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The Historic Preservation Committee is working on a naming and renaming ordinance for city-owned properties.

The ordinance is currently in the working phase and has not yet been approved by the city council. The committee worked on changing language to clarify who should remain in compliance at a recent meeting.

In the past, if city residents wanted to name or rename a city property, it had to be approved by council without going through an RFP process, according to council member Joel Henderson.

“And that’s just not good enough”, he said.

Committee members met with council member Liz Miele and Henderson with questions about who must comply with the order and which properties are eligible for this process.

During this discussion, there were changes in language to include that all city entities, including governmental, must go through the new ordinance, which includes a competitive request for proposals process. Henderson added that this ordinance applies to city-owned properties, not private properties.

“Not only do we want to define a procedure in the interest of protecting the names of property of the city”, Miele said. “Tendering protects anyone from coming in and getting whatever name they want for a new building, street or property in the city. I think it’s important to keep that focus in mind throughout all of this.

For a naming, renaming or co-naming process to occur in accordance with the new ordinance and Henderson, residents must complete many steps, such as providing a petition with 100 signatures. Under the revised ordinance, the petition must be sent to city entities, including engineers and the planning commission, to receive written opinions and recommendations.

At least 51% of signatures must reside in the name change area. Committee members were concerned that residents would collect 100 signatures and the council said it will consider this as the ordinance develops, according to Henderson and Miele. If there is a problem with this, there could be changes.

Henderson wants to take the process of sending the petition to the various entities and “streamline” then submit each entity’s response to the board for a final vote.

In the new ordinance, there will be a specific section on the change of trade name. Miele added that this trade name change section will require any name change to go through the RFP process before it is submitted to the board, making it a competitive process to ensure the name is up to date. once researched by residents and approved by council.

“Sometimes we have a situation where we see part of a deal, but not all of it,” she says. “You’re inclined to say yes to something because you’ve already agreed to part of it in theory. Changing the business name forces people to go through a bidding process. This will open up the possibility for the municipal government to have a process for the public to suggest names for city facilities. This would become a competitive process.

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