Hpc Meeting Minutes
July 19, 2012
The Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street. Katie Clendaniel chaired the meeting and called the meeting to order at approximately 7:00 p.m. Ms. Clendaniel began the meeting by taking roll call.
Commissioners Attending: Farrell McCoy; Katie Clendaniel; Dormaim Bromwell Green
Absent: Kathy Manicke, Chair; Brian Roche, Vice-Chair.
Other Representatives Attending: Dan Brandewie, City Planner II
In the absence of both the Chair, and Vice-Chair, Katie Clendaniel served in the capacity as Chairperson. Ms. Clendaniel said it takes a majority of the Commission to act on a motion, so tonight the Chair will be voting. Normally, the Chair elects not to vote. Ms. Clendaniel presented the opening statement.
Oath Administered-Persons Wishing to Testify: Ms. Clendaniel administered the oath to all persons wishing to testify.
Approval of Minutes: May 17th, June 21st, 2012
HPC members stated that they would prefer to defer action on the June 21st minutes.
HPC# 02-13, Installation of bike racks, Choptank Heritage Trail, Inc., installation of five (5) bike racks at various locations in downtown Cambridge. Mr. Brandewie noted that similar bike racks were approved by the HPC last year. Mr. Roche, HPC member was instrumental in securing funding for past bike racks and for their placement. The proposed racks would be located at new locations in the downtown area. This item was therefore placed on the consent agenda. Ms. Clendaniel asked if there was anyone in the audience or from the Commission who objected to this item being considered for the consent agenda or wished to address the Commission on this item. There were no comments from the audience.
Farrell McCoy moved to approve HPC# 02-13 as listed on the consent agenda. Dormaim Green seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
Regular Agenda Items
HPC# 01-13, 602 Williams St., Orville and Betty Willis, c/o Betty Malkus (Knox Builders), replace 3 tab shingles on main house with Heritage series, asphalt, low profile dimensional shingles (black). Mr. Brandewie provided the staff report. He noted that this application was for new roofing material on the main house. Staff administratively approved matching shingles on a small side addition to the house last month as it was minimally visible from the street. The owners decided to do the rest of the house. The new shingles, however, would also be a change of material from what appears to be deteriorated 3 tab shingles on the house but are consistent with what the HPC has approved previously if they are of a low profile material. There was no one else that wished to testify on the application. HPC members acted to close the discussion.
Farrell McCoy moved to approve the application as submitted. Seconded by Dormaim Bromwell Green. Motion Carried.
HPC# 03-13, 816 Locust St., Joel Pautz, replacement of wood fence in rear year area with 5 ft vinyl fencing (after the fact installation); cover soffit, fascia, porch roof, columns with synthetic siding (specs to be provided). There was no one in attendance to speak on this application. Mr. Brandewie noted that he was not informed that no one would be in attendance tonight and he had spoken both to Mr. Pautz and to a contractor on the application. There were no additional comments from the public.
Given the lack of attendance on behalf of the applicant and on advice from the staff, Dormaim Bromwell Green moved to table the application. Seconded by Farrell McCoy. Motion Carried.
HPC# 04-13, 200 Belvedere Ave., Cady and Bryan Coe, (owners) reviewed the following items in their application: remove enclosure from front porch (after the fact); replace existing steel supports with wood tapered columns, replace existing wood fence with replacement; replace existing wood windows with replacement windows; replace front door, remove shed and replace with gazebo; replace gutters, replace garage doors, install exterior lights.
Mr. Brandewie reviewed the staff report on these items.
Walter Vickers and Judd Vickers testified in support of the application noting that the building has sat vacant for several years. Mr. Vickers gave some background information on the Historic District as he was a Councilman at the time when it was authorized by Council. Additional members of the audience spoke in favor of the application.
Discussion followed. The HPC acted to close the discussion.
Farrell McCoy moved to approve the application as follows: 1) removal of material enclosing front porch (after the fact removal) stucco to be repaired); 2) installation of wood tapered columns with steel support inside as specified in application; 3) repair-repoint mortar on damaged front steps; 4) install new wood picket fence with two gates as specified in application-fence height to meeting zoning requirements; replace existing wood fence on rear property line with new wood fence as specified in the application; 5) remove shed and install gazebo as specified in application (final plans for gazebo to be reviewed by staff prior to installation; 6) install new gutters and replace fascia board (staff to review construction methods); 7) install new garage doors as specified; 8) install outdoor "Mission" style lighting as specified; and to table action on the request for windows, the removal of the chimney and review of the front door. Dormaim Bromwell Green seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Dormaim Bromwell Green asked if the applicants were agreeable to tabling action on the windows, front door, and chimney to allow time for a subcommittee to review existing conditions. The Coe's were in agreement with this. Ms. Green moved to table action on these items, seconded by Ms. McCoy. Motion carried.
