Getting city info right

Monday, November 11, 2019


The Enterprise article in the Nov. 7 paper regarding city boards and commissions had some misinformation in the section about the Historic Preservation Commission. The article said, “Members of the commission serve one year terms and no more than three consecutive terms.” According to the bylaws, members serve three-year terms and are not term limited. 

The article continued with “members must live in the city limits, own a property down town in the historic district and possess other professional qualifications.” The bylaws state members must live in the city limits or own a property in the downtown historic district.

As to other professional qualifications, the city ordinance establishing the HPC, Ordinance #2054, Section 31.05 states, “and, inasmuch as possible, shall consist of the following ...” and then lists a perfect commission membership. 

The ordinance and the bylaws are available online at the cities website. In the seven years I have served on the commission, we have never achieved that goal. For the past two years we’ve consisted of three members; all needed to be present in order to have a meeting. The commission should consist of five members.

So, if you’re passionate about Livingston’s history or just interested in preserving our historic downtown, please come to our next meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 3:30 p.m. in the City Commission chambers meeting room, see what we do for an hour once a month to reach that goal, and get involved. Thanks.

Jack Luther