FAIRMONT — The Fairmont Human Rights Commission will vote on its draft by-laws and a new logo at its next meeting.

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. July 23 at the Marion County Convention & Visitors Bureau in the CVB conference room at 1000 Cole St., Suite A, Pleasant Valley.

“We will be voting on the draft by-laws at the meeting, approving our new logo, and setting the meeting schedule for our standing commission meetings moving forward,” said Brett White, commission chair. “We will also have an open forum for any guests that would like to speak.”

Previously, White said the commission wants to hear from the public.

He said, “we certainly want to get feedback from our community to find out what they want us doing. We’re here all to work for them.”

White said the commission wants to hear if the public wants, for example, forums or workshops. Topics the commission may tackle include discrimination in the workplace or creating a more inclusive community, he said.

The commission came into being after Fairmont City Ordinance 1751, the Human Rights Commission ordinance, was passed in last year’s election with 3,384 votes for and 2,465 against.

The ordinance advocated for the creation of a human rights commission, which is a committee of appointed individuals who will evaluate and interpret issues of human rights brought up within the city.

The ordinance reads: “It is the public policy of the City to safeguard the right and opportunity of all persons to be free from all forms of discrimination, whether as a result of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, blindness or handicap, and to provide for an inclusive community for all residents, businesses and visitors.”

The commission held its first meeting May 3.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.