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Historic Commission Regular Meeting

Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Meeting Minutes

September 2, 2009


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




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

Commission Members Absent:  None

Council Liaison: Eric Navickas, absent

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




Mr. Watkins moved to approve the August 5, 2009 minutes as presented and the motion was seconded by Ms. Renwick.  They were approved unanimously with Mr. Whitford, Mr. Krach and Chairman Shostrom abstaining due to being absent.


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




PLANNING ACTION:  2009-01106              


APPLICANT:           Bill Welch / Darlene Beckett

DESCRIPTION:  A request for Site Review approval to operate a bookstore in the existing building located at 264 Fourth Street, which previously contained an auto repair shop. No additional square footage is being proposed as part of this application.  COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DESIGNATION:  Employment; ZONING: E-1; ASSESSOR’S MAP #: 39 1E 09AB; TAX LOTS: 5600 & 5700


Mr. Skibby disclosed that he had spoke to the applicant, Mr. Welch, while taking pictures but felt it had no influence on his ability to objectively review the project.  Chairman Shostrom disclosed that he was personal friends with the applicants but could fairly review the project.  There were no objections to both participating in the hearing.


Mr. Severson explained the project and pointed out that there were no modifications to the existing building other than to add two parking spaces off the alley.  This would involve only a modification to the back yard fencing.  There were no questions of staff.


Mr. Watkins asked the applicants if the old signs would remain.  Mr. Welch confirmed that they would.  Mr. Welch said they were requesting that the parking areas be left gravel.  Chairman Shostrom agreed that alleys were typically gravel.  Mr. Severson stated that Hollywood pavers would be an option to meet code.


There being no one in the audience to speak, the public hearing was closed.


Mr. Skibby felt that either gravel or Hollywood strips would be acceptable historically.  He also felt a bookstore was a good use for the building.


Mr. Skibby made a motion to recommend approval of the project using either Hollywood strips or another low-key material for the parking area.  Mr. Baker seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


Chairman Shostrom and the Commissioners agreed to reorder the agenda to hear Discussion Item #A next.




A.       Draft Lithia Springs Property Management Plan for Historic Resources – George Kramer


Mr. Kramer reviewed the background and task he was contracted to do to develop a draft Lithia Springs Property Management plan.  He focused his recommendation for maintaining the historical artifacts and structures on: keep them dry; keep them clean; and don’t shoot at them.  There should be no storage of building materials, trash or vegetation on or around the ruins.  The Pompadour Springs site is being used as a burn pit and has degraded badly.  Mr. Kramer also suggested requiring an Annual History Day that would be open to the public and gun club members to provide awareness, education and an annual review.  He suggested berms be constructed around the historic sites to delineate them as protected areas, stabilization of the rock wall on the creek, and temporary roofing over some of the sites.


Ms. Renwick suggested an educational presentation be done as part of the History Day and Mr. Kramer stated he would be willing to be a speaker.  Mr. Kramer explained that an environmental study would be done to determine lead contamination, etc as it exists today and what clean-up requirements may be required by the Gun Club or the City. Mr. Baker asked about archeological studies and Mr. Kramer explained a sub-surface survey could be included in a Stage 2 study but not in this study.


Mr. Kramer recommended that the Historic Commission stay involved protecting further deterioration.


Discussion continued after Mr. Kramer left.  Mr. Krach made a motion, seconded by Ms. Renwick that the Historic Commission compose a letter to the City Council asking them to request the Gun Club to immediately cease any burning on or near the historic sites.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Mr. Krach said he and Chairman Shostrom would draft up the letter.


Mr. Baker suggested Mr. Kramer be contacted and advised to add into his report that any berms constructed not be created from on-site dirt so as to further protect the sensitive areas.  Mr. Krach and Mr. Swink asked about organizing a tour for the Commissioners, City Councilors and Parks Department.  Mr. Severson said he would look into the logistics.




A.      Review Board Schedule


September 3rd

Terry, Keith, Henry

September 10th  

Terry, Dale, Jim

September 17th  

Terry, Tom, Allison

September 24th  

Terry, Allison

October 1st  

Terry, Sam, Dale

October 8th

Terry, Keith, Alex


B.      Project Assignments For Planning Actions


11 First St (Ron Yamaoka) (under construction)



160 Helman (Batzer-Comm Bldgs) {Permit not issued-expired}



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



165 W Fork – New SFR on hillside (Ashley Jensen) (project on hold per appl)



555 Siskiyou-Stratford Inn outside eating area



568 E Main St (McKechnie) Cucina Biazzi enclosed dining area



426 A St (Sidney Brown) Mixed Use Bldg



155-157 Sixth St (Renwick) Addition



255 E Main (Ashland Elks) Balcony on rear



C.      Single Family Residential Design Standards – No report


D.      Exits 14 & 19 – Tom Giordano – Unable to attend meeting - no report




1.       Mr. Severson said Thomas Hubka of University of Wisconsin would be doing a city-wide survey of architectural housing styles in Ashland.  If any of the Commissioners were interested, Mr. Hubka would be reviewing his project at the September 24th Historic Review Board at 4:00pm.

2.       Mr. Severson offered to share his car with any Commissioners planning on attending the CLG Conference in Independence Oregon.

3.       Mr. Severson reviewed the Historic Audio Tour Brochure produced by Paul Christensen. There was general approval consensus.

4.       Mr. Severson explained that the September 8, 2009 City Council meeting would review proposed City Municipal Code changes to Council Rules and to Policies and Operating Procedures for Advisory Commissions, Committees and Boards.  He would email a draft to the Commissioners for review.



The next Historic Commission meeting will be on October 7, 2009 in the Siskiyou Room.



It was the unanimous decision of the Commission to adjourn the meeting at 6:40 p.m.

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