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Historic Commission Regular Meeting Minutes

Monday, July 02, 2007


Regular Meeting Minutes

July 2, 2007


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


Historic Commissioners Present: Dale Shostrom, Tom Giordano, Terry Skibby, Henry Baker, Jim Watkins, Sam Whitford, Allison Renwick
Absent  Commission Members: Keith Swink, Alex Krach

Council Liaison: Eric Navickas - Absent

High School Liaison: None Appointed
SOU Liaison: None Appointed
Staff Present: Maria Harris, Senior Planner




At 7:05 pm, Chairman Dale Shostrom called the Historic Commission meeting to order.  New Historic Commissioner, Allison Renwick, was introduced and she gave a little history of her background




Mr. Watkins pointed out that on page 2, Project Assignments, he was assigned the 80 Wimer Street project rather than Mr. Baker as shown.


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


PUBLIC FORUM:  No speakers




A.  Planning Action 2007-00579

485 A Street

Modification of previously approved Site Review

Applicant: Heiland Hoff


Chairman Shostrom read the description of the proposed project.  Chairman Shostrom asked if there were conflicts of interest or exparte contacts.  There were none.


Ms. Harris explained a planning action for a mixed use building was approved in 2000.  This application is for a revision of the parking lot layout to move some of the parking spaces to the side of the building.  Staff has approved the application.  Mr. Giordano asked about the passageway between the existing and proposed buildings.  Ms. Harris said they applicants will have to go through site review when buildings are actually constructed.  Staff looked only at driveway and parking lot for this planning action.  Mr. Skibby asked about the parking requirements for the proposed building.  Ms. Harris said the parking lot layout was planned for both phases.  Mr. Baker asked about the easement.  Ms. Harris said there was a 10-foot easement for a bike path but the City Engineering department said there was enough room and an easement was not needed.  There were no further questions of staff.


The applicant, Steve Hoxmeier, explained that he had realized some of the parking spaces were not designed well to get in and out of so the architect, Heiland Hoff, redesigned the parking layout.  He also explained the sidewalk design was permanent instead of temporary as shown on the original plan.  Ms. Renwick questioned the change in square footage of the new building.  Mr. Hoxmeier said the design of the building was affected by the change in the new parking layout.  Mr. Skibby commented there appeared to be more landscape screening than on the original plan which he felt was important to screen the parking and the side of the building.  There were no further questions of the applicant.


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



With a motion by Mr. Giordano and a second by Mr. Whitford, the Historic Commission unanimously recommended approval.




A.      Review Board –


July 5th

Terry, Keith, Dale

July 12th

Terry, James, Allison

July 19th

Terry, Tom, Alex

July 26th

Terry, Sam, Allison

August 2nd

Terry, Henry, Dale

August 9th

Terry, Keith, James



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)



485 A Street (Hoxmeier – Modification of Site Review for Mixed Use)




C.     Ashland School District – Chairman Shostrom reported the School District held an open house the previous week.  Mr. Watkins suggested writing a letter of accommodation to the School District.  Chairman Shostrom thought the Historic Commission could develop a history for the School to celebrate by building on the paper produced for some of the early school meetings.  The first public meeting for design specifics on Bellview Elementary will be on July 10th, 2-4pm at Bellview Elementary and for Ashland High School on July 11th, 2:30-4:15pm at Lincoln Elementary.


D.     Ashland Library – Mr. Skibby said John Sexton has created an Ashland Library website ( to keep abreast of the latest information on the Library.  Mr. Skibby mentioned that support of the Ashland Library should have been put on the Historic Commission’s goals.  Ms. Harris said the goals had already been sent to the Council.


E.     Ethics Ordinance – Chairman Shostrom said the Ethics Ordinance had been pushed to the July 17th City Council meeting at 7:00 pm.


F.      Lithia Springs National Register Nomination – Ms. Harris said a Gun Club lease contract will be prepared by the Parks Department and presented to the Council later this summer.  She said she would watch the Council agendas for a date.  Mr. Baker asked about the nomination.  Ms. Harris said George Kramer suggested rather than starting with a Historic Nomination the Commission should work on creating a management plan designed to protect the historic resources of the property.  She suggested maybe coordinating with Parks Department.  Mr. Giordano thought the lease should include a management plan. Chairman Shostrom also brought up the environmental issues.  Ms. Harris suggested a representative from the Historic Commission informally sit down with someone from the Parks Department to discuss these issues.  Chairman Shostrom said he would contact them.


Mr. Skibby asked about the Lithia Fountain reconstruction.  Ms. Harris said she had received a copy of a report detailing the fixing of the plumbing, the granite, and the new basins.  Public Works has a $35,000 budget.  They should start later this summer. 


G.    Single Family Residential Design Standards – No report


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





A.      Renewal of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions membership – OK to renew


B.     Invitation to join the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) – Put this on the August agenda.






The next Historic Commission meeting will be on August 8, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the Siskiyou Room.




It was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 7:54 p.m.

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