Milton to pay history panel members

The Milton City Council has amended its ordinances to allow those who serve on the Historic Preservation Commission to be paid for their attendance at meetings.

Before, the city’s historic preservation ordinance said commission members could not receive compensation. Now, they may be reimbursed for “actual and necessary expenses” and be compensated $50 for each meeting the member attends.

The city created the historic commission in July 2010 to promote "the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the community through the preservation and protection of buildings, places and districts of historic interest," according to the city's website.

The ordinance creating the commission authorizes it to inventory historic properties, make recommendations for historic designations, receive donations, grants or gifts of historic property, preserve or restore historic properties acquired by the city, research funding sources, promote conservation easements and conduct educational programs.