On Monday, April 27, 2009, the Kendallville Heritage Association meeting was held at 6:00 p.m. in the Kendallville Public Library conference room. In attendance were: Ray Scott, , Mary Hartman, Tom Leedy, Eric Daniels, Dave Christianson and Becky Daniels.
Minutes of the March meeting were approved as written.
Dave Christianson reported that the form showing our existence to the Secretary of State has been filed. The form was filed online at a cost of $7.14. This reflects a savings of $3 since it was completed online.
Ray Scott reported that the draft of the new historic preservation ordinance is ready. Ray is not sure when it will be put into place. He estimates that it is 3 months away. The Historic Preservation Commission guidelines are set. The group can then start working on the historic district area. The next step in getting the ordinance established is to go through the Law and Ordinance Committee. The Mayor will be responsible for choosing the members of the Historic Preservation Commission. Mary Hartman asked if a museum may be possible once the commission is in place? This is something that the KHA has talked about when we first began meeting.
Mary Hartman inquired about the collection of membership dues. Dave Christianson will collect membership dues of $10 at the June meeting.
Mary Harman reported on the Russell Frehse Collection. She handed out a list of what has been recorded by Judy Richter as she has been sorting through the boxes. Currently, Judy has 5 boxes left. They will take more time to go through since they are mostly loose leaf/handwritten pages. The next step will be organizing the collection. Tom Leedy noted that there are 300+ of unidentified photos on the list. He suggested that we put a call out for people to try to identify the photos at an event. This way we can get the photos identified as well as getting the Kendallville Heritage Association name out to the community. Some other suggestions by committee members were to have contests to see who can name the most at the Apple Festival, the Cruise-in and/or the All Class Reunion. The winner could win a 1 year membership to the KHA. We could also add the photos to the website when it is up and running.
Tom Leedy reported that Sara Knopp will check with the Noble County Historical Society about joining us to work on the timeline. She thought it would be a yes. But needs to verify before committing. Tom also reported that Thrive has started. Surveys are being sent out either online or by paper. The KHA would fall under the Cultural Enhancement pillar chaired by Sandy Petrie. This pillar focuses on our heritage and culture in Noble County. Under this pillar, we would begin working on the timeline project. The timeline project assessment phase will be done by the end of June. Then the timeline project could get started.
Eric Daniels reported on the progress for starting a website for the KHA. Eric handed out a report with available domain names as well as the cost analysis of getting the domain established. The biggest cost is for the hosting of the website. Tom Leedy suggested that we go with kendallvilleheritageassociation.org. The group was in agreement that this was a very logical choice. Eric will check with Day 6 Design about hosting. Once the website is in operation, we can see about linking to the Kendallville Chamber of Commerce and the Noble County Historical Association websites. Tom Leedy made a motion to have Eric Daniels proceed with obtaining a domain name. Dave Christianson seconded. Approved.
Due to the May meeting falling on Memorial Day, the next meeting will be 6:00 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2009 at the Kendallville Public Library, Meeting Room A.
Becky Daniels, Secretary