HPC Meeting Minutes
February 16, 2012
The Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street. Brian Roche, Vice Chair called the meeting to order at approximately 7:03 p.m. Mr. Roche began the meeting by taking roll call.
Commissioners Attending: Brian Roche, Vice Chair; Farrell McCoy (arrived late.); Dormaine Green; Katie Clendaniel
Absent: Kathy Manicke, Chair and Jay Corvan were not present
Other Representatives Attending: Dan Brandewie, City Planner II
Since Kathy Manicke, Chair was absent tonight Mr. Roche served as Chair and presented the opening statement.
Oath Administered-Persons Wishing to Testify: Mr. Roche administered the oath to all persons wishing to testify.
Approval of Minutes - January 19, 2011
Ms. Clendaniel moved to approve the minutes. Ms. Green seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
There are no items placed on the consent agenda.
Regular Agenda Item
HPC#47-10, "120 High Street", Mary Farrell McCoy, owner, requests a possible amendment and update on construction plans. Mr. Jay Corvan, architect, will be representing Ms. McCoy.
Mr. Brandewie said Ms. McCoy contacted him about 1 l/2 weeks ago about her application. There were two Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) filed previously, 42-10 and 47-10. For the record, Ms. McCoy is recusing herself from the Historic Preservation Commission because she has an application before them.
Jay Corvan, 28983 Tarbutton Mill Road, Trappe, Maryland, presented next. He is a local architect. He has been here many times before. Ms. McCoy needs to get a COA and closure through a bank and financial institution. In order to do that he needs to provide a balcony and a second floor access from the existing second floor door that opens to nowhere.
Mr. Roche raised the issue if the HPC should act on the sketch handed out of the single balcony and only approve it with the caveat that the balcony is not constructed of just 4 x 4's, but shows there is some attempt to put something appropriate there.
Mr. Brandewie suggested it should be contingent upon re-submitting construction drawings with the list of materials that would be used for further review by Staff. If it changes significantly from the concept drawing they would consult with the HPC on it.
Ms. McCoy said she wants a 3 ft. balcony that will not collapse. Ms. Clendaniel said she has already been approved for that. That was what was in the original application. Mr. Roche said they do not have to act on the one she submitted now. Ms. Clendaniel said they do not have to vote on anything.
Ms. McCoy said she will go back to the original application. She thanked everyone for their time and help.
Mr. Brandewie wants to make sure the minutes reflect what Ms. McCoy just decided upon. In the original COA there is a drawing showing a self supporting second story balcony. The HPC approved that. He recommended the HPC re-authorize this. There were no further comments from the public.
Ms. Clendaniel moved to close the discussion. Ms. Green seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Ms. Clendaniel moved to re-authorize HPC #47-10 of the rear self-supporting balcony portion from the drawing in their packet (6-16) with the stipulation that the HPC is only moving forward with the rear deck as discussed tonight and that any additional changes to the plans be brought back to the HPC. Ms. Green seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Administratively Approved/Routine Maintenance
There are no items to report.
Mr. Brandewie said the latest information from the Maryland Association of Historic District Commission is they plan for Cambridge to host a design workshop on April 21st. He went to Dorchester County Historical Society and talked to them about their space. He thought that would be a very good option because it brings people into the historic society; it gets them to see what is going on over there. They have a nice meeting space that holds up to 60-80 people. There would be no charge. He did pre-arrange confirmation for the Dorchester Historical Society space pending the HPC's thoughts on it.
Another option is Jimmy & Sooks; they said they are willing to host it as well. They would charge for some beverages; they could eat lunch after the meeting. They do not have a speaker system or a podium; we could furnish that from the City. It is not handicapped accessible though.
The third option is the Council Chambers. It holds up to 25-40 people.
The fourth option is the library. The consensus from the HPC was to have it at the Council Chambers in order to keep it in the Historic District.
Discussion of Guidelines - Schedule-Appointment of Subcommittee
Mr. Brandewie said last month the HPC talked about appointing a subcommittee to review windows. Mr. Roche and Ms. Green volunteered to be on the committee.
Ms. Clendaniel said she and Ms. Manicke are working on the guidelines. She talked to Roger Bowman from the Easton Historic District Commission. Mr. Bowman said they use a template that is common in other towns. She and Ms. Manicke are working on signage; the HPC can expect to see drafts from them in April.
Mr. Brandewie said he has come across five very good formats and all of the language seems somewhat consistent with small variations. The three draft items they previously circulated was on vinyl siding, fences and demolition.
Mr. Brandewie said in the draft material he sent out there is an important concept to define the primary, secondary or tertiary view and to allow flexibility in some aspects of design issues that are coming up such as satellite dishes that could be permitted in a tertiary view area. He has seen this in a couple of ordinances and he thinks it is a very good idea as well as allowing that concept to be applied to sheds, possibly some limited vinyl fencing or other materials.
Mr. Brandewie said the satellite dishes are getting out of hand again. The installers put them where they want. In the last two weeks there are three situations where installers are putting satellite dishes in the front yards and or on a corner lot exposed to the street. They appear to be renter initiated. The owners frequently do not know about it; they complain they are not informed about it. Next month he is bringing two cases before the HPC where he is recommending it should not stay. The applicant can appeal it to the HPC and let them decide.
Ms. Clendaniel noted in Easton they give awards to applicants who do exceptional rehabilitation on historic houses. The awards are given out at their town council meetings. It gets on the record that way versus giving awards out at one of their regular HPC meetings. HPC requested staff prepare an awards application and define a process for initiating this.
Ms. McCoy moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:31 p.m. Ms. Green seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
City Planner II