Monday, September 28, 2009

City Council silent on request

On September 24, 2009, I emailed the following request to Mayor Brian Sager, the six members of the Woodstock City Council, with copies to City Manager Tim Clifton, Deputy City Manager Derik Morefield, Jim Kastner and Nancy Baker.

My email must not be working, but there was not one response. Not even an acknowledgement of receipt of the email. I can fully appreciate that Derik, Jim and Nancy would not reply, after they saw that Tim received a copy. Not one of the six independent Council members replied. Maybe Tim was waiting for Brian to reply.

OK, so here is the email I sent:

Good morning, Mayor Sager and Members of the Woodstock City Council,

I am writing to ask you to place the Landmark nomination of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) on the Agenda for the October 6, 2009, City Council meeting. This nomination was tabled at a City Council meeting and is yet to be addressed.

There are good and sufficient reasons for you to act before WCLS submits a request for the first building permit in Phase 3. The HPC has determined that Grace Hall more than meets the minimum qualifications for Landmark designation.

I do not agree that WCLS' earlier request for amended special use permit knocks out the landmark designation request. This is exactly the situation that the Woodstock Historic Preservation Ordinance was created. When a building of historic or architectural value is threatened, then the City can act to preserve it.


Gus Philpott

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