Historic preservation commission fails to field quorum for November meeting

Fred McCormick

A scheduled Historic Preservation Commission meeting Nov. 15 to decide on a certificate of appropriateness for a proposed building on Cherry Street failed to attract enough members to proceed.

Debra Wooton, chairperson of the five-person board, convened the meeting at 5:30 p.m., originally set for 6 p.m., with no other members present.

“We do not have a quorum,” Wooton said after the meeting began. “Some of our members did not give us the courtesy of an email, or phone call, or to show up in person.”

Town zoning administrator Jennifer Tipton said one board member, Monica Hayden, was on a scheduled vacation. She said Lauronda Teeple told her on the morning of Nov. 15 that she would not be able to attend because of a back injury. Shanda Richardson emailed Tipton “around 4 p.m.,” Tipton said, to say she was under the weather and unable to attend. The fifth board member, Shannon-Heather Wall, did not notify Tipton she would be absent, Tipton said.

The meeting was scheduled to hear a proposal for a new building at 125 Cherry St., currently the site of an empty grass lot. The matter is now scheduled to go in front of the board at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18.