St. Paul to set up preservation program
The city of St. Paul has been approved to develop its own historic preservation program.
The city has been approved for the federal Certified Local Government program of the National Park Service, which is coordinated at the state level by the State Historic Preservation Office.
The program requires communities to have a preservation program that includes a board or commission and a process to designate local historic landmarks. Benefits of participation include technical assistance and grant funding. The city already had a historical resources board, so just needed a few revisions to be certified.
St. Paul has had a historical resources board for years and has accomplished several preservation successes, according to a press release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Shirley Southerland, board chair, said in the release that the board is looking forward to accessing grant funds and inspiration from other CLGs to bring some fresh energy to the program.
"We are thinking of grants to preserve the stories of our historic homes, involve students in historic preservation and assist in the preservation of a few historic structures," she said in the release.
St. Paul is the 54rd local government in Oregon to become a CLG.