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Agendas and Minutes

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Historic Commission Regular Meeting

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Meeting Minutes

April 7, 2010


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




Historic Commissioners Present: Dale Shostrom, Terry Skibby, Sam Whitford, Allison Renwick, James Watkins, Henry Baker, Tom Giordano

Commission Members Absent: Alex Krach, Keith Swink

Council Liaison: Russ Sibilger –  absent

High School Liaison: None Appointed
SOU Liaison: None Appointed
Staff Present: Planner: Derek Severson; Clerk: Billie Boswell




Mr. Watkins moved to approve the March 3, 2010 minutes as presented and the motion was seconded by Mr. Baker. The minutes were approved unanimously by the remaining Commissioners. Ms. Renwick abstained due to being absent. 


PUBLIC FORUM:   Colin Swales said he was on the Transportation Commission but was making his request as an Ashland citizen. He explained that the Transportation Commission was updating the Transportation System Plan and discussing various upgrade projects, particularly in the historic Railroad district.  He suggested that the Commissioners may want to appoint a liaison to be notified of agendas and minutes and attend the meetings as necessary to be involved in any decisions within the historic districts.  Terry Skibby and Tom Giordano volunteered and asked staff to request they be added to the mailing list for all Transportation Commission agendas and minutes.  Mr. Swales also informed the Commissioners that the Sanborn Maps were available on Ashland’s website but that there was no direct link.  They could be found by doing a search.


There being no one else wishing to speak, Chairman Shostrom closed the Public Forum.



A.  Elks Club Anniversary - Pete Belcastro and Chris Garcia detailed the 100th Anniversary of the Elks Club’s historic building to be held in October, 2010.  The original dedication of the building was October 15, 1910 and there were several events that will be reenacted by the Elks during the week of October 7, 2010.  They commented about the 800+ photo collection belonging to one of their members, Bill Elhart,that will be scanned and displayed.  The Historic Commission was asked to be a co-sponsor of the event.  The Commissioners all agreed to support the event.



PLANNING ACTIONS:       2010-00218

SUBJECT PROPERTIES:   635 Siskiyou Blvd.

APPLICANT:  Helen Larson Trust / Steven Larson

DESCRIPTION:  A request for Site Review and Conditional Use Permit approval to operate a two-unit Traveler’s Accommodation (including an owner’s unit plus one guest unit) for the property located at 635 Siskiyou Blvd. 

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION:  Low Density Multi-Family Residential; ZONING: R-2; ASSESSOR’S MAP #: 39 1E 09 DB; TAX LOT: 14600


Chairman Shostrom revealed he had worked for the owners to design a previous remodel but felt he could fairly review this project.  There were no objections from the other Commissions nor from the applicants or the audience.  Chairman Shostrom confirmed there were no ex parte contacts or any conflicts of interest among the remaining Commissioners.


Mr. Severson said the home had previously been a Traveler’s Accommodation until 2002 when it was converted back to a single family residence.  Mr. Skibby asked about changes and there will be no changes to the exterior, landscape or driveway.  The owner, Steve Larson, explained that they were trying to defray costs in order to keep the home in the family.  Mr. Watkins asked the owner about signage and was told it would probably be mounted on the railing in the front of the house and would be designed to match.  Mr. Skibby related that there originally was a bay window that was removed when the house was moved to its current location.   There being no further questions and no one in the audience to speak, the public hearing was closed.


Mr. Whitford made a motion to recommend approval of the project as presented.  Mr. Baker seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.



A.  Historic Preservation Week (“Old is the New Green” May 9-15th) – Ms. Boswell updated the Commissioners on the Open House.  Adam Hanks is working with the Chamber of Commerce to coordinate their plan for open houses with ours.  We are hoping to get a list from them soon to create a brochure.  The Award ceremony is confirmed to be held at the Community Center on Tuesday, May 11th at noon.  We have the room from 11:30 – 2:00 pm.  Ms. Boswell reminded the Commissioners to get their “blurbs” in by the end of the week.  Ms. Boswell agreed to write up the blurbs for the 3 authors. Terry agreed to get pictures submitted by April 26, 2010.  Ms. Boswell agreed to write up the blurbs for the 3 authors.


B.  Review Board Schedule


April 8th

Terry, Keith, Alex

April 15th

Terry, Jim, Henry

April 22nd

Terry, Sam, Tom

April 29th

Terry, Allison, Dale

May 6th

Terry, Keith, Alex


C.  Project Assignments for Planning Actions – No project assignments were made.


160 Helman (Batzer-Comm Bldgs) {Expires 5/26/10}




175 Lithia Wy (formerly 165 Lithia) Archerd & Dresner-Mixed Use Bldg – (Expires 7/25/10)



165 W Fork – New SFR on hillside (Ashley Jensen) (Permit ready to issue)



568 E Main St (McKechnie) Cucina Biazzi enclosed dining area (Permit approved-not issued; expires 8/10/10. )



426 A St (Sidney Brown) Mixed Use Bldg  (No permit yet; expires 8/28/10)



155-157 Sixth St (Renwick) Addition (under construction)



255 E Main (Ashland Elks) Balcony on rear  (No permit yet; expires 8/27/10.)



163 N Pioneer (Intatto Coffee) Coffee shop & roaster  (under construction)



175 N Pioneer (Deli) Terrell




A.  CLG Grant Update – Mr. Severson said the request for the grant to update the Historic Design Standards for $15,360 will go to City Council on April 20, 2010.


B.  Mr. Watkins informed the Commissioners that he is not renewing his position on the Historic Commission and that this was his last full Commission meeting.  He would do the Review Board on April 15th.  Several Commissioners thanked Jim for his participation and contributions.  Ms. Renwick said she was aware of a neighbor who may be interested in joining the Commission and would let her know of the opening.


C.  Gun Club Lease – Mr. Whitford asked about the 1-year lease extension granted to the Ashland Gun Club by the City Council.  Mr. Severson said it allowed further environmental studies for contamination. He also said that Public Works had contacted the Gun Club about the debris burning issue and they won’t do it again.  It was recommended that George Kramer help to design information signs to be put up.



It was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 6:55 p.m.

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