission, including maps, newspapers, the courthouse, earlier surveys, and other places.   We reviewed the various activities we engage in, and others that we could consider.
  • Software:  Kirby reported that we need to upgrade the software on the computer in our office to be able to do our reports and other tasks.  We have budgeted for a new office suite.
  • Conley St. Bridge:  Now that the bridge is on the National Register there was some discussion of signage.  Kathy will check with the owner about objections to us installing or providing a sign.
  • Report:  Kirby reported that the semi-annual report has been submitted to SHPO.
    Main Street Bridge:  Kathy attended the meeting on the Main St. bridge project.  Construction is scheduled of August to October 2014 when the creek is low.  There will be appropriate concrete panels and lighting and flower holders.
  • DLDG:  Kathy reported that the 501 ( c ) 3 letter from the IRS had finally come so much more can be done on the fundraising front.
  • Greany’s:  The sale of Greany’s store is in the works. The structural inspector is scheduled to come November 15, 2013.
  • Programs:  Possible topic ideas for programs that we could sponsor include tax credits, Pete Brown and/or Randy Hafer, and historic preservation and community gains.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.  The next meeting was set for December 5, 2013 at 6pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, secretary
September 5, 2013,  City Hall,   6pm
Present:  Commission members Jack Hinkle, Sandy Salisbury, Kathy Bair, and Steve Owens,
Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew, and guests Kate Hampton and Stephanie Crider from the State Historic Preservation Office and Bernard Mues.  Jack called the meeting to order at 6pm and the pledge of allegiance was recited.
The minutes of the meeting of May 9, 2013 were approved as presented.
There was no public comment offered.
Reports:
  • DLDG:  Kathy reported on the Hotel Deer Lodge. They have been working with Peter Rudd from Schlenker and McKittrick Architects in Helena.  They are working on a “vision” for uses for the Hotel.  Many older hotels in Montana have been rehabbed.  They are still waiting for their 501 (c) 3 letter from the IRS, so Headwaters RC&D is acting as their fiscal sponsor for now. They also are looking at credits for green activities.  The Grant Hotel has been sold to Aaron Knowlton of St. Ignatius.
Old Business:
  • Sherill Kraakmo had presented a proposal for doing our website,  The City has gone their own way, so we will tell her to proceed working on ours instead of doing them together.
  • Walking tour booklets:  We will go with Lickety Print’s quote from last spring to print 250 of the booklets to get us through the next season with the ones we have left.  Steve will check with Shana to see if she still has the disc from the original printing.  The next ones will have a suggested donation of $1.
  • Sandy announced that this was her last meeting.  She was thanked for her service.  She noted some of the things she thought we should do, including contact stuff in the booklets, working on the smart tour, and sending booklets out to area libraries.
New Business:
  • Kate Hampton, Community Preservation Coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office, and Stephanie Crider, Federal Grants Manager in the SHPO office, came to do the inspection that is required every four years for those CLG’s getting federal money from the National Park Service through the state to be sure everyone is following the rules.  They had met with Kirby earlier in the day to review office procedures and filing and go over the review questionnaire.  Because of cutbacks this year we will get $5,225 instead of the $5,500 we had received some years in the past.
  • Kate suggested we focus on questions 28-36 of the survey on how can the SHPO office help us more.  They can proofread grant applications, for example.
  • The address is Montana SHPO, 1410 8th Ave., Helena, MT 59601.
  • Sandy suggested that SHPO check with folks to see if they want the annual Preservation poster sent to them.
  • Kate reminded us that we need to have a resume on file for each of us and current conflict of interest forms.  We should also designate a deputy Preservation Officer/ contact person in case Kirby is unavailable.
Upcoming events:
  • DLDG Information session at the Pen on Sept. 19.
  • Candidate Forum at the Rialto October 15 at 7pm for those running for mayor and city council.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:15pm.  The next meeting was set for October 17, 2013 at 6pm at City Hall.
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, secretary
City Hall,    May 9, 2013,   7pm
Present:  Commission members Jack Hinkle, Sandy Salisbury, and Steve Owens, and Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew.  Jack called the meeting to order at 7pm.
The minutes of the meeting of April 11, 2013 were approved as presented.
  • Reports:  Kirby reported on the national Forest Service Preservation Award that he and his co-workers received in Washington D.C. recently.  He also addressed the funding crisis facing preservation activities in the Forest Service.
  • Website:  We had been trying to work with the City of Deer Lodge to share a website, but it appears they have decided to get their own site.  The goal of all of these is more transparency.
