ROWLAND — The Rowland Board of Commissioners on Tuesday asked the town attorney to review a proposed historic preservation ordinance that would establish a committee to oversee the town’s development as a historic community.
Although both the Rowland Depot and the Main Street area of downtown Rowland have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places years, according to Oryan Lowry, the town’s administrator, there has never been a committee “with an agenda, that meets on a regular basis, and keeps minutes” appointed to oversee and administer the town’s historic preservation regulations. Such a committee, he said, is required in order for the town to enforce development regulations available to a community listed in the national registry.
“We are trying to incorporate this committee into our ordinance so that the town can move forward and preserve the original landscape of Rowland,” Lowry said. “We are trying to promote and increase our economic development.
“This ordinance will finally give us the opportunity to finalize what our town will look like as a historic district.”
According to Lowry, the committee can be made up of the commissioners themselves or by individuals they appoint. He said, based on the population of Rowland, he is recommending a committee of five members, to include a chairman, vice chairman, secretary and two members at-large.
Lowry said that he penned the proposed ordinance based on one already on the books in Mt. Airy.
After a brief discussion, the commissioners said they will consider the proposed ordinance and when they hold a work session on Aug. 26.
In other business, the commissioners on Tuesday:
— Accepted the town’s annual 2014 water quality report. Lowry said that town residents can review the report at the Town Hall or on the town’s web page.
— Heard a brief report from Brion Oxendine and Jim Lovell, of Heritage Realty & Insurance, concerning how AFLAC supplemental insurance offerings could enhance the benefits package of Rowland’s 22 employees. To provide the supplemental insurance to employees would cost the town nothing, according to Lovell.
— Welcomed the Peterkin Law Firm as the newest business to locate in Rowland’s downtown. The law firm, which also has an office in Red Springs, recently opened in a building on Main Street.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.