By Jarret Liotta

WESTPORT — Two state grants totaling $50,000 will help Westport care for its historic resources and augment the potential for more state grant funding going forward.

The Board of Selectwomen unanimously approved two separate agreements relating to the town’s historic preservation on Wednesday morning.

The board approved a consulting agreement with Rachel Carley, a Litchfield-based architectural historian, who will update the town’s Historic Resources Inventory, most likely throughout the summer.

The project specifically involves looking at around 165 of Westport’s 1,500 historic buildings and sites in order to complete some missing details in the inventory database.

It’s being funded by a $30,000 state grant that was received in the fall.

Donna Douglass, Historic District Commission administrator, told the BOS that a “windshield survey” of the sites would be conducted by Carley, with an Oct. 15 deadline for the final report, which would technically remain the property of the state.

“I guess the state wants to own the Historic Resource Inventory,” she said, though the town will have access to the data.

The BOS also approved the agreement to receive an “enhancement grant” of $20,000 that will help an outside consultant prepare a town-wide preservation plan.

“HDC has had trouble obtaining grant funding,” Douglass said, in part because the state is persnickety about a municipality having a proper preservation plan in place.

She said the grant will allow Westport to “create a vision and set priorities for the town’s historic resources.”

“It’s going to help to prioritize projects,” she said.