(A)   Any Landmark or Historic District nominations shall be made to the Historical Commission on a form prepared by the Commission.
   (B)   The Commission shall, upon receipt of a properly completed nomination, make a preliminary determination as to whether the nominated property, structure or area meets one or more of the following criteria:
      (1)   Its character, interest or value as part of the development, heritage or cultural characteristics of the community, county, state or country.
      (2)   Its location as a site of a significant local, county, state or national events that may be likely to yield information important in history.
      (3)   Its identification with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the development of the community, county, state or country.
      (4)   Its embodiment of distinguishing characteristics of an architectural and/or landscape style valuable for the study of a period, type, method of construction or use of indigenous materials.
      (5)   Its identification as the work of a master builder, designer, architect or landscape architect whose individual work has influenced an era.
      (6)   Its overall embodiment of elements of design, detailing, materials or craftsmanship which renders it architecturally significant.
      (7)   Its overall embodiment of design elements that make it structurally or architecturally innovative.
      (8)   Its unique location or singular physical characteristics that makes it an established or familiar visual feature in the village.
      (9)   Its character as a particularly fine or unique example of a utilitarian structure or group of such structures, including, but not limited to farmhouses, retail stores or other commercial structures, with a high level of integrity or architectural significance.
      (10)   Historic Districts must have clear and definable boundaries.
      (11)   Any structure, property or area that meets one or more of the above criteria shall also have sufficient integrity of location, design, materials and workmanship to make it worthy of preservation or restoration.
   (C)   Within 30 days following a preliminary determination that a proposed Landmark or Historic District meets one or more of the criteria in division (B) of this section, the Commission shall notify the owner of record in writing personally or by U.S. Mail.
   (D)   The Commission will recommend to the Village Board of Trustees those proposed Landmarks or Historic Districts that should be designated.
      (1)   For individual landmarks, the owner of record shall be notified by letter.
      (2)   For designation of a Historic District, a notice shall be published.
      (3)   A recommendation of the designation shall be given to the Village Board.
      (4)   A decision by the Commission not to recommend a designation to the Village Board shall be the final administrative decision of the Historical Commission. Reapplication may be made to the Commission.
(Ord. 642-87, passed 11-17-87)