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HPC Meeting Minutes

April 21, 2011

The Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street.  Chair Kathy Manicke called the Special Work Session to order at approximately 5:30PM. 

Commissioners Attending: Kathy Manicke, Katie Clendaniel, Brian Roche; Jay Corvan, Farrell McCoy.

Absent: Gary Young, Vice Chair.

Other Representatives Attending: Daniel L. Brandewie, City Planner II

Special Work Session: Mr. Brandewie handed out an updated agenda for the work session carrying over the topics from the January work session.  He presented an updated draft that was discussed last summer allowing staff at the Department of Public Works to approve minor items administratively, or in house based on the feedback provide in the Building/Contractor's Task Force report.  This draft was based on a model used by the City of Annapolis.  Several suggestions and clarifications were made to this draft.  Also discussed was the possibility of conducting an updated inventory, inviting Maryland Historic Trust staff to a future meeting, review of HPC guidelines (possible funding sources-use of a consultant). 

The regular meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.  Mr. Brandewie presented a revised agenda and requested HPC action to approve the new agenda.  Farrell McCoy motion to accept the revised agenda, seconded by Brian Roche, motion carried. 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:    Mr. Brandewie noted that minutes of the March 17th, 2011 meeting were unavailable.

Farrell McCoy motioned to approve the minutes from the Special Called meeting of March 24th, 2011 that had one case.  Seconded by Jay Corvan, motion carried and the minutes were approved. 

Ms. Manicke began the meeting by taking roll call and swearing in the persons to testify.   

 

NEW CASES -

                                                         

CONTINUATION OF CASES

HPC#38-11, 207 Oakley St., William Bair, (filed by Randy Bell, contractor) replace 3 tab asphalt shingle and with architectural shingles on residential property.  Mr. Bell presented the application which was to replace the shingles on the house, with a change from 3 tab to architectural/dimensional shingles.  It appears that there are old cedar shakes under the 3 tab.  He presented a sample board of the shingles and the color.  The shingles would be of a lower dimension, 30 year warranty.  There was no one else in attendance to speak in favor or against the application.  The HPC acted to close the discussion.  Mr. Corvan noted that some consideration should be given to changing the shingle color as it appears to closely resemble the siding. Mr. Bell noted that actual color of the shingle is somewhat different than what appears in the picture provided to the HPC.

Jay Corvan motioned to approved the application as presented with the Shakewood color; seconded by Mr. Roche; motion carried. 

HPC#39-11, 706 Travers St., Michael Baugh, wrap window trim with aluminum sheathing, remove existing windows (one over one) and replace with new windows, remove remaining shutters and hardware, install vented soffit along roof line; replace wrought iron porch columns with turned columns, replace existing storm door with new full glass storm door, repair cross piece at gable roof intersection.  Mr. Baugh presented his application.  He noted that he recently purchased the property and was not aware it was in the Historic District.  Mr. Brandewie noted that staff had to put a stop work order on the property as a contractor, BAS Construction, was in the process of wrapping the windows with aluminum and possibly installing windows.  He noted that later research showed that shutters had been removed from the front of the building.  Discussion followed.  There was no one else to speak in favor or against the application.  Ms. Manicke closed this portion of the hearing for public comment. 

Jay Corvan motioned to approve the application as submitted with the further requirement that the original shutters be replaced on the two main windows of the front façade (the one below and above the porch) to restore the appearance of façade.  It was noted some of those shutters were removed by someone without HPC approval.  Seconded by Katie Clendaniel.  Motion carried.

    

HPC#40-11, 319 High St., Don Brigerman, (filed by Crystal Signs) install 15" by 30" projection sign on commercial storefront.  Mr. Chris Gillis present the application.  This would be a sign for an attorney in this building that occupies the 2nd floor.  It would be 8 ft. in height from the sidewalk.  No one else spoke in favor or against the application and Ms. Manicke acted to close the public discussion.  HPC members complimented Mr. Gillis and noted that the sign was tastefully done. 

Katie Clendaniel acted to approve the application as submitted, seconded by Brian Roche, motion carried. 

 

HPC#41-11, 116 West End Ave., Lyle Cameron, construct 6' wood fence in rear of property.  Mr. Cameron presented the application.  There are fences one two sides that the neighbors have put up but this would be an additional fence.  He also asked if he could switch to vinyl later.  The HPC members responded that this is something they would have to review.  No one else spoke in favor or against the application and Ms. Manicke acted to close the public discussion.  HPC members had no objections to the fence as proposed.

