Historical Museum Gets Air Conditioning Working

HAMPSTEAD – It has taken months but the air conditioning in the Historical Museum Building is now working well.
Because of the building’s many artifacts, old documents, and delicate pieces it is critical to have the A/C working properly and the Historic District Heritage Commission (HDHC) babied the A/C for as long as they could before fixing it. The hope now is that the heating system equipment will hold up for another year before it also has to be replaced.

Member Chip Hastings is hoping that the work done to the air conditioning system will benefit the heating system and extend the life of that equipment. With fall on its way the commission won’t have long to wait to see if his hope is realized.
The cost of the air conditioning system repair was initially approved by the commission at a maximum of $1200 but an additional bill had the group up that amount to $1550. Looking ahead Hastings suggested it would be wise to wrap the duct work in the cellar and said he would take care of that.
The pieces for the repair of the columns on the front of the Museum have been ordered and paid for. However, the commission is not certain when the pieces will arrive and that work wrapped up.
Lyn Rockwell, member, suggested again that the Festival of Trees restoration grant be applied for to help defray Museum repairs, but because of time restraints other commission members are reluctant to tackle museum repairs and that grant this year.
Members were more willing to seek a Festival of Trees Grant for the historical marker they are attempting to get from the NH Division of Historical Resources. That sign is to cost $2,000 and members felt there was time to apply for a matching grant for that cost. Member John Kelley is working on the sign and Rockwell said she would bring in the grant criteria for the next meeting and the commission can determine if it might work.
The wording on the proposed Historical Marker needs to be changed and the commission members all worked on paring down the words without losing any of the information contained. Kelley said he would work on it some more and submit it to members for approval, and then send it in and get the agreement that needs to be signed by the committee for the process to continue. The Town has to pay the cost and also agree to take full responsibility for the care of the sign going forward.
Member Priscilla Lindquist brought in paperwork from the state regarding the Depot Development property which indicated that there were no historical items or stone walls on the property. That is incorrect as there are stone walls still on the property and documentation that indicates others have disappeared. There isn’t anything HDHC can do since the Planning Board didn’t pick up on this but the commission has notified Code Enforcement Officer Kris Emerson about the stone walls issue.
Ordway Park Committee Chairwoman Julia Forbes came to the HDHC seeking their support for the Ordway Park Committee’s attempt to get the park listed as a state historical site. Forbes thought if this could be accomplished the stone walls around the park would be better protected. The HDHC asked the Ordway Committee to submit a letter detailing reasons for calling Ordway Park a historical site and supporting evidence of that claim and if the HDHC agreed they would supply a letter of support for the Ordway Committee’s efforts.
As part of the discussion members agreed that there was an obvious need for the HDHC to have representation on the Technical Review Committee and Lindquist indicated that she would suggest that the Planning Board make this happen. It was noted that the Conservation Commission should probably have representation on the Technical Review Committee as well. This would provide a wider safety net for development plans when proposed.

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