Sunday, November 30, 2008

Michael Shuman, Historic Preservation

thanks toJafabrit's blog for the wonderful image of one of the Keith's Alley murals I love.

Dear People: Happy holidays--I hope you all had a warm and friend-filled Thanksgiving. I am taking my son Andrew back to college today, so I won't be in my 'office'. Instead I will be in the Emporium on SUNDAY, from 12-1; I'd be happy to hear your concerns.

Our agenda schedule for this Monday is fairly light, but we will be discussing the lecture and workshop with Michael Shuman currently scheduled for mid January, 16th-18th that the village is co-sponsoring with the Smart Growth Task Force.

Shuman is a leader in the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. In the wake of the first waves of the current financial crisis, Shuman has been arguing that congress should expand the Community Reinvestment Act, initially passed in 1977, which "outlawed redlining and forced banks and thrifts to make quarterly reports about the percentage of its lending that went back into their community, especially low and moderate income neighborhoods," which even with scattershot enforcement has led to $1 trillion in local community investment that otherwise wouldn't have happened. He writes a blog called "Small-Mart: Ideas and Tools for Building Local Economies" based on the ideas in his books The Small Mart Revolution and Going Local.

He'll be providing a "leakage analysis" for the village, i.e., helping us determine where money is leaving the local economy and to get ideas about what kinds of businesses could keep more dollars local. If you are interested in participating in his weekend workshop or sending an organizational representative, please contact me or any other Village Council rep, or Dimi Reber of the Smart-Growth Task Force.

First, we will attend to two very brief items of legislation
  • An Employment Agreement for Deborah Benning, our Clerk of Council, who continues to do excellent work for the village, bringing as she does a wealth of experience and love for the community to her job, and
  • A resolution updating our US Bank account signatures, so that Mark Cundiff, our new manager, can do his job conducting village business.
After that, we will discuss:
  • The status of our hiring an engineering design consultant for the infrastructure for the Center for Business and Education (i.e., the Antioch-McGregor building site), and
  • the Shuman visit, and
  • a request from the Human Rights Commission that the AACW be provided a small amount of funds related to expenses arising from this year's blues fest (around $600), and 
  • the Manager's Report will focus on Health Insurance coverage for Village employees.
HEADS UP: NEXT Monday, December 8, during the Planning Commission meeting, Village Council and Planning Commission are holding a joint special presentation from Glenn Harper (Antioch College alum) of the State Historic Preservation Society on the possibilities of historic preservation in our village. It will be fairly short, but there will be plenty of time for questions. Please attend!

His presentation is intended to be educational for the village, which has lost a number of irreplaceable historic structures over the last several years. He will also discuss possibilities for flexibility in historical preservation given that as a community we also value variety, innovation, accessibility, and new environmental design and construction practices.

Citizens who would like to come to the meeting well informed are encouraged to peruse the Ohio Historic Preservation Office's website ( ), particularly the documents linked under "Preservation in Your Town," which includes model ordinances, information on tax incentives and funding sources, and why planning should include attention to historic preservation.

May you feel both peace and joy during these hectic weeks,

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