Chairperson Deibert called the meeting to order at .
1. Roll Call
PRESENT: Ernie Bedford,
Jacinth Black, Donald Deibert, Tim Lichtenwald,
2. New Member Introduction
Michael Storey – Welcome to the commission. He lives in the district and moved here in 2003 from the
3. Approval of the Minutes of the Regular
It was moved by
the regular meeting of
The motion passed unanimously.
4. Election of Officers
Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for fiscal year 2007-2008.
It was moved by MacKellar
and seconded by
5. Certificate of Appropriateness
William Brenton –
Mr. Poprave gave an overview of the subject site. This property seeks a certificate of appropriateness to remove an existing abandoned chimney. This property is a duplex structure, a two-unit home, and he would like to remove the chimney, resheet the roof and reshingle with matching shingles. The removal shall be classified as major work and shall seek board approval. Staff recommends the certificate be denied because it does not adhere to the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation and the Historic District Commission Guidelines.
Ms. MacKeller stated that they should go along with the guidelines. Mr. Brenton would also like to reroof and that is a minor class.
Ms. Black stated that it is hard for a rental and most landlords have a mental set of how much rent can be maintained for the amount of money that is put in. His charge is to preserve the footprint and silhouette.
Mr. Lichtenwald stated that he might have a leak that he is trying to fix. He could reflash around the chimney. There must be some damage occurring inside the building and he is trying to get rid of it.
It was moved by
Black and seconded by Lichtenwald to approve the certificate of appropriate
requested by the property owner at
The motion was denied 6-0.
6. Public Comments (not related to agenda items)
7. Old Business
1. Main Street video project update - chair
The plan is that after the meeting tonight they will meet for further discussion. This is a project of a couple of members. They are preparing a 15 minute video that highlights a couple of houses and will play on MCTV.
8. New Business
1. 2007 Board and Commissions goal setting.
The City manager has been working for several months trying to implement some new council goals to upgrade our budget document so that it will be formatted differently and includes goals from all boards and commissions. The citizens know that the current budget document is a spreadsheet of numbers but it doesn’t tell you what they are doing. The new document will have citizens clearly see what is going on. It really gets the boards and commissions thinking of what types of things they would like to focus on without the staff narrowing it.
There was community input through the roundtables. Then there was project specific. The goals of the current city council was established last year.
Mr. Deibert highlight the topics for the board.
1. Having unique street signs.
2. Introduction or a sign at the entranceway to the historic district.
3. Lighting with architectually consistent poles.
4. Plaques about each house in the district.
It was decided to have the city do the video.
Another suggestion was general information to the community about the historic district. One thing was street tours during Riverdays and community education.
Ms. MacKeller stated that where the history museum is located that would be to their benefit to have part of these things as their goals.
Black suggested a horse and carrage. She
feels that is an alliance that the historic district could look into. That would make the district more
available. There are people who have not
been through the
Ms. MacKellar thinks that part of the goals that they would like to have the historic district more visible with signs, plaques and lighting.
Mr. Storey stated that there is no point in putting signs in the district if you can’t get the people to the district.
Mr. Deibert summarizes the list of goals and that they talked about signage at the entrance to the historict distirct and that would fit within the city budget. They are planning to work with the entranceway group to expand some of the signage for the historic distrct.
MacKeller would like the signs to look like a history sign.
Deibert thought that the tours and carriage rides would be the role of the history museum. That would be easier to sell the foundations on.
He would also like the city to do some type of survey. There is 17 homes in the district. See if there is an interest in expanding the district.
Should they put the Bradley House, video and tours on the list of goals? Mr. Deibert stated that he would ask each member how they feel.
Mr. Storey feels they should be on the list.
Mr. Lichtenwald said that no it should not be on the list, that is something that the funding comes from somewhere else.
Ms. MacKellar said no they should stick with the signs
Mr. Deibert says no.
Ms. Black said that yes she would like to see it on the list. It doesn’t have to have the highest priority and she would like to have it in addition to the others. The historict distirct had such a bad reputation for a year or two and many people have not heard about the district since then. A property has to be continguous to the district to join. She would like to reeducate the people. They haven’t been in the papers or print since those days and people remember the negative aspects.
Mr. Bedford agrees that the district is lacking. He agrees with Don and they need to engage to get more participation in the district and see what they want like tours. He may consider it next year.
Right now there are 17 or 18 houses in the district. Should they add that to the list to have the city send out a survey. They would like to examine distrist expansion.
Mr. Bedford prioritzed the goals.
1. Street signs
2. Entrance signs
1. Send out a survey to evaluate the the interest to expand the historic
2. Education, activites and programs
2. Review minor Certificates of Appropriateness issued in 2007
Three certificates of appropriateness were approved by staff for several homes through the district.
May 23 - 511 West Larkin Street – reroofed his home with the same style of shingles.
It was moved by MacKeller and seconded by Black
Hearing no further business, the Chair adjourned the meeting at .