SHELBY – Shelby Historic Preservation Commission chair Patricia Carlisle presented an update of the commission’s work to the Shelby Area Democratic Club during its recent June meeting.
The commission was created by Shelby City Council in February 2015 by the passage of Ordinance No. 20-2014. It enacted Codified Ordinance Chapter 1488: “Historic Landmarks and Buildings.” The commission itself has five members who serve five-year, overlapping terms.
“We see ourselves as being an advisory group,” Carlisle said.
The commission’s first task was to get the City of Shelby recognized as a “Certified Local Government” (CLG), which is a partnership of the City, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the National Park Service. This recognition was given on Oct. 13, 2017.
Since then, the commission worked successfully to receive a CLG Grant. Proceeds of the grant are currently being used to develop a Historic Preservation Plan.
Carlisle said 55 properties in Shelby are listed on the Ohio Historic Register. Two properties and one district – Most Pure Heart of Mary Church, Marvin Memorial Library, and the Shelby Center Historic District – are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Register is the federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance.
The next meeting of the Shelby Area Democratic Club is scheduled for July 18 at 7 p.m. in the Sutter Roush Room, 23 E. Main St. All area Democrats and persons of good will are invited to attend.