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Kirby upset over window issue
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The debate on the use of vinyl windows in McMinnville’s downtown historic district is heating up rather than coming to an end.“This action has really made a liar out of me,” said Bobby Kirby, Historic Zoning Commission chairman, during the November meeting. “What’s done is done, but I don’t think there was a follow through on what we agreed to do and it makes me look really bad.”Leading to Kirby’s discontent was October’s vote to reject a request by local attorney Larry Ross to place vinyl windows on the second floor of his property at 110-112 E. Main Street. Ross installed the windows before making the request.Kirby, who missed the meeting in October, was asked during September’s meeting to contact Ross with a compromise: If he allowed the city to remove the awning in front of his property, the Historic Zoning Commission would grant his request and allow the windows to stay.Kirby says after he received a verbal agreement from Ross to compromise, he told Ross he did not have to attend the October meeting.“I felt this was a done deal,” said Kirby.