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Historic Commission Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Regular Meeting Minutes

June 6, 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, Sam Whitford
Absent  Commission Members: None

Council Liaison: Eric Navickas - Absent

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




At 7:05 pm, Chairman Dale Shostrom called the Historic Commission meeting to order.




Mr. Whitford pointed out that he was listed as being at the May 2, 2007 meeting but was absent.  He was also credited with making a motion with a second by Mr. Swink.  His name was removed from the Historic Commissioners present section and the motion was changed to reflect the motion was made by Mr. Swink with a second by Mr. Skibby.  Mr. Krach said on page 4 under Discussion Items, Urbanist should be Urbanism.


Mr. Swink made a motion to approve the minutes as amended and it was seconded by Mr. Baker. Mr. Whitford abstained. The motion passed unanimously by the remaining Commissioners.


PUBLIC FORUM:  Huells spoke regarding the solar needs of Bellview School.  He felt the new building needed to be moved in order to take the best advantage of available sunlight in order to allow for zero net energy.  He also asked the Commissioners about sidewalks being added or replaced within the Historic Districts using a less white coloring in order to look more historic. Mr. Skibby said the Historic Review Board had met with Public Works and that they would make sure their standards called for a more beige coloring for all sidewalks in the Historic District.




A.  Planning Action 2007-00798

80 Wimer Street

Conditional Use Permit to Exceed the Maximum Permitted Floor Area (MPFA)

Applicant: Thomas Petersen


Chairman Shostrom read the description of the proposed project.  Chairman Shostrom asked if there were conflicts of interest or exparte contacts.  Mr. Giordano and Mr. Skibby disclosed that the applicants had attended a Historic Review Board meeting where the project was discussed and that they had noted the proposal exceeded the MPFA.


Ms. Harris explained the applicants had a 2004 planning action approving a Conditional Use permit to exceed the MPFA by 12.5% for an addition done on the west side in the garage area.  This addition will bring the MPFA to 22%.  However, because of heavy vegetation, she said it would be difficult to see from the street.  Ms. Harris said that staff had administratively approved the request subject to the conditions of the Historic Commission including the Pre-Application recommendation that the siding, trim and paint match the existing.  She also asked the Commissioners to comment on the compatibility of the rounded windows since it was written as an issue during the Pre-App.


The owner, Tom Petersen of 80 Wimer Street, explained that the arched windows matched several other windows not visible from the front plus several arched details inside the house and on a gate.  The applicant asked Ms. Harris about the requirement for a Tree Protection.  Ms. Harris referred him to his planner, Angela Barry.


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


Mr. Skibby felt the bulk and scale was acceptable.  Mr. Baker said the addition would not be seen from the street.  Mr. Whitford agreed.  Chairman Shostrom asked about the arched windows not being compatible.  He commented that it wasn’t visible.  Mr. Skibby felt the arched window was important to the interior design and should be allowed.


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




A.      Review Board –


June 7th

Terry, Alex, Henry

June 14th

Terry, Keith, Jim

June 21st

Terry, Sam, Alex

June 28th

Terry, Henry, Tom

July 5th

Terry, Keith, Dale



B.     PROJECT ASSIGNMENTS FOR PLANNING ACTIONS  - Mr. Whitford commented on how well the 144 Second Street project was coming along.  Ms. Harris also commented on the work done on the Potacki project on Pioneer Street where the old porch was opened up and restored.


PA #2004-138

234 Vista St (Sid & Karen DeBoer)



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)



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)



80 Wimer Street (Thomas Petersen – Kitchen Addition)



C.     National Historic Preservation Week 2007 – Review – Mr. Skibby said he had 40-50 people show up for the Cemetery tour and about 25 for the Downtown tour.  Mr. Swink said the lobby artifacts display was very good and he would like to see something like that on permanent display.


D.     Ashland School District – Chairman Shostrom said he and Mr. Swink attended the Bellview school design meeting where the architects divided the participants into two groups to brainstorm design ideas.  These ideas were then used by the architects to produce a third design which incorporated many of the suggestions.  Chairman Shostrom said a similar meeting would be done with the High School project.  Mr. Baker asked about the rebuttal to the editorial in the Daily Tidings.  The rebuttal was not printed because it was too long, but copies of the rebuttal were sent out to all the school participants.  Since then, the School is more seriously considering retaining the current structures because of the cost savings and the additional space available.


E.     Ethics Ordinance – Chairman Shostrom and Mr. Swink attended the City Council meeting but the Ethics Ordinance agenda item was continued for a few months.  They commented on the great letters that were sent by several of the Commissioners.


F.      Lithia Springs National Register Nomination – Ms. Harris said the current Gun Club lease was set to expire May 1, 2009 and that the City Council asked the Parks Department to draw up a lease extension agreement.  She said she would watch the Council agenda to see when it would be discussed again.  Ms. Harris handed out a memo dated 7-7-05 from George Kramer explaining that private property needs approval of the owner for Historic Registration.  Public property does not.  In that memo, Mr. Kramer had asked the City for a management plan and an inventory of what is there.  Ms. Harris said she would check with Public Works on the status of the Lithia Water fountains and what the timeline is.


G.     Single Family Residential Design Standards – No report


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





A.      July HC Meeting Date – Since the July meeting date would be July 4th, a holiday, the Commissioners agreed to change the meeting to Monday, July 2nd.


B.     2007-2008 Historic Commission Goals –

  • Identify and survey historic homes outside current Historic District Boundaries and inside Ashland City Limits
  • Protect historic resources and Lithia water at Lithia Springs Property
  • Develop Single-Family Residential Design Standards
  • Work with Conservation Commission to develop public education effort on conservation benefits of preserving historic structures and to develop green standard for historic construction
  • Complete Evaluation of Ashland Historic Preservation Program
  • Work with School District to preserve historic neighborhood schools


DISCUSSION ITEMS – Mr. Skibby asked that the Public Library be retained on the agenda under “Old Business” until a permanent solution is found.  Chairman Shostrom commented that the City Council had discussed a Library Bond at their meeting.




The next Historic Commission meeting will be on July 2, 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 8:35 p.m.

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