Walla Walla County historic preservation committee seeks applicants

A new panel will help decide how to spend funds from a Legislature-ordered document fee.

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WALLA WALLA -- Applicants are being sought for a new advisory committee to help save Walla Walla County's history.

Committee members will be asked to recommend expenditures from a fund created for "historical preservation or historical programs," said Connie Vinti, clerk of the board of county commissioners.

Money for the fund comes from a surcharge ordered by the Legislature on documents recorded by the county Auditors Office. Expenditures from the fund are approved by the county commissioners and county auditor.

After taking public input, commissioners have decided to appoint a five or seven-member advisory committee. It will be made up of representatives from local colleges and universities with a history or historic preservation background and citizen at-large members.

At this time no formal meeting schedule has been set, however no more than four meetings a year are anticipated, Vinti said.

Applications are available on the county's Web site or from the commissioners' office at the county Public Health and Legislative Building, 314 W. Main St. Information is available at 524-2505.

Completed applications must be returned by 5 p.m. on Oct. 30.

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