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PubWrksJanuary, 16th 2020 | Osceola City Hall

The committee met as scheduled.

In attendance were:

  • Gary Cooper | Chair
  • Mayor Sally Wilson
  • Tyler Dunegan
  • Steve Choals
  • Louis Baker

The primary focus of the meeting was open discussion of rewording or amending the current municipal ordinances that impose fines through the municipal court for improper curbside placement of household trash. The purpose of reworded or modifying the existing ordinance is to prevent (deter) residents from placing household garbage on the curbside on the wrong day/time. The proposed ordinance would also implement a pick-up fee charged by the city instead of the fine that is currently enforced/collected by the municipal court system.

The topics of drainage and preventive maintenance software were briefly discussed.

The potential actions and recommendations of this committee will be presented to the Osceola City Council for approval.

The committee is scheduled to meet again on Friday, January 24th at 3:00 pm @ Osceola City Hall

The Historic Resources of Osceola, Arkansas was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.  Within this designation are fourteen individual buildings and a district comprised of six buildings on the south side of the 200 block of West Hale Avenue and the Mississippi County Courthouse.

The City of Osceola established the Osceola Historic District and its related commission in 1998.  The Commission was created of the essence to ensure the preservation of historic buildings related to the city of Osceola, Arkansas.

The district was created upon the boundaries of the Hale Avenue Historic District as listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  However, in 2004, the National Register expanded the boundaries to include additional historic resources in downtown Osceola.  The expansion received strong affirmative recommendations from both the Osceola Planning Commission and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.

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The purpose of the Osceola Historic District is to see to it that the appeal and integrity of the district remain true to its historic past.  We coordinate with property owners and work together to keep the district in ideal condition, often assisting with grants or other resources to help ensure that things get done.

There are certain guidelines to the district, including but not limited to the color palette for a storefront, restrictions on what can and cannot be painted, and signage size and placement.  For businesses in the district that would like to make improvements to their buildings, please download both the Design Guidelines (which includes the review procedures and steps) and the Application for Certificate of Appropriateness form below, fill out, and return to the district.

 

pdfDownload the Osceola Historic Commission Design Guidelines4.20 MB

Download the Application for Certificate of Appropriateness

Properties on the National Register of Historic Places

The following buildings are recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

Listed in order of date added to the Register.

  • Mississippi County Courthouse, Hale and Poplar Avenues (December 13, 1987)
  • Bank of Osceola, 207 E Hale (August 6, 1987)
  • City Hall, 316 W Hale (August 6, 1987)
  • Florida Brothers Building, 319 W Hale (August 6, 1987)
  • Mississippi County Jail, 300 S Poplar (August 6, 1987)
  • Old Bell Telephone Building, 100 block of Ash St (August 6, 1987)
  • Osceola Times Building, 112 N Poplar (August 6, 1987)
  • Planters Bank Building, 200 E Hale St (August 6, 1987)
  • Hale Avenue Historic District, Roughly bounded by Hale Ave., Poplar St., Ford Ave., and Walnut St. (September 14, 1987)
  • Hale Avenue Historic District, Roughly 107-111 W. Hale Ave. and 101-109 N. Walnut St. (September 2, 2003)
  • Violet Cemetery, Area bounded by W. Johnson Ave., Semmes Ave., Pecan St. (October 6, 2004)
  • First Baptist Church, 513 S Pecan (September 14, 2005)
  • Hale Avenue Historic District, 100 and 200 blocks W. Hale Ave.; 100,200 blocks E. Hale Ave.; 100 block N. Poplar (August 1, 2008)

The Commission operates on grant funds from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program in collaboration with Main Street Arkansas, both affiliated with the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

The Osceola Historic District is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that oversees historic downtown Osceola, Arkansas.  Our primary goal is to ensure the preservation and integrity of the district.

2014 Osceola Historic District Commission Board

  • Glynda Thompson, Chairperson
  • Dr. L.B. Keller, Vice Chairperson
  • Susan Prewitt-Fetsch
  • Sylvia Prewitt
  • Lib Shippen
  • Nancy Zenanko
  • Reid Fergus
  • Dr. Joe Thomas
  • Robert Zenanko

The board members of the Osceola, Arkansas Historic District are appointed by the Mayor.
Patricia Blick, Certified Local Government Coordinator with the Department of Arkansas Heritage, oversees the commission.

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Gary Cooper - Chair 

  • Linda Watson
  • Tyler Dunegan

Staff     

  • Edward Richardson

 

 

PUBLIC MEETING RULES: Committee meetings fall under the same FOIA/Public meeting guidelines as City Council meetings. The chairman should provide the designated administration personnel with the meeting agenda that will be fax to the media as the required public notice to the press. The meeting will be posted on the city’s website. Administrative staff will make available a recording device, such as a tape recorder, backup batteries and blank cassette tape for the meeting. The chairman is responsible to record the meeting. Afterward, the chairman should write the date and committee name on the cassette tape and give the tape to the designated staff member. If the chairman wants the committee’s staff member(s) available, and the meeting is during regular business hours, please contact the mayor to make arrangements.

1517667 820299231329769 325264160 nThe Osceola Historic District Commission is in place to ensure the preservation of historic buildings related to the history of Osceola, Arkansas. The Commission operates on grant funds from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program in collaboration with Main Street Arkansas, both affiliated with the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

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