Message #228:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Historic Military Housing & Washington Budget Politics
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 96 16:15:00 MST
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FYI  --  LN Cross-posts; if you have a prior copy of this message, please 
excuse me for burdening your mailbox.

This appears to be an attempt to bypass time/eligibility requirements of the 
National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (Destroy it before it is 50 years 
old.  Destroy it before it must be evaluated using the statutory 
requirements).  Sounds like a short-sighted policy to avoid having to deal 
with historic preservation boards and commissions.  Aren't these boards and 
commissions specifically set up to give voice to the public ?  Aren't boards 
and commissions applied democracy in action ?  The revolution in Washington 
and the "Contract With (On?) America" stated that government in DC was too 
big and the power should be returned to the people at the local level. 
 Isn't this what boards and commissions are all about ?  Doesn't this action 
assume or imply that boards and commisions aren't worth the bother, and 
possibly, that they will rule always contrary to the government's wishes ? 
 Doesn't this assume that government agencies (the DOD) believe "time" is 
the critical factor and not "significance" ?  If so, the proposed action is 
based on a deep misunderstanding of the National Historic Preservation Act, 
the notion of "significance," and a complete disrespect for democracy in 
action at the local level.  OK, democracy is pretty 'noisy' and redundant 
sometimes; just remember, democracy is the worst political system invented 
by man, except for every other system that has been invented.  --  SASIG Ed.

From: Loretta Neumann
To: American Cultural Resources Association & Interested Others
Date: Friday, July 12, 1996 4:09PM

Historic homes on military installations would be demolished if House-Senate 
conferees agree to  language in the Senate report that accompanies H.R.3517, 
the Military Construction Appropriations Act of 1997.  The conferees have 
been appointed, but they have not yet begun their conference. Usually staff 
work these things in advance, however, and the decision on this issue could 
happen soon.  Language in the Senate report requires each service to review 
their inventories of historic hones and provide a report on specific plans 
"to remove all but the most significant historic homes."  According to the 
report, military housing accounts are "overburdened" with historic quarters, 
and "this situation with only worsen as the number of homes eligible for 
placement on the register continues to grow."  The report, which would have 
to be submitted to the Appropriations Committee by March 25, 1997, "should 
provide what statutory impediments are being encountered in implementing 
such plans."  Following is the full text of the language, which is contained 
in S.Rpt 104-287:

The Committee agrees with the Marsh panel that historic quarters maintained 
by the military are overburdening the housing accounts.  In the future, this 
situation with only worsen as the number of homes eligible for placement on 
the register continues to grow.  There are 2,675 on the national historic 
register which must comply with the National Historic Preservation Act of 
1966.  Any substantive work on these homes must receive prior approval from 
the various historic preservation boards.  The Committee directs each 
service to review current inventories of historic quarters and provide a 
report to the appropriate committees on specific plans to remove all but he 
more significant historic homes.  The report should provide what statutory 
impediments are being encountered in implementing such plans.  This report 
should be provided to the Committee not later than March 25, 1997.

Following are the members of the House/Senate Conference Committee:

Senate conferees:
Conrad Burns (MT)
Ted Stevens (AK)
Judd Gregg (NH)
Ben Nighthorse Campbell (CO)
Mark Hatfield (OR)
Harry Reid (NV)
Daniel Inouye (HI)
Herb Kohl (WI)
Robert Byrd (WV)

House conferees:
Barbara Vucanovich (NV)
Sonny Callahan (AL)
Joseph McDade (PA)
John Myers (IN)
John Porter (IL)
Ernest Istook (OK)
Roger Wicker (MS)
Bob Livingston (LA)
W.G. Hefner (NC)
Tom Foglietta (PA)
Peter Visclosky (IN)
Esteban Edward Torres (CA)
Daivd Obey (WI)