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February 18, 2015

Mantorville council explains EDA loans, approves vinyl siding without MRA opinion

Two Mantorville residents talked at length to city council members at their meeting February 9, 2015. One spoke about vinyl siding in the historic district and one asked for some of the Rochester sales tax money.

Sharon M. Davern asked the council if she could go ahead with the permitting process to side her Queen Anne style home built in 1870 with vinyl siding. She told the council members she had worked for months trying to find a way to install new siding on her home on Fifth St. in a way that is not cost-prohibitive. She said the old wooden siding would be too expensive to replicate because new wood or cement siding would have to be specially milled to two-inch widths.

Either of these options would cost more than the house assesses for, she said.

She said she had tried to obtain help from the Mantorville Restoration Association but had not had any reply to her numerous email inquiries.

Mayor Chuck Bradford indicated he had seen the email trail before.

City ordinance suggests that the council seek the opinion of the MRA when changes to buildings in the historic district of the town are planned.

In this case, however, council members decided Davern could go ahead with the installation of the vinyl siding that most closely resembles the current siding of the house without seeking the opinion of the MRA.

Davern said she would meet with City Clerk/Treasurer Cami Reber help filling out the permit to proceed.

Resident David Dripps addressed the council asking for $10,000 of the Rochester sales tax money to pay for his building permit. Dripps owns property near the Welcome Center and apparently has plans to build there.

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