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Preservation Commission to Publish Kennesaw Book

Chairman David Hardegree told the City Council that 2012 goals include review and documentation of the historic district.

The Kennesaw Historic Preservation Commission gave its annual report at Monday's City Council meeting, including an update about a Kennesaw book that will be published this year.

The purpose of the seven-member Commission is to promote historic preservation, educate the public about the importance of historic preservation, and monitor the condition of all historic properties and structures. They also review and provide decisions on all applications which involve changes in exterior architectural appearance or exterior environmental appearance within the historic districts.

"You are one of the most organized historic preservation commissions that I know of anywhere around," said after thanking chair David Hardegree for the commission's work in 2011. 

Hardegree said the group will publish a book this year entitled, "Kennesaw: Celebrating 125 Years," which includes 60 unpublished photos and information on Kennesaw's African-American history and Hollywood's impact on the city.

Proceeds from the book sales will go towards starting a fund to help businesses within the historic district with structural improvements, said Hardegree.

The commission is also working on defining a process for preserving the city's many historical documents, said Hardegree. Thanks to a $3,500 grant, they have also created a brochure to inform those within the historic district of their responsibilities. "We've found that we're a lot more proactive than most communities," he added.

In other business, Mayor Mathews presented a plaque to city finance director Gina Auld for excellence in financial reporting, awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association for fiscal year 2009-2010. The recognition applauds the city's focus on providing accurate and complete financial information to city leaders and taxpayers.

The council also approved by a 5-0 vote the construction of a round-about at the intersection of Collins and Stanley roads to improve sight distance and reduce speeds.

Councilwoman was the only opposing vote in a 4-1 decision to renew the agreement between the city and the Kennesaw Square Dealers square dance group to use the banquet hall at the at a reduced rate.

"I don't oppose the group, but I don't like the amount they are paying to use the facility," said Eaton-Welsh after the meeting. The square dance group pays $170 per month to use the facility about 20 hours per month, she said.

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