Friday, December 16, 2005

Position open on Ketchum's historic preservation panel

Express Staff Writer

The Ketchum Historic Preservation Commission is seeking a new member following the announcement Wednesday by Commissioner Mike Bouiss that he will step down in January.

The commission, chaired by architect Jim Ruscitto, serves an advisory role to the Ketchum Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council.

"They're not a decision-making body, so (commissioners) don't have to be an expert in historic preservation," said City Planner Stefanie Webster. "They just have to have an interest in it."

Topics likely to be addressed by commissioners next year are the city's downtown master plan, the identification of buildings or sites that could be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, and code revisions, Webster said.

"Historic preservation is extremely important for any community," Webster said. "Development pressures in town pose a challenge to historic preservation. Commissioners have an important role in raising awareness and bringing (preservation) to the forefront of governmental decision making."

The commission meets once a month at Ketchum City Hall.

The mayor will make a recommendation for Bouiss' replacement, which must be approved by the City Council.

Interested persons should contact Stefanie Webster in the Ketchum Planning Department, 726-7801.

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