Heritage & Preservation Commission

The Columbia Heritage & Preservation Commission (CHPC) is a nine-member citizen body that advises the City Council on issues related to historic preservation.

To request placement on the Heritage & Preservation Commission agenda, please contact staff coordinator, Sue Spargo, by email or by phone at (618) 281-7144 ext. 134

Meeting Dates:  Fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia Heritage Center, currently in the Oak Street Community Building 
  • Elizabeth Kutterer-Sanchez - Chairman   05/01/16 - 04/30/18
  • Fred "Sam" Habermehl        05/01/16 - 04/30/18
  • Diane Hanna                        10/19/15 - 04/30/17
  • Julie Ingold                           05/01/15 - 04/30/17
  • Suzanne Kutterer-Siburt       05/01/16 - 04/30/18
  • Myrna Schild                         05/01/16 - 04/30/18
  • Marsha Stamm                     05/01/16 - 04/30/18
  • Jamie Toon                           05/01/15 - 04/30/17
  • JoAnn Sander                       02/16/16 - 04/30/17
Members Emeritus:  Kenneth G. Haller

Community Preservation Plan

Designation of Columbia as a Certified Local Government (CLG) in 2012 stimulated community interest and helped define the need for a more comprehensive approach to preservation.

Working through the Heritage & Preservation Commission, the City of Columbia in 2014 completed its first Community Preservation Plan, funded through a grant from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA), with help from Historical Foundations, Inc. of Waterloo and the Heartland Conservancy of Mascoutah. The result of this planning effort is to identify and evaluate current preservation efforts, recommend future efforts, delineate how best to reach preservation goals, and incorporate everything into the community’s Comprehensive Plan.

Columbia’s Community Preservation Plan was awarded “Best Practice” recognition by the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association, designating it as the best preservation planning effort in the state for 2014.

Information from the plan, albeit with considerably more depth, is also available online through a RuskinARC™, a cloud-based platform for collecting, searching, evaluating, mapping, and managing information about historic resources, districts, landmarks, and other community assets.