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From: David Ratz []
Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2005 6:20 PM
To: Comments
Subject: Comment on Proposed Statement of Policy on the National Historic Preservation Act
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on your proposed Statement of Policy on the National Historic Preservation Act.
My comment concerns the list of examples for which SHPO/THPO consent may not be necessary. In this regard, the relevant passage in the current proposal is as follows:
B. Covered Applications
. . .

SHPO/THPO consent may not be necessary in all circumstances. Examples under which such consent may be unnecessary are those applications for messenger services or in which financial institution offices would be located in supermarkets, existing shopping centers, mobile or seasonal facilities, or properties that have been newly constructed and in which the Applicant had no ownership interest prior to or during construction . . .

I suggest that existing facilities that have previously been used as branches by banks, savings & loans, or credit unions and to which no significant structural changes or expansion will be undertaken be added to the list of examples for which consent may be unnecessary. The likelihood is very high that these facilities have previously been determined to not be of historical significance, and excluding them from the SHPO/THPO clearance requirement would expedite the process of establishing a new branch in such a facility.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter. 
David G. Ratz
Executive Vice President
Oak Hill Financial, Inc. and Oak Hill Banks


Last Updated 11/22/2005

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