Missing Members on Review Board Remain Issue for Next Meeting

It took Clifton Murdock, with partner Paris Fields at right, an hour to read a statement at the July 25 meeting of the Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board. Peter Boody photo

The Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board of Sag Harbor tabled the most complex applications for certificates of appropriateness pending before it last Thursday, August 8.

The contentious application of F&M Star to renovate the 19th-century house at 11 Burke Street wasn’t even on the agenda, having been postponed to the August 22 meeting at the request of applicants Paris Field and Clifton Murdock.

That eliminated the need to use videoconferencing to provide a quorum for the six-member board, two members of which have recused themselves from the case. Two other members were away, one in Maine and the other in Italy; they will still be out of town on August 22 so will have to weigh in electronically then to provide the votes needed for a decision.

Another member, Alexander Pashkowsky, will also be away, according to board chairman Dean Gomolka, and will also have to check in electronically.

John C. Connor, meanwhile, has stepped down from the board, Mr. Gomolka disclosed this week, after having served for five years. An interior designer, Mr. Connor provided an aesthetic sense that was a valuable asset, Mr. Gomolka said.

Among the cases tabled last week was Joy Behar’s application to demolish the front porch at her house on High Street and replace it with a Victorian-style wraparound porch. As in the other tabled cases, the board had questions and asked for more information.

The board also tabled the applications of: 14 Cove LLC to demolish the house at 14 Cove Road and build a two-story house with carport, swimming pool and terrace; and the Cara Halpern Family Trust to demolish a house at 176 Redwood Road and build a new two-story house with decking and a detached garage.