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HPC Workshop Minutes

February 13, 2014

The Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at the Public Safety Building, 8 Washington Street. Brian Roche chaired the meeting at approximately 7:00PM. He began the meeting by taking roll call.

Commissioners Attending: Brian Roche, Will Dennehy-Vice Chair, Ron Berman,

Commissioners Absent: Dormaim Bromwell Green, Mike Russo, Patricia Weichmann.

Other Representatives or Staff Attending: Dan Brandewie, City Planner II.

It was noted that there were no members of the public in attendance.

Prior to the start of the meeting Mr. Dennehy noted that he had been appointed to serve on a committee to move forward with recommendations for bringing on a City Manager. It was noted that Frank Cooke has been elected as the new Commissioner replacing the late Octavene Saunders.

The following changes were recommended to the upcoming meeting schedule:
1. The HPC Workshop scheduled for Thursday, March 6th will be changed to the following week of March 13th, with the regular meeting to be held on March 20th.
2. The April HPC Workshop will be held on April 3rd but the regular meeting date will be held on April 24th, the 4th Tuesday and not on April 17th.

Mr. Brandewie also handed out a hard copy of renovation plans prepared by Mr. Corvan for the commercial building at 511 Poplar Street. This is a discussion item on next week's regular agenda. It was noted that some distributed copies had a page missing. Mr. Brandewie said he would email it out again tomorrow after checking on the material. There was no other discussion on this topic.

Mr. Brandewie provided an overview where we are with the guidelines. Twelve draft chapters have been posted and sent out to HPC members for comments. No comments have been received since the chapters were sent out two weeks ago. The draft material in Chapter 5 needs discussion as to the proposed material on windows. Mr. Dennehy commented that the document is too long. He stated that the changes made to the chapter on Demolition did not reflect his recommendations. He thought more changes were needed on the front four chapters. He believed the draft on vinyl siding also didn't reflect the direction of the Commission in that "no vinyl or aluminum" siding was to be allowed. Members discussed this topic and windows at length. Mr. Berman expressed a concern in that there is a contradiction when the draft is proposing to allow vinyl or composite porch rail and columns but be more restrictive on substitute materials for other things. In his opinion the substitute materials that have been allowed on some porch rehabilitation projects don't look very good. Comments were made that there was some repetition with some topics, for example, "windows" being discussed in both Chapter 5 and in the chapter on Energy Efficiency.

After a lengthy discussion, it was recommended that members focus on Chapter 5 Rehabilitation. Mr. Dennehy will condense the section on mortar, brick and stone repair, and review the section on replacement siding. Brian will revisit the section on windows. All members will review this chapter for final comments. It was recommended that staff pare down the document where possible and to identify areas of duplication.

The meeting concluded at approximately 9:00PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel L. Brandewie, City Planner II

Signature: ____________________________________ Date: _______________________


Note: These minutes were approved at the meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on February 20th, 2014.