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Bountiful historic foundation sticking around
by TOM BUSSELBERG
Mar 02, 2014 | 1781 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

BOUNTIFUL - The Bountiful Historic Preservation Commission was expected to become history itself, Tuesday night.

That’s because the city council was due to consider approving an ordinance terminating the commission’s existence.

But support of preserving the city’s history was to very much continue, city council members said at a recent retreat.

 They said such support could come by working with the private Bountiful Historic Preservation Foundation, which was organized about a decade ago.

Existence of the Historic Preservation Commission and the foundation appear to be somewhat redundant, as both have similar goals and membership, it was noted at the retreat.

The historic commission is not required by state law, City Attorney Russell Mahan said.

The city can work with the foundation, much as it does with the Bountiful Davis Art Center, Mahan said.

“The city works directly with BDAC leadership, and with very satisfactory results,” he said. “There is no city arts commission between city staff and BDAC, and none is needed.”

The new ordinance will continue mandating a one-week delay in demolishing of a historic building to allow it to be documented photographically.

The ordinance was due to take effect immediately upon passage. City council member Richard Higginson will continue to serve as a liaison with the foundation.

 City officials said in the retreat they could provide financial support to the historic foundation, much as it does to the BDAC.

Former city councilman Tom Tolman was among those who worked to raise funds for a new museum. At one time, a museum was due to be built adjacent to the old BDAC building, which was later razed. Then there were plans to remodel the existing city hall as a home for the museum and BDAC.

Last September, the council decided to continue use of the existing city hall. A study is being conducted now to determine what improvements need to be made to that building.

“Hopefully we can make it work for us. We’re not dead,” Tolman said of the historic preservation foundation. “We still have our little museum next to the city campus.

“We’ll continue to function, continue to move forward,” he said. “We still need to find a place that’s bigger than what we’ve got, but at least we have a museum that’s in Bountiful.”

The museum is at 845 S. Main, Suite B5. It is open Wednesdays 2-4 p.m. and Saturdays 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 801-296-2060 or visit: http://www.bountifulutah.gov/HistoricalCommission/A_index01.html

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