Hartbauer presents historic preservation certificate to City
At last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting, a special proclamation was made by Hermann City Mayor Bob Koerber, to honor of Marcia Bucker, who previously chaired the Landmarks Commission. Her son, Scott Heberle, from St. Louis, was present to witness the honor ceremony before the BOA meeting.
Current chair of the Landmarks Commission Chuck Hartbauer gave some opening remarks.
“Marcia taught me a lot,” said Hartbauer. “She loved Hermann and the historic district. She was a front-runner in saving our district and making it what it is today, so I commend her for that.”
He shared stories with the BOA audience about driving with Marcia to attend meetings and conferences in Jefferson City and some of the conversations they had about Hermann.
“It meant so much for her to preserve the buildings, our culture and history,” he said. “She put the pressure on the Landmarks Commission to keep those important things out front [in the group’s discussions].
He said she talked about how much she loved her family.
“She was a fighter and I just can’t say enough about her—how much we have appreciated all she has done for the City,” he added.
He said the two of them would sit together at the end of those conferences while awards were presented to different Mo. towns. But they were always other towns.
“We’d look at one another and think, ‘Someday that’s going to be us,’” he shared. “Well, this year it happened.”
Holding a certificate awarded to Hermann, Mr. Hartbauer said unfortunately, Marcia couldn’t make it to the awards ceremony for health reasons.
“I’m happy to present to the City of Hermann, the 15th anniversary certificate, for 15 years of successful participation in Missouri’s Certificate Local Government program (CLG),” he said.
The CLG is administered in Mo. by the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). According to DNR, the CLG program is designed to expand the historic preservation network of the federal and state governments by creating a mechanism for participation of local governments.
The requirements for participation in the Mo. CLG program are custom made for a community, such as enacting a historic preservation ordinance, appointing a preservation commission, conducting an ongoing survey and inventory of historic properties and conducting public outreach and education.
DNR says starting a historic preservation program at the local level is the best protection that can be devised to preserve the cultural resources of a community.
“Without the CLG funding and the things they can do for our community, we wouldn’t have what’s available today,” said Mr. Hartbauer.