Friday, July 10, 2015

The HPC Meeting That Wasn't

The Historic Preservation Commission had a full agenda this morning. Fourteen projects were before the commission, either for initial review or for final approval, and at 10 a.m. the Council Room was filled with applicants eager to present their proposals or be awarded their certificates of appropriateness. It was known a month ago that three members of the HPC--Phil Forman, Gini Casasco, and Chris Perry--would be away this week, so it was critical that the remaining four members be present if there were to be a quorum. Without a quorum, the HPC could do no business and take no action. This fact had been stressed by the chair, Rick Rector, at the previous meeting and apparently also in emails to the members. 

When the meeting was set to begin, only three members of the HPC were present: Rector, David Voorhees, and Miranda Barry. Urgent phone calls to the absent member discovered that she had made an appointment with the dentist for that very hour, and that's where she was. 

The meeting had to be canceled. With profuse apologies to the applicants who had been inconvenienced, Rector made known his intention to hold a special meeting sometime next week to make up for this morning's missed meeting. 

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