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HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

JANUARY 3, 2024

Ms. Victoria Smith called the Historic District Commission meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. In attendance were Commission members Barbara Brown, David Holman, Samantha Hollomon, Michael McDowell, Rebecca Murphy, Monica Sella and Kees de Mooy (Zoning Administrator), Lynda Thomas (Town Clerk) and guests.

Ms. Smith stated that the Chestertown Historic District Commission takes its authority from Chapter 93 of the Code of the Town of Chestertown and operates under the Historic District Design Guidelines that were adopted by the Mayor and Council of Chestertown on October 7, 2002, and revised March 7, 2012.

Ms. Smith asked if there were any questions, comments, or additions to the minutes of the meeting of November 28, 2023, and December 6, 2023.  Ms. Holloman moved to approve the minutes as presented, was seconded by Mr. McDowell, and carried unanimously.

Consent Calendar

Mr. Holman recused himself from consent calendar vote.

The items on the consent calendar were as follows:

  1. BP230234 – Silcox, 100 Philosophers Terrace, sign replacement.

Ms. Murphy moved to approve the following as presented. 

  1. BP230234 – Silcox, 100 Philosophers Terrace, sign replacement.

The motion was seconded by Ms. Hollomon and passed unanimously. 

Mr. Holman returned to the meeting.

New Business

The next item on the agenda was BP230227 – Holt, 215 Philosophers Terrace, window replacement.  Ms. Karlen Murrey, from Renewal Andersen, was present for the application. Work will consist of installing eighteen (18) new top sash windows made of a composite material.

Ms. Murphy made a motion to approve BP230227 – Holt, 215 Philosophers Terrace, window replacement, as submitted. The motion was seconded by Mr. Holman and passed. Ms. Hollomon opposed.

The next item on the agenda was BP230214 – Seff, 109 S. College Avenue, window replacement.  Mr. Seff was present for the application. Work will consist of replacing windows with new 400 Anderson windows.

Mr. Holman made a motion to approve BP230214 – Seff, 109 S. College Avenue, window replacement, as amended. The motion was seconded by Ms. Murphy and passed.

Administrative Session

Ms. Smith noted that she had not received any new information on the training.

Mr. McDowell proposed and felt that it was important that the meetings should be run more efficiently, more structured, with focused discussions and that people should only be speaking through the Chair by raising hands and being recognized and that comments be limited to 2 or 3 minutes with a maximum of 4 or 5 minutes.  He noted that no more than one (1) intervention on a particular subject that is coming up, and two (2) if there are extraordinary circumstances. He noted there should be no cross talk, conversations or talking over one another. He felt the meetings should have more formality.

Public Comment

Ms. Barbara Jorgenson spoke in regard to the Armory and 206 Cannon Street, training, and guidelines.

Christopher Drummond, Esquire, Town Attorney, stated into the record, that it is important to note that the HDC and Town Council, in improving the sound system is not necessarily acknowledging that the lack of a sound system is somehow not compliant with the Open Meetings Act. He agreed that improving the sound system is a good thing to do but necessarily its absences being violative of the Open Meetings Act.

There being no further business, Ms. Murphy moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:25 p.m., was seconded by Mr. Holman and passed unanimously. 

Submitted by:                                                             Approved by:

Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                       Vicky Smith, Chair

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HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

AGENDA

JANUARY 3, 2024

4:00 P.M.

The Chestertown Historic District Commission takes its authority from Chapter 93 of the Code of the Town of Chestertown and operates under the Historic District Design Guidelines that were adopted by the Mayor and Council of Chestertown on October 7, 2002, and revised March 7, 2012.

 

  1. Approval of the following Meetings Minutes.
    1. November 28, 2023,
    2. December 6, 2023
    3. December 21, 2023
  2. Consent Calendar
    1. BP230234 – Silcox, 100 Philosophers Terrace, sign replacement.
  3. New Business
    1. BP230227 – Holt, 215 Philosophers Terrace, window replacement.
  4. Old Business
    1. BP230214 – Seff, 109 S. College Avenue, window replacement.
  5. Administrative Session
  6. Public Comment
  7. Adjourn

 

Regularly scheduled meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise announced.

A signup sheet will be available at the meeting to allow interested parties to make comments.

Town of Chestertown Charter

  • 19-6 (H)

(2)   The Commission may establish reasonable time limitations and registration requirements for witnesses and speakers, so that all may have an opportunity to be heard. In general, these times limits will be:

(a)   Historic District Permit applicant: 7 minutes

(b)   Comment by interested or aggrieved parties: 3 minutes

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