History — Newberg City Council adopts new committee, one step closer to becoming a CLG

With a unanimous 7-0 vote Oct. 7, the Newberg City Council approved the creation of a Historical Preservation Committee, leading the city one step closer to becoming a Certified Local Government.

Newberg has been working toward becoming a CLG since April after a presentation by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on the program. Becoming a CLG would provide Newberg with access to state funding grants for historical preservation projects and access to state technical expertise.

To become a CLG, Newberg also has to establish a historic preservation ordinance, help update the state’s historic building inventory, comment on local nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and enforce state preservation laws, according to a planning commission report.

Planning and Building Director Barton Brierley gave a short presentation of the commission’s recommendation, which was followed by a comment of appreciation by Newberg Downtown Coalition executive director Mike Ragsdale.

Ragsdale said there are benefits to the committee beyond what is laid out in the proposal and the effects are already being seen. He said there are three historical buildings looking to begin restoration that will now be able to thanks to funding available with the committee’s formation.

It was also noted that a few applications and resumes for the committee have already been submitted, prior to the official motion approval.

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