The word is that Mayor William Hallenbeck has appointed Peggy Polenberg to the Historic Preservation Commission. Chapter 169-3 D of the city code states: "New Commission members shall be appointed by the Mayor after consideration of recommendations put forward by the existing Commission. The Mayor shall not be bound by the recommendations of the existing Commission." The second sentence is the operative one here, since Polenberg was not one of the three people recommended to Mayor Hallenbeck by the HPC. In fact, rumor has it that David Voorhees, chair of the HPC, was not informed of the appointment by Hallenbeck before it was made or immediately after.
Six criteria for appointing HPC members are spelled out in Chapter 169-3 A of the city code. Polenberg meets two of the six: she is a resident of Hudson (6), and she lives in a historic district (3), in this house on the 200 block of Warren Street.