GALLIPOLIS — During a recent Gallipolis City Commission meeting, City Clerk and Audito Annette Landers said her office was looking to transfer city minute records from decades past into digitally readable formats and place them on the municipality’s website.
“I’ve had this project I’ve been wanting to do for a long time which is putting the historic minutes on the website,” said Landers. “They’re on there now back to 1939 and those are all the ones we could do that were in books that weren’t bound, so you could take them apart and scan them. We’ve ordered a hand scanner for (Lori Reynolds) and she’s the one who’s been doing this.”
“She made the mistake of coming to me and asking if there was something she could do for me and I said, as a matter of fact, yes,” joked Landers. “She’s liked greased lightning on that stuff and so fast. I’ve been really pleased. She had them going in one year after the other. What we did in those earlier years, we did them one at a time. We scanned the whole thing and you can roll down through it and read the whole year.”
“I’d invite you to get on there, www.cityofgallipolis.com,” said Landers. “If you click on the commissioners tab at the top of the page, then you’ll see some listings on the side and on the bottom it says historic minutes. Click on that.”
Mary Lee Marchi, area historian, said she’s already started reading some of the history of city government. The oldest minutes recorded extend back to 1918 and are anticipated to be added in an ongoing process.
“You ought to see the book,” said Landers. “The pages are all yellowed. There is no way we could ever scan that normally. We’ll have to use a hand scanner to keep from tearing up the (minutes) book.”
Minutes are considered the historic, official notes often kept by clerks or secretaries of meeting bodies.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342.