COLD SPRING -- Protecting the history within its city is a top priority in Cold Spring.

At Tuesday night's council meeting the council approved to create an Historic Preservation Commission. Council member Jan Dingmann says the commission would work to set standards for historic buildings in Cold Spring.

"It's kind of like a planning commission or an EDA, where it's interested participants that work to identify and set standards for historic properties in our community."

Dingmann says the formal creation of the commission will open new doors to funding options to help preserve historic buildings in town.

"By formalizing it as a commission instead of just doing it on an informal basis, it allows us to seek out a lot more grants and funding processes through all of these different sources."

The commission is starting out on a small scale but the council expects it to grow quickly as it establishes itself. Nearly 30 buildings are considered historic in Cold Spring.