The momentum still hasn’t diminished in the internationally publicized Hillsborough NJ. As of the Pre-Halloween festivities in this charming rural town, there is more bustle than ever as the appeals process begins on a high note. The DORIS group, the grassroots organization that has taken the international community by storm, has made the unanimous decision among its members to pursue the Trials of Doris further in a grand attempt to save the mansion at Duke Farms.
In this first segment of the process, a few appointed members were asked to give brief segments about the crisis to a new committee; the township committee. These members are of different political backgrounds and are appointed by the people’s votes per election. With the new faces in the local courtroom, 5 members of DORIS began their speaking points. We asked for a 6-month moratorium to be imposed if not to rescind the vote for demolition entirely. Questions were raised by several members about the careless demeanor and bias that may have been present at past historic preservation commission meetings in hopes to bring to fuller light to the scenario presenting itself to the township’s subordinate committees.
Further investigation was offered by the township attorney to determine whether or not the township committee has legal authority to override the advise of the historic commission. Overall, the consensus was made that this group of officials is far more receptive and willing to engage than the last. Questions were asked, conversations were struck, and while not all points were agreed upon, the dialogues were healthily back and forth, reciprocal, and the exchanges were more open than what the DORIS group experienced before. The portrait of Miss Duke hung behind us all, patient as ever to observe the fate of the person it depicts.
Anyone who would like to assist in the appeals process can visit our GoFundMe site or if you haven’t already, please go onto the Change.org petition and add your name to our family of support.
Updates will be available by November 6th. Thank you dear readers for the patience you have with my sporadic posts. At this time, the process is broken up into bits and pieces, and so I can only give so much information out at a time. Stay tuned!