German Village Gazette

Society looks to reinstate two posts

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The German Village Society will spend up to $50,000 to restore two positions designed to promote both tourism and historic preservation.

Shiloh Todorov, Society director, said she hopes to fill the two positions -- assistant director of "visitorism" and historic preservation advocate -- by Jan. 1.

Each position pays between $20,000 and $25,000 annually.

The visitors and tourism job, formerly held by Elise Wyant, who recently resigned, will be expanded to include more social media skills and development of group tour activities and building rental income at the Meeting Haus.

Todorov said the facility has been rented in the past, but after the winter remodeling of the Brent Warner Fest Hall on the second floor, the society has been more aggressive about advertising it.

"We get a lot of brides booking rehearsal dinners or receptions, but we also get some corporate events and kids' parties and other nonprofits seeking meeting or event space," she said.

The historic preservation advocate post was formerly held by Jody Graichen, who left four years ago, but still works for the Society on a limited basis.

Todorov said having an historic preservation expert on staff has been identified as a critical need for the society.

That stance was affirmed when a group of neighborhood residents signed a petition disapproving of a decision by the German Village Commission to allow construction of a house with contemporary design standards on South Sixth Street.

Petitioners stated that they felt it was outside of the local guidelines for historic preservation.

"So even though rehiring was already on our critical needs list in the No. 1 position, the petition and conversation that followed underscored the need for us to add back the educator and advocate to our team," Todorov said.

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