Farrell McCoy made a motion to approve the fence as submitted, seconded by Brian Roche.  Motion carried. 

 

HPC#42-11, 207 High Street, Vestry of Great Choptank Parish-601 Church St., (filed by William Douglas Robbins) erect 6 ft. vinyl coated fence around two sides of new cemetery addition.  Mr. Richard Eckert presented the application on behalf the Church Board.  Mr. Brandewie handed out a full set of drawings showing the new cemetery expansion.  The expansion was approved by the HPC a couple years ago and the driveway, grading and layout are considered completed.  No specific type of fencing was proposed at the time of site plan approval and according to notes in the file, the HPC has not acted to approve any specific fence for this site.  Mr. Eckert noted that a brick wall similar to the one around the old cemetery is simply not feasible at the present time.  Discussion followed about the orientation of the site plan, security and concerns over the fence being a chain link style.  No one else spoke in favor or against the application and Ms. Manicke acted to close the public discussion.

HPC members requested if the church members would consider tabling this request to explore other fence styles.  Mr. Corvan recommended looking at a specific web site.  Mr. Eckert had no objection to tabling the action for one month. 

 

HPC#43-11, 106 West End Ave., Louis Hyman, replace existing windows (one over one) with vinyl replacements windows on first floor; replace 2 jalousie windows in front attic gable roof area with one vinyl replacement window; install new double hung window on side dormer area.  Mr. Hyman presented the application as submitted.  Mr. Brandewie noted upon his site visit he thought the upper front gable window could be an issue as the applicant would be proposing to take out the vertical board dividing the two jalousie windows, which appear not to be original to the house, and replace it with one window framed into the existing opening. Discussion followed about this window and the left side gable window that would be a new window.  No one else spoke in favor or against the application and Ms. Manicke acted to close the public discussion.

After further discussion, Jay Corvan motioned to approve the application to install one over one replacement windows as specified, exterior window trim and details to remain the same; shutters to be retained; new gable window facing street to retain 6-8 inch vertical element with two separate windows to fit existing opening; new gable window on side of house to be one over one in the same proportion as other windows; seconded by Brian Roche. Motion carried.   

 

HPC#44-11, 204 Belvedere Ave., William K. George, (filed by Will Jenkins, 84 Lumber and Aero Energy-W.Wise) replace existing windows (six over one) with vinyl  replacement windows; install solar hot water system.  For brevity's sake, the presentation also included information on Case No. 45-11.  Mr. George and his contractors gave a detailed presentation on the solar panels, roof modifications to improve ventilation, solar hot water system and proposed windows.  The installation of the solar panels would impact one large tree in the rear yard that would have to be removed and the neighbor has no objections.  The proposed PVC solar panels and hot water system panels would be on the rear of the house and not be visible from the street.  Mr. George has inherited this property from his parents and will assume ownership.  He works oversees at the present time.  A major problem with this house is the large heating and cooling costs.  His proposed changes would represent a significant investment in an attempt to bring these costs down.  The Anderson windows would be 9 over 1 for the most part to match existing.  No exterior trim would be changed.  No one else spoke in favor or against the application and Ms. Manicke acted to close the public discussion.

After further discussion by the HPC members, Jay Corvan motioned to approve the application to install new Anderson windows to match existing six and nine over one windows as specified, existing window trim and details to remain; seconded by Brian Roche.  Motion carried

Jay Corvan motioned to approve the application to install solar hot water heating panels on rear of roof as specified; to remove rear chimney from structure which appears not original to house; to install 37 photo voltaic solar panel system on rear of house as specified, remove tree in rear yard; to install roof ventilation system above deck possibly raising roof deck approx. 2 inches-new fascia board may be installed; to install energy efficient reflective shingles (CertainTeed Landmark Solaris).  Seconded by Brian Roche.  Motion carried. 

**Note: Application requested to be amended after the meeting by owner to install additional solar panels on rear dormer roof.  Staff confirmed that additional panels will not be visible from the street.  Change is considered a minor deviation from the original submission and was authorized by the Chairperson.  Additional recommendations forthcoming after the meeting from Mr. Corvan: depending on height of panel support structure set back solar panels from edge of roof line at an appropriate distance so as not to be visible from the street.  Carefully evaluate load bearing requirements for roof and gable roof solar installations as additional rafter support may be needed.

HPC#45-11, 204 Belvedere Ave., William K. George, (filed by Advance Solar Technologies) install photo-voltaic solar panels, solar hot water system on roof, new roof materials and attic ventilation system, remove rear chimney, remove tree in rear yard. Discussion on this agenda item was included in the previous case.

