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Historic Commission Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, August 03, 2005



August 3, 2005


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


Historic Commissioners Present: Dale Shostrom, Keith Swink, Rob Saladoff, Terry Skibby, Jay Leighton, Alex Krach, and Henry Baker
Absent Members: Tom Giordano, Sam Whitford

Council Liaison: Jack Hardesty - Absent
High School Liaison: None Appointed
SOU Liaison: None Appointed
Staff Present: Maria Harris, Senior Planner, Billie Boswell, Administration




At 7:04, Chairman Dale Shostrom called the regular meeting to order.





Ms. Leighton moved to approve the July 6, 2005 minutes with a second by Mr. Baker. They were approved unanimously.




Planning Action 2005-01226


Randy & Helen Ellison

820 C Street


Chairman Shostrom described the request for a variance to the front yard setback in order to expand the front porch.  The existing front porch is approximately 18 feet from the front property line and 20 feet is required.  The proposal is to expand the width of the front porch maintaining the approximately 18-foot setback.


Ms. Harris explained that the original lot was partitioned and the previous owner moved the existing, 1907, historically significant house to its present location,18 feet from the property line.  Old photographs indicate a porch on the west side of the house that the owners would like to recreate along with a deck landing on the porch roof for the existing second-story door.


The owner, Randy Ellison, confirmed his desire to extend the existing porch around the corner of the house to the west elevation to bring back the look of the original house design.  His plan included matching existing siding, columns, spindles and sculpted handrail to existing design details. He wanted to use wrought iron for the railing on the new second story deck to enhance the modified Victorian look. 


Chairman Shostrom was concerned about the asymmetrical design of the upper deck.  He suggested bringing extending the roof out to balance the look.  Discussion followed regarding various design options.


Since there was no one in the audience to speak, the public meeting was closed.


Chairman Shostrom made a motion to approve the variance subject to the following conditions:

1.      Add symmetry to the west elevation to center the second story deck/balcony on the openings above.

2.      Create symmetrical windows on the ground floor of the west elevation.

3.      Expand depth to the lower porch to the west side 10-foot setback to add functionality.


Mr. Swink seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.





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


August 4th

Skibby, Swink, Saladoff/Leighton

August 11th

Skibby, Whitford, Baker

August 18th

Skibby, Saladoff, Giordano

August 25th

Skibby, Shostrom, Leighton

September 1st

Skibby, Giordano, Whitford

September 8th

Skibby, Swink, Saladoff



B.  Project Assignments for Planning Actions


PA #2000-120

485 “A” Street (Steve Hoxmeier)


PA #2002-100

142 East Main Street (Earthly Goods)


PA #2004-026

81 Central Avenue (Wes & Lucinda Vail)


PA #2004-018

322 Pioneer Street (Al & Sandra Carlson)


PA #2004-100

80 Wimer (Tom & Kathy Petersen)


PA #2004-102

832 “A” Street (Ilene Rubenstein)


PA #2004-110

150 Church St (Robert M. Saladoff)


PA #2004-115

724 Iowa St (Dave and Jamie Kaufman)


PA #2004-138

234 Vista St (Sid & Karen DeBoer)


PA #2004-150

87 Fourth St (Unitarian Universal Fellowship Church)


PA #2004-154

180 Lithia Way (Archerd & Dresner)



685 A Street (William Reeves)



150 N. Pioneer (Stan Potocki & Bruce McLean)



249 Hillcrest Drive (Russell & JoAnn Manzone)



70 Water Street (Ashland Creek Holdings, LLC)



820 “C” Street (Randy & Helen Ellison)



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


D.     Lithia Springs National Register Nomination – At the City Council study session with the Parks Commission regarding the Gun Club the Council approved granting a lease to the gun club with the Parks department working out the details.  In response to Chairman Shostrom’s question, Ms. Harris said she would be the contact person between the Historic Commission and the Parks department.  The Commissioners discussed contacting the Parks Commission to get on their agenda to discuss the conditions of the Gun Club lease as it relates to placing Lithia Springs on the National Register.


E.     Multiple Listing Survey for National Register of Historic Places – No report


F.      Single Family Residential Design Standards – No report


G.     Brown Bag Meeting – No report





1.      Ms. Harris said Trace Harding of the Bike & Pedestrian Commission asked if one of the Commissioners would be interested in doing a Walking Tour on “Car-Free Day” on September 22, 2005.  Mr. Skibby said he had a previous tour booked for the 21st and would not be available.  The Commissioners were asked to contact Ms. Harris if they were interested.


2.      Ms. Harris announced there was still grant money available to send for one or two additional Commissioners to attend the National Preservation Conference in Portland September 26th through October 1st.  Anyone interested should contact her as soon as possible.


3.      Mr. Saladoff informed the Commissioners that the owner of the home at the corner of Church Street & Baum Street, wanted to do a Historic tour of their home.  They were interested in a mailing list to notify interested parties of the opportunity.  Ms. Boswell said she would meet with Mr. Saladoff to review the mailing lists available.


4.      Ms. Leighton reviewed with the Commission the design of proposed Historic interpretive panels.  A grant would cover the cost of the panels that would be placed in the Plaza and in Lithia Park on metal stands. The Commissioners felt the panels would be a great addition.  Chairman Shostrom made a motion to approve the panels.  It was seconded by Mr. Skibby and passed unanimously.





The next Historic Commission meeting will be on September 7, 2005 at 7:00 pm in the Siskiyou Room.




With a motion by Leighton and second by Saladoff, it was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

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