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Motions to discard, amend ordinance fail at Glencoe Planning Commission

City of Glencoe Planning Commission Member Lynn Exsted set forth two motions at the Aug. 17 meeting, both having to do with the metal vertical siding ordinance in Glencoe.
First, Exsted made the motion to recommend to the City Council that the ordinance not allowing vertical metal vertical siding in residential districts be removed from the city code (510.12). Exsted’s motion was seconded by Commission Member David Stark.
Exsted did some outside research on vertical siding, which she said is a popular siding choice that is increasingly becoming more aesthetically pleasing. She also mentioned some pros to vertical metal siding, including low-maintenance care and affordable pricing.
She also talked to her neighbors, who do not have a problem with vertical metal siding, as well as people in other towns who do not have the ordinance in their city at all.
“So maybe times are changing,” said Exsted.
Commission Member Wes Olson voiced concern about what people could potentially build if the ordinance is taken out of the city code; some buildings could be small, hidden and aesthetically pleasing, but others could be large, easily visible and create an eyesore for town residents.
Commission Member Ron Knop said that he agreed with Exsted, but with different reasoning.
For more from the meeting, see the Aug. 23 print edition of The Chronicle.