Commission to consider several project requests, continue tree-policy work

Published 7:37 pm Monday, October 1, 2018

Washington’s Historic Preservation Commission, during its meeting today, is expected to consider several requests for certificates of appropriateness, requests made several months ago but not acted on for various reasons.

One of those reasons was lack of a quorum of commission members at the scheduled Aug. 7 meeting. Agenda items for that meeting were added to the commission’s September meeting.

The commission is scheduled to consider Charlotte Cutler’s request for a certificate of appropriateness to place two sets of bistro tables on the sidewalk in front of The Meeting Place Café & Catering at 22 W. Main St. Also, the commission is expected to consider a request by Caroline Collie to demolish the rundown two-story-house at 325 N. Harvey St. so a potential buyer can build a story-and-half house on the lot. Tony Edwards, with AG’s Home Solutions, is the applicant seeking the certificate of appropriateness.

The new house will look similar to the house at 413 N. Bonner St. and possibly incorporate some items from the old house in its construction, according to city documents and email between Collie and Edwards.

The commission is scheduled to consider requests for certificates of appropriateness from John Carbone. He wants to convert a gravel driveway into concrete runners at 720 W. Main St. and build a 4-foot-tall wooden, picket fence in the backyard at 527 W. Second St. Susan Strickland requests a certificate of appropriateness to replace the windows and convert a front door into a window at the property at 705 E. Main St.

The commission is expected to continue its effort to develop a tree policy.

During its June meeting, the commission decided to form a tree subcommittee to study and make recommendations concerning tree removals — and replacements of removed trees — in the Historic District. Commission members William Kenner and Cheri Vaughn volunteer to serve on the subcommittee. The commission indicated it would like for former commission members Monica Ferrari and Mary Pat Mussleman to serve on the subcommittee.

The commission wants more accountability regarding the replacement of trees from Historic District property owners who receive permission to remove trees from their properties. The commission’s guidelines require people replant another similar tree somewhere on the property within 60 days.

Sometimes that’s difficult for several reasons, including weather factors such as temperature, Emily Rebert, the city’s community-development planner, told the commission.

The commission approves tree removals when a tree (usually damaged or dead) poses a threat of falling on nearby property, its root system poses damage to a structure’s foundation or an aging, damaged tree hinder growth of younger, more desirable trees.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 102 E. Second St.



About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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