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Historic Commission Meeting

Agenda
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

ASHLAND HISTORIC COMMISSION
Meeting Minutes
 
February 4, 2015
 
Community Development/Engineering Services Building – 51 Winburn Way – Siskiyou Room
 
REGULAR MEETING - CALL TO ORDER  6:03p.m. – SISKIYOU ROOM in the Community Development/Engineering Services Building, located at 51 Winburn Way
Historic Commissioners Present:  Mr. Skibby, Mr. Swink, Mr. Shostrom, Mr. Giordano, Ms. Renwick, Mr. Whitford, Mr. Emery, Mr. Ladygo
Commission Members Absent:  Ms. KenCairn (U)
Council Liaison :  Carol Voisin
Staff Present: Staff Liaison: Amy Gunter, Clerk: Regan Trapp
 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Mr. Whitford motioned to approve minutes from January 7, 2015.  Mr. Swink seconded.  Mr. Giordano abstained.  No one opposed.
 
PUBLIC FORUM:   
There was no one in the audience wishing to speak.
 
COUNCIL LIAISON REPORT:
Mr. Skibby introduced Ms. Voisin to the Commission.  Ms. Voisin gave the council liaison report.  She stated that the City Council discussed the welcome center at ODOT but clarified that no decision was made.  Ms. Voisin noted that there was a study session, regarding a group of citizens that would like to start a Culture of Peace Commission.  She announced that they are meeting with the City Council and discussing how to move forward with this.   She also noted that the City Council passed a height restriction, to be raised to 55 feet, in the D-1 & C-1 zones(downtown and some historic). The fire chief expressed concern regarding this change as they only have aerial ladders that reach up to two stories high.  The City Council will be looking into this issue.   Ms. Voisin went on to say that, on February 17, 2015, the City Council will be discussing hanging baskets on the downtown streetlights and they will also be giving a risk management report.  She announced that the annual presentation to City Council, from the Historic Commission is April 21, 2015.  They will also be discussing quorum requirements for City Commissions at this time.  Ms. Voisin also added that the Police Department gave an update on the Hannah Thomas-Garner case.   She reported that the City is looking for and recruiting for a Chief of Police.  She added that the  budget  process is beginning and they will start discussing it on  Feb 19, 2015.
 
PLANNING ACTION REVIEW:
 
PLANNING ACTION:  2014-02206
SUBJECT PROPERTY:  485 A Street
OWNER/APPLICANT:   Steve & Kathy Hoxmeier
DESCRIPTION:  A request for site design review approval to add approximately 200 square feet to the existing mixed use commercial building located at 485 A Street.  COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION: Employment; ZONING: E-1;  ASSESSOR’S MAP: 39 1E 04AB; TAX LOTS: 6500
 
 
Ms. Gunter gave the staff report on PA-2014-02206.
 
Mr. Skibby opened the public hearing to the applicant.
 
Mr. Steve Hoxmeier, of  485 A Street, presented to the Commission.  Mr. Hoxmeier  stated that nothing has changed since his submittal  and this was the same plan that was presented earlier to the commission. 
 
Mr. Skibby closed the public hearing and opened up to the commission for comments. 
 
Mr. Whitford motioned to approve PA-2014-02206 and Ms. Renwick seconded. No one opposed.
 
OLD BUSINESS: 
There was no old business to discuss.
 
NEW ITEMS:
Review Board Schedule

Project Assignments for planning actions  Ms. Renwick reported on the project at 270 N. First Street.  She stated that they have roofed the front porch in metal.   

Historic Preservation Week  Ms. Gunter gave the Commission an update on Historic Preservation Week.  She conveyed to the commissioners that they should divide up the list of nominees and report back on what should be removed or added.  They discussed the different awards and possible award recipients.  Nominations need to be finalized for the March meeting.  Mr. Skibby pointed out that he would like the walking tour to be a different neighborhood, possibly Downtown. 
 
