History enthusiasts have a new group to call home in Flower Mound.

Flower Mound Town Council on Feb. 5 approved a resolution to create a historical commission, which seeks to preserve the town's history.

"Congratulations, we just made history," Mayor Derek France said after council approved the group. Applause broke out in council chambers.

Council also approved town charter amendments that will be voted on by residents in May.

The background

The creation comes after council appointed a Historical Commission Task Force in August to conduct a needs assessment to identify historical places, artifacts, people and events of importance that shaped town's the history as well as to assess whether the town would be best served by a historical commission, a stand-alone nonprofit historical society or a different approach, according to a council agenda memo.

Zooming in

City Secretary Theresa Scott discussed the group and its features, such as its meetings. Task force members Jacque Narrell and Kathy Blair then talked to council. The following individuals served on the HCTF: Jacque Narrell, Mark Glover, Adam Shear, Marsha Gavitt, Cindy Clark, Kathy Blair and Terra Klarich. They, along with Peggy Riddle and Cecilia Hood, were approved to serve as commission members.

In December, council provided direction to create a historical commission, and town staff met with the HCTF on Jan. 30 to discuss the draft resolution and memorandum of understanding, with agreement found with the content of the documents as written.

Also of note

Council approved six charter amendments that will go before voters in the May 4 election. They cover the following issues:
  • Two-year office term references changed to three years in the town charter
  • Contract-signing amount for the town manager to move from not to exceed $15,000 to not to exceed $50,000
  • Ordinance caption publication changes
  • Town manager residency requirements
  • Town budget to now to be filed with Tarrant County
  • Amendment of the town charter so that three-fourths of council's vote is needed before public funds can be committed for certain private-public partnerships and elimination of requirements for elections for such expenditures