BROOKINGS – The City of Brookings this year is honoring 10 local individuals, organizations and businesses for their efforts in historic preservation and fulfilling the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The presentations of the Mayor’s Awards for Historic Preservation and of the ABLE Awards will be held in conjunction with the Butler Human Rights Award and the Mayor’s Generational Leadership Award from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center, 631 22nd Ave. The program begins at 6 p.m., and the public is invited to attend. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
Each year the Brookings Historic Preservation Commission, in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office, celebrates the best of preservation by presenting Mayor’s Awards to individuals, organizations or businesses whose work on Brookings’ properties demonstrate achievements in historic preservation.
These efforts include homeowners who save and maintain important Brookings’ landmarks, as well as business owners who sensitively blend new construction in historic districts. All demonstrate commitment, leadership and achievements worthy of recognition.
Eligible projects involve the rehabilitation of older homes, businesses or rental properties judged on consistency in style, materials appropriate to the date of construction, quality of workmanship and sensitivity to the environment. Nominations are solicited from the community throughout the year with official requests for nominations in February.
This year, Corbett and the Brookings Historic Preservation Commission will present the Mayor’s Awards to:
• Brookings Area Master Gardeners, Preservation Service Award, Prairie Cemetery
• Laine and Caleb Evenson, Excellence in Restoration, 908 Fifth St.
• First Presbyterian Church, Ongoing Excellence of Bell Tower Restoration, 405 Seventh Ave.
• Gail and Rosemary Robertson, Excellence in Rehabilitation, 825 Sixth Ave.
• SCORY LLC, Excellence in Rehabilitation, 817 Third St.
• Christopher and Kelsey Stoltenberg, Excellence in Rehabilitation, 521 Eighth St.
• Brennan and Lorraine Sullivan, Stewardship Award, 719 Eighth St.
• Pat Fishback, Mary McClure Bibby Lifetime Achievement Award
The A.B.L.E. Award (Ability, Belief, Leadership and Equality to Achieve Access For All) is an annual award program designed to recognize the outstanding commitment of a business or public entity in fulfilling the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Highlighting the efforts of an outstanding business or entity may motivate others to provide improved accessibility to goods and services.
This year, Corbett and the Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities will present the following awards:
• Brian Gatzke, Sixth Street Centre & Condominiums
• Hy-Vee Food Store, Human Resources Department