Minutes of Meeting

Coppell Historical Society

February 13, 2010


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


President Barbara Lee called the meeting to order at 10:17 a.m.


The minutes of the last meeting were approved.  Moved by Pat Quinlan, seconded by Don Carter.


The treasurer’s report showed activity as follows:  $534.00 to Cornerstone; $28.00 for post office mail box; $20,000 invested in a 13-month CD; dues collected, $180.  Present checking balance:  $36,419.68.  (Most of our cash assets are earmarked for furnishing the Kirkland house, from a grant.)


Members were reminded that annual dues should be paid now.


Pat Quinlan gave a report, assisted by Jean Murph, on the Kirkland house project.  The city has reported that the entire initial grant for the Kirkland house has been spent.  Remaining work is estimated to cost $58,869.00, not including landscaping or construction of restrooms.  The city is considering what it can do to help finish the project.


There was more discussion about whether we should send out emailed and mailed information to non-members since sometimes that information can be confusing if a person does not meet with us regularly.  Pete Wilson will compile a list of all recipients and present it at the next meeting.  Dave Murph will provide Pete with a list of members whose dues are currently paid.


In the absence of Pat Lambert, Jean Murph presented information from the Cemetery Committee.  The city manager has said he will take under consideration how the city might be involved in providing maintenance for the cemeteries in Coppell.  He has requested that the committee provide a list of the cemeteries with information such as name, address, and size.  Kevin Mote will prepare a map.  This information should be completed early in March.


Don Carter reported that some officers have indicated to him whether they are willing to serve another year.  He will be contacting all the officers and others to prepare a slate for election.


Dave Murph reported for the Display Case Committee that the display cases in the new Senior & Community Center are partially finished.  Peggy Riddle and he have all the details worked out regarding what will go into the cases.  We will request that Peggy Riddle be ready to outfit the cases by March 1.


Jean Murph reported that progress is being made on restoring the façade of the old service station.


Dave Murph reported that he has talked to a high school teacher who lives in Coppell who is a teacher in another school district, a Mr. Green.  It is possible that Mr. Green may want to be a part of our Society since he already has an interest in history, particularly civil war history.  Dave suggested that Mr. Green might be an asset on future projects.


Kevin Mote requested direction regarding our website.  It was decided to make areas on the website that would summarize our ongoing projects such as the Kirkland house, the cemeteries, our work on the National Registry of Historic Places, the archeological digs, and photographs.  Pete Wilson will compose some short statements that Kevin can incorporate into the website.


Barbara Lee and Pete Wilson reported that we have received another request from a business for some historic photographs.  It was decided to charge for a one-time use of digital photographs that have been enhanced by Kevin Mote as follows:

                For commercial interests such as restaurants:  $50 for each digital photo

                For non-commercial interests such as local schools:  $25 for each digital photo


It was suggested that we invite Sharon Logan, communications officer for Coppell, to attend a meeting with the intention of publicizing our various projects.


Our next meeting is March 13.


The meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m.



Wheelice (Pete) Wilson, Jr.

Recording Secretary

Coppell Historical Society

Cell 972-741-3894



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