The Town of Salisbury
Historic District Commission
The Town of Salisbury Historic District Commission has as its main purpose the preservation of the character of the village centers, and of the architectural integrity of the buildings under its jurisdiction. Members are aware, however, of the changes that characterize any viable community. They provide a forum for discussion and negotiation when the need for change arises. The process also includes a hearing so that the public is assured of the right to comment before a Certificate of Appropriateness is issued. The Commission works with the Planning and Zoning Board and other town bodies where there are projects of mutual interest.
Another important part of the Commission's work is to add to the architectural and historic record of the town through research and photographic documentation. The first phase of these materials is available now and more of the survey will become available on this site during this year.
The Historic District Commission is appointed by the Board of Selectmen and operates under Connecticut statutes and local ordinances. The five members and three alternates serve five-year terms on a rotating basis. Meetings are held monthly at the Town Hall where the Commission has an office. Members serve without pay. The work of the Commission is funded by the town.
HISTORIC DISTRICTS AND HISTORIC PROPERTIES
*Cited. 196 C. 596; 227 C. 71.
Cited. 29 CA 28.
Sec. 7-147c (d)
The historic district commission established under the provisions of this part shall consist of five regular and three alternate members, who shall be electors of the municipality in which the district is situated holding no salaried municipal office. The ordinance shall provide that one or more of the members or alternates of the historic district commission shall reside in an historic district under the jurisdiction of the commission, if any person reside in any such district and are willing to serve on such commission. Such alternate members shall, when seated as provided in this section, have all powers and duties of a member of the commission. If a regular member of said commission is absent of has a conflict of interest, the chairman of the commission shall designate an alternate to so act, choosing alternates in rotation so that they shall act as nearly equal a number of times of the times as possible. If any alternate is not available in accordance with such rotation, such fact shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting. The method of appointment shall be fixed by ordinance. The appointments to membership in the commission shall be so arranged that the term of at least one member shall expire each year, and their successors seal be appointed in like manner for terms of five years. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term and in the same manner as the original appointment. The commission shall elect annually a chairman, a vice-chairman and a clerk from its own number. Each member and alternate shall continue in office until his successor is duly appointed. All members and alternates shall serve without compensation. Any member or alternate may be appointed for another term or terms.
Summary of what is required to serve as a commissioner:
1. Must be registered to vote in Salisbury, CT.
2. One or more to live in historic district. (when possible)
3. 5 members, 3 alternates.
4. 5 year terms. (Appointments are made in November)
5. The term of one member to expire each year.
6. Each member/alternate may be appointed for another term or terms.
7. Officers: chairman, vice-chairman, clerk (secretary)
The Town of Salisbury
Historic District Commission
Carol Mason (11, 2021 ) - chairman
Elyse Harney (11, 2022) - secretary
Digby Brown (11, 2020)
Tom Callahan (11, 2019)
Jane B. Fitting (11, 2018) - member and lives in historic district home
Leon McLain (11, 2019)
Lou Burgess, former Chairman (1932 -2011)
. . . had a rich background in history.
Arthur Taylor, former Commissioner (1935 - 2015)
. . . could see how to take history forward.
Their contributions brought understanding about the contemporary value of Salisbury Historical District Commission and it's architectural heritage from the Colonial period to the present. Their clarity was focused on how the historic environment establishes a sense of grace and decorum in our environment. This purpose is the foundation of the work of this Commission, to maintain this quality of life for ourselves and future generations.
Charter Oak Tree
The Dutch explorer Adrian Block described, in his log in 1614, a tree, at the future site of Hartford, understood to be this one. In the 1630s, a delegation of local Indians is said to have approached Samuel Wyllys, the early settler who owned and cleared much of the land around it, encouraging its preservation and describing it as planted ceremonially, for the sake of peace, when their tribe first settled in the area. Scions of the tree still grow in Hartford and many other towns around Connecticut. -- Wikipedia