Preservation advocates speak at Hancock meeting

October 10, 2007

HANCOCK - Citizens expressed concern about the historical preservation of Hancock's downtown Wednesday night during the Hancock Town Council meeting.

Ross Cook, who lives outside town limits, said he noticed a section in the proposed zoning ordinance that bans flashing and rotating lights, but nothing about light wattage. Flashing signs can be distracting, he said.

The town is losing some of its historical character, but nothing in the proposed zoning ordinance deals with historic preservation, Cook said.

Town manager David Smith said other citizens have asked about whether the ordinance deals with historic preservation, specifically house colors.

Hancock's historic homes are one of the town's greatest assets and one of the greatest resources for tourism, town councilman Sinclair Hamilton said.


The ordinance can be amended, and at a later date the town could consider including historic preservation clauses in the zoning, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

"We do need to think about our main street," he said.

Cathy Gipe, who lives on Terrace Heights Drive, asked the town council to consider finding a different access road for a proposed development to be built as an extension of her street.

"I want it to remain peaceful," she said.

- Erin Julius

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