Feelings I felt before the council meeting: very nervous (I wrote out everything I planned on saying and tried to remember it all, but of course I didn’t get to say everything I had wanted to say), anxious, worried, and hopeful (maybe I would miraculously turn into the greatest speaker and somehow influence the council?!) .
Check out the audio that I had recorded during my moment of speaking to the city council on my Tumblr blog. Part of the reason I recorded myself was to remember what was said since I tend to forget a lot of what is said when I speak to an audience due to my nervousness.
Feelings I felt after the meeting: relieved (I managed to speak), angry (by the council’s disregard of my concerns and of their eagerness to just get it over with), excited (felt a sense of empowerment), and confused (um, so why can’t the city give the house some time?!).
As a historic preservationist, I can no longer learn about the demolition of a historic structure and not speak out against it. I know that it may not be possible to win all battles, but I sure as hell will try. So the city wants to demolish this house without offering it to the public because of timing. It is the “last” house to deal with before completing the flood mitigation that Granite Falls has been going through for years now. I understand their rushed decision to just get rid of it instead of waiting for someone to come along. However, there is a non-profit organization, Granite Falls Riverfront Revitalization, in Granite Falls that has already saved a prominent downtown structure, the K.K. Berge building (I will be creating a post about the evolution of that project). The city needs to understand and see that there are people in the community willing to help them with these type of decisions.
My goal: For the City of Granite Falls to view its historic infrastructure as an asset to the community, and not as a liability.