On November 3, 2020, a member of the Historic District Review Board, while snooping around Monroe Ave., found a contractor in the process of
replacing wood windows with vinyl on the first floor of the single-family residence.
The window contractor was confronted and told that the work being done needed the Zoning Administrator’s approval, a Certificate of Appropriateness, and work needed to stop immediately.
At a pre-application meeting conducted on November 17, 2020. The board requested the following: (i) the condition of the existing wood windows be determined or evidence that they were unrepairable; or (ii) propose another window option in-kind to what existed.
At the Regular Meeting and Work Session on December 1, 2020, the applicant stated that the proposed project had not changed and would like to finish replacing the remaining wood windows with a lower maintenance window. The Historic District Review Board denied the application.
Thursday, granted relief to the resident, mainly noting that applicant had done due diligence, and was acting in good faith when working with the contractor. During discussion, it became apparent that members of Town Council were getting frustrated with the process of trying to make repairs and renovations in the historic district.
At issue was that the guidelines are not well understood, and that residents trying to make repairs which actually are helping the town, are being bullied and punished for their efforts.