City of Laconia, NH
Belknap County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Laconia 7-14-2003 by Ord. No. 03.2003.03. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 40-1 Commission established.

A heritage commission is hereby established in the City in accordance with RSA 673. In accordance with RSA 674:44-a, the purpose of the Heritage Commission shall be to insure the proper recognition, use and protection of resources, primarily man-made, that are valuable for their historic, cultural, aesthetic, or community significance within their natural, built, or cultural context.

§ 40-2 Membership; qualifications; terms.

[Amended 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. 02.2008.02]
A. 
The Heritage Commission shall consist of five members who shall be appointed by the City Council. All members of the Heritage Commission shall serve without compensation and shall hold no other municipal office, excluding the Council member.
B. 
Each Heritage Commission member shall be a resident of the City. One Commission member shall be a member of the Laconia City Council. Three alternate members may be appointed. When an alternate sits in absence or disqualification of a regular member, the alternate shall have full voting powers. In determining each member's qualifications, the appointing authority shall take into consideration the appointee's demonstrated interest and ability to understand, appreciate and promote the purpose of the Heritage Commission.
C. 
Term of office. The term of each appointed member shall be three years.

§ 40-3 Powers.

Generally. Heritage commissions shall have advisory review authority, specifically, as follows:
A. 
Survey and inventory all cultural resources.
B. 
Enlist volunteers to assist with the survey and inventory of the City's cultural resources.
[Added 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. 02.2008.02[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also relettered former Subsections B through E as Subsections C through F, respectively. Ordinance No. 02.2008.02 also repealed former Subsection F, which provided for the hiring of consultants and contractors.
C. 
Assist the Planning Board, as requested, in the development and review of those sections of the Master Plan which address cultural and historic resources.
D. 
Advise, upon request, local agencies and other local boards in their review of requests on matters affecting or potentially affecting cultural and historic resource.
E. 
Coordinate activities with appropriate service organizations and nonprofit groups.
F. 
Publicize its activities.
G. 
The Heritage Commission shall serve as the Demolition Review Committee as outlined in Chapter 119, Building Construction, § 119-2D, Demolition review.
[Added 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. 02.2008.02[2]]
[2]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Subsection G, which provided for receiving of gifts.
H. 
Hold meetings and hearings necessary to carry out its duties.[3]]
[3]
Editor's Note: Former § 40-4, Heritage fund established, and § 40-5, City Treasurer to manage fund, which immediately followed, were repealed 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. 02.2008.02.