Jay Corvan motioned to approve the application to install solar hot water heating panels on rear of roof as specified; to remove rear chimney from structure which appears not original to house; to install 37 photo voltaic solar panel system on rear of house as specified, remove tree in rear yard; to install roof ventilation system above deck possibly raising roof deck approx. 2 inches-new fascia board may be installed; to install energy efficient reflective shingles (CertainTeed Landmark Solaris).  Seconded by Brian Roche.  Motion carried. 

**Note: Application requested to be amended after the meeting by owner to install additional solar panels on rear dormer roof.  Staff confirmed that additional panels will not be visible from the street.  Change is considered a minor deviation from the original submission and was authorized by the Chairperson.  Additional recommendations forthcoming after the meeting from Mr. Corvan: depending on height of panel support structure set back solar panels from edge of roof line at an appropriate distance so as not to be visible from the street.  Carefully evaluate load bearing requirements for roof and gable roof solar installations as additional rafter support may be needed.

 

OLD BUSINESS

HPC#31-11, 206 Choptank Ave., Dorchester County Council-request to demolish residential structure.  HPC acted to deny; however County has requested the application be withdrawn and decision rescinded.  County seeks to sell property at auction.  Mr. Brandewie informed the County's Attorney of the HPC's action to act to deny the request.  Since Mr. Merryweather was not in attendance at the meeting when the HPC acted, Mr. Brandewie discussed the situation as to whether the County would like another opportunity to provide further comment before the COA was sent to them.  Mr. Merryweather noted in a conversation with Mr. Brandewie that the improvements had been made to seal the property from further damage and the County has made the decision to attempt to sell the property.  These actions occurred after the previous HPC meeting when the demolition request was first considered by the HPC.  He believed it would not be in the best interests of the County to have a future owner's hands tied for an entire year regarding any future demolition requests and it would have been his intent to simply withdraw the demolition request prior to HPC action according to Mr. Brandewie.  Staff was not notified of this until after the HPC acted to deny the application.   Staff also noted that the West End Civic Association, at the previous meeting, had voiced concern over moving forward with the demolition request without further research being conducted on its history as it may have been a Holland Island house (one that was dismantled in the 1910-1920 era and transported/reconstructed in Cambridge).  They now believe that is not the case.

After further discussion, the HPC requested that Mr. Merryweather attend the next meeting to discuss the demolition application before they consider taking action.

 

ADMINISTRATIVELY APPROVED/ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

Mr. Brandewie reported on the following items that were reviewed and approved for routine maintenance:

107 Mill St., Bobbie Rideout (owner). Replace existing vinyl shutters with in-kind, replace existing vinyl porch railings and add one column with in-kind.  Dwelling is 1 ½ story, 1970 era.  No historical features affected.  Approved as Routine Maintenance 4-6-11.

306 Oakley St., Janet Laurence, (by contractor) replace existing 3 tab shingles with 3 tab shingles on front portion of house.  Colors to match existing.

Dock Master Building, City of Cambridge, Marina. Request by City of Cambridge maintenance staff to install 6 ft. shadow box wood fencing around two air conditioners next to building due to vandalism (minor landscaping category).  Mr. Brandewie notified the HPC Chair that he was contacted by City Staff to request the installation of partial sections of a 6 ft. fence to be erected around two air conditioning units located next to the Dock Master's office at the City Marina.  This request came about due to vandalism of the units.  After consultation with the Chair, staff believes this is minor landscaping/fence situation and is asking for HPC confirmation that this be allowed to move forward.  The HPC members had no objections to this request.

Request for Special Called Meeting:

1005 Hambrooks, Jeff and Debra Sheets (owner). Request to call Special Called meeting due to Building Permit Office error: to install 6 ft. and 4 ft. white vinyl fence along rear and side property lines.  Mr. Brandewie noted that the applicant (BAS Construction) was informed by B.P. Permit official that they were not located in Historic District.  They then discovered the error and notified staff but it was too late to post the property and put it on the agenda for this meeting.  Staff is requesting if the HPC would consider conducting a Special Called meeting to accommodate the owners request to review and act upon their application; otherwise the owners would be delayed almost 4-5 more weeks for a relatively minor request. 

The HPC members acted to approve the request to conduct a Special Called meeting on May 3rd at 4:30PM in the offices of the Department of Works in order to allow the property to be posted for notice to the public. 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 p.m.                

 

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel L. Brandewie
City Planner II