The following is a letter from Ann Swanson, of the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

to Adams County Commission Chairman, Bill Brown


February 17, 2011


Mr. Bill Brown, Chairman

Adams County Commissioners
PO Box 48
Council, ID 83612


Dear Chairman Brown:


     In 2002, Adams County applied to participate in the Certified Local Government (CLG) program administered by the Idaho State Historical Society.  The triennial review of Adams CLG status was held by mail this week.  This involved correspondence with the chairperson of the Adams County Historic Preservation Commission, Elaine Johnston, and myself, Grants Operations Analyst for the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).  The information exchanged was evaluated against the General Performance Evaluation Factors.


            All Evaluation Factors were successfully met.  The SHPO is pleased to maintain the CLG status and good working relationship with Adams County.


     There are many points on which the Historic Preservation Commission should also be commended.  These include:


1.  Acknowledging the importance of historic preservation in the 2006 version of the Adams County Comprehensive Plan.


2.  The dedicated support and involvement of the many volunteers and others that have assisted in the various projects undertaken in Adams County.


3.  The ongoing dedication of the Preservation Commission in the restoration of the historic Adams County Courthouse. 


So far, the following steps have been taken through local donations, private foundation grants, CLG grants, grants from the US Forest Service and Block Grants through the Idaho Department of Commerce:


            1.   Structural Feasibility Study

            2.   Asbestos and Lead Based Paint Inspection

            3.   Use Feasibility Study

            4.   Renovation and construction of two restrooms for handicap accessibility

            5.   Replacement of the existing plumbing system

            6.   Attachment of the roof and floors to the walls, stabilizing the building

            7.   Repair of the roof

            8.   Renovation of the back entryway

            9.   Demolition of the front entry steps and sidewalks and reconstruction of the steps

            10.  Renovation of the front entryway

            11.  Removal of asbestos and boiler

            12.  Plans and estimates for landscaping and a sprinkler system


Goals for 2011, funded by Block Grant through the Idaho Department of Commerce:


            1.   Replacement of electrical system

            2.   Installation of heating system

            3.   Installation of cooling system

            4.   Installation of chair lift for handicap accessibility.


We hope the County will continue to support efforts of the Historic Preservation Commission and consider dedicating further staff time and funds to accomplish its goals.


If you have any questions or ideas of how we can assist Adams County's preservation efforts, do not hesitate to call me.






Ann Swanson

Grants Operations Analyst


Cc:  Elaine Johnston, Chair, Adams County Historic Preservation Commission