Renovating or repairing a structure in a local historic district requires more than just gathering a few nails and boards.

   Some Ripon property owners also will need extra time, and extra money.

   Though confusion continues to swirl around what the city’s historic preservation ordinance means for properties within the district, it’s clear that the ordinance is structured such that exterior renovations to “contributing” historic properties require a little extra effort.

   But Historic Preservation Commission chairman Steve Hollenback argues it’s worth the investment.

   “You’re the custodian of this historic property. Take care of it,” he said. “That’s why the ordinance was started: because they wanted to preserve the historic buildings.”

   Hollenback acknowledges hurdles exist for such projects. Historically appropriate materials aren’t always cheap; seeking grants or loans from the state to cover the cost takes time.

   “[It’s all about] civic pride, preserving the local history,” he said.

Read the full story, including details on the process and resources to help property owners in historic districts, in the May 17, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.