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§ 14.05

Statewide historic preservation program.  1. The commissioner
shall continue and advance a statewide historic preservation program
which shall include:
(a) Surveying and inventorying historic places and properties for
nomination to the national register and state register of historic
places; and
(b) Continuing planning activities to foster the preservation and
management of historic properties as living parts of our communities and
the effective representation of historic preservation in state
environmental planning activities; and
(c) Administering a program of grants with funds available from the
federal government and funds appropriated by the state for the purpose
of assisting local and regional preservation programs or projects
preserving historic properties for public benefit; and
(d) Assisting and encouraging local governments and private agencies
and individuals to expand and advance their historic preservation
programs and activities; and
(e) Educating the public by increasing awareness and pride in historic
and cultural resources and the opportunities for continuing use and
adaptive reuse of historic properties. 2. For the purpose of implementing and coordinating the statewide
historic preservation program established pursuant to the provisions of
this article and such other provisions of law which may be applicable,
every state agency shall have a preservation officer who as defined in
this article shall serve as liaison to the commissioner on matters
affecting historic preservation in relation to properties within their
respective jurisdictions. For the purposes of this article, the
responsibility of an agency preservation officer shall extend to all
property owned by or held on behalf of the people of the state by the
agency of which he is an officer. Each agency preservation officer may
delegate the liaison role created pursuant to this article by submitting
the name of the designee or designees, in writing, to the commissioner.
For the purpose of implementing and coordinating the statewide historic
preservation program pursuant to the provisions of this article and such
other provisions of law which may be applicable to local government
programs for the preservation, restoration and maintenance of the
historical, architectural, archeological and cultural environment, the
chief executive officer or the designee of such officer or each
municipality in the state shall serve as liaison to the commissioner on
matters affecting historic preservation in relation to properties within
such officer's respective jurisdiction.
3. The commissioner may prepare and distribute informational material
and conduct informational meetings and other sessions for agency
preservation officers and municipal officials appropriate to the
promotion of state and local preservation activities and the proper
fulfillment of their liaison role.
4. Each agency preservation officer shall and municipal officials may:
cooperate with the commissioner concerning the conduct of a
comprehensive survey of historic resources which shall be used in the
compilation of a comprehensive inventory of historic property; advise
the commissioner concerning state and local historic preservation policy
and programs, and assist the commissioner in the preparation of reports.

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