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Agendas and Minutes

Historic Commission (View All)

Regular Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, April 03, 2002

April 3, 2002


At 7:00 p.m., Chairperson Shostrom called the meeting to order at the Community Center. Members present were Terry Skibby, Dale Shostrom, Gary Foll, Jay Leighton, Rob Saladoff, Joan Steele, Keith Chambers and Joanne Krippaehne. Also present were Secretary Sonja Akerman and Council Liaison Cameron Hanson. Member Kay Maser was unable to attend the meeting.


Leighton moved and Foll seconded to approve the minutes of the March 6, 2002 meeting as submitted. The motion was unanimously passed.


Planning Action 2002-023
Conditional Use Permit
660 "B" Street
Susan Dempsay

Shostrom stated this application is for the expansion of an existing non-conforming garage/tool-shed. The structure is 18 inches from the side property line and since it does not meet the required six-foot setback, a Conditional Use Permit is required.

Owner Susan Dempsay said she bought the property last September and would like to add eight feet on to the tool-shed portion to make it a useable room. A leaky spa had evidently been located in the structure and it appears as though major damage has occurred as a result. A toilet and shower are already plumbed in the building. She explained she would like to use the new space for visiting guests and a place to work on her crafts. She is in the process of landscaping now. When asked, she answered the fence would remain. She also noted it is just the garage that is non-conforming. Chambers asked Dempsay if she would be interested in removing the wall between the garage and shed if the garage is not used much. Dempsay replied she has no intention of removing the wall. She also maintained that she would not rent out the space, which is the main concern of the neighbor who called this action up for a public hearing. Dempsay said she has assured the neighbor it will not be used as a rental unit and told her she should go to the City if it does happen in the future.

The Commission agreed the design of the addition will fit in well with the building and the house.

Chambers moved to recommend approval of this application to the Planning Commission with the conditions in the Staff Report. Krippaehne seconded the motion and it was unanimously passed.

Planning Action 2002-041
Conditional Use Permit
34 Union Street
Nancy Morgan

Shostrom explained this application is for the transfer of ownership for a five-unit traveler's accommodation. There will be no exterior changes.

Chambers moved and Steele seconded to recommend approval of this application to the Planning Commission. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.


Caroline Spear, high school Catalyst Program teacher, and artist Sue Douglas brought photos of students working on the mosaic tiles for the walkway at Triangle Park and a tile section that will be used in the walkway. Spear said the walkway might have to be moved over a bit due to large tree roots. Shostrom volunteered to meet with Spear, Douglas, Parks Department arborist Donn Todt and Parks Superintendent Steve Geis in order to make the final determination of the walkway location. Other members are also welcome at the meeting. Spear said the walkway should be completed by the end of April and she is hoping to have the dedication during National Historic Preservation Week. If all works out, the ceremony and ribbon cutting will be on May 16 at 10:00 a.m. Mayor Alan DeBoer will be asked to cut the ribbon and say a few words. Chambers stressed the importance of making sure the concrete work is done correctly.


Review Board - Following is the April schedule for the Review Board, which meets every Thursday from 3:00 to at least 3:30 p.m. in the Planning Department:

April 4

Skibby and Foll

April 11

Skibby, Chambers and Krippaehne

April 18

Skibby, Saladoff and Steele

April 25

Skibby, Steele and Shostrom

May 2

Skibby, Saladoff and Steele

Project Assignments for Planning Actions

PA #99-108

340 Oak Street (A Street Marketplace)


PA #2000-039

410 Siskiyou Boulevard (library)


PA #2000-124

51 Winburn Way (Hillah Temple)


PA #2000-120

485 "A" Street (Steve Hoxmeier)


PA #2001-029

455 Siskiyou Boulevard (Fire Station)


PA #2001-047

269 Maple Street (Ashland Orthopedic Association)


PA #2001-052

39 Fourth Street (Jean Moseley)


PA #2001-064

237 North First Street (Ashland Comm. Food Store)


PA #2001-059

50 Sixth Street (Qwest)


PA #2001-079

685 East Main Street (Talent Properties)


PA #2001-075

348 Iowa Street (Eva Cooley)


PA #2001-088

61 Nutley Street (William Machado & Denise Byron)


PA #2002-002

472 Scenic Drive (Kirt Meyer & Vadim Agakhanov)


PA #2002-010

103 S. Laurel Street (Laura Shrewsbury)


PA #2002-021

25 Granite Street (Carol Dutra)


PA #2002-023

660 "B" Street (Susan Dempsay)



Goals for 2001/2002 - The Commission decided that tasks, duties and timelines for the goals that were adopted on November 17, 2001 would be discussed on May 8 at 6:00 p.m., prior to the regularly scheduled meeting. Skibby noted the Heritage Committee would like to assist with one of the goals (survey of historic monuments in Ashland) by helping establish the exact location of the Golden Spike. Through historic maps and documents and with the help of city engineers, Bill Emerson and Skibby feel very positive this can be accomplished. Skibby said their dream is to have a plaque with historical information detailing the driving of the Golden Spike and perhaps some day even have a small structure covering the area.

 National Historic Preservation Week May 12-18, 2002 - The Commission had discussed adding the dedication of the new walkway at Triangle Park to the schedule of events previously in the meeting. Final decisions for the winners will be made after April 19, which is the deadline for nominations.


There was no new business.


Foll asked if a letter had been sent to the State Historic Preservation Office regarding the sidewalks on Eighth Street. Akerman will find out from Public Works Director Paula Brown.


The next Historic Commission meeting will be on May 8, 2002.


It was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 p.m.

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