Town of Winchest
Historic District Commission
Historic District Commission
Monday, August 22, 2011
Attendance: Mike Haman (Chairman), Harvey Sieran, Gene Park, Kim N. Gordon (Secretary & Planning Board), Sherman Tedford (Board of Selectman Ex Officio), Julia Ferrari (Vice Chairman & Alternate), & Alternate Mary DePina-Weeks. Public: Russell Rapoza & Ted Whippie.
Meeting opened at 6:55 pm.
First order of business: Review of meeting minutes of 7/15/11. K. Gordon made a motion to accept the minutes as complete. G. Park seconded. Discussion. 1 abstained, 4 in favor.
Second order of business: Mr. Mike’s exterior repairs. 9 Keene Road, Map 26, Lot 54 Alliance Energy LLC property owner (36 East Industrial Road). Contractor, Russell Rapoza from Mansfield, MA, representing Alliance Energy came before the board with the apology that the Land Use office had informed him that he did not need any permits to install the vinyl siding on the building. He was issued an order to quit working after he began to come before the HDC.
S. Tedford made motion to accept the application as complete. H. Sieran seconded. All in favor.
Before and after pictures were submitted to the board. Only two and a quarter sides of the building are noted to be constructed with TX. The backside will remain the same. It is noted that it is easier to clean graffiti.
S. Tedford moved to approve the continued construction. H. Sieran seconds. Discussion: J. Ferrari notes that with buildings that are not contributing members of the historic value to the historic district should not be held to a stricter standard. Mr. Mike’s would be one such building. All in favor.
Third order of business: 99 Main Street, United Church construction. M. Haman recuses himself to present the updates to the construction. J. Ferrari is acting alternate. The proposals that the contractor would like to change are as follows:
1. Proposed chimney on the addition be changed from brick to steel metalbestos.
2. Remove the brick chimney and concert block on the inside chimney left in place.
3. Vinyl white clapboard to match the existing.
4. White Azac corner board with vinyl siding
5. Baseboard white cladding along the top of brick façade to regular vinyl siding.
G. Park made motion to accept the proposals with the following conditions:
1. Condition if the façade can not be a brick chimney over the metalbestos, then the exposed portion must be a brick chimney
2. Approve white vinyl siding, but no vinyl corner boards. The corner boards should be wide board (6” or more).
3. No vinyl Mop/base board
4. Approve keeping the two existing chimneys
H. Sieran seconds the motion. Discussion. Amendment accept. All in favor.
Forth order of business: Guidelines for the consideration of Demolition. The original version has been locked on the secretary’s computer. So, the Northville version was presented. Discussion with board was decided that it is best to get the Winchester version forwarded to everyone before the next meeting to discuss.
Fifth order of business: 71 Main Street. An appeal was submitted by Attorney Silas Little on behalf of the Zaremba Group (General Dollar), representing Margaret Sharra. The documents were reviewed and a discussion about the upcoming Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2011. It was noted that M. Sharra will be represented by an attorney, and it is questioned whether it would be wise to have the HDC board also legally represented by the town’s attorney. S. Tedford stated that the last hearing cost $1,200 in legal fees and there was no money left in the board’s budget. He was questioned whether all legal fees came from the general fund and not out of the budgets of committees – he did not know. H. Sieran will check into the board’s budget, since part of the budget was for the HDC signs. J. Ferrari noted that the majority of this cost was incurred by the confusion with the town administrative office regarding whether the board was allowed to hold public hearings and forwarding/faxing documents to the attorney representing Zaremba Group. There was discussion as to whether this cost should be incurred by the applicant or the board.
M. Haman requests that the board be present to defend the board’s decision. S. Tedford notes that it is not up to the board to defend and it is now in the hands of the ZBA.
K. Gordon updated the board on the house on Back Ashuelot Road (formerly owned by Virginia Fenrich) and the unapproved upgrade to the Railroad Station. J. Ferrari has postponed discussion on the signs due to the question of the committee’s budget. She will be donating the typography and H. Sieran will be checking into the sign maker of other signs made in town.
Guest, Ted Whippie, requested that the board post their future agendas on the town website.
Items for discussion at the next meeting are signs for the historic district, a proposal for 2-18 Main Street upgrades, grants, and the proposed regulations. The next meeting date is scheduled for the regularly schedule date of Monday, September 26 at 7 pm. M. Haman moves to adjourn. K Gordon seconds. All in favor. Meeting adjourned at 8:22 pm.
Minutes approved on:
Minutes respectfully submitted by:
Kim N. Gordon, HDC Secretary
Michael Haman, HDC Chairman