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Historic Commission Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


Meeting Minutes

September 3, 2008


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




At 7:06 pm, Chairman Dale Shostrom called the Historic Commission meeting to order.


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

Absent  Commission Members:  Allison Renwick, Keith Swink

Council Liaison: Eric Navickas, absent

High School Liaison: None Appointed
SOU Liaison: None Appointed
Staff Present: Planner: Angela Barry; Clerk: Billie Boswell




Mr. Baker made a correction to the August 6, 2008 minutes pointing out that he was not the one that disclosed that he knew the applicant, David Runkel.  Mr. Watkins made that disclosure.  Mr. Watkins moved to approve the minutes of the August 6, 2008 meeting as revised.  Mr. Whitford seconded the motion and they were approved unanimously with Mr. Giordano abstaining due to his absence from the meeting. 


Mr. Skibby moved to approve the minutes of the August 21, 2008 special meeting.  Mr. Giordano seconded the motion and they were approved unanimously.


PUBLIC FORUM:   There being no one wishing to speak, Chairman Shostrom closed the Public Forum.


NEW BUSINESS:  Don Robertson, Parks Director, explained that the Parks department could no longer afford to repair the ongoing vandalism to the Abraham Lincoln statue and were currently putting him away in storage.  He felt the best solution would be to find an indoor public area to display him and suggested either the Community Development building or the Ashland Library.  Mr. Skibby said he would talk to the Friends of the Ashland Library to see if they would support putting Lincoln in the Library.


Mr. Krach asked Mr. Robertson if the Carole Wheeldon Memorial Bench would be allowed in Lithia Park.  Mr. Robertson explained that it would have to be reviewed by a special committee.


Mr. Robertson reviewed this year’s Lithia Park Centennial as a 2-part celebration.  The first being the parade entry in this year’s 4th of July parade.  The second will be a celebration to be held on December 12, 2008 and will include a photo display and a large Birthday card with sentiments collected throughout the community.  The parks department is seeking seniors and other long time residents and asking them to record their own or their family’s memories involving Lithia Park.  Any photos would also be welcome.  Mr. Skibby said he had some pictures of the old zoo and the grotto he could submit.


OLD BUSINESS:  637/649 East Main Street


Mr. Giordano recused himself and left the room because he had previously worked on the project. 


Mr. Watkins disclosed that he knows the applicant but had not discussed the project and felt he would not be biased.


David and Dede Runkel, applicants, presented a letter to the Historic Commissioners asking for a reconsideration of the original tudor design that would better represent the influence of the Shakespeare festival and, in particular, showcase their B & B, Anne Hathaway’s Cottages.  Plans were submitted showing a revised design.  Mr. Runkel pointed out the building was five feet shorter, the windows had been resized and the decks minimized as directed by the Commission at their last meeting.  He stated they were willing to do this revised design but preferred the Anne Hathaway design for the tourist’s appeal and to add architectural interest.


Mr. Krach explained that the Historic Commission mission is to protect the existing historical resources of the City, not build specifically for the Shakespeare Festival.  Mr. Skibby commented that the second-story shingles and the chimney design were more compatible with the Railroad District.  Mr. Baker pointed out the units would not be visible from Main Street.  Mr. Krach felt the new plan looked like a modern apartment house. 


Mr. Skibby made a motion to recommend approval of the revised plans and Mr. Krach seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.





A.      Planning Action: 2007-01939, 175 Lithia Way – Review of proposed Building Plans


B.     Review Board Schedule


September 4th

Terry, Keith

September 11th

Terry, Henry, Tom

September 18th

Terry, Tom

September 25th

Terry, Alex, Allison

October 2nd

Terry, Sam, Dale

October 9th

Terry, Keith, James



C.     Project Assignments For Planning Actions



234 Vista St (Deboer) Upper & Lower Poolhouse (under contruction)



11 First St (Ron Yamaoka) (under construction)



125 Sherman Street (Russ Dale) {Under construction}



160 Helman (Batzer-Comm Bldgs) {New Bldg App recd-in review}



237 Almond Street (Don Sever – ARU) {Under Construction}



175 Lithia Wy (formerly 165 Lithia) Archerd & Dresner-Mixed Use Bldg –No permit



542 A St (Gremmels/Delgado – Rebuild Shed  {Under construction}



872 B St. – 2nd story Addition  (Under construction)



165 W Fork – New SFR on hillside



637/649 E Main – 2 Additional motel units (Runkel) Anne Hathaway Cottages




D.                 Single Family Residential Design Standards – No report



DISCUSSION ITEMS:   215 Fourth St Exterior Landing – Mr. Krach, Ms. Renwick and Mr. Skibby visited the site in response to concerns regarding the plans presented at the Historic Review Board.  The proposed landing would extend out the front of the building on Fourth Street approximately 18 inches into the public right-of-way.  The landing is required per the Building Code due to life safety codes.  They expressed concerns that the large landing and required railings were not compatible and compromised the historic presence of the building.  They felt because the building is a “designated resource”, it should be protected. 


Mr. Krach made a motion to deny the plans as submitted.  It was seconded by Chairman Shostrom and passed unanimously.


Chairman Shostrom, Mr. Krach and Mr. Whitford asked for a meeting to be scheduled on Friday at 9:00 am with the Building Official.





The next Historic Commission meeting will be on October 8, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Siskiyou Room.



It was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

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