Some changes the city is looking at for the home will require further investigation to ensure there are no conflicts as the town researches putting the structure on the National Historic Register
Tuesday, the council discussed putting siding on the house.
“We can look at it and go from there,” said Mayor Sam Allen, who said the siding option would cost the town less than repainting.
The current paint still contains lead and would have to be removed by a specialist. The town is hoping to use $80,000 in Special Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST, to pay for it.
A bid on siding recently came in at $26,000, including repair work. Councilwoman Jean Makonis voiced concern about the siding.
“It’s a big project,” she said.
Local historian Ken Padgett has been helping the city with its plans to get the home on the National Historic Register and said he would research how siding would affect those plans.
“It would be best if they could wait until it’s actually on the register if that’s what they really want to do,” he said, adding the process could take up to seven months to complete.
The city purchased the house last year and has spent time painting and furnishing it to include rooms dedicated to former Resacians, including the late Julia Baker. It is available to rent for weddings and social events through the town.