By Rachel Shirey
McDONOUGH — The Historic Preservation Commission met Thursday to discuss remodeling McDonough’s Code of Ordinances, but no member of the public attended.
The commission discussed ways to exact change while respecting the public’s interest when it comes to preserving the city’s historical landmarks and residential areas, but no one came to defend their home or voice their opinion.
And apparently, this is a regular occurrence — 100 percent of the time, said Chairman Jim Sease.
“The public shows up when they oppose things, and hopefully we’ll have something to invite the public to come and view, but it’s always this way,” Sease said.
He added that it was mildly disappointing, but maintains hope that it’s because the public doesn’t have any complaints.
However, the commission doesn’t let the lack of attendance affect how they conduct their business.
The show must go on.
At the last meeting in October, the commission received and reviewed a copy of Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances as a starting point to update McDonough’s own code.
“We took this ordinance from the City of Atlanta and went through it and highlighted what we really didn’t like about it,” said member Jean Hanger. “And also pointed out what we did like about it.”
Atlanta breaks historical sites into groups like landmark building or site, historic buillding or site, landmark district, historic district and conservation district, each with its own list of regulations.
Hanger said the commision liked that formula, but they could shift away from it after they review the City of Valdosta’s code and the City of Duluth’s.
In the meantime, the commission plans to do more research, both on a local and state-wide level, before deciding how to proceed with the city’s code of ordinances.
The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21.