Friday, July 31, 2015

The Fate of the Furgary: The Word from SHPO

The word is in from the State Historic Preservation Office. The settlement of shacks now known as the Furgary Boat Club meets the eligibility criteria for listing in the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The determination was received minutes ago. The resource evaluation can be reviewed here.

COPYRIGHT 2015 CAROLE OSTERINK

16 comments:

  1. Wow. How fascinating. Bless those Sanborn maps.

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  2. How will our renegade leadership respond ... is the question ! ! !

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  3. The powers that be don't care about historic preservation or following laws and regulations pertaining thereto.

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    1. Exactly and some powers that be don't like gentrification. Too bad it's happening in spite of you

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  4. It would seem unbelievable to anyone who didn't live here, but on May 19 the Common Council passed Resolution no. 9, in which it was decided "to accomplish the removal of sixteen (16) dilapidated structures [sic] without delay and to study the feasibility of retaining one (1) structure."

    CC Minutes, p. 176: http://cityofhudson.org/content/MinuteCategories/View/1:field=minutes;/content/Minutes/View/806:field=documents;/content/Documents/File/2466.pdf

    The astounding thing is that the vote was UNANIMOUS despite the fact that the Aldermen were told at the Informal Meeting a week earlier that the State of New York was still reviewing the case.

    It was because of the State's ongoing research that, immediately prior to the vote, the public said that any discussion about the number of shacks worth saving was "premature" (Minutes, p. 174).

    Such is the imbecilic level of governance we've all come to expect from this city. It's bizarre, but it never seems to change either. (Take note anyone thinking of moving here!)

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    1. Our city is led by a group corrupt boulevard bullies, who make dueling ilegal, as a means of self preservation.

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    2. Exactly what happened at the last Common Council meeting, when residents weren't permitted to speak on behalf of the North Bay for fear we'd contradict the lies of those who were allowed to speak.

      I say "for fear," but the Common Council President knew exactly what the public was going to say, and which lies we would effortlessly expose.

      Mr. Moore's decision to silence the public on that occasion, for self preservation, was thoroughly dishonorable. He hasn't heard the last of it.

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  5. On a very personal level, I am overjoyed that the Furgary's historical significance is finally being officially acknowledged!

    Carole, what's happens next? We now know that the Furgary is eligible for state and federal designations, but what needs to happen to actually complete the designation process?

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  6. Carole, many thanks to you and to Tim O'Connor for seeing this through with SHPO!

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  7. That's really great news, thank goodness the State can realize historical importance and thank goodness we have citizens like Carole and Tim O'Connor who persist against seemly insurmountable odds (I could use worse words) within our City government. Bravo.

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    1. The amount of citizen effort required to overcome a single incorrect statement made by a City official - sometimes weeks of effort - is astounding.

      Fortunately we also had the committed assistance of Leo Bower - foremost historian of the shacks - without which none of this could have happened. Take a bow, Bower!

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  8. The shacks were there because the fishermen were there, not the other way around. The prehistoric use predates the historic use.

    That's why we have fallowed the city historian's advice from thirty years ago, "never leave, the city can't put you out.

    Our docks are still in use because the public is entitled to the continuous (pre)historic use.

    When we get to federal court, then our "leaders" will understand.

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