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Certified Local Government Presentation

By Cindy McNicholl

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July 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Location: Village of Herkimer Municipal Hall 120 Green Street Herkimer, NY

Phone: 315-360-0415

Event Description

Julian Adams, Coordinator of the New York State Certified Local Government (CLG) Program, will present information to the Herkimer Village Board about the benefits of becoming a Certified Local Government. The presentation will be from 6 PM to 7 PM (before the board meeting) on Monday July 1 at the Village Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

According to Herkimer Now member Scott Petucci, “Earlier this year, Mr. Adams spoke at a Herkimer Now Revitalization Committee meeting about the program. Mayor Mark Ainsworth and Village Trustee Katherine Nichols were also at this meeting and have invited him to explain the benefits of becoming a Certified Local Government to the entire Village Board. They are specifically concerned about extremely visible changes made to historic, privately-owned properties on Main Street and in the vicinity, and would like to know more about what they can do to help owners preserve and renovate these buildings while encouraging economic growth.”

The CLG Program is administered by the Field Services Bureau of the Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), also known as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The primary program goal is to encourage municipalities to develop and maintain community preservation efforts in coordination with local land use planning and improvement activities. Participation in the CLG program allows municipalities to partner with the state and federal governments throughout the processes of identifying and evaluating community resources and protecting historic properties.

There are over sixty communities in New York State’s Certified Local Government Program, ranging from rural villages to large cities. The main step towards CLG certification is the adoption of a local preservation ordinance that meets state and federal requirements for designation of historic resources, composition of commission, and review processes.

Compared to the State and National Register of Historic Places, a local preservation ordinance provides the strongest protection for a more broad range of historic resources, including private property. The benefits of the program include access to SHPO staff for technical assistance and training, participation in an online network with other CLG communities, a quarterly newsletter on topics critical to local preservation and the opportunity to apply for small grants to support local preservation and educational activities.

More information about the CLG Program can be found at http://nysparks.com/shpo/certified-local-governments/
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