Minutes of Meeting

Coppell Historical Society

June 23, 2011

Present:  Paul Lorrain, Jean Murph, Dave Murph, Joy Onstott, Pat Quinlan, Nan Botzau, Tom McMahon, Barbara Webster, Juanita Strong, Pete Wilson, Barbara Lee.

The special meeting was called to order by President Barbara Lee at 5:30 p.m.

The city of Coppell has asked the Society to give its opinion regarding the preservation or removal of the old water tank in old town Coppell.

Jean Murph and Dave Murph presented five reasons for keeping the tank and a written proposal to present to the city.

A motion was made by Pat Quinlan and Joy Onstott seconded that the proposal be approved and submitted to the city.  The motion passed by a vote of members present: 9 in favor, 1 not in favor.  Additional votes from members not present: 8 in favor, 3 not in favor.  The proposals will be sent to the city, as follows:

At the request of the City of Coppell, the Coppell Historical Society has considered and recommends that the early 1960s water tank be preserved in its present location for future generations as a significant symbol of the time period of Coppell's official incorporation as a City and as a meaningful part of its Historic District, with the belief that the tank can be redesigned as a unique and educational landmark.


Reasons for requesting that the 1960s water tank be preserved in its present location:


1.  The almost 50-year-old water tank is of historical value now and to future generations as one of the few remaining symbols of the time period during which Coppell incorporated as an official City, and the tank served a major City function as the first ground storage tank for the City's initial water distribution and fire protection system.


2. The tank is considered by historical preservation experts to be a "significant contributing structure" to Coppell's Historic District, and many cities across the nation have found ways to enhance similar structures to make a unique contribution to their Historic Districts. 


3.  The tank in its current location can serve as a teaching tool, educating the community about one aspect of the City's history.  From that site in old town or from the historic Kirkland house, one can point to the City's four chronological forms of water distribution-- a windmill, the site of the first small water tower, the ground storage tank, and the current large water tower.


4.  With thought and creativity, the tank could still make a meaningful contribution to old town, serving as a piece of art, possibly depicting the history of Coppell.  It could also serve as a directional marker; a meeting spot; part of a pathway for pedestrian traffic to retail sites; and a symbol that Coppell cared about its past.


5.  Preserving the structure will preserve visual history; without it, that visual history will be gone.

Pat Quinlan reported that there will be a meeting at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, June 24, at the Kirkland House with Mindi Hurley and Jeff Ballard to discuss changes in construction plans.  She recommended that a member of our Society be present.  Barbara Lee will attend.

Pete Wilson reported that the two plaques and two signs for the Heritage Park have been completed.  The cost was what was first approved, plus shipping.

Pete Wilson reported that progress has been made on integrating additional historic photos into our collection.  Jean Murph, Lou Duggan, and he met and assembled these photos.  Pete reported that a workday sometime in the future will be appropriate to complete the project.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:38 p.m.

Wheelice (Pete) Wilson, Jr.

Recording Secretary

Coppell Historical Society

Cell 972-741-3894

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