MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF

THE WEST MAIN STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

THAT TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2004,

AT 7:30 P.M. IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS,

CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

Roll Call.

HDC MEMBERS PRESENT:   Terri Applegate, Tim Lichtenwald, Sue MacKellar and Randy Swierzbin

ABSENT:                                     Donna Gross (excused), Harold Filipiak, & Karen Sherman

OTHERS PRESENT:                 Cheri Standfest, Community Development Specialist and one other

 

Approval of the Minutes of the Special Meeting of June 3, 2004

      A motion was made by Sue MacKellar and seconded by Terri Applegate to table the approval of the Minutes of the Special Meeting of June 3, 2004 until the next meeting.  Commission members requested some clarifications be added to the minutes. 

      All members were in support.

 

Certificates of Appropriateness

Edward Saunders, 714 W. Main Street.  Replace two flat roof sections.

Staff reported that Mr. Saunders’ request is to replace two sections of flat roof, one section being the third floor roof damaged by wind, and the second section being over the garages and master suite.  He will be replacing membrane with membrane.  Mr. Saunders states that neither of these sections is visible from the ground. 

Mr. Saunders stated the portion of the third floor roof was about 22’ x 26’.  The third floor had been expanded in the 1930’s – 1940’s and the roof was now leaking.

Randy Swierzbin stated that this is generally a “maintenance” type of issue and, under the new guidelines, probably would not need a Certificate of Appropriateness.

A motion was made by Sue MacKellar and seconded by Tim Lichtenwald to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness as presented in Mr. Saunders’ application based upon the following:

 

·        The City of Midland Code of Ordinances, Section 5-135 and Section 5-138(b)

·        This is considered a maintenance issue and not a major change

·        The roof will be replaced in-kind

 

All members were in support.

William Brenton, 515 W. Main Street.  Replace two windows in lower apartment.

Staff reported that Mr. Brenton’s request is to replace two existing double hung windows in the lower apartment facing Main Street.  These will be replaced with new vinyl double hung windows of the same size, with insulated glass and built in screen.  The new windows will be brown. 

Ms. Standfest reminded the Commission that Mr. Brenton received a Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of five vinyl replacement windows on the second floor at this same location on February 17, 2003.  The Minutes of February 27, 2003 state, “The Commission thought the in-kind replacement was acceptable.  The work will not remove or alter any historic materials or alter a feature that characterizes the property.  The work will maintain the existing size and appearance and improve energy efficiency.  The replacement of the windows is not precedent setting as this house is unique in itself.”

A motion was made by Terri Applegate and seconded by Sue MacKellar to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness as presented in Mr. Brenton’s application, for replacement of 2 windows with in-kind, double hung, vinyl windows, matching the color, shape and size of the existing windows, based upon the following:

·        36 CFR 67 of the Secretary of the Interior Standards

·        The West Main Street Historic District Guidelines, Section 2.9.

·        Guidelines for District Resources, Sections IV.A.7.a. and IV.A.7.b.

All members were in support.

 

Public Comments

There were no public comments.

 

Old/New Business

Cheri asked the HDC if their proposed guidelines had been sent to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) yet.  Mr. Lynch would like them presented to City Council at their July 12, 2004 meeting.  The Commission agreed that they had probably not been sent to the SHPO, but that should happen soon. 

 

The HDC has had two special meetings in June.  They also scheduled a meeting to prepare for the City Council presentation, on July 8, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.  Their regular quarterly meeting, scheduled for July 28th will not be necessary.

 

Elections need to be conducted at the next meeting.  Chairman Swierzbin elected not to appoint a nominating committee.  He felt a decision can be made by the Commission at large.

 

 

 

Adjourn

There was no further business and the meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Cheri Standfest

Community Development Specialist

 

Approved 7/8/04.