City looking for members to fill preservation commission
Monday, 30 July 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
At its meeting on July 10, the Belton City Council ratified adoption of the City's Historic Preservation Ordinance, which created the "Historic Preservation Commission," in an effort to protect and preserve the City's historic, architectural and cultural heritage.
The ordinance establishing the HPC sets out guidelines for its appointed membership. There will be five members, appointed by the City Council. Members must be residents of the City of Belton and have lived within the City for a minimum of 12 months immediately prior to appointment.
Terms for Commission members will be two years, except for the initial appointees which will include three members from the former Heritage Preservation Board, who will serve for two years, and two new members who will serve for three years. The City Council is especially interested in appointing citizens to the HPC who have knowledge and demonstrated interest in preservation-related fields such as architecture, history, archeology, planning or urban or community design.
All members should have a knowledge of and demonstrated interest in historic preservation.
Regardless of profession, background or experience, members of the Commission will be provided initial and ongoing training and education in architectural history, historic preservation law and other relevant topics. More detailed roles and responsibilities of the HPC are outlined in the Historic Preservation Ordinance on the City's website, on the Planning Department's page.
If you are interested in the historic preservation of the City of Belton, please consider applying to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission and submit a Community Service Application for to City Clerk Connie Torres by July 31.
If you have specific questions about the HPC and is roles and responsibilities, please contact Planning Director Erin Newcomer at (254) 933-5816.