During an assembly earlier today, Dr. Everard Smith spoke to the Newton Falls High School history classes. He shared information about how and why the U.S.O. was formed and the background of these government facilities which were built just prior to WWII.
This evening at the N.F. Village Council meeting, Dr. Everard Smith gave a PowerPoint presentation during which he discussed the architecture, background and historical significance of the government built facilities used by the U.S.O., specifically Type “A” buildings. The Newton Falls U.S.O. building/Community Center is a Type “A” government building and is one of only four such buildings still in existence today. Our Community Center is one of only four Type “A” buildings still in existence in the United States and the only one in Ohio. Out of 201 buildings constructed by the government prior to WWII for use by the U.S.O., there are only 14 structures remaining.
During this same meeting, we gave a presentation to Council offering to conduct a new and updated assessment of the Community Center, help organize any necessary repairs or renovations at NO COST to the Village. Also, we would be willing to develop a business plan for the building. This proposal would remove any budget concerns the N.F. Village Council may have regarding the development of a business plan as well as any repairs/renovation and operation of the building going forward. We offered to raise the necessary funds through private fundraising and grants. NO additional tax money would be required or used toward this project.
Meghan Reed, Director for the Trumbull County Historical Society spoke about the mission of their organization and importance of preserving our local history.
N.F. Village Council members voted to establish an Ad-Hoc committee consisting of Councilmen Stempert and Zamecnik, charging them to work with us and report back to the body in 90 days.