MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 3-2 decision by the Historic Preservation Review Commission to allow vinyl siding to be installed on a building in the city's downtown historic district has been appealed by Martinsburg's city engineer and planning director.
Michael M. Covell, who had never appealed an HPRC decision, has asked Martinsburg City Council to vacate the commission's July 12 vote on a request by Telamon Corporation to install siding at 226 Burke St.
"The decision of the HPRC is arbitrary and not supported by the evidence presented at the (July 12) meeting and further is not consistent with prior decision(s) of the HPRC concerning the installation of vinyl siding on historic structures in the historic district," Covell said in a three-page appeal.
City Council is expected to consider the appeal this evening in their regular monthly meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
Telamon Corporation is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to people in 10 states through a number of programs, including child care, employment, housing, education and community development, according to Telamon's website.