NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners will consider a request Tuesday to nominate the Brown County Museum Annex building to the National Register of Historic Places.
The 1938 Art Deco style building located at 12 N. Broadway was purchased and re-done to be used by the Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) in the 1990s. It was leased from Brown County as the Museum Annex, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).
On July 8, 2014, the BCHS Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to ask commissioners to consider the nomination, according to a July 9 email from BCHS Director Bob Burgess to Brown County commissioners.
Located just north of the Brown County Museum, the annex is used regularly for children's programming and educational speakers. It houses collection storage and a transportation exhibit. It offers space for community programming, especially during the BCHS' August U.S.-Dakota War programming schedule.
"As the years pass, we have become concerned with the Annex's aging roof membrane, metal window frame rusting, American Artstone facade upkeep, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) replacement and other architectural details which may need more upgrades than we have funds to support," Burgess wrote.
"Adding the Annex to the National Register could help access a greater range of grants for such needs and allow this interesting building to be enjoyed by residents for many years to come," Burgess added. "The Society is willing to write supporting grants for the nomination. If recognition is granted, we could move ahead more easily with these broader grant funding sources."
Other agenda items include:
An Area II Minnesota River Basin Projects, Inc. update from Executive Director Kerry Netzke. The 2015 budget request is $12,971, the same amount as 2014. An Area II Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) was renewed Nov. 7, 2013 and remains in effect until Dec. 31, 2015.
A Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area (RCRCA) update by Netzke. The budget request is $10,050, the same as 2014. A JPA was approved June 6, 2014 and is in effect until June 30, 2015.
An Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid Agreement between Brown County and the Brown Soil & Water Conservation District. Beginning in 2014, the Minnesota Legislature approved allocation of $24,762 in 2014. There are no required match funds.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. today in the courthouse commissioners room.
(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org).