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Additionally, Ball noted new procedures were developed with the assistance of the planning and building department so that all applications and questions related to town landmarks are referred to the Historic Preservation Review Committee for comment or a certificate of appropriateness.

As the director of the parks and recreation department, Ball said she has a vested interest and commitment to preservation. She said part of the mission of her department "involves wise planning and a responsibility to manage, identify, and protect" local resources for future generations.

Ball and Ulrich agree that the town's historical sites have been feeling the pressure of development. Ulrich said one historic building was lost to development pressure in 1995, while another was lost to neglect in 2005. The current construction of the routes 9 and 67 roundabout will cut into the historic district, she added.

The women added that an additional motivator for seeing the application process through to the end was a promise made to former town historian, Ruth Roerig. Roerig had been in discussions with Ball prior to her death in 2004 about seeking the CLG designation for the assistance it could provide to the town and the HPRC in their efforts to preserve the town's historical buildings and properties.

Roerig's vision is becoming a reality. In anticipation of the official CLG designation, the town had applied for two CLG grants. The first would fund the master plan process of the historic district, while the second will provide training for the HPRC members, town board members and other interested parties said Ball.

"Under this grant application, the town of Malta will arrange for professional training workshops by an outside consultant," said Ball. "The training will be tailored specifically to the town of Malta and will be focused on historic preservation in the CLG environment."

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