At the Historic Preservation Commission meeting this morning, Gossips asked about the repaired steeple on the former St. John's Lutheran Church. HPC chair, Rick Rector explained that the work done immediately after the steeple was toppled in a storm was done in an emergency situation, and it was his expectation that once the building had been stabilized and the threat to public safety eliminated, the re-creation of the steeple and spire would come before the HPC for a certificate of appropriateness. That obviously didn't happen. Craig Haigh, code enforcement officer, confirmed that the installation of the spire was done without a building permit or a certificate of appropriateness and said that he intended to look into it.
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