The Heritage Committee, which has long complained of impotence, flexed its muscles at the Nov. 16 council meeting to convince city officials to back two of its power plays.
At the request of the committee, city officials imposed a year's moratorium on Mills Act applications for K-rated homes, allowing the committee to shore up its guidelines and policies for eligibility recommendations to the council. The council also acceded to the committee's vehement opposition to a proposal to exempt expensively restored historic structures from the art in public places requirement. The moratorium and the denial of exemptions were approved 4 to 0 by a short-handed council, with ailing Mayor Elizabeth Pearson absent.
"As [committee chair] Jon Madison has often said, we lack teeth," said committee member Molly Bing. "So I was very pleased about the moratorium."