Ordinance changes planned to finalize move as newly formed Historical Society takes shape
The Village of Grafton is taking steps to disband its Historic Preservation Commission in favor of a newly formed historical society expected to operate as a nonprofit organization.
The Village Board on Monday agreed to have the Planning and Development Department prepare ordinance changes that would dissolve the commission.
That process is expected to reassign certain responsibilities of the Historic Preservation Commission to the Plan Commission.
In a report to the board, Director of Planning and Development Jessica Wolff said her staff supports dissolving the Historic Planning Commission and “providing administrative assistance to the newly formed Grafton Historical Society until they are comfortably established.”
Wolff said her department recommends the Plan Commission take over responsibilities related to the designation of historic structures, sites and districts in the village.
The staff could continue overseeing the engraving of blues artists on the Paramount Plaza’s keyboard-styled walkway, Wolff added.
On April 21, the Historic Preservation Commission agreed that the Village Board should determine how the commission’s responsibilities will be reassigned before it dissolves.
Plans call for the Planning and Development Department to prepare ordinance changes for the Village Board to consider in June.
The newly formed Grafton Historical Society held an organizational meeting April 7 attended by nearly 30 people. The group selected a board of directors headed by Ted Warwick, who agreed to serve as interim president.
The Historical Society met again on April 25 and agreed to begin soliciting memberships this summer.