City hires new Historic Preservation Officer

Charlie Denison


At Tuesday’s meeting, Lewistown City Commissioners unanimously approved Nancy Watts as Lewistown’s Historic Preservation Officer.

Watts, who works at the Lewistown Public Library as a Preservation Specialist, is a perfect fit, said City Manager Holly Phelps.

“She’s a wonderful resource and a wealth of knowledge,” Phelps said. “She’s active and attends a lot of Historic Resources Committee meetings, as it is, and also works with the Central Montana Museum. She’s a history buff and just loves doing this kind of work.”

The Historic Preservation Officer position was left vacant after City Planner Duane Ferdinand retired last year. According to Ferdinand, he put about 80 hours a month into preservation work. Watts said she does not plan to work that many hours.

As Historic Preservation Officer, Phelps will coordinate preservation programming, help develop surveys, projects and other preservation planning activities, and act as a liaison between the City and the Historic Resources Committee.

Watts accepted the position. She will continue working for the library and the City will offer administrative support by paying for her to attend HRC meetings and for any additional work she does as City Preservation Officer.


Other Business

City Commissioners approved a business license for Peak Electric, Shaun Ruckman’s new business.

• Commissioners approved Phelps to enter into and sign a grant agreement with Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for the cleanup of the Central Post and Treating Company located on the east side of Marcella by Kodiak Concrete.

• The City Commission meets again Monday, Feb. 5 at the Central Montana Community Center located at 307 W. Watson Street. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. All are welcome.





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