Historic Preservation Office taking ideas

PARKERSBURG – The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office will hold 12 meetings around the state for comments on the historic preservation comprehensive plan and ideas for the direction of historic preservation efforts from 2014 to 2019.

The nearest meeting in the Parkersburg area is April 15 in Ellenboro.

“These meetings will be an opportunity to discuss local concerns about how historic preservation efforts are working across the state,” said Susan Pierce, deputy state historic preservation officer. “We want to hear what the successes have been as well as the challenges so that we can develop new goals and objectives for the next five years.”

Comments from the meetings and surveys will be used to draft a new comprehensive plan, which will be finalized by June 2014.

The most recent statewide historic preservation comprehensive plan, the Past Matters Today, was published in 2009. Every five years the plan is reviewed, revised and updated as needed.

Registration is not required to attend a meeting, which will last 90 minutes.

An online questionnaire also is available at www.wvculture.org/shpo/shpoindex.aspx. Paper copies can be requested by calling 304-558-0240.

The schedule is:

* 5 p.m. March 14, Charleston, Culture Center (Education Room)

* 5:30 p.m. March 26, Huntington, Huntington City Hall, 800 Fifth Ave.

* 6 p.m. April 11, Williamson, Mingo County Courthouse (County Commission Courtroom), 72 E. 2nd Ave.

* 6 p.m. April 15, Ellenboro, Ellenboro Fire Department, 103 E. Washington St.

* 5:30 p.m. April 16, Morgantown, Metropolitan Theatre, 369 High St.

* 6 p.m. April 24, Charles Town, Charles Town City Hall (Council Room), 101 E. Washington St.

* 6 p.m. May 2, Moundsville, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, 801 Jefferson Ave.

* 6 p.m. May 8, Romney, Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.

* 5:30 p.m. May 13, Sutton, Sutton Community Building on Fourth Street

* 6 p.m. May 16, Ronceverte, Ronceverte City Hall (Council Chamber), 200 W. Main St.

* 6 p.m. May 22, Fayetteville, American Legion Post 149, 205 W. Maple Ave.

* 6 p.m. May 30, Elkins, Randolph County Community Arts Center, Park Street and Randolph Avenue