Commission to consider allowing chairman to vote on all matters it deliberates
Published 6:22 pm Friday, November 30, 2018
During its meeting Tuesday, the Washington Historic Preservation Commission is expected consider adopting a resolution to amend its rules and regulations so its chairman can vote anytime. Currently, the chairman votes only in case of a tie vote among the commission’s other members.
“Each of our boards and commissions are required to have rules and procedures. In those rules and procedures for the Historic Preservation Commission it says that the chairman won’t vote except in case of a tie. That’s the only board that says that,” said John Rodman, the city’s director of community and cultural services. “I think the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment allow their chairmen to vote. We want to amend those rules of procedure to allow the (HPC) chairman a vote on any matter, not just when it’s just a tie.”
Rodman further explained the motive for the proposed change. “You get into trouble if you have a quorum — four is only a quorum — but if the chairman can’t vote, that leaves you only three people to vote, and that’s not a voting quorum,” he said. “Sometimes you may get into a situation where you don’t want to be. So, we’re just going to amend the rules of procedure that would allow the chairman to vote in all matters.”
In other business, the commission is schedule to discuss and possibly act on three major works.
Patty Franz is seeking a certificate of appropriateness to elevate the structure at 613 Old Second Street and remove its chimney.
Fred Read is seeking a certificate of appropriateness to elevate the structure at 516 E. Second St.
Betty Mooring is seeking a certificate of appropriateness to install a 12’-by-16’ storage shed in the backyard of the property at 221 E. Second St.
The commission also will consider approving a minor-works project already cleared by commission staff. The project would result in a single-family residential unit being built on lot 22 at Moss Landing.
The Historic Preservation Commission meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 102 E. Second St.