Hpc Meeting Minutes
September 20, 2012
The Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday, Sept. 20th, 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: Kathy Manicke, Chair; Brian Roche, Vice-Chair; Farrell McCoy; Dormaim Bromwell Green.
Absent: Katie Clendaniel
Other Representatives Attending: Dan Brandewie, City Planner II, Odie Wheeler, George Hyde.
Kathy Manicke presented the opening statement.
Oath Administered-Persons Wishing to Testify: Kathy Manicke administered the oath to all persons wishing to testify.
Approval of Minutes: June 21st, July 19th, August 16th, 2012 (unfinished).
HPC members stated that they would prefer to defer action on the July minutes. Farrell McCoy moved to approve the June 21st minutes, seconded by Dormaim Bromwell Green. Motion carried.
HPC# 13-12 (Amendment, Follow-up), 1110 Glasgow St., Frank Cooke (owner), resubmission of porch step railing plan for front porch (previously reviewed 09-15-11). Mr. Cooke was in attendance and reviewed the plans. He noted that the rails would be painted.
Kathy Manicke asked if there were any members of the audience or HPC that objected to these items being on the Consent Agenda and if anyone would like to address these cases. Hearing none, she asked for a motion from the Board on these items.
Farrell McCoy moved to approve Case No. 13-12A as a consent agenda item as submitted. Dormaim Bromwell Green seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Regular Agenda Items
HPC# 10-13, 302 Belvedere Avenue, Michael and Bridget Wood (owners): installation of new 12' by 22' room addition in rear; installation of 14' by 24' garage in rear; install new porch railing on front porch; replace 6 windows (resize two windows); install satellite dish; install soffit vents under roof eaves; install gutters; install new wood trim. Mr. Wood presented the application and reviewed his past work on the house. The new porch railing would strive to match existing railing. Discussion followed. There was no one in the public to speak in opposition to the request. The HPC acted to close the discussion.
Farrell McCoy moved to approve the application as follows: 1) construction of rear 12' x 22' porch addition over existing deck with materials and design as specified-final building plans to be reviewed by staff prior to construction; 2) construction of 14' x24' garage with details as specified; 3) replace porch railing with design and details as specified; 4) replace 6 vinyl replacement windows consistent with previous windows as already installed and approved by HPC; 5) install satellite dish or rear location of porch with the further recommendation that if the location changes, applicant is to contact staff for review; 6) replace trim around house with wood or composite material, trim boards and molding details to match existing-install round soffit vents as specified; 7) restore-replace siding on upper dormers with pointed cedar shingles as specified; 8) install seamless non-1/2 round gutters on the house; 9) resize two windows on side of house toward rear with the recommendation that exterior trim boards, sill and window pattern to match existing. Dormaim Bromwell Green seconded the motion. Motion carried.
HPC#11-13, 8 West End Ave., Gregory and Janet Boss, (owners): modification of front porch, add doors, columns and railing. Mr. Boss presented the plans to the HPC. Discussion followed about the design of the porch and the side portico entrance. There was no one to speak in opposition to the request. The HPC acted to close the discussion.
Kathy Manicke requested a motion to approve the application as submitted. Ms. McCoy as follows: to approve the porch modifications as submitted with the further recommendation that prior to removal of the side portico, additional plans be presented to staff at DPW with specifications as to size, shape and materials for modifications to the existing side entrance door, siding and window. Seconded by Dormaim Bromwell Green. Motion carried 3-1 in favor of the motion.
HPC#14-13, 306 Oakley St., Janet Lawrence (owner), Kevin Hill (applicant): to construct handicapped access ramp. Mr. Hill presented the plans to HPC members. A number of different layouts were evaluated. Staff has recommended that the ramp not be placed in the front of the house if any other alternatives were available and that it should be removed when no longer in use. There was no one to speak in opposition to the project. The HPC acted to close the discussion.
HPC members commented on the fact that landscaping would mitigate the appearance of the ramp in front of the house. Farrell McCoy moved to approve the installation of a handicapped access ramp as submitted with the further recommendation that it be removed when no longer in use and that sufficient landscaping is placed in the front of the ramp to minimize its visual impact from the street view. Seconded by Ms. Dormaim Bromwell Green. Motion carried.
HPC#12-13, Long Wharf Park, City of Cambridge Public Works Dept., (on behalf of the Choptank River Lighthouse Society): to construct a temporary enclosure for a fire suppression sprinkler standpipe to service Choptank River Lighthouse. Mr. Brandewie handed out a DPW information sheet of responses to questions raised about the project to Commission members.
George Hyde, City Engineer, explained the background to the project and its proposed location which is driven by the need to provide fire suppression service for the Lighthouse structure. A restroom facility is an option for consideration but at present time the request is to place a temporary shed structure over the fire suppression lines that have been installed. A committee has been formed to study improvements to the Long Wharf Park. The site had a number of limitations as to where the water connection and equipment could be placed. There is funding available to construct a restroom facility at this location that would serve a dual purpose.
Jackie Noller, provided an update on the progress of Lighthouse and goals. It is approximately 98% complete. Ms. Noller noted the economic implications if a decision cannot be reached and relocation of lines are required. Alternatives can be considered such as a kiosk structure. Any permanent solution would have to come back to the HPC. Mr. Don Murray commented on the electric and need to elevate the structure above regulatory flood elevations.
Peg Wolf commented on the history of the project and handed out a news article. She spoke of the importance of preserving the views cape, alternatives, concerns over appearance, restrooms in the facility and on Long Wharf Park, and HPC's past actions on the original decision to deny the placement of the Lighthouse on the grounds. She also spoke on the state legislation needed to accommodate the Lighthouse's placement at its present location.
Tony Thomas commented on alternatives including a dry system. Mr. Tim Crosby presented information on the technical requirements of the standpipe and alternatives that were considered such as a "white box". Discussion followed on this point.
Frank Cooke addressed the HPC on the project and discussed alternatives including the cost of a glycol system and the expense. Margie Tomey also provided comments to the HPC. Mr. Bill Jarmin, 515 Pine Street, commented on the history of this Choptank River Bank location and its evolution over the years.
Discussion followed. It was noted that the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended on Tuesday to allow the temporary structure for a period not to exceed 9 months. Hearing no further comments, the HPC acted to close the discussion and enter into deliberations.
After further discussion, Farrel McCoy moved to approve the installation of a temporary structure over a fire suppression sprinkler standpipe associated with the Choptank River Lighthouse for a period not to exceed 9 months consistent with City Council and Planning Commission recommendations; seconded by Dormaim Bromwell Green. Motion carried.
HPC#13-13, Cannery Way Parking Lot, City of Cambridge Public Works Dept. (owner): to modify existing park space; to construct a 16' wide one way driveway for increased public access from Race Street to municipal parking lot. ***Staff noted that the Department of Public Works has requested that this application be withdrawn from HPC consideration at the present time.
HPC# 07-13, 1109 Locust St., Aubrey Dean and Bonnie Wagner, (owners) installation of new door and window(s) in rear of house, siding to match; replace existing front doors with installation of prefabricated front door with upper and side transoms. Applicant to submit more information on the front door entrance-no additional information at present time-no action needed.
Administratively Approved/Routine Maintenance:
Mr. Brandewie noted the following items have been approved administratively. There was no discussion by the HPC members. No action needed.
HPC-Adm_08-13, 1000 Locust St.; wrap sills and related window parts with vinyl/aluminum siding. Under consideration.
HPC-Adm_09-13, 204 Belvedere Ave., to replace cedar shake siding with in-kind replacements. Routine Maintenance. Approved, August 30th, 2012.
HPC-Adm_10-13, 312 Glenburn Ave., replace two rear screen doors with wood replacements of same design. Approved, Sept. 4, 2012.
HPC-Adm_11-13, 516 Poplar St., Choptank Charlie's Emporium (business) install 40"x22" replacement sign on existing bracket. Administratively approved, Sept. 7th, 2012.
HPC-Adm_07-13, 116 High Street; re-point-repairs to chimneys; temporary removal of shutters until repaired or replaced. Approved, August 8th, 2012. Amended 8-28-12 to include chimney cap.
Due to the length of the meeting, there was no further discussion of any agenda items. Ms. McCoy moved to adjourn the meeting at approximately 9:30 PM; seconded by Ms. Brown. Motion carried unanimously.
Daniel L. Brandewie
City Planner II
These minutes were approved at the meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on December 20th, 2012.