For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ALTERATION.  Any exterior change that would affect the historic, archeological, or architectural significance of a designated site or structure, any portion of which is visible or intended to be visible from a public way, including, but not limited to, construction, reconstruction, moving, or demolition.
   APPURTENANCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL SETTINGS.  Walkways and driveways, whether paved or not, trees, landscaping, pastures, croplands, and waterways.
   DEMOLITION.  Any willful neglect in maintenance and repair of a structure, not including any appurtenances or environmental settings, that does not result from a financial inability to maintain and repair the structure and that threatens to result in any substantial deterioration of the exterior features of the structure. DEMOLITION shall also mean to tear down or to raze.
   DISTRICT.  Area(s) within the boundaries as defined and designated by § 93-4 of this chapter.
   EXTERIOR FEATURES.  Architectural style, design, and general arrangement of the exterior of an historic structure, including the nature and texture of building material, and the type and style of all windows, doors, light fixtures, signs, or similar items found on or related to the exterior of an historic structure.
   LANDMARK.  Any designated site or structure outside the boundaries of a preservation district that is of exceptional historic, archeological, or architectural significance.
   ORDINARY OR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE.  Includes any work for which a building permit is not required by law, the purpose and effect of the work being to correct any deterioration or decay of or damage to a structure or any part thereof and to restore the same, as nearly as may be practicable, to its condition prior to the occurrence of the deterioration, decay, or damage, and does not alter the exterior fabric or features of a site or structure and makes no change to the historical, archeological, or architectural significance of the historical site or structure. A replacement that would result in a change in material, though not a change in appearance, shall require a certificate of Historic District Commission approval. Activities considered as ORDINARY OR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE include, but are not limited to, repainted and exact replacement of rotted or deteriorated materials. However, unaltered materials such as brick, stone, and wood clapboard or shingles in their natural state shall not be painted without the express approval of the Historic District Commission.
   PUBLIC WAY.  Streets, roads, public alleys, public easements and rights-of-way, or waterways.
   SITE.  Location of an event of historic significance or a structure, whether standing or ruined, which possesses historic, architectural, archeological, or cultural significance.
   STRUCTURE.  Combination of materials to form a construction that is stable, including, among other things, buildings, stadiums, reviewing stands, platforms, stagings, bridges, observation towers, radio towers, tanks and towers, trestles, piers, paving, bulkheads, wharves, sheds, coal bins, shelters, fences, and signs as defined in the town zoning ordinance, visible or intended to be visible from a public way. The term also includes natural land formations and appurtenances and environmental settings. The term shall be construed as if followed by the words "or part thereof."
(Ord. 4-83, passed 11-9-1983; Ord. 7-95, passed 2-22-1996)