  • Sherrill Kraakmo had presented a proposal to us to take care of our website and link it to the city’s, and we had included funding for this in our budget.  Sandy moved that we accept Sherrill’s proposal to be our webmaster for $1,000, Steve seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.  Steve will email minutes to Sherrill and David Williams at the Chamber after they have been approved.
  • Grant funds:  We had told the Powell County Museum and Arts Foundation that we could provide grant funding if they came to us with specific proposals.  They provided Jack with four current or planned projects, and there were three that seemed eligible.
    1.  “Beyond the Walls, Women of MSP 1890 to 1959” – total cost $3,500
    2. “Rails through Deer Lodge” to open 5/25/14 – total cost $15,000
    3. The Jackson “Raggedy Ann and Andy Collection” display – cost $2,750
  • Sandy moved and Steve seconded that we approve the $2,500 we had allocated, and the motion passed.
  • Sandy then moved that we approve the $2,500 we had allocated in the budget for the Deer Lodge Development Group for their preservation activities, but not for actual work on the Deer Lodge Hotel or other sites.  Steve seconded and the motion passed.
  • Steele’s:  The issue of the District signage and Steele’s building had come up in the past.  Pete Brown was here from SHPO and said they would need to put the big second story windows back in the building. There was also some discussion about training workshops.
  • Main St Bridge:  The bridge on the north end of Main St. over Cottonwood Creek is slowly moving toward construction.  As part of making the channel work better by the new bridge they want to remove the small plain house on the west side of the street by the creek, at 100 Main St..  Kirby had examined it and found nothing historically significant about it, and no one else knew of anything either.  It has been damaged by several recent floods.
  • Sandy moved that we get 250 more walking tour books printed, Steve seconded, and motion passed.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8pm. We will not meet during the summer unless Kirby or Jack decides an issue needs our immediate attention.
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, Secretary
Broken Arrow,      April 11, 2013,      7pm
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 at the Broken Arrow.
Present: Jack Hinkle, Kirby Matthew, Kathy Bair. Since there was not a quorum, no business was voted on.
Old Business: Kirby reported that the funds for last year were distributed. Kirby also asked for the members’ hours from October to now, so he can send in his report.
New Business: A discussion of Sherrill Kraakmo’s proposal for the website took place. (The proposal was emailed to members.) It was agreed upon by those present to recommend that the commission accept the proposal. Since we already have GoDaddy for our host, the website conversion does not apply. Those present liked the idea that Ms. Kraakmo would strengthen our website by incorporating information she gathers for the DLDG e-tourism grant. Kirby suggested we could have a section spotlighting real estate for sale that is on the historic register. The website could also have articles that link to other websites. For instance, a story on the Conley-built homes could be linked to the prison. Take appropriate pictures of Grant-Kohrs and link to their website, if permission was obtained.
A discussion of the funding for next year’s funding took place. It was discussed to recommend to the commission to distribute the funds as follows:
           Website:          $1,000.00
Museum:         $2,500.00 (they will present specific projects)|
DLDG:            $1,000.00 for the group’s share of the e-tourism grant
(DLDG needs to contribute $3,300.00)
Extras:             $1,000.00
It was discussed that we need new members. Kathy proposed to invite Dorothy Ellis to a meeting to see if she would be interested in becoming a member.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30.
Respectfully submitted by
Kathy Bair
March 14, 2013, City Hall, 7pm
Present:  Commission members Peggy Gow, Kathy Bair, Sandy Salisbury, Jack Hinkle, and Steve Owens.  Jack called the meeting to order at 7pm.
The minutes of January 10, 2013 were approved as presented.
Old Business:
  • Sandy got a bid of $350 for the repairs to the office, including weatherstrip, a new deadbolt, and glass in the door. Covers labor and materials.  Checking on type of glass.
  • Sanborn maps.   Discussion of what sort of case would work best and where to put it.
  • Highway signs.  The Historic District signs from DOT have finally made it to town.  Discussion of which corners to tell them we would like them mounted on at the entrances to the district.
  • Allocation of grant funds.  Sandy moved and Peggy seconded that we split the $5,000 three ways, with $1,666.66 going to the Deer Lodge Development Group, the Rialto Theatre, and the Old Montana Prison museums (PCMAF.)  The SHPO office said it is OK for DLDG to use theirs toward the $850  for 501 (c ) 3 filing fees and the $1,500 attorney fees for preparing the application.  The Old Prison must use theirs for a specific item or project. The motion passed unanimously, with Steve abstaining.
  • Office Keys:  Joe Mavrinac made new office keys for free.  Sandy will send him a thank you note.
  • Office:  Now that we have other items in the budget covered, Kathy moved that we spend the $350 for work on the office.  Steve seconded and the motion passed unanimously.
  • Conley Bridge:  The Conley St. bridge was officially placed on the National Register in January.
  • Building signs:  Randee Bacon from Steele’s asked about getting signs for the buildings in the district that are historic but not considered contributing. They plan to make some changes this summer and would like to bring it back toward contributing if possible.  We will try to get Pete Brown to come address some of these issues.
  • Kate Hampton will be speaking at Rotary on 2/19 and go to Kathy’s house later that day.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:15pm.  The next meeting will be March 14 at 7pm at City Hall.
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, secretary
January 10, 2013, 7:00pm, City Hall
Present:  Commission members Kathy Bair, Sandy Salisbury, Jack Hinkle, and Steve Owens, and Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew.  Jack called the meeting to order at 7pm.
The minutes of the meeting of October 8, 2012 were approved as presented.  We did not meet in November or December 2012.
Announcements:  The Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will be January 18 in Helena. The Conley Street bridge will be added to the Register.  Kathy and Kirby are going to try to go.
There will be a History workshop in Helena on January 23-24.
Old Business:
  • Signage:  At the City Council meeting Lyle Gillette asked jack about more signage for Trask Hall. There is a sign on the west side of the building, but he thinks there should also be some on Main St. to direct folks to the building.
  • The Historic District signs from DOT should be ready soon.  Randee Bacon has asked about a sign for the building Steele’s is in.  Currently it is listed as a non-contributing part of the District, but that could be the way it was written up.  We will try to have the SHPO office address this.
  • Kathy and Sandy gave an update on the Deer Lodge Hotel and the community meeting coming up to discuss the plans for it. Budget:  After we get the locks on the office fixed and get office supplies we will have about $5,000 left.  After discussion the consensus was to split it three ways, between the Rialto restoration, the Hotel project, and work on City Hall.  There are covenants with the Historical Society required when the work involves construction. Kathy and Kirby will try to find out from Pete Brown if that applies to the Hotel purchase-related expenses.
  • Street numbers.  It was suggested that we lead the way trying to get businesses and residences put appropriate street numbers on the front of their buildings.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, secretary
November 8, 2012, 7pm,  City Hall
Present: Commission members Sandy Salisbury, Peggy Gow, Jack Hinkle, and Steve Owens, and Preservation Officer Kirby Matthew.   Jack called the meeting to order at 7pm.
  • Old Business:  Walking tour booklets. The group discussed the extent that the downtown walking tour booklets need to be revised.  The consensus was that we make only minor revisions for now, and try to have the revisions done by March 1, to have it ready for the printer for summer distribution.  Wes Harr is retiring, but MSP Industries could do 2,000 for a reasonable price.  This plan would let us use this year’s budget. The quote is $1,600 for 2,000, and we would ask for a $1 donation for each.   We also need to build a few more distribution boxes.
  • Sanborn Maps:   Now that the Sanborn insurance maps have finally been located in the Old Montana Prison complex it was suggested that we see if they will let us keep them in our office.  We may want to build a case of some sort.
  • Building Numbers:  Various ways of numbering the buildings on the downtown walking tour were discussed, in an effort to make the tour more user-friendly.  The district signs that were supposed to be ordered by DOT in Butte have not yet been ordered.
  • Butte CPR:  It was decided to invite representatives from the Butte Citizens for Preservation and Rehabilitation to come down for a meeting, possibly a dinner meeting, to learn about some of their activities and the Butte ordinance.  We could meet at the Broken Arrow.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.  The next meeting was set for December 13 at 7pm.
 Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, secretary
October 11, 2012, 7pm, City Hall
Present:  Commission members Kathy Bair, Sandy Salisbury, and Steve Owens
Not enough members were able to attend for a quorum.
  • Those present discussed the walking tour brochures.  We had 5,000 printed in 2007 and only have a few hundred left.  Sandy had secured several quotes.  The bid from Montana State Prison Correctional Enterprises was for $.80 each and Lickety Print was $.94 each.  Prices will vary depending on how many we order and what changes we make, if any, on this run.
There being no business that could be transacted, the gathering adjourned at 6:45pm.  The next meeting was not scheduled.
Respectfully submitted,
Steve Owens, secretary
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