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(1) Creation. There is hereby established an Historic Preservation Commission, as provided in Subsection 16.60.040(2) below. Said Commission shall serve as the local review board pursuant to Chapter 84.26 RCW.

(2) Organization. The Historic Preservation Commission shall be organized in accordance with the following provisions.

(a) The commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. All members of the commission shall have a demonstrated interest and/or competence in historic preservation and possess qualities of impartiality and broad judgment.

(b) Members of the commission shall either be residents of the city of Pullman or own real property within the city of Pullman.

(c) A minimum of three positions on the commission shall be reserved for persons who have experience in identifying, evaluating, and protecting historic resources and are selected from among the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, prehistoric and historic archaeology, folklore, cultural anthropology, curation, conservation, and landscape architecture, or related disciplines. The commission action that would otherwise be valid shall not be rendered invalid by the temporary vacancy of any or all of the three positions, unless the commission action is related to meeting Certified Local Government (CLG) responsibilities cited in the Certification Agreement between the Mayor and the State Historic Preservation Officer on behalf of the State.

(d) The original appointment of members to the commission shall be as follows: two members for two years, two members for three years; and three members for four years. Thereafter, appointments shall be made for a three-year term. Members may be appointed to successive terms. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment. Members may be removed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council for inefficiency or neglect of duty.

(e) In making commission appointments, the Mayor may consider names submitted from any source, but the Mayor should notify history and community development related organizations of vacancies so that names of interested and qualified individuals may be submitted by such organizations for consideration along with names from any other source.

(3) Duties and Responsibilities. The primary responsibilities of the Historic Preservation Commission are to identify and actively encourage the conservation of the city’s historic resources by initiating and maintaining a register of historic places and reviewing proposed changes to register properties; to raise community awareness of the city’s history and historic resources; and to serve as the city’s primary resource in matters of history, historic planning, and preservation.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the historic preservation commission shall engage in the following activities:

(a) conduct and maintain a comprehensive inventory of historic resources within the boundaries of the city and adopt standards in its rules to guide this activity;

(b) initiate and administer the Pullman Register of Historic Places as set forth in Section 16.60.050 and adopt standards in its rules to guide this activity;

(c) review proposals to construct, modify, remodel, move, demolish, or significantly affect properties or districts on the register as provided in Section 16.60.060 and adopt standards in its rules to guide this review and the issuance of a Certificate of Alteration or Certificate of Demolition;

(d) serve as the local review board for special property tax valuation in accordance with the provisions of Section 16.60.070 and adopt standards in its rules to guide this activity;

(e) review nominations to the State and National Registers of Historic Places;

(f) provide for the review either by the commission or its professional staff of all applications for approvals, permits, environmental assessments or impact statements, and other similar documents pertaining to identified historic resources or adjacent properties;

(g) conduct and promote public educational and interpretive programs regarding historic and prehistoric resources, addressing such topics as maintenance and rehabilitation of historic properties to encourage appropriate use and preservation of historic resources and discourage the deterioration of historic properties due to neglect, abandonment, or other cause;

(h) cooperate with federal, state, and other local government entities on matters that further historic preservation objectives in the community;

(i) advise the Mayor and City Council on matters pertaining to history and historic preservation, including recommendations on land use, housing, and capital improvement proposals that may affect local historic resources, and communication about various federal, state, local or private funding sources available to promote historic preservation in the community;

(j) officially recognize excellence in the rehabilitation of historic buildings, structures, sites and districts, and new construction in historic areas, and encourage appropriate measures for such recognition;

(k) conduct all commission meetings in compliance with Chapter 42.30 RCW, Open Public Meetings Act, to provide for adequate public participation, and adopt standards in its rules to guide this action; and

(l) perform such other duties and responsibilities as may be conferred by city ordinance or as directed by the City Council.

(4) Rules of Procedure. The historic preservation commission shall adopt, by resolution, rules for its own self-government, including provisions regarding:

(a) rules of procedure to address the activities described in Paragraphs 16.60.040(3)(a)-(d);

(b) compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act (Chapter 42.30 RCW);

(c) rules of parliamentary procedure; and

(d) frequency of meetings.

(5) Minutes. The Historic Preservation Commission shall keep minutes of its proceedings showing the action of the commission upon each question. Such minutes shall include the names of interested persons who provide comments regarding a matter under consideration and the respective position of each. In addition, the minutes shall document the commission’s decisions and reference any conditions imposed by the commission. These minutes shall be filed with the city clerk and shall be public records. (Ord. 10-26 §6, 2010).