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CERTIFICATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF MAINE

BY AND THROUGH THE MAINE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

AND THE __________________

WHEREAS the Congress of the United States, in order to extend the state and federal preservation partnership to the local level, has required approved state historic preservation programs to cooperate with local governments in developing local historic preservation programs and establishing Certified Local Governments under ¤101(c)(1) of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (the Act); and

WHEREAS Certified Local Government (CLG) status provides communities with the opportunity to enhance the local government's role in historic preservation by formalizing and strengthening the local historic preservation program and its links with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission (the Commission); and

WHEREAS the CLG will prepare and review National Register nominations for local approval prior to State Review Board consideration and will qualify to compete for at least 10% of the fund annually allocated to the Commission through the Historic Preservation Fund of the Department of the Interior (HPF) which the Commission is required to set aside for CLGs; and

WHEREAS the State of Maine by and through the Maine Historic Preservation Commission has promulgated "Guidelines for Certified Local Government Programs" (the Guidelines) and desires to assist the ____________________ in becoming certified and to detail the specific responsibilities of the ____________________ as a Certified Local Government; and

WHEREAS the ____________________ desires to participate in the certified local government program by becoming a certified local government and thereby receive the benefits of participation in the designation of properties for nomination to the National Register and eligibility to apply to the State Historic Preservation Officer for matching funds:

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual benefits derived herefrom, the State of Maine, by and through the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, 55 Capitol Street, Augusta, Maine 04333, pursuant to the requirements of the Act and 36 CFR ¤ 61.6, covenant and agree on this ____ day of _______________, 20__, that the ____________________, as a Certified Local Government, acknowledges and assumes the following responsibilities:

1. Enforce the local legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties in accordance with the Guidelines, and in accordance with the rules and regulations which have been or may be promulgated by the Commission;

2. Establish pursuant to local law an adequate and qualified historic preservation review commission composed of professional and lay members who have demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation in accordance with Part 4 of the Guidelines;

3. Maintain a system for the survey and inventory of historic properties pursuant to the guidelines and formats established by the Commission in accordance with Part 5 of the Guidelines;

4. Participate in the National Register Program in Maine through the preparation and review of National Register nominations prior to State Review Board consideration in accordance with the procedures and time schedules in Part 6 of the Guidelines;

5. Provide for adequate public participation in the historic preservation program, including the process of recommending properties to the National Register, in accordance with Part 7 of the Guidelines;

6. Keep such records as the Secretary of the Interior, the Commission, or the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) shall prescribe, including records which fully disclose the disposition by the ____________________ of the proceeds of funds received, the total cost of the project or undertaking in connection with the funding, and the amount and nature of that portion of the cost of the project or undertaking supplied by other sources, and such other records as will facilitate an effective audit;

7. Maintain adequate financial management systems in accordance with the standards specified in OMB Circular A-102, Attachment G, "Standards for Grantee Financial Management Systems";

8. Maintain a financial system which is auditable in accordance with the General Accounting Office's "Standards for Audit of Governmental Organizations, Programs, Activities, and Functions";

9. Adhere to all requirements of the "Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manual" which sets forth administrative procedures and policies for Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants awarded by the Secretary of the Interior;

10. Adhere to any requirements mandated by Congress or the Commission regarding the use of funds from Historic Preservation Fund Grants;

11. Not apply transferred HPF monies as a matching share for any other federal grant unless meeting the established exceptions;

12. Participate in Commission training sessions designed to provide a working knowledge of the CLG's responsibilities under the Maine National Register Program, and an understanding of the rules and operations of federal, state and local preservation programs;

13. Fully cooperate with the Commission in its annual review of the CLG and submit to the Commission office the annual reports of the CLG, records of administration of funds allocated from the HPF, and other documents as necessary, in accordance with Part 9 of the Guidelines (see Appendix "A");

14. Upon notification by the Commission that the performance of the CLG is not up to satisfactory level, implement improvements within 180 days or the Commission shall recommend decertification of the local government to the Secretary of the Interior, in accordance with Part 9 of the Guidelines;

15. Satisfactorily perform the responsibilities designated to it under the Act and

adhere to all applicable provisions of the Guidelines.

Signed as of the date first stated herein

STATE OF MAINE

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Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

State Historic Preservation Officer

Maine Historic Preservation Commission

__________________________________________________

Chief Elected Local Official

__________________________________________________

Local Government

This publication has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior. The Maine Historic Preservation Commission receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or handicap in its federally assisted program. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to:

Office of Equal Opportunity

U. S. Department of the Interior

Washington, D. C. 20240