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NARRAGANSETTâ€“The Historic District Commission, which has been active for one year but was established in the summer of 2009, met and reelected its current leadership on Jan. 11. Keith Lescarbeau remained Chairperson while Cheryl Lescarbeau continued on as Secretary and Larry Vranka as Vice-Chair. Mike Deluca continued to serve as Liaison Department Director and Denise Buonnono remains the Clerk of the Commission. Keith Lescarbeau, a contractor and owner of Abcore Restoration, was tapped to be on the commission the old fashioned way.
â€śWe found Keith through an advertisement in the newspaper,â€ť Mike Deluca said. â€śWe had eight original applicants (seven positions with one alternate) and we appointed all of them."
The commission currently has a diverse make-up including a retired nurse, an architect, a constructionist, a college student, an engineer, and a lawyer. The months ahead will be spent using the energy and talent on the council to fulfill the commission's goal to safeguard the heritage of the town through preservation efforts.
Mike Deluca, head of the town's Planning Board, had secured a Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and Preserve America grant from the state for $18,000 which was used to hire a consultant, Richard Youngken. In the past year, Youngken guided the Historic Commission through the basics of how to run meetings, how to draft applications, and updated the town's regulations by modeling them on places like Brookline, Mass. and Simsbury, Conn as well as nearby historic preservation guidelines in Bristol, East Greenwich, and Newport.
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