Friday, July 25, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Placerville pursues Preserve America designation

By
From page A9 | February 15, 2013 |

The Placerville City Council approved a resolution at Tuesday’s meeting to apply for designation as a Preserve America Community unanimously and with a lot of praise for the application document created by the Historical Advisory Committee.

Preserve America is a federal initiative program started in 2003, with the purpose of encouraging and supporting local community efforts to preserve and promote their cultural and natural heritage. The Historical Advisory Committee of Placerville initiated the idea of applying for the Preserve America designation and created a document for the process.

“I’m really impressed. Everyone in the community should read this document,” said Councilwoman Patty Borelli. Mayor Wendy Mattson praised city staff and the HAC for the detail and effort demonstrated in its creation. Pictures of Gold Bug Mine tours, the Belltower decked out for Sesquicentennial, Wagon Train and the Festival of Lights were supplied by Bill Robinson and Steve Youel to accompany the text.

Benefits of the Preserve America designation include recognition by the White House with a certificate signed by the First Lady; a Preserve America Community road sign; eligibility for Preserve America grants; listing in a Web-based Preserve America Community directory; national and regional press releases; authorization to use the Preserve America logo, and being featured in National Register Itineraries and in “Teaching with Historic Places ” curricular material used by the National Park Service.

Grant amounts range from $20,000 to $250,000 and are matching one-to-one. There is no cost to become a Preserve America community. Currently 705 towns across the 50 states have received this designation.

“It’s not just about old buildings,” said Roger Klemm, a member of HAC. “It’s about our heritage and culture.”

Klemm emphasized that the designation is an award and brings no government regulation, no overlay requirements or restrictions on building and development. “It’s an award of recognition and typically property values go up. It gives the city some street credibility and some priority for federal grants.”

The Preserve America designation is subject to three requirements: the community has recently supported a historic or cultural preservation project that promotes heritage tourism or fosters economic vitality  that involved a public-private partnership; the community governing body has adopted a resolution indicating its commitment to the preservation of its heritage assets; the community meets at least five criteria in three categories — discovering heritage through historic places, protecting historic resources and promoting historic assets.

The city of Placerville has long been a sponsor of the Wagon Train and supports the El Dorado County Historical Museum, the Fountain-Tallman Museum and the Gold Bug Park and Museum. It recently established a Historical Action Committee for leading and reviewing historic preservation activities. Tuesday’s action supplied the final requirement of a resolution to apply for the Preserve America designation.

Other Preserve America communities in California include Mendocino, Sacramento, Monterey and Colusa. Throughout the nation Preserve America communities include the cities of Plymouth and Salem in Massachusetts; Annapolis, Md.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Lancaster, Pa.; and Leesburg and Williamsburg in Virginia.

The city’s application for Preserve America designation is endorsed by the California-Nevada chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association, the National Pony Express Association, The Friends of Snowshoe Thompson, the Placerville Downtown Association, the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, the Placerville Drive Association, the Placerville Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Office of  Historic Preservation, Department of Parks and Recreation.

“The applications are submitted quarterly and we have time to get this in by March 1,” said Andrew Painter, Placerville city planner and HAC staff liaison. “We should hear back from them by April or May.”

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or wschultz@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

Comments

comments

.

News

 
Scaffolding issue makes for contentious meeting

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
District 2: Candidates debate jobs versus lifestyle

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Accident: 1 bullet hits 2

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

 
Help available for breastfeeding mothers

By Health and Human Services Agency | From Page: A3

 
El Dorado County School Board vacancy

By El Dorado County Office of Education | From Page: A8

 
.

Opinion

Popular science

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
The weekly Daley: A good time to be there…

By Chris Daley | From Page: A4

Something to think about: More than what you see

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

Support of Director Prada

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Uphold the Third Amendment

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Bureaucracy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Imagination Theater’s play

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Watch whom you’re calling ‘conservative’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

 
Fake ‘small farms’ steal from residential EID customers

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

People of Placerville

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Computer scam phone calls

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

.

Sports

Sports Scene: July 24, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Quarter century later, Rypien wins ACCG again

By Andrew Hazard | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Outside with Charlie: Paddle time

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

 
Midget Lites join tomorrow’s action

By Bill Sullivan | From Page: A6

El Dorado rallies for last-inning victory

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6

 
Rush sit a win from Series

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A7

Tasmanian Devils go undefeated

By Patty Pope | From Page: A7

 
.

Prospecting

El Dorado wines win in Amador

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B1

 
Things to do: July 25, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

Suds entice the taste buds

By Krysten Kellum | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Rhythm and Views goes bluesy

By | From Page: B3

Have an Hawaiian vacation at Carson Road wineries

By Carson Road Winery Asociation | From Page: B3Comments are off for this post | Gallery

 
Summer fun is happening in Twain Harte

By Fire On | From Page: B4Comments are off for this post

Manzanita doubles the music

By Table Nectar And Manzanita | From Page: B5

 
Recording artist at Busby Cellars

By News Release | From Page: B6

Hands4Hope hosts school supply drive

By News Release | From Page: B6

 
Supergroup plays Harris Center

By Carrera Productions | From Page: B6

Artists invited to go western

By Art On The Divide | From Page: B7

 
Visit Tahoe artists during tour

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: B7

Reggae on the River celebrates 30 years

By Reggae On | From Page: B7Comments are off for this post

 
.

Essentials

Lake levels 7-24-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Crime Log: July 11-13

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Building permits 7/7-11/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

How to have a garden party, minus the whining

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS3

 
Most common mistakes homebuyers make

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

.

Comics

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A9

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A9

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A9

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A9

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
Horoscope, Saturday, July 26, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

Horoscope, Friday, July 25, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A10

 
.

Home Source

How to have a garden party, minus the whining

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS3

Most common mistakes homebuyers make

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4