Historic Preservation Awards Nominees:
Dale/Terry – 568 Fairview, 522 & 528 Rock, 247 Oak
Tom/Andrew – 117 Helman, 175 Lithia, 14 Calle Guanajuato, 66 Water
Bill/Allison – 469 Allison, 201 Gresham, 315 High, 374 Hargadine
Keith/Sam – 5 Scenic, 368 Scenic, 83 Morton, 56 Church
 
 
DISCUSSION ITEMS:

Chautauqua Square:  (Terry/Carol)
Mr. Skibby reported on the Chautauqua Square fountain.  He presented pictures of the fountain to the Commission. He stated that the fountain is in pretty bad condition (water leakage and maintenance of the marble are big factors) but that the city would like to save the gargoyle piece off the fountain.  Mr. Skibby pointed out that the decision to save it is up to OSF and their lease says that they can do whatever they want with the fountain.  Ms. Voisin reported that the lease says that if OSF asks for removal of the fountain then they have to pay for it. She also pointed out that the responsible party for upkeep of the fountain was OSF and they did not maintain it at all.  According to Ms. Voisin, the cost would be around $2,000 to $3,000 to remove it.  Ms. Voisin suggested to the Commission that they send emails of support to City Council if they would like to keep the fountain.  She added that if needed, they could make a bid on the fountain but they would have to remove it themselves.  Mr. Giordano asked for an extension on the date for salvage (date for salvage is by 4pm on February 12, 2015) and would like it to be relocated.  Mr. Shostrom suggested that they find someone that wants to take the salvage and re-use it.   There were lots of suggestions as to what should be done with the fountain but no decision was made by the Commission.  Mr. Skibby, Ms. Voisin, and Ms. Gunter stressed the importance of the Commission backing the letter of support for the Chautauqua Square fountain. Commissioners will “reply all” on the email to the City Council regarding Mr. Skibby’s letter of support for the Chautauqua Square fountain.   Ms. Voisin asked the Commission if they felt they should have had input before a decision was made by the City Council.  The Commission agreed that they should have had more notice since the fountain is located in the Historic district.  Ms. Gunter and Ms. Voisin impressed upon the importance of the Historic Commission having input on all projects going on in the Historic District.  There was much discussion on how to keep projects on the Historic Commission’s radar so they do not slip through the cracks. 
 
Mr. Skibby gave an update on what the Downtown Beautification Committee is working on.  He asked that there be an agenda item specifically for updates from the Downtown Beautification Committee. 
 
Ms. Voisin discussed some of upcoming projects that the Historic Commission may not know about.  One of those projects is the restructuring of N. Main.  Ms. Gunter stated that she will speak with Mr. Faught to see if he can give a presentation with plans regarding this at the next meeting. 
Ms. Gunter will give a report on this meeting to Mr. Molnar and will say that the Historic Commission would like to be included in all projects within the Historic District when they are initialized. 
 
Review Board Schedule
February 5th Keith, Bill, Andrew
February 12th Tom, Terry, Sam
February 19th Terry, Sam, Bill
February 26th Terry, Andrew, Allison
March 5th Keith, Bill, Terry
 
 
Project Assignments for Planning Actions – Review Update
PA-2014-01956 Lithia & First All
PA-2014-01880 280 Liberty Skibby
PA-2014-01126 345 Lithia Way-Gas station conversion to retail/restaurant-No building permit yet Giordano
PA-2014-00725 469 Allison Swink
PA-2014-00710/711 143/135 Nutley Swink and Whitford
PA-2014-01283 172 Skidmore Shostrom
PA-2014-00251 30 S. First St. – No new permits issued Whitford
PA-2013-01421 270 N. First St. Renwick
PA-2013-01828 310 Oak St. (Thompson) Shostrom
PA-2014-02206 485 A Street Renwick
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS & INFORMATIONAL ITEMS:
Next meeting is scheduled for March 4, 2015, 6:00 pm.
There being no other items to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 8:00pm.
Respectfully submitted by Regan Trapp
 
 

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