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COMMISSIONERS’ PAGE

NOTE TO COMMISSIONERS:  

  • We welcome your suggestions for any other document or object that you would find useful to have here ‘at the ready’.
  • Let’s work as a team:  If you encounter a problem with the website, a link that does not work or a spelling error, please let your website team know.  


Geographers and sociologists speak of the “POWER OF PLACE” as that quality of certain places that attract us and then shape what we become, individually and collectively.  

Harvard’s Power of Place was first derived from its natural wealth: its elevation, vistas, five rolling hills, a Great Pond, a river, water power, rich soils, terrain not easy to develop and a strategic location. ‘Power of Place’ can be further enriched or diminished by its caretakers.

John Prescott was drawn in 1668 and was inspired to stay and be the first to build in present-day Harvard…  

As did settlers Ralph Houghton, Major Simon Willard and others who built their garrisons and influenced Harvard’s geography…  

As did the Alcotts, Emerson, Thoreau, Sears, the Shakers, the Warrens and others who influenced our culture…  

As did Colonel Bromfield, Luther Farwell, Warren Hapgood, Edward Houghton and the Hildreth’s who added agriculture, orchards, mining, manufacturing, engineering and education…

And as did Elvira Scorgie, Winifred Sturdy, Rodney Eaton, the Harris’, the Cases and others who taught us historic preservation.

Will we be as talented?  Will we be as generous?

J.R.Theriault, Aug 2015



TOP TEN LIST OF NO-NO’S:

In collaboration with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, this month we are focusing on No-No #10.  (If you’re curious to see the rest of the ‘Top Ten List of Historical Commission No-No’s’, click on title above):

Number Two.  Arbitrary Decisions 

Making decisions that might be perceived as arbitrary. Using language that makes it appear as if a decision is based on personal opinion, rather than the guidelines, is one of the most common and damaging things a Commission member can do. Stating “I don’t like that,” or “it doesn’t work for me” leaves the applicant and public with the impression that the Commission’s decisions are a matter of taste. Always relate your statements to specific provisions of your Bylaws or guidelines.



 

 REVIEW OUR FISCAL YEAR 2016 GOALS

(Click on link to open document)



BE READY FOR OUR NEXT MEETING:




OTHER BUSINESS:  

New Website Material

  • “OUR PRESERVATIONISTS”:  An important part of historic preservation is recognizing, acknowledging and rewarding exceptional efforts in historic preservation. This new page attempts to do this. This is perhaps a warm-up of our launching a Preservation Award in this new fiscal year. DECISION: Need improvements?

Tools

  • New Harvard GIS HISTORIC PRESERVATION DATA Layer Specifications  Our new HarvardGIS Historic Preservation Data layer is on the horizon!  Very soon, we will be able to get on HarvardGIS, click on our HPD layer and see our new maps along with the individual properties which have been designated on the National and State Registers or protected with Preservation Restrictions. To gain an appreciation for this new technology, we will spent time at our next meeting to access HarvardGIS and explore its capabilities. DECISION:  Is the specification complete and correct?

Management

Projects



OPERATIONS:


OFFICIAL FORMS:


MEETING DOCUMENTATION:

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Minutes
Standard Agenda


RECOMMENDED READING:


WEBSITE PROCEDURES:

“USING HarvardGIS”


RESOURCES:

One thought on “COMMISSIONERS’ PAGE

  1. Re: Application for 2 Littleton Road, Agenda Item April 1, 2015.
    Please be advised that as owner of One Elm Street, I have reviewed the application for repairs and improvements to the property and am in full support of the proposed new shutters, gutter work and fence. The new owners are endeavoring to complete extensive repairs and the improvements will enhance the historical significance of this property. I encourage the Commission to approve these property enhancement.
    Sincerely…..Jared Wollaston, One Elm Street

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