Old mill roof needs replacing
The water wheel is a reminder of the early days of Ruidoso, but the tin roof on the Old Mill needs to be replaced to protect the historic structure.
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#1 Dec 20, 2013
So let me get this right. Her family and now Ms Clements own the building and she wants people do donate to repair HER roof?
How can I get my home built in the 20's listed as a historic building so that others can help pay for the repairs needed? I am sorry but you are barking up the wrong tree.
#2 Dec 21, 2013
I feel certain that Delana Clements is using this appeal as another way to draw attention to the historic significance of the Old Mill. There has been a push on for several years to get the Old Mill onto both the state and national register of historic places. It's my understanding that Delana would love to get out from under the ownership of the Old Mill if she can find a "public domain" agency to take it over with the promise to preserve (and restore) it.
So far, in spite of the attempts by the Lincoln Co. Historic Society and other interested agencies, there seems to be little interest shown by the local populace in the fate of the Old Mill. A sad comment on the area residents, but who is surprised by their lack of interest?
#3 Dec 21, 2013
One of things that Parsons Bicernoff does is catalog these type of buildings, when a big project is coming thru. I don`t know what is going to happen with development, but if they are in town something big is up.
#4 Dec 21, 2013
If you go to this website and click on "tax credits" you will see that the property owner can get a 50% reduction in annual property tax if they make approved restorations to the property. But it actually looks like possibly more than that to me because they use the example of a $50k roof saving you $25k in property tax. I know in California tax exemptions are given to historic properties expressly for the purpose of helping the prop owner to afford paying for restorations.
This is a worthy property that should be restored by the owners.
#5 Dec 21, 2013
Parsons Brinckerhoff were hired last year to conduct a survey with the aim of improving traffic flow through the Ruidoso area. I know of nothing they are doing otherwise.
As for re-roofing the Old Mill, I'm sure the owner knows where to look for tax relief and grant monies - but that is not going to get the locals involved, which seems to me to be her goal. Unfortunately, as I said in my earlier post, it's like herding cats when it comes to involving locals in any worthwhile cause, in my experience.
#6 Dec 21, 2013
Oh, I see. Good luck with trying to get money out of taxpayers here after the taxpayers have already been rolled pretty good. And besides, the tax credits to historical property owners come from us taxpayers who DON 'T get tax credits, so we've given already, haven't we?
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