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September 6, 2013

The Paine House on Station Street in Coventry is one of the locations designated as a historic district. File Photo.

COVENTRY— Now that members have been appointed to the historic district commission, the process of establishing grants and helping locals with historic properties can begin.

During the town council meeting last month, the council voted to appoint five people to the district commission: Charles Vacca, Andrew Boisvert, Mark Gardner, Norma Smith, Carl Mattson and alternate member Sandy Lukowicz.

All the members, except Vacca, are part of the Western Rhode Island Civic and Historical Society. Vacca is Vice President of the Pawtuxet Valley Historical Society.

The alternate member will fill in for other members when they cannot make meetings.

Smith, who’s Vice President of the Western Rhode Island Civic and Historical Society, explained that the next step is setting up a meeting with Director of Planning and Development Paul Sprague.

“The meeting will be about how we start,” Smith said. “We have copies of all the paperwork but we have to meet with Sprague because he’ll advise us on how to get the district going.”

When the town council approved the establishment of the new zoning district in May, ordinances were changed to include the Paine House and the Fire Alarm Headquarters as the only two buildings in that district for the time being.

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