Assuming the Ripon Common Council agrees, it appears the city’s attempt to resurrect two local historic districts in a pair of residential neighborhoods is dead.

   Well, mostly dead.

   The Ripon Historic Preservation Commission voted 3-1 Tuesday night to ask for the council’s blessing to send out a letter to residents in the two districts. It would explain that, because of apparent prevailing sentiment, the city will not pursue recreating the so-called Tygert and Ransom street local historic districts at this time.

   Passage of the motion to recommend sending out the letter, penned prior to the meeting by Ald. Aaron Becker, may have surprised viewers of the meeting after the four commission members appeared on a path to deadlock on how to proceed.

   Becker first presented the proposed letter to the commission, and later found support from fellow member Eric Pollesch. But members Haley Julian and Ald. John Splitt spoke passionately about not giving up on the districts yet. They feel so strongly that, as Julian half-joked, she and Splitt may go door-to-door seeking support for the concept.

   At issue is the Tygert and Ransom street local historic districts that were revoked a few years ago after the city discovered that properties within them were not properly registered with the county’s register of deeds. These are districts that create guidelines and a review process related to exterior renovation projects on “contributing” (historic) properties within affected neighborhoods.

   Since then, the commission has worked toward resurrecting the four previous districts: a downtown district that has been brought back, a second district that encompasses the college and more that has not been reconstituted — and the two residential districts in question. All four also exist as state and national districts, but those are not affected by this process.

   As a part of the ongoing process, the commission held a public hearing July 17, at which most but not all who spoke stated that they have reservations about how creating such a district could impact their ability to do exterior renovations at their properties inside the residential districts.

   How commission members responded to those comments differed.