We at Kirk & Cobb are proud to support Grant Sourk as he begins serving a 3-year term as a member of the Topeka / Shawnee County Landmarks Commission. According to its web site, “The purpose of the Landmarks Commission is to advise the city council on historic assets and to safeguard the architectural and cultural heritage of the community through the preservation of historic resources, historic landmarks and districts.” Grant’s appointment was officially approved by the city council on Tuesday, March 6. Wasting no time, he attended his first commission meeting on March 8.
“I was first approached about the position by the current chair person, Stacey Keller,” Grant said. “There were two vacancies on the commission and she felt that with my occupation, education, and past experience regarding historic properties, I would be a good fit.”
In order for someone to receive an appointment to the commission he/she must first be nominated by a member of the city council; therefore, Keller gave her recommendation of Grant to Councilman Chad Manspeaker. A list of nominated persons was then collected and given to the mayor who made the actual appointments. The final step in the process was approval by the city council.
“I am the only REALTOR® to currently sit on the commission, but others have served in the past,” Grant said. “Our own Helen Crow was actually a founding member of the commission, and she served for multiple terms.”