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.


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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