The Astoria Preservation Action Committee applauds Astoria City Council in endorsing fresh visions; our urban planning, our future as townspeople, and especially our waterfront.

In that regard, Todd Scott left us in critical times and his replacement, we hope, comes soon. The city staff are few, the workload great, and the loss of one member is a hardship - for Astoria's public as well as for City Hall.

This raises a question as to whether the decisions of our planning commission - even their deliberations - might best be delayed until this new official is on board and among us. With this in mind, we propose that our city attorney explore the circumstances under which the current timeline on matters like variance requests could be prudently and legally extended beyond the limits we are currently under.

In this moment in history, buying this time is a one-time option for the Astoria we now and will someday live in.

TOM BURGESS

for Astoria Preservation Action Committee

Astoria

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