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Historic Commission Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Regular Meeting Minutes

May 2, 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, Jim Watkins
Absent  Commission Members: Sam Whitford

Council Liaison: Eric Navickas (8:00 pm)

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




At 7:10 pm, Chairman Dale Shostrom called the Historic Commission meeting to order.




Chairman Shostrom said he was contacted by Jay Leighton and she declined the nomination for the Individual Historic Preservation award.


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


PUBLIC FORUM:  No speakers




A.  Planning Action 2007-00567

900 Iowa Street

Conditional Use permit for a new Travelers Accommodation

Applicant: Bob & Cheryl Therkelsen


Chairman Shostrom read the description of the proposed project.  Chairman Shostrom asked if there were conflicts of interest or exparte contacts.  Mr. Skibby disclosed that he had spoken to the applicants briefly during a site visit.


Ms. Harris explained the applicants want to convert their house and living space above the detached garage to Travelers Accommodations.  Two units plus the owner’s unit will be in the main house.  Two additional units will be in the detached living space.  Except for the addition of one parking space, no exterior changes are proposed to the site or existing buildings as part of this proposal.  Ms. Harris stated staff has preliminarily approved the application.


The applicant, Bob Therkelsen, explained the minor upgrades they were planning to make the house such as plumbing, electrical, thermo windows and additional insulation.  Mr. Watkins asked where the additional parking would be located.  Mr. Therkelsen said they had four spaces and needed six.  They were planning on converting the garage back to parking and an old carport would be removed but the pad would remain for parking.  Mr. Krach asked about the unpainted brick extension and Mr. Therkelsen said it was a covered brick walled patio that was enclosed 15-20 years ago.  The brick was left unpainted.


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


Mr. Skibby stated he liked the project as it would be a good improvement.


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


B.  Planning Action 2007-00503

Subject Property: 105 Nutley Street

Conditional Use Permit

Applicant: Stephen Casey


Chairman Shostrom read the description of the proposed project.  Chairman Shostrom asked if there were conflicts of interest or exparte contacts.  Chairman Shostrom disclosed that he had spoken to the contractor, Stephen Dewey. 


Ms. Harris explained that the existing structure is only 2 feet 4 inches from the property line so a conditional use is required to add a second story addition.  She said a requirement for matching the existing siding instead of using Hardiplank was a condition of the Pre-Application meeting with the Historic Commission.


There being no one representing the applicants and no one in the audience wishing to speak, the public meeting was closed.


Mr. Skibby said there were two houses moved onto the property.  Chairman Shostrom felt the plans submitted were insufficient in showing what is existing and what is proposed.  Mr. Swink stated that the plans submitted still showed Hardiplank siding and it wasn’t clear what materials would be used where.  It was also pointed out that the floor plan did not match the elevations on window placement.


With a motion by Chairman Shostrom and a second by Mr. Swink, the Historic Commissioners voted unanimously to recommend the application be continued because insufficient information is provided to evaluate the architectural changes to the residence.  The Historic Commission can not analyze the proposal in relation to the Conditional Use Permit criteria – specifically architectural compatibility with the impact area and the Historic District Design Standards.  Recommend the following information is provided in the application. 


  • Elevations clearly depicting all proposed changes.
  • Existing elevations with accurate window and trim sizes.
  • Height – is the ridgeline changing, getting higher?  Address the existing roof form and proposed modifications.
  • Clarify existing siding types and what the plan is to integrate with new additions.
  • Detail on the proposed window sizes, location and trim details.
  • Clarify roof materials and location (existing and proposed).
  • Provide floor plans that accurately reflect window locations in relation to elevations.
  • Highly recommend applicant attend Historic Commission meeting to answer questions.




A.      Planning Action 2007-00545

11 First Street

Review of Building Permit

Applicant: Ron Yamaoka/Bill Emerson


Mr. Giordano recused himself because of his involvement on the project and left the building. (He didn’t return).

Ms. Harris passed out the original conditions of approval for the 3-story structure and explained that the building has been modified to a 2-story structure but that the original conditions still applied.


The applicant’s representative, Bill Emerson, said the applicant had decided to use real brick instead of the narrow brick facing.  He showed the brick color choices in a smooth finish.  The stucco siding colors were also shown and he said the color would be added to the stucco finish rather than painted on.


Mr. Emerson also passed out a revised landscape plan showing the new curb and ramp, the low wall and guardrail.  He explained that the original plan does not show these details because he was under the impression that those items would be decided on site during construction.  Ms. Harris confirmed that they needed to be part of the building permit submittal.


Chairman Shostrom asked about the height of the cornice.  Mr. Emerson said it was designed to hide the heating and A/C units.  He also confirmed that no decision had been made on awnings and signs.  Those would be submitted for separately.


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


Mr. Navickas, City Council Liaison, commented that he didn’t like the arched stone detail above the window because he felt it didn’t reflect the real design of a lintel.  He also disclosed that he had ex parte contact because he had made comments on this project in prior Planning Commission meetings where this action was heard.


Chairman Shostrom introduced Gary DeCock, project manager from Heery International for the Ashland School District.


B.      Review Board


May 3rd 

Terry, Keith, Tom

May 10th

Terry, Jim, Dale

May 17th

Terry, Henry, Tom

May 24th

Terry, Jim, Dale, Tom

May 31st

Terry, Alex, Sam

June 7th

Terry, Keith, Henry




PA #2000-120

485 “A” Street (Steve Hoxmeier)   DELETE - Completed


PA #2004-138

234 Vista St (Sid & Karen DeBoer)



685 A Street (William Reeves)  Completed - DELETE



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)  Complete - DELETE



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!” – Mr. Skibby said he would have the pictures available to Mr. Swink by Friday for framing.


E.     Ashland School District – Chairman Shostrom said he has been attending the School Board meetings.  He also met with Julie DiChiro regarding the school bond projects and has attended the design meetings.  He said the High School remodel and addition proposal looked good.  There was also a meeting last night at Bellview School with Gary DeCock, the architects, the Design Committee, the Planning Commission, Julia DeChiro and planners from the City’s Planning Department.  George Kramer said the school was built in 1929 with several additions.  There are several buildings still standing from the original community logging town located near the school.  Mr. Swink suggested the building could be registered on the National Register and may be eligible for tax incentives.  He also stated that he had attended three of the original School Bond meetings and he brought up preservation of the historically significant building which contradicts statements made by the Tidings.  Mr. Krach felt a rebuttal addressed to the Tribune editor was needed.  He also suggested contacting the National Trust who may be interested in helping the Historic Commission protect the historic schools.  Mr. Krach offered to draft a letter to the Tidings editor and ask for the opportunity to rebut as a guest opinion article.  There was consensus by the Historic Commissioners.


F.      Lithia Springs National Register Nomination – Ms. Harris said she would check on the meeting that was suppose to have been set by the Parks Department for the lease renewal.  Chairman Shostrom asked that she also check to see if the property owner is required to sign off on a National Registration of a property.


G.     Single Family Residential Design Standards – No report


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




Mr. Krach suggested the Commissioners read about “Congress for the New Urbanism” at


Ms. Harris stated that she had passed out the 2005 Goals and there would be an agenda item on the June meeting to update those goals for 2007/2008.


Ethics Ordinance – Chairman Shostrom asked Mr. Navickas when the Ethics Ordinance would be going to the City Council.  Mr. Navickas said it would be heard at the next Study Session.




The next Historic Commission meeting will be on June 6, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the Siskiyou Room.




With a motion by Chairman Shostrom and a second by Mr. Baker, it was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 10:30 p.m.

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