Minutes of Meeting

Coppell Historical Society

March 13, 2010


Present:  Barbara Lee, Jean Murph, Dave Murph, Martha-Allison Blewer, Pat Lambert, Barbara Webster, Joy Onstott, Delbert Onstott, Paul Lorrain, Pat Quinlan, Pete Wilson, Kevin Mote, Nan Botzau, Tom Botzau, Don Carter.


President Barbara Lee called the meeting to order at 10:29 a.m.


New member Martha-Allison Blewer was introduced and welcomed.


Minutes of the last meeting were approved.  Moved by Jean Murph.  Seconded by Don Carter.


The treasurer’s report showed a balance of $56,459.68, which includes $20,000 in an account separate from our checking account.  The only recent activity was the deposit of $70.00 in dues collected.  The report was approved.  Moved by Don Carter.  Seconded by Pete Wilson.


Pete Wilson presented copies of the current contact list, which indicates persons who are paid members.  It was corrected to indicate Lou Duggan a paid member.


Brochures were distributed to anyone who needed them.


Pat Lambert presented a report from the Cemetery Committee.  A narration has been written for each of the four cemeteries, which includes names of persons known to be buried in each cemetery.  Kevin Mote presented an example of his work in progress to prepare a map which indicates the location of each cemetery.  There were suggestions about how to proceed with the design of the map.  The next step for the committee is to present these items to City Manager Clay Phillips and ask again that the city take responsibility for maintenance of the cemeteries.


Pat Quinlan presented a report from the Kirkland House Committee.  At a recent meeting of the committee with Mindi Hurley, our city coordinator, it was reiterated that the city has agreed to pay the cost of finishing the Kirkland House project, including restrooms and landscaping, which is estimated to cost over $76,000.  The city wants to write a contract with Jeff Ballard, contractor, and so we have provided a list of items to be finished and have indicated how we wish the items to be handled.


Jean Murph presented a report on the façade of the old service station.  Work is ready to begin.  The $10,000 grant which we approved will be doled out in two or three payments as work progresses.  Jean pointed out that the agreement was that some of the money would be spent on building the façade but some will also be spent on the portico, so that our grant promotes, especially, the historical restoration of the service station.  Pat Quinlan provided a photograph of the original building.


Dave Murph presented a report on the display case to be in the new Community Center.  Peggy Riddle has been delayed in finishing the project, but everything should be ready by the time the Center opens completely.  A list of the items to be in the display included a number of photographs, narratives, and actual historically significant objects, all coordinated.


Don Carter reported that the nominating committee will have a report at the next meeting, when officers can be elected, and new officers can be installed at the May meeting.


Barbara Lee reported that Sharon Logan, communications officer for Coppell, is available to speak at our May meeting.  Barbara will invite her officially.


There was discussion about city facilities that charge fees to groups who use them, like the new Community Center.  Also, since the current senior building will be closed when the new center opens, we may have to find a new place to meet until we can meet in the Kirkland house.


Jean Murph suggested that we routinely contact groups which have historical activities and compliment and encourage them.  Possibly we can present certificates or letters from our society.


Barbara Lee suggested that we use some of the funds granted to us by the city for educational purposes to maintain and expand our website which has been designed and implemented by Kevin Mote.  It was suggested that maybe the website could post new information at least once a month.  It was approved to pay Kevin Mote $100 per month for one year.  Moved by Pete Wilson.  Seconded by Nan Botzau.  The committee to discuss ideas for the website is composed of Kevin Mote, Pete Wilson, and Nan Botzau.


Jean Murph and Nan Botzau were appointed to a committee to pursue ways that the society can provide educational opportunities related to Coppell history, especially to young persons and to school groups.


Jean Murph prompted thanks to all our committees for their hard work and dedication.


The April 11 meeting of the society will be held at Dave Murph’s office, 532 S. Coppell Road.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.



Wheelice (Pete) Wilson, Jr.

Secretary, Coppell Historical Society

972-741-3894 (cell)



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