HPC# 05-13, 207 Willis St., Robert and Rena Brooks reviewed their application to replace porch flooring, stairs, skirting with composite materials. Mr. Brooks noted that he could not afford the higher cost of tongue and groove wood or composite porch flooring and asked that consideration be given to an alternative material. He presented samples to the members. The ends would be covered with a trim board. The existing flooring is badly deteriorated. Ms. Brooks stated that they would not be using shiny vinyl lattice as recommended by Mr. Brandewie. They would retain the columns which appear to be original. They had to make new piers and have created a real brick overlay around them. They would install lattice work and would not use "shiny vinyl lattice" as recommended by staff.
Mr. Walt Vickers spoke in favor of allowing the use of composite material. Hearing no further comments, the Commission members acted to close the public hearing portion of the meeting.
After further discussion, Farrell McCoy motioned to approve the application as submitted; seconded by Dormaim Green. Motion carried.
Inactive Docket/Continuation Cases
HPC# 32-12, 100 Glenburn Ave., (resubmission), Geoffrey & Nancy Barger, replace 25 existing windows with replacement windows.
Mr. Barger presented an alternative window product for review. He is proposing to replace approximately 30 windows with a Pella series product. These windows would be a wood composite, vinyl clad window with exterior and interior grilles with spacers. The upper curved dormer window will be replicated with mill work. All windows as proposed for replacement will meet this standard. He has expanded his original request from 25 windows.
HPC members concurred that this window product was a better match than the previous window product that was submitted in January. They acknowledge the damage to some of the windows. Staff has recommended approval. No one else spoke in favor or against the request.
After further discussion, Farrell McCoy moved to approve the application with the Pella series product with interior and exterior grids as specified with the further recommendation that the upper dormer windows retain their curved features with grids. Exterior trim around windows to be retained to the extent possible. Seconded by Dormaim Bromwell Green. Motion carried.
HPC#51-12, 903 Locust Street, Brian Roche (owner): final review of a proposed rear porch enclosure. Mr. Brandewie presented the application as Mr. Roche was out of town. This application was reviewed on a preliminary basis at the June meeting and there were no major objections to the plans and specifications. It has now been advertised and posted for the record. Staff is recommending approval with the further recommendation that additional information be presented on the roof line on the side of the house may have to be altered so as to not impact or cross over the window sill of the upper window. There was no one to speak in favor or against the application. HPC members moved to close this portion of the public hearing.
After further discussion by HPC members, Farrell McCoy moved to approve the application as submitted with the further recommendation that building plans be reviewed by staff to address the issue with the side window and roof pitch. Seconded by Dormaim Bromwell Green. Motion carried.
Administratively Approved/Routine Maintenance:
Mr. Brandewie reviewed the following applications approved administratively. There were no comments from the HPC members.
HPCAdm_01-12, 602 Williams St., Orville and Betty Willis, c/o Betty Malkus (Knox Builders), replace 3 tab shingles on side addition low pitch roof, with Heritage series asphalt low profile dimensional shingles (black) due to insurance reasons. Side addition roof minimally visible from street. Administratively Approved July 3rd, 2012.
HPCAdm_02-12, 117 Vue De Leau St., Megan V. Cousins, reconstruct retaining wall with existing material. Approved, June 28th, 2012.
HPC-Adm_03-12, 411 Muse St., Muse Street LLC, replace center sign panel on existing sign at law office. Approved, July 17th, 2012.
Other Business/Enforcement Update
There was no further discussion under Other Business or Enforcement update. Due to the circumstances of the fire on July 18th, staff has been setback on a number of things. The majority of HPC files were saved but several offices were completely destroyed. Ms. Clendaniel asked the HPC if they have issues to bring to Mr. Brandewie's attention about enforcement. There were no comments.
Ms. McCoy moved to adjourn the meeting at approximately 8:45 PM; seconded by Ms. Brown. Motion carried unanimously.
Daniel L. Brandewie
City Planner II