These LOVELAND MAGAZINE VIDEOS are from the December 18 Loveland City Council meeting. Paula Mitchell Oguah, President of the Loveland Predestinarian Church Preservation Committee (CPC) and Secretary Larry Hamilton presented an up-date on efforts to preserve the historic Black church on Chestnut Street.
Assistant City Manager Gary Vidmar had recently written to CPC regarding his concerns about how the preservation of the City owned property was progressing. Oguah was primarily at the council meeting to address apparent conflict with what she had understood after recent conversations with Vidmar.
Oguah said that an organizational meeting was held on December 1 when officers were elected, and a decision to proceed with filing incorporation papers with the State was made. The organizational meeting was attended by 17 people, although the organization now has many more active supporters. Former Loveland councilmember Joe Schickle heads the Fund Raising Committee, and Gwen Hamilton is the Treasure. There are now at least 30 "committed" members of CPC according to Oguah. A bank account has been opened.
"We have not been dragging our feet," said Oguah. She said that the talent the project has attracted is "unsurpassed" and she has confidence that the resources to successfully restore the historic property are in hand and people are ready to begin their work.
A Re-Hab Building Committee has been formed to oversee the rehabilitation of the building, including getting estimates on the required work. The committee will bring forward a proposal to the City. Oguah reported that CPC now has a professional on board who will oversee the rehabilitation of the church free of cost.
Grant Writing and Historical Designation Committees has been formed.
Editor's Note: David Miller, Publisher of Loveland Magazine is a member of CPC.