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Charette provides road map for preserving city’s history

Sixteen community members gathered at the city hall on Saturday, August 20, 2011 to discuss the future of the Historic District.  The objective of the meeting was to develop a list of issues that need to be addressed in order to develop the district into a desirable place to live, do business and serve as a tourist destination. It was a very lively and stimulating meeting that helped to forge a group of dedicated citizens working towards the same goals.  The group not only voiced their concerns but also indicated a willingness to work to alleviate the issues that are currently preventing the district from achieving its potential.  The top ten issues voiced by the group were (in order of priority): no front yard parking, multiple car for sale on front yard; street signage/wayfinding, historic district designation – banners, gateway; start with focal points (Georgetown St. and Extension St.) – one bite at a time; eliminate litter on front porch (fridge, couch, etc.); assist residents with curb appeal (increases value of everyone’s property); street landscaping downtown; landlord oversight of properties (landlord should ensure their property is maintained and presentable); hazardous Sidewalks need to be addressed; establish Entertainment district (state has incentives for businesses); and, City Manager and enforcement tool.

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