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Letter: Person’s absence from board is felt

Letters to the editor-2021

Person’s absence from board is felt

The City of Aiken’s website lists the mission and responsibilities of the various city commissions and boards. This website advertises that the major mission of the Design Review Board is historic preservation. At least this is what is printed alongside the board’s title.

The board is now without one of the most dedicated historical preservationists in the city. This person’s voice will be sorely missed. The native Aiken resident is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hitchcock Woods Foundation, past member of the Aiken Planning Commission and part of the group that wrote the Aiken historic ordinance. These bodies helped make Aiken the unique and special town that it is.

Recently this individual voted against the demolition of the Hotel Aiken and against the giveaway of a major portion of Newberry Street to a private developer. What exactly are the circumstances of this individual’s exit? I hope that person’s absence is not due to the opposition of certain elements of a project that is not being done right.

“There is no fireside, howsoe’er defended, But has one vacant chair” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

John Davis

Aiken