Block Island Times

Internet woes at the HDC

The Historic District Commission is a valued counterbalance between the character of Block Island and the forces of modernity and development.On Monday, modernity had its revenge.
The HDC met via Zoom, per the governor’s executive order, and it did not go well as the mischievous forces of the internet wreaked havoc on the meeting.Right away, Chair Bill Penn was unable to get logged into the Zoom meeting, with the town official hosting the Zoom meeting reporting him as joining themeeting, and then being dropped from the meeting. His internet connection, along with several others’ plagued the proceedings throughout.
Eventually Vice-Chair Martha Ball got things rolling once a quorum was established, with members Bill Koch, Arlene Tunney, and Kay McManus joining Ball.
In the first agenda item, the sign for Charlene Tripler’s new shop Katchet was approved, even though it had only been updated with critical photos of the sign bracket hardware that morning. Penn’s internet allowed him into the meeting long enough to say such late submissions were “unacceptable.”McManus said she thought it was fine since the bulk of the application had been in for quite some time. Ball concurred, saying she was “trying to work with someone

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