On Friday morning, the Historic Preservation Commission voted to grant a certificate of appropriateness to design for rebuilding 67-71 North Fifth Street, with the stipulation that the original clapboard be reused or, if that was not possible, that it be replaced in kind.
Former mayor Rick Scalera, now a special adviser to the Galvan Initiatives Foundation, was in the audience, as he is whenever a Galvan project comes before the HPC. After the meeting, Tom Casey, reporter for the Register-Star sought a comment from Scalera. In his article "Armory houses application approved," Casey reports that Scalera was "pleased that the way was paved for work on the houses that were a project of his during his tenure as Hudson mayor." Interestingly, only hours before, in the same chamber, during a discussion of ethics at the Common Council Legal Committee meeting, city attorney Cheryl Roberts stated "once you leave office, you cannot lobby on a specific project you worked on."
Also at Friday's meeting, David Voorhees resigned as chair of the HPC. Rick Rector, who had been vice chair, was unanimously elected chair, and Phil Forman was elected vice chair. Voorhees will continue as a member of the HPC until his term expires at the end of July 2014.