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HDC_01 11 20101 DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT 723 West Markham Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1334 Phone: (501) 371-4790 Fax: (501) 399-3435 LITTLE ROCK HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION MINUTES Monday, January 11, 2010, 5:00 p.m. Sister Cities’ Conference Room, City Hall I. Roll Call Quorum was present being four (4) in number. Members Present: Marshall Peters Julie Wiedower Randy Ripley Loretta Hendrix Randy Ripley Members Absent: None City Attorney: Debra Weldon Staff Present: Brian Minyard Tony Bozynski Citizens Present: Boyd Maher, AHPP Brian Driscoll, AHPP II. Approval of Minutes A motion was made by Commissioner Julie Wiedower to approve the minutes of October 12, 2009 with corrections noted on page 1 and page 30. Commissioner Randy Ripley seconded and the minutes were approved with a vote of 4 ayes and 1 open position. III. Deferred Certificates of Appropriateness 2 STAFF REPORT ITEM NO. A. DATE: December 14, 2009 APPLICANT: Chris Vanlandingham ADDRESS: 512 East Eight Street COA REQUEST: Storm Windows and Storm Doors The applicant requested a deferral to the January 2010 meeting on November 24, 2009. STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Staff supports this request for deferral. COMMISSION ACTION: December 14, 2009 Commissioner Julie Wiedower made a motion to defer this item until the January 2010 meeting. Commissioner Bob Wood seconded and the motion passed with a vote of 4 ayes and 1 absent. STAFF UPDATE: January 4, 2010 On December 18th, 2009, Staff received an email that the applicant wished to withdraw his item. STAFF RECOMMENDATION: Staff supports this request for withdrawal. COMMISSION ACTION: January 11, 2010 Commissioner Julie Wiedower made a motion to withdraw the item. Commissioner Randy Ripley seconded. The motion passed with a vote of 4 ayes and 1 open position. A discussion followed concerning the number of deferrals that can be asked for by the applicant and the Commission. DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT 723 West Markham Street Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1334 Phone: (501) 371-4790 Fax: (501) 399-3435 3 IV. Other Matters Election of Chair and Vice Chair Commissioner Julie Wiedower nominated Marshall Peters to be Chair for 2010. Commissioner Randy Ripley seconded. There were no other nominations and Chair Peters was elected Chair by acclamation. Commissioner Ripley nominated Commissioner Wiedower as Vice-Chair. Commissioner Loretta Hendrix seconded. There were no other nominations and Vice Chair Wiedower was elected Vice-Chair by acclamation. Enforcement Issues There were no enforcement issues presented by Staff. No items were brought to the attention of the Staff. Dunbar Survey Update Discussion was held concerning the Dunbar Survey. The consultant is to be made aware of the request for one or more additional public meetings to answer questions from the property owners and residents. Commissioner Loretta Hendrix volunteered to “rally the troops” to get people to a public meeting. It is requested the citizens have the opportunity to volunteer information about the history of their houses. Discussion continued on the notices that are requested to be sent and the anticipated concerns of the property owners about the survey. Commissioner Hendrix proposed to get the area colleges and universities involved in the surveys. She asked that there be language in the next RFQ to have the consultants use labor from the universities, and at a minimum for an internship. Boyd Maher noted for the record that the Hanger Hill National Register District was written and surveyed by a graduate class at UALR. Mr. Minyard noted that the Preservation Plan states that the reconnaissance surveys be performed by area volunteers and/or students. He continued that this would be a way to get people involved at their level of expertise versus the full blown survey that does take a high level of expertise. Preservation Plan Update Brian Minyard, Staff, went over the top sub-goals of each goal and what has been done to date by the Staff, AHPP, and others. Mr. Minyard proposed to the Commission there be a subcommittee formed to work on the implementation of the Preservation Plan. It would consist of one HDC Commissioner, Staff, and one representative of each of the QQA, CZDC, and the AHPP. Mr. Bozynski said that this approach has been used in the past and has been successful. Mr. Bozynski responded to Commissioner Wiedower saying that the subcommittee would not change the ranking of the sub-goals. Chair Marshall Peters asked if it made sense to add a representative of the City Beautiful Commission to the subcommittee. Tony Bozynski, Director of Planning and Development, stated that the CBC had a lot on its plate and did not see what they would have to add to the discussion. He suggested maybe adding someone from the Downtown Partnership to the committee. Commissioner Hendrix suggested bringing in someone from the UALR Public History Program for a seat on the committee. Mr. Minyard stated that he would contact UALR’s Public History Program. Commissioner Hendrix suggested that someone from the Associated General Contractors be brought into the plan or the construction industry. Work Plan Topic #19, Storm windows in general was discussed at length. Commissioner Julie Wiedower stated that instead of the Commission just telling the public that they had to repair and keep their windows, the Commission needed a list of contractors that could do the work. Boyd Maher and Brian Driscoll from AHPP, provided handouts with "cold hard numbers" on utility savings and financial incentives of saving the existing wood windows versus replacement. Commissioner Wiedower stated that the HDC should provide information as a rational alternative to the window salesman. She suggested writing articles for the QQA Chronicle or the Democrat Gazette. Discussion turned to the interior storm windows and the problems of interior condensation on the inside sill. The storm windows protect the exterior sash from the elements in addition to any energy savings. Commissioner Randy Ripley stated that the interior storm windows do not have to be left up year round. He also mentioned the glare that storm windows generate versus the original window with its muntins or stained glass. Interior storms do not produce that glare. He also spoke of the acoustic value of storm windows. The Commission decided to add a line of text in the guidelines at the first of the paragraph on Screen and Storm windows as follows: Interior storm windows are encouraged and preferred. These do not require a COA nor the associated costs of the COA. Screen and Storm windows should.... Citizen Communication None. VI. Adjournment There was a motion to adjourn. The meeting ended at 6:46 p.m. Attest: 11