2013 Heritage Preservation Commission Minutes

 

SAINT PETER HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION
MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Governors Room – Saint Peter Community Center

 

The regular meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Vice Chairperson Matt Borowy.

Roll call was taken with Commissioners Borowy, Loren Sundboom, Warren Friesen, and Susan Carlin were in attendance.  Members David McGuire and Edi Thorstensson were absent.  Visitor present was Jamie Erickson, owner of Erickson’s Sports Bar.  City Staff present was Community Development Director Russ Wille and Secretary Cindy Moulton.

Agenda

A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Friesen to approve the agenda as submitted.  All members voting aye, the agenda was approved.

Minutes

A motion was made by Friesen, seconded by Sundboom to approve the minutes of the October 29, 2013 meeting.  All voting in favor, the Minutes were approved as submitted.

Erickson’s Sports Bar (Sign Design Review)

Wille stated that Jamie Erickson dba Erickson’s Sports Bar, has submitted sign design reviews for the following three signs:  sandwich board, wall sign and hanging sign. 

Wille stated that the proposed sandwich board sign must be constructed out of a suitable material which is compatible with the historic nature of the district and be limited to 5’ x 2’ in size.  The owner asked if he would be able to incorporate a chalk board on the sign in order to display entertainment/specials.  Members discussed the issue and felt that an appropriate size chalk board would meet the guidelines.

Mr. Erickson is also seeking approval to install a sign on the back wall of the bar facing the north-south alley.

Wille stated that Mr. Erickson is also seeking approval to replace the plastic face of the interior lit signage in the front of the building.  Wille indicated that while plastic face, interior lit signage would not be allowed to be installed under the current guidelines of the ordinance, building owners have been allowed to change the “face” of the signage upon HPC approval of the design.  He said that the sign boxes are “grandfathered” and may be utilized until such time as the sign cabinet is destroyed or deteriorated to the extent that it constitutes a health or safety hazard.     

Wille stated that if approved by the HPC, the signage could be installed upon payment of the $50 permit fee per sign totaling $150.  Wille also added that Mr. Erickson would be required to complete a Hold Harmless and Indemnification Agreement for his sandwich board sign.

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Sundboom to approve all three signs with the understanding that the chalkboard on the sandwich board sign be of an appropriate size.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Erickson asked why the City does not allow the hanging of vinyl banners on businesses during special events such as the “Vikings Training Camp”.  He stated that he had an increase in highway customers during the time the banner was up.  Wille stated that Erickson should contact the Chamber to be an advocate for banners.  Friesen stated that the HPC does not have a choice as it is City Ordinance.  

Red  Men Awning Review

Wille stated that the Red Men Club (412 South Third Street) has submitted a request to allow for the installation of an awning over their South Third Street main entrance.  The proposed awning would be made of sunbrella synthetic canvas and “jockey red” in color.

Wille stated that the existing plastic, interior lit sign will be removed from the South Third Street facade.  The electrical service will be used to illuminate the area underneath the awning.  The light fixture will be installed so it is not visible when viewing the South Third Street façade.

A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Friesen to approve the installation of an awning as submitted.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Adjournment

A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Friesen to adjourn.  All members voting aye, the meeting adjourned at 6:01 pm.

 

SAINT PETER HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION

MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Governors Room – Saint Peter Community Center

 

 The regular meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order at 5:33 p.m. by Chairperson Edi Thorstensson.

 Roll call was taken with Commissioners Edi Thorstensson, Loren Sundboom, David McGuire, Warren Friesen, and Susan Carlin were in attendance.  Member Matt Borowy was absent.  Visitors present were County Administrator Ryan Krosch, I & S Group Architects; Bob Mikelson and Brad Schoenborn.  Community Development Director Russ Wille and Secretary Cindy Moulton were also present.

 Agenda

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Friesen to approve the agenda as submitted.  All members voting aye, the agenda was approved.

 Minutes

A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Friesen to approve the minutes of the September 23, 2013 meeting.  All voting in favor, the Minutes were approved as submitted.

 Nicollet County Health & Human Services Building (New Construction)

Wille stated that Nicollet County has submitted plans and elevation drawings for the construction of the Health & Human Services building which will be located south of the Nicollet County Jail (theater lot).  Wille said the HPC review process was developed to ensure that new construction is accomplished in a manner which would be complementary to the National Register of Historic Places (St. Peter Historic District as well as the Nicollet County Courthouse and jail).    

 I & S Architects gave an overview of the project.  They indicated that there would not be any physical connection to the existing courthouse. 

 Wille asked why the proposed building was facing Front and Walnut Streets versus Highway 169.  He also asked if the County envisioned constructing another building on the lot.   The architects indicated the placement of the building was decided for the following reasons;  1)  route traffic off of Highway 169  2)  discourage traffic from using entrance/exit to/from Highway 169 3)  service corridor.  They also stated that the County did not foresee adding another building on the lot.

