ORO VALLEY HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
November 6, 2017
HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM
11000 N. LA CANADA DRIVE
CALL TO ORDER AT OR AFTER 5:00 P.M.
|Eric Thomae, Commissioner |
Dan Huff, Commissioner
Joseph Kane, Commissioner
Jenni Sunshine, Commissioner
||Walt Ohlson, Vice Chair |
STAFF PRESENT: Lynanne Dellerman, Recreation & Cultural Resources Manager Tobin Sidles, Town Attorney
GUESTS: Jim Williams, Historical Society President, Paul Loomis Town resident
CALL TO AUDIENCE: No Speakers Present
Ms. Dellerman reminded the Commission of educational opportunities both local and national for members to attend
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Sunshine and seconded by Commissioner Kane to approve the October 2, 2017 minutes as written
New Commissioner Dan Karlsberg was not present.
President Jim Williams explained the discussion between the Town Attorney and the Historical Society regarding the use of Steam Pump Ranch. He also reported that historic items will be moved during repairs at the Pusch House. Mr. Williams informed the Commission that on December 6, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at the public library, a local historian re-enactor, in full dress, will be speaking about Tucson history.
Commissioner Sunshine spoke about the results from collaborating with the school and a teacher. Discussion ensued about changes made to encourage more participation. Concerns were addressed. Commissioners suggested removal of resource three on the attached document due to possible problems.
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Sunshine and seconded by Commissioner Thomae to accept the William Adler Historical Writing Contest Essay Questions document with the removal of resource three
Chair Thomae discussed the meeting with new Town Manager, Mary Jacobs, Historic Society members, and other HPC Commissioners. He emphasized that Mary Jacobs recognizes and is proactive about preservation. Chair Thomae described weighted aspects of the budget that were addressed. Core interests such as fire suppression, chicken coops, bunk houses, etc ..... were deemed important. Commissioner Huff described the meeting as open and productive. He indicated that there was a shared understanding of competing interests within the limited amount of money. Commissioner Huff reminded the Commission that no decisions were made.
Commissioners discussed how and what the Commission should request to Council about budgeted items and the continuation with preserving buildings. Chair Thomae requested the best voice to present to Council is that we remain in stabilization stage. Ms. Dellerman suggested further commentary be sent by email to the Town Manager.
Commissioner Sunshine addressed a concern about potential rodent problem at the Pusch House resurfacing if no rodent control is in place. Chair Huff, suggested the most compromised structure is the chicken coop which is still not finished and may need additional funds. Deterioration of the garage and wall and the time line of damage was deliberated with Commissioner Sunshine suggesting a review of past architect reports. Discussion included having the hired expert, David Yubeta, review the deterioration for his opinion. Council Member Solomon offered his thoughts that the Council's position may not see the Proctor Leiber house as historically significant. He suggested the Commission needs to provide evidence of value. The Commissioners agreed that they want to ensure maintenance of each of the buildings and ensure stabilization. A motion was made.
Regarding the presentation of survey maps, Ms. Dellerman reported that she contacted presenter Clive Probert to educate the Commissioners on how legally the HPC can help preserve survey markers during construction within the Town.
Regarding the creation of a registry list, Ms. Dellerman reported that she has been working with Mr. Eric Vondi and will continue communication with him for more information about qualification for National registry requirements and other items deemed necessary.
Chair Sunshine provided her thoughts and suggestions on having a presentation by Dr. Michael Fassett on local architecture. She expressed it would be a good fit for the 2.5 Oral History Project. Chair Thomae said he would like to take the lead on engaging the Oro Valley Estates.
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Thomae and seconded by Commissioner Sunshine to have Commission encourage Council, to allow staff to ensure buildings remain in stable condition before funds are spent on anything else
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Thomae and seconded by Commissioner Sunshine to request Dr. Michael Fassett present a Commission sanctioned presentation on the architecture of Oro Valley Estates outside of the Town's Then and Now event.
Ms. Dellerman reported that a date has been scheduled for repairs on the Pusch House and that rodent control is now in the regular budget. She explained the next chicken adobe workshop continues with repairs on the back of the chicken coop but they are currently not in stable condition. Ms. Dellerman announced that Concord has completed ceiling repairs in the Pusch house. She also provided the status of a previous request by a Commissioner, that the window signage is still in process with the Town of Oro Valley Communication Department.
Ms. Dellerman reported and updated previous items that were listed as well as current topics
- term limits, two terms then one year of vacancy required, then a Commissioner may return
- historic preservation code, the HPC is in process through the windshield tour and the 2.5 oral history project
- review rock art ranch annually then update project every 5 years
- review of significant buildings, a form has been created so Commission can review applicants
- identify unfinished work from Phase 1 of SPR, a report had been created but can be resent as a future agenda item
- annual work plan, the Town Planning Department worked in conjunction with the Commission and at the presentation the HPC accepted the plan
- budget priorities for next fiscal year need to be considered in future
- Honeybee dedication took place, tours at SPR are gaining recognition
- HPC conference to be held June 2018 in Scottsdale
- rules and procedures for OV Council was provided
Fiscal year budget items need to be considered with prior years requested budgeted items attached
A motion was made by Commissioner Thomae and seconded by Commissioner Huff
to adjourn the meeting
Chair Thomae adjourned the meeting at 6:45 p.m.