By Meredith McCulloch
Dateline January 12, 2015
John Linz, a resident of Jeffrey Circle, has been appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission by the Selectmen. The Commission is charged with protecting Bedford’s historical, archaeological, and cultural assets. (See: https://www.bedfordma.gov/historic-preservation-commission )
Linz has lived in Bedford for 45 years and was a system engineer at Raytheon Company before retiring. Previously, he has served on the Finance Committee, as an Assessor and on several other short-term town committees.
Linz explained that he liked the idea of protecting Bedford’s historical assets even beyond the historic district. When asked what piqued his interest in this particular committee, he said it arose from an article approved at the last Town Meeting which required a delay before an older home could be demolished. Linz said he realized that there is another tool in the toolbox to limit the number of teardowns in town. From his experience as an Assessor he suggested that a limited tax abatement could be allowed on the increase in value due to rehabilitation of an older home.
His appointment is to a term ending June 30, 2017.