 Samples of brick, limestone, insulated windows and roof colors were available for the Commission to view.  The architects stated that the building will be energy efficient.  They explained that they intend to use insulated glass on all of the windows with the exception of “tinted” insulated glass in the southeast corner of the building.  The garage doors located on the north side of the building will be aligned with the windows above and blended in with a glazed look.  The mechanical system will be masked with using a metal roof.    

 Wille asked if the plans included vegetation/greenery/landscape.  Krosch said that they plan to include landscaping and may also include an area for a memorial.  Krosch also stated that they intend to screen the generators as part of their landscape plan. 

Wille indicated that the Public Works Department needed to review the street plans.  He said there could be an issue with the number of curb cuts that are in a one block area.  Krosch stated that the number of curb cuts will not increase from what currently exists.

 Thorstensson recommended that once plans are designed for the memorial, the HPC have a chance to review them.  Krosch agreed to submit the plans for review.     

 A motion as made by Carlin, seconded by Friesen to approve the project subject to a landscaping plan being approved by Community Development Director Wille and the City Forester.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

 Erickson’s Sports Bar (Sign Design Review)

 A motion was made by Friesen, seconded by Sundboom to table the Sign Design Review for Erickson’s Sports Bar.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

 Adjournment

A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Friesen to adjourn.  All members voting aye, the meeting adjourned at 6:10 pm.

 

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER

HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION

Regular Meeting Minutes – September 24, 2013

Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room

 

The September 24, 2013 meeting of the St. Peter Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order by Chairperson Edi Thorstensson at 5:30p.m.  Roll call was taken with Thorstensson, Loren Sundboom, Matt Borowy, Warren Friesen and David McGuire in attendance.  HPC member Susan Carlin would join the meeting at approximately 5:40 p.m.  One vacancy on the Commission remains unfilled.  Community Development Director Russ Wille was in attendance as were visitors Heather Baron and Julee Johnson.

 A motion was made by Sundboom to approve the agenda as prepared.  The motion was seconded by Friesen.  All voted in favor, the motion was passed.

 Borowy moved and McGuire seconded the motion to approve the minutes of the July 30, 2013 meeting of the HPC as presented by the Community Development Director.  With no noted corrections, all voted in favor and the motion was passed.

 Community Development Director Wille noted that he anticipates another report regarding the physical condition of the 214 South Minnesota Avenue property owned by Erin Gatchell.  Building Official Busse will be asked to conduct an inspection as to the structural integrity of the structure.  The inspection conducted in 2011 suggested that the building could be subject to catastrophic collapse due to the continued deterioration of the north and west wall.  In his capacity as Building Official, Mr. Busse will be asked to determine the appropriate course of action given the physical condition of the property and it’s status as a “contributing building” within the established Heritage Preservation District.

 Heather Baron is planning to move her hair salon to the 222 South Minnesota Avenue storefront previously occupied by Julee’s Jewelry.  Ms. Baron is seeking to install an oval sign to identify her new Highway 169 location.  The sign is to be constructed out of wood and measure 4’ x 3’.  The text on the sign would be “engraved” into the wooden board which would be painted brown.  The underlying board would be painted a “cream” color to provide the contrast necessary to make the sign legible.  It is proposed that the sign be centered above the front door.

 HPC members suggested that the sign would be appropriate and expressed no reservations regarding the design, scale or proposed location of the signage.  Friesen moved that the signage be approved for installation as proposed by Ms. Baron and Sign Pro.  The motion was seconded by Sundboom.  With no further discussion, all voted in favor and the motion was carriedl

 Julee Johnson has relocated Julee’s Jewelry to the historic Nicollet Hotel at 120 South Minnesota Avenue.  Ms. Johnson is seeking HPC approval to install awnings and signage to identify the new location of her retail venture.  Ms. Johnson provided historic photos of the Nicollet Hotel which were provided by the Nicollet County Historical Society.  The photos showed the Hotel over the years and the various signage and awnings utilized.

 Ms. Johnson would seek to install rounded top awnings on the main floor arched windows.  The black colored awnings would be constructed of Sunbrella® synthetic canvas.  A total of 7 awnings would be planned to be installed.  Ms. Johnson noted that the awnings may be installed over time as finances allow.  Some of the awnings may contain the text “Julee’s Jewelry” in a cursive, custom font. 

Ms. Johnson would also seek to install a sign on the southeast corner of the South Minnesota Avenue façade of the Hotel.  The sign would be proposed to be installed to extend at a 45 degree angle to be visible from both Park Row and South Minnesota Avenue.  The text “Julee’s Jewelry” would be included on the sign on raised white letters.

 Sundboom moved the approval of the sign installation as proposed by Ms. Johnson.  The motion was seconded by Borowy and all members voted in favor of the motion.  The motion passed.

 Community Development Director noted that the approved awnings has finally been installed on the façade of the Contents store front.  The Director noted that he has received many positive comments regarding the new presentation of the façade.

 Wille noted that the City Council / EDA have created the Handicapped Accessible Micro-Loan Program to encourage building alterations which would increase the accessibility of certain properties.  The 0% interest loans would be provided to finance improvements.  Alterations proposed within the Heