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Historic Commission Regular & Special Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Special Session & Regular Meeting Minutes

April 4, 2007


Community Development/Engineering Services Building – 51 Winburn Way – Siskiyou Room


Historic Commissioners Present: Dale Shostrom, Tom Giordano, Alex Krach, Terry Skibby, Henry Baker, Keith Swink, Sam Whitford, Rob Saladoff,
Absent  Commission Members: none

Council Liaison: Eric Navickas

High School Liaison: None Appointed
SOU Liaison: None Appointed
Staff Present: Maria Harris, Senior Planner; Billie Boswell, Administration




At 6:05 pm, Chairman Dale Shostrom called the Historic Commission special session meeting to order. 


The Historic Commissioners reviewed the nominations for the Architectural Preservation Awards.  The following winners were selected:


            Historically Compatible New Commercial:                 96 North Main St

            Historically Compatible Commercial Renovation:      832 A Street

            Historically Compatible New Multi-Family:                  157 Sixth Street

            Historically Compatible New Residential:                   385 Pearl Street &150 Church Street

            Historically Compatible Residential Addition:             160 Church Street

            Historically Compatible Residential Restoration:       695 B Street & 570 Fairview Street

            Organization Award:                                                   Friends of the Ashland Public Library

            Individual Award:                                                         Jay Leighton


The Commissioners agreed to do a short descriptive write up due by May 1, 2007 to Ms. Boswell.


The Commissioners agreed to table the remaining Special Session agenda item until after the Public Hearing section of the regular meeting.




At 7:16 pm, Chairman Dale Shostrom called the Historic Commission meeting to order.




Mr. Krach made a motion to approve the minutes as presented and it was seconded by Mr. Swink. The motion passed unanimously. 


PUBLIC FORUM:  No speakers




The Commissioners agreed to delay discussion of the map until after the Public Hearings.




Planning Action 2007-00398

237 Almond Street

Site Review and Conditional Use permit to construct an Accessory Residential Unit (ARU)

Applicant: Don Sever/Juli Teitlebaum


Chairman Shostrom read the description of the proposed project.  Mr. Krach said he had a personal friendship with the applicant and recused himself from the meeting and left the room.  Chairman Shostrom confirmed there were no other conflicts of interest or exparte contacts. 


Ms. Harris explained the applicants want to build an Accessory Residential Unit in the back of the 12,000 square foot lot.  She said the project meets all of the criteria except that the asian inspired architectural style is different than the main house.  However there would be at least 60 feet of separation between the two homes and the ARU cannot be seen from Almond Street.


The applicant, Don Sever of 174 Strawberry Lane, explained that there were also several large trees and shrubs that further obscure sight of the proposed structure from the main house.  He said the roof material would be composition in earth tones and the house would be painted in light greens and browns.


There being no one in the audience wishing to speak, Chairman Shostrom closed the public meeting.


Mr. Giordano stated he liked the idea of it looking like two completely separate homes.  Mr. Skibby agreed.


With a motion by Mr. Skibby and a second by Mr. Baker, the Historic Commission unanimously recommended approval of the planning action for a Conditional Use Permit.


(Mr. Krach returned to the meeting).



A.      Planning Action 2006-00875

520 Fairview Street

Review of Building Permit

Applicant: Stewart Ward


The applicant, Stewart Ward, explained that the building colors would be similar to the colors on the Chanticleer Inn.  He passed out additional copies of the plans that showed the porch reduced in size, the siding changed from T-111 to Hardiplank horizontal siding.  The window trim would match the window trim on the rest of the house.  He also showed that they planned to remove a window on the east side and add a sliding glass door to the rear.  They were proposing an exposed aggregate walkway and steps up from the sidewalk.  Chairman Shostrom was concerned about the large expanse of wall without a window and also the large sliding door opening to only a 6-foot rear yard.  Mr. Ward said there was a 10-foot rear wall covered in Ivy so the slider would not be visible. 


Mr. Whitford suggested landscaping or a trellis could soften the wall expanse.  He felt the overall improvement to the look of the existing house would be so much better.


Chairman Shostrom felt using a trowel-smoothed and exposed sand finish on the walkway and steps would be more compatible than the exposed aggregate suggested.


With a motion by Mr. Whitford and a second by Mr. Swink, the Historic Commission unanimously recommended approval of the Building Permit.


B.      Review Board


April 5th

Terry, Keith, Rob

April 12th

Terry, Sam, Tom

April 19th

Terry, Henry, Dale

April 26th

Terry, Henry, Alex

May 3rd

Terry, Keith, Tom




PA #2000-120

485 “A” Street (Steve Hoxmeier)


PA #2004-102

832 “A” Street (Ilene Rubenstein)    DELETE-Complete


PA #2004-138

234 Vista St (Sid & Karen DeBoer)



685 A Street (William Reeves)



820 “C” Street (Randy & Helen Ellison)



11 First Street (Ron Yamaoka)



145 East Main St (Urban Development Services/SERA Arch)



125 Sherman Street (Russ Dale)



247 Third Street (Marc Valens & Anne Golden)



160 Nob Hill (ARU-Dan Heller & Don Sever)      DELETE-Complete



175 North Main (First Methodist Church Remodel)



520 Fairview Street (Stewart Ward-Porch)



A Street between 5th & 6th Streets (Tax Lot 6507 – Jerry Kenefick)



160 Helman (Siskiyou LLC & James Batzer-Commercial Buildings)



144 Second Street (Mary Nelke – Addition for Travelers Accom)



25 North Main Street (Allan Sandler – Masonic 3rd Story Addn)



237 Almond Street (Don Sever – ARU)




D.     National Historic Preservation Week 2007 – “Preservation Works!” – See Special Session minutes for Nomination information.  Events for the Historic Preservation Week Calendar – Sunday, May 13th, Ashland Cemetery Walking Tour; May 14-18, Archaeological Features and Artifacts; Tuesday, May 15th, Downtown Historic Walking Tour; Wednesday, May 16th, Ashland Memorial Mausoleum Self-guided Tour; Thursday, May 17th, Ashland Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony.


E.     Ashland School District – Mr. Krach expressed concern that there was still no information from the School District regarding what is proposed for Bellview School and the other schools more than 50 years old slated for renovation or replacement.  He said George Kramer has offered his assistance to the Historic Commission in working with the School District because this issue may be one of the most challenging over the next year.  Councilor Navickas stated he had spoken to some School Board members and that they feel their plans are a “done deal” and they don’t want anyone else having any word on what they can do.  Chairman Shostrom said a letter from the Commission to the School Board could be written asking about specifics of each project including timelines.  With a motion by Mr. Krach and a second by Mr. Whitford the Commission voted unanimously to informally contact George Kramer for consulting purposes.


F.      Lithia Springs National Register Nomination – No report


G.     Single Family Residential Design Standards – No report


H.     Co-Sponsorship with Conservation Commission for Fall Workshop – No report


NEW BUSINESS – Review of Map – “Age of Building in Ashland


Ms. Harris explained the map was a result of the Reconnaissance Survey and shows by color coding the concentration of older homes.  The largest concentration of the oldest homes will help identify potential survey areas.



DISCUSSION ITEMSEthics Ordinance  - Ms. Harris said  a decision on the Ethics Ordinance Amendment had not been finalized by Council and is on their agenda for the April 17, 2007 Council Meeting. Chairman Shostrom shared that he had testified at the last meeting.



COMMISSION ITEMS NOT ON AGENDAUnitarian Church sidewalk – Ms. Harris reviewed a proposed sidewalk replacement outside the Unitarian Church on C Street.  The applicants wanted to retain the look of the old sidewalk instead of bringing it to current standards that would include a parkrow.  Ms. Harris asked if this type of review should be brought to the full Commission meeting or to the Historic Review Board. The Commissioners felt these types of reviews could be done by the Historic Review Board.


Ray Kistler’s Glenn & North Main Street Project – Ms. Harris informed the Commissioners that this project had been appealed to the City Council.


Rob Saladoff’s Last Meeting – Chairman Shostrom and the Commissioners thanked Rob Saladoff for his contributions to the Historic Commission and he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a framed historical picture of the Dodge Building.





The next Historic Commission meeting will be on May 2, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the Siskiyou Room.




With a motion by Chairman Shostrom and a second by Mr. Whitford, it was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 p.m.

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