A commission to oversee Flower Mound history moved closer to creation at Flower Mound Town Council's Dec. 4 meeting.

Council authorized staff to move forward with forming a historical commission.

The background

At its Nov. 6 meeting, council heard a report from the Flower Mound Historical Commission Task Force, a group recommending the formation of a historical commission. Jacquelyn Narrell, chair of the Historical Commission Task Force, spoke at the meeting about the desire for the commission to preserve and celebrate the town's history.

Town staff recently said they anticipated the commission to be created by the end of the year, but it could take a little longer to work through all the details regarding structure, organization, and duties and responsibilities, Flower Mound Communications Specialist Anna Thorsen said.

Town Secretary Theresa Scott said the commission would function like other town boards and commissions. Funding mechanisms and communication issues would have to be worked out in establishing the historical commission, and that finalization would be tended to at a future council meeting.

What they’re saying

Council member Adam Schiestel said he wanted to ensure the commission has a specific set of responsibilities it will adhere to.

He said by forming the commission, the Town Council values Flower Mound's history and will put resources into historical preservation. The commission board will also be able to recommend money to be spent for certain projects, such as signage or public art installations.

Council member Ann Martin said she did not want to give funds to the commission, that she supported the commission board members making recommendations to town staff and that they would not be in charge of spending money.

Council members discussed ideas for the commission, such as how the commission board will hold meetings. Mayor Derek France said he wants to ensure the commission won’t be a “social club” and that council has an understanding of historical preservation. Council member Jim Engel said council needs to discuss what the commission's scope will be.

Scott said if the commission is created, a memorandum of understanding would need to be created with Denton County’s history museum as to whether it will be a receiver of artifacts from the town and how those artifacts would be handled.

Four council members gave their approval to move forward with the commission's creation. Council member Brian Taylor was absent from the meeting. France is not a voting member of the council but can provide guidance and feedback on issues.

Also of note

In her presentation to council Nov. 6, Narrell outlined the necessity of a commission, explaining a historical commission would bring “a sense of community, responsibility and dedication that aligns with our town's commitment to its history, providing greater structure and accountability.”

The commission would consist of a group of diverse people with expertise and authority in a number of areas as they pertain to the town's history. The commission would be transparent and accountable to the community and Town Council, and foster trust and collaboration, Narrell said. Collaborations could be created with entities outside the town, including the Denton County Historical Commission.