ARB member lashes out at chairman
A member of the Georgetown City Architectural Review Board lashed out at the chairman Monday night when the chair refused to allow the board to vote on his property alteration request.
Board member Dick Newcomb, for the second time, was seeking approval for a fence on his property at 113 Meeting Street.
He originally made the request last July and the board agreed to allow the fence temporarily — for one year.
At Monday’s meeting, Newcomb was hoping the board would allow the fence permanently.
In the end it was decided no vote would take place on the request until the ARB conducts an on-site visit to Newcomb’s home to view the fence.
When questioned by Chairman Rene King about the location on the property of the fence, Newcomb said it is “within the boundary lines.”
He then reminded King the fence has been up and could have been examined by any board member prior to Monday’s meeting.
“It’s in the complete back area of my back yard,” Newcomb said. “Do I have to draw you a picture?”
King said “no” and added he would like to see the fence before voting on the matter.
“You have had two weeks to look at it. You could have knocked on my door and come and seen it,” Newcomb responded. “You are making it adversarial Mr. King. This is the second time I have been through this with this board. I am asking how stupid you are that you can’t understand what I’ve got.”
King then told Newcomb he was out of order, saying the name calling was “totally uncalled for.”
“I don’t care,” Newcomb fired back.
King said one of his concerns was the fact Newcomb did not present a site plan showing the fence on the property at Monday’s meeting. Newcomb said he did that when the fence was approved temporarily last year.
When King first suggested making a visit to see the fence, Newcomb said “no,” choosing instead to draw a picture to show where the fence is located on his property.
He then showed the drawing to King.
“You are going to answer this today. I am tired of this board having to come for site reviews and everything else,” Newcomb said passionately. “You just make it one step after another. Vote on it one way or another. You don’t need to come to my house again. Why is it so hard for you as an individual to use some common sense to see it?”
Newcomb then told King “you are going to get sued just like everybody else in this town. I am sick and tired of this board thinking they have rights to tell me what I can and can’t do in this damn town.”
King once again said an on-site meeting is needed before a decision can be made.
“Fine. Whatever,” Newcomb said as he returned to his seat.
No date was given for the on-site visit.
By Scott Harper
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