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2/15/2014 2:14:00 PM
Cottonwood receives Certified Local Government designation

The Cottonwood City Council announced the City's acceptance into the Certified Local Government Program for Historic Preservation.

After three years of process in conjunction with the City's Historic Preservation Commission to arrive at this achievement, the City's Commission is excited to move forward in aiding Cottonwood with historic preservation education and services.

"Becoming a Certified Local Government has been a high priority for the City Council for many years and the creation of a Historic Preservation Commission was the first step in ensuring for the identification and protection of our Cottonwood history. The Commission deserves much credit for achieving this important designation," said Mayor Diane Joens.

What is a Certified Local Government (CLG)?

CLGs are active partners in the Federal Historic Preservation Program, benefiting from the opportunities it provides. They become part of the Certified Local Government Program network, a preservation partnership between local, state and national governments. This network allows the focus of promoting historic preservation to remain at the grass roots level. The program is jointly administered by the National Park Service (NPS) and the State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) in each state, with each local community working through their CLG.

A key reason for becoming a CLG is the access to expert technical advice, of the State Offices as well as the NPS, which the certification provides. Partnerships with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, Preserve America, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Main Street Center are also networks that CLGs have an opportunity to resource. Competitive access to Federal funding is another benefit, allowing certified communities to apply for the portion of Federal funds set aside annually by SHPO exclusively for CLGs. Being a CLG also shows your community's commitment to keeping what is significant from the past for future generations to enjoy. As a certified town, city, or county seeking other opportunities, it becomes easy to demonstrate a readiness to take on a preservation project and be successful.

The summary of the powers and duties of Cottonwood's Historic Preservation Commission include the following:

• Advise the City Council on matters relating to historic preservation, including the making of plans and policies for the identification, evaluation, protection, preservation, and enhancement of historic structures, historic landmarks and historic districts in the City of Cottonwood.

• Work to increase public awareness of the values of historic, cultural, archaeological and architectural preservation, by developing and participating in public education programs.

• Work with property owners, developers, neighbors, and others to develop and implement procedures and criteria for the protection and enhancement of historic resources.

• Create a historic preservation plan for the City of Cottonwood, establish criteria and procedures for review of development within historic districts maintain and update a local historic properties inventory, and review and propose sites and structures for designation as historic landmarks and for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The current seven Commissioners are Tim Elinski (Chairperson), Annabel Sclippa (Vice Chair), Ryan Bigelow, Glenda Farley, Karen Leff, Marie Palowoda, and Christian Vernosky. The City staff members are Berrin Nejad, Community Development Manager, Charlie Scully, Long-Range Planner, Scott Ellis Planner, and Christina Papa, Senior Administrative Assistant.

"As the City Council's Chairperson to the Historic Preservation, it is important to recognize and thank my fellow Commissioners for their dedication to making this important step a reality. The Commission looks to moving forward to preserve and market the great history of Cottonwood," said City Councilmember Tim Elinski.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Article comment by: @ slater slater

Slater...for the last week your comments have been stuck on a brick in the toilet to save water. Get off it all ready. If you really want to save water, move. Humans use water. Period. A brick in a 1.6 gal toilet saves nothing and makes the toilet not work." if its yellow let it mellow" Sure you remember that oldie. At any rate, get off the water kick. We have plenty. we'll have more if you save some. I can use yours.

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Save WATER put a brick in your toilet tank and save on every flush.

Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Designate the whole town and save water .
Oh that's right it must be the Feds calling the shots lol.

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