MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF

THE WEST MAIN STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008,

AT 7:00 P.M. IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS,

CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

Chairperson Black called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

 

1.Roll Call

†††† PRESENT:††††† Ernie Bedford, Jacinth Black, Sandra Jones, Tim Lichtenwald, Richard Osburn, and Mike Storey,

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†††† ABSENT:†††††††††Donald Deibert

†††† OTHERS PRESENT: Daryl Poprave, Deputy Planning Director, Cheri King,

††† Community Development Specialist and no others

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2.Approval of the Minutes of the Special Meeting on September 24, 2008

It was moved by Storey and seconded by Osburn that the minutes from the special meeting of September 24, 2008 be approved as corrected.

††††† †††† The motion passed unanimously.

3.Certificate of Appropriateness

 

†††† None

 

4.Public Comments (not related to agenda items)

 

None

 

5. Old Business

 

a.     2008 Survey Results

Staff sent out a survey to the residents of the West Main Street Historic District.Ten responses were received out of the 23 surveys sent out.

Mr. Osburn gave his congratulations to staff for obtaining the large number of responses.He also thinks this means people want to be involved in the district.Seven of the ten responses were very positive.One of the trends he noticed is that there is value added to being a part of the district.Mrs. Black stated she is also surprised about the rate of return of the surveys.One individual owns two houses in the district and one house is currently vacant.She thinks that, when people think about the Historic District Commission, they think of regulation rather than assistance.She likes the idea that they think the Commission would be helpful.She is considering waiting until the next quarterly meeting so all the results received can be tabulated.Commission members expect there will be more surveys received.

In the past, they have discussed the possibility of some kind of special street lights for the Historic District.If they are fancy street lights, that might require a special assessment.It might be possible to ask the city for street lights or write a letter to Consumers Energy to see if they would approve the different street lights.It might be possible to approach one of the foundations, too, for funding.Mr. Poprave stated that some street lights are quite bright.Homes in the historic district may be closer to the street and the street light might cast light into the houses.In newer subdivisions, houses are further back from the street so street lights casting light into a home is less noticeable.

Mrs. Black stated that if people in the district want street lights, their request must be in to the City Managerís Office by November first in order to get into the coming yearís budget.Mr. Storey will look into this issue and provide a brief report at the January meeting.

Mr. Osburn stated he would like to resurrect the idea of looking into a sign designating the entranceways into the historic district.Mr. Poprave said the commission has asked for these previously and were told the funding could either come from special assessments or other outside funding.He said prior commission members looked at putting a sign on the corner of Main and Jerome Streets but the funding was not available.Ms. Jones asked about the new signs that have been placed around the city.These signs were paid for with private funding from the foundations.

Mrs. Black stated their charge as a commission is not only to administer Certificates of Appropriateness.It is also their job to educate people and enhance the district in other ways, too.

6.New Business

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7.Adjournment

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†††† The Chair adjourned the meeting at 7:23 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Daryl Poprave, AICP, CFM

Secretary