Honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to the city of Santa Clarita may become a little more standardized if the City Council approves new guidelines during a meeting Tuesday.
The Santa Clarita City Council will be looking to discuss and provide direction for new guidelines and appropriate ways to honor individuals in the city through an Honor Court, according to a staff report.
The Honor Court concept was suggested by Councilwoman Marsha McLean in May 2015 in the absence of a formal naming policy, according to the report.
The court would give officials a formal way of honoring people by giving them a monument placed inside or in front of City Hall.
The proposed criteria would require the individual to have been a Santa Clarita resident for at least 10 years, they need to have made significant contributions to the development and growth of the city or it’s institutions and lastly the individual needs to exhibit exemplary character and citizenship.
There would be no formal nomination process and all honorees would be suggested by the City Council or community members. The council would then approve or deny the suggestion. Should the person be approved, the council will direct city staff to take actions to memorialize the individual.
If implemented, city staff will also be seeking a consultant to create the new look and location for the memorials.
As of now, there are only three ways to recognize those who have given back to the community in a big way – the creation of plazas, the placement of memorials or by naming a city facility or amenity.
In Tuesday’s city council meeting, the guidelines were not approved.