Historic Preservation Commission term limits on council’s list for certification

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON – City Council was set to consider amending an ordinance to remove the current term limitations for professional members of Brighton’s Historic Preservation Commission during its Jan. 21 council meeting. 

According to Commission Chairman Joe Burt, the city decided to use the standard term limits that are used with all boards and commissions – two, four year terms – when the ordinance was initially drafted. 

In order to considered in the state’s certified local government program, the state requires at least three professional members – such as architects and historians – must sit on the board. Burt said that architects and historians are hard to come by and it’s even harder to meet those requirements when those professional seats are term limited. 

“We’re seeking to make a slight modification to the ordinance that would allow our professional members to not be term limited, essentially, that would allow them to continue on as they do,” he said. “The reason this comes up is we have two of our commission members this year who will have their terms expire in June.” 

Burt emphasized that the removal of term limits would only pertain to professional members of the board. In a letter he wrote to council on behalf of the commission, he said removing the term limits does not remove council’s control of the commission appointments as provisions in the city’s code require that all members be appointed at each term by council. Council also has the authority to remove a commission member at time. 

In other business:

— Tami Tanoue, General Counsel and Claims Manager with Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency, gave new and current council members some pointers to help them with their roles as council members. Items she addressed included understanding their role as council members, willful and wonton conduct, observing best practices in meetings and putting ethics first.

— City Attorney Margaret Brubaker gave an overview of amendments to the city’s policies and procedures. She encouraged council members to look them over and said they would be going over them at a later date. 

— Mayor Dick McLean accepted wish lists from council members as to what boards and commissions they would like to sit on. Appointments were scheduled to be made during council’s Jan. 21 meeting. Council members also turned in their disclosure for conflicts of interest. 

— Council reviewed interview questions for boards and commission members. Clerk Natalie Hoel said they will have interviews at the Jan. 28 study session.

— Public Information Officer Kristen Chernosky told council the community voice feature on the website will be starting soon, so the city can get feedback from residents on a number of topics. She also said the city will be starting a weekly newsletter that will be going out to residents who wish to receive it. 

— Council’s special meeting with the Youth Commission was postponed to a later date.