Tim Straker recently resigned from the German Village Commission, leaving an empty seat on the seven-member body.

Tim Straker recently resigned from the German Village Commission, leaving an empty seat on the seven-member body.

Commission members are appointed by the mayor. The commission reviews and approves construction projects in German Village in accordance with local and citywide guidelines.

The German Village Society can recommend two people for the review body. Straker was one of the society's recommendations.

Jody Graichen, the society's director of historic preservation, said the GVS is now formulating a plan to replace Straker.

"Basically, all seven members are appointed by the mayor but the society can recommend two seats," Graichen said.

She said those who are interested in the seat can contact the society. In addition, the society's Historic Preservation Committee is holding an open meeting at 6 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 29) at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St., where more information is available.

Graichen said the society's recommended commissioners typically consider the nonprofit group's stance in all commission matters.

"Obviously, all the commissioners are considering the neighborhood in general, but these two are doing it with the society in mind," Graichen said. "They adhere to the German Village guidelines and help maintain the architectural integrity of the district."

The commission meets twice a month, once for a business meeting and again to vote on any projects. A society-recommended commissioner has a third monthly meeting and is a member of the group's Historic Preservation Committee.

Graichen said there are no requirements to joining the commission; however, being familiar with city code would be helpful.

Those who express an interest in the seat will be considered by the society's Historic Preservation Committee, which would then pass two recommendations to the nonprofit's board of trustees. From there, the board typically follows the lead of the preservation committee and approves the recommendations.

Afterward, the mayor appoints one of the two recommendations to the commission.

"The best case scenario is that we have a handful of people interested," Graichen said.

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