Two new members have been appointed to the Springettsbury Township Historic Preservation Committee.
They are Stephen Smith and Sharon Tapp.
Director of Community Development Patricia Lang told the board of supervisors recently that the preservation committee received interest from not only Springettsbury residents, but also residents who live outside of the township, who want to contribute to the board. She said the board is in continued talks about that opportunity.
Lang told supervisors that committee members are broadening their efforts to save historic properties. Among them, the committee wants to work on partnering with local Realtors to facilitate communication regarding historic properties that are for sale.
"The objective would be to link the marketing of these properties with buyers that have an interest in historic preservation, rehabilitation and, or adaptive reuse of such sites," Lang wrote in a report. "Two agencies, the York/Adams Smart Growth Coalition and the York County Heritage Association, were identified as potential resources for additional information on how to be effective in marketing historic sites."
The group is also researching the benefits of joining The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, an organization that assists local preservation organizations through education, advocacy and training. The cost to join is $100 a year. It provides the group with access to technical assistance and resources designed to promote local preservation efforts.
Another partnership the board, along with its two new members, will be discussing in 2014 is the Certified Local Government Program, a partnership of local, state, and federal agencies. It's administered through the National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation Office. To begin the Certified Local Government Program, it requires "five broad standards established by the National Historic Preservation Act," according to Lang.