Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 8:00 a.m.
Fargo Historic Preservation Commission Regular Meeting
City Commission Chambers, City Hall
1. Approve Minutes of the September 16, 2008 Meeting
2. Local Landmarks Initial Listing
3. Overview Subcommittee Report
4. Schedule Oak Grove Open House
5. 2008 CLG Meeting Update
6. Other Business
7. Liaison Reports
• Planning Commission – Christine Kloubec
• Board of Adjustment – Paul Gleye
• House Moving Board – Paul Gleye
• Housing Rehab – David Shultz
• Renaissance Zone Authority – Peter Moynihan
5. Next Meeting – November 13, 2008
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Historic Preservation Commissioners of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the City Commission Room at City Hall at 8:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, October 9, 2008.
The Historic Preservation Commissioners present or absent were as follows:
Present: David Shultz, Melissa Sobolik, Paul Gleye, Peter Moynihan, Christine Kloubec
Absent: Andrew Nielsen
Chair Shultz called the meeting to order.
Item 1. Approve Minutes: Regular Meeting of October 9, 2008
Peter Moynihan moved to amend the second paragraph in Item 2. to state “…it is good…”.
With no other comment, Chair Shultz stated the minutes stand approved as corrected.
Item 2. Local Landmarks Initial Listing
Dawn Mayo stated the local landmarks initiative was discussed at the September 16, 2008 Historic Preservation meeting. She said the initiative is in the creation process and stated she will prepare a slide show to present to the City Commission. She stated, through discussion with the Planning and Development Department, it was suggested to start a registry list in addition to a presentation. Ms. Mayo distributed a list of 20 local landmarks that are publicly owned. She stated, if the Members agree to the list, she would then do research to gather background information on the landmarks, so the nomination could be made for those 20 items. She added she has already taken photographs of some of the items on the list.
Christine Kloubec stated the “Look Around Downtown, Fargo Heritage Discovery Walk” pamphlets that were prepared were very helpful and if there was consistent background information on the registry items, that would be helpful as well.
Paul Gleye commented this is an excellent list to begin with.
Chair Shultz stated the concept makes sense as they are public pieces and added there will be no controversy.
Ms. Mayo stated the first step for listing will be to research the items on the list at the Institute for Regional Studies.
Item 3. Overview Subcommittee Report
Chair Shultz stated the overview subcommittee met October 8, 2008. He added there are new maps and stated surveys will be done on both the north and south side neighborhoods. He stated the surveys will be done to look at the uniformity and eclectic qualities of the neighborhoods as they have developed. He said the idea is to define historic overlay districts in a broader sense and stated the overview subcommittee will meet again and report on the progress.
Item 4. Schedule Oak Grove Open House
Ms. Mayo noted she does not have an update on how the survey is progressing. She stated there was discussion on having an open house to inform neighborhood residents of the survey process and stated the Oak Grove School is willing to host the meeting. She said the school gave a tentative date of October 23, 2008 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and requested Members check their calendars to verify if the date would work, otherwise, the meeting can be rescheduled.
Christine Kloubec asked whether the meeting could be scheduled from 7:00-8:00 p.m. instead of 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Melissa Sobolik inquired whether all Members should attend the open house.
Ms. Mayo replied it would be good to have as many Members attend as possible.
Christine Kloubec emphasized it is an excellent opportunity for Members to attend.
Chair Shultz requested Members email Ms. Mayo to confirm if the open house date works, or if there is a conflict. He also stated Members should discuss how to present at the open house.
Ms. Mayo stated the open house presentation will be similar to the Historic Overlay presentations, such as Island Park and Woodruffs. She added there will be materials, handouts, and displays presented in an informal manner.
Ms. Kloubec stated the Members present at the overlay presentations generally made remarks and answered questions.
Item 5. 2008 CLG Meeting Update
Ms. Mayo stated the CLG (Certified Local Government) meeting was held September 20, 2008 in Devils Lake, North Dakota. She said the meeting consisted of a presentation by Peg O’Leary, who spoke about architectural surveys as seen by the client; a presentation by Lou Hafermehl, a contractor who does surveys; a presentation by an attorney who spoke about the legal aspects of doing a survey, such as writing a contract agreement with the contractor; and a presentation by Steve Martens, the contractor creating the Oak Grove study. Mr. Martens spoke on the anatomy of a survey, how all the pieces fit together, and what to expect at the end of a survey. According to Ms. Mayo, the meeting concluded with a field exercise where participants completed survey forms on downtown buildings in Devils Lake.
Ms. Mayo added she is not sure where the CLG conference will be held next year, but will be notified as the location is determined. She mentioned it might be Fargo’s turn soon to host the meeting as the seven CLG communities rotate yearly.
Chair Shultz asked if the meeting dates for next year have been determined.
Ms. Mayo stated the conferences are always in the fall, but she does not have set dates.
Chair Shultz asked Members to schedule ahead so they can attend the conference next year, and Ms Mayo said she would contact the State Historic Society to try to get earlier notification of the date.
Item 6. Other Business
No other business was presented.
Item 7. Liaison Reports
Chair Shultz mentioned new Rehab applications have been received.
Item 8. Next Meeting – November 13, 2008
The time at adjournment was 8:18 a.m.