HPC Meeting Minutes
May 10, 2012
The Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday, May 10th for a Special Called meeting, rescheduled from Thursday, May 3rd.
HPC members conducted a site visit to 201 Mill Street at 6:00PM to review the school property at 201 Mill Street. In attendance were Dan Brandewie (staff), Kathie Manicke, Brian Manicke, Katie Clendaniel, and Farrell McCoy. Mr. Tim Crosby and Dan Moreno-Holt provided an exterior and interior tour of the school. Those in attendance were asked to sign a waiver of liability form prior to entering the property. This tour was for information purposes only. No action was taken. The tour ended at approximately 6:40PM.
The HPC then convened a meeting at 7:00PM in the Council Chambers where Chair Kathy Manicke called the meeting to order at approximately 7:03 p.m. Ms. Manicke began the meeting by taking roll call. She noted there were no minutes to approve.
Commissioners Attending: Kathy Manicke, Chair; Brian Roche, Vice Chair; Farrell McCoy, Katie Clendaniel.
Absent: Jay Corvan was not present. Dormaim Bromwell-Green was not in attendance.
Other Representatives Attending: Dan Brandewie, City Planner II. Anne Roane, City Planner.
Oath Administered-Persons Wishing to Testify: Kathy Manicke administered the oath to all persons wishing to testify.
Regular Agenda Item
HPC#39-12, Long Wharf Park, Heart of Chesapeake Heritage Area, review and approval of design and location of Harriet Tubman historical byway marker. Mr. Brandewie noted that this meeting is a Special Called meeting, rescheduled from May 3rd. He had provided members with additional information on the project including copies of a plan showing staff's recommended location. Staff also researched the landscaping material proposed to be used and sent images of the 4-5 plant species to members by email.
Ceres Bainbridge and Amanda Fenstermaker with the Visitor's Bureau reviewed an additional summary report and displayed a mock up model of the 3-D By-Way Marker and a large brochure with the proposed text of the marker. They discussed a number of different alternative locations that were initially examined. Mr. John Creighton, a citizen who participates in volunteer tours of the Historic District, noted the importance of Long Wharf as a destination for tourism. He has met people from all over the country here. He commented that it is important that the marker reflect historical accuracy in its context to the site, as they would be conveying this information to tourists coming to the site. Mr. Brandewie commented on the attraction that the Alex Haley stature and marker of the Kunta Kinta story is at its location in downtown Annapolis area near the wharf. Mr. Bill Jarmon commented on the efforts for a state and national park designation associated with Harriet Tubman. It was concluded that this would be a nice complement to these efforts. Additional members in attendance spoke positively of the marker. No one spoke in opposition of the Byway Marker. The HPC members acted to close discussion.
Mr. Brian Roche reviewed material in the local guidelines as to how they should review their role in evaluating the marker. Members expressed reservations about involving the HPC in evaluating the content of the By-way marker with a preference to leave that to the historians.
Mr. Brandewie noted that the City Council would have ultimate authority over the marker location and if they don't agree with its proposed location, it could be referred back to the HPC for additional review. Anne Roane endorsed the landscape plan for the project.
After further discussion, Farrell McCoy moved to approve the marker as submitted with its location as recommended by staff; seconded by Brian Roche. Motion carried: 4-0 in favor.
There being no further business, the meeting was concluded at approximately 7:45PM.
Daniel L. Brandewie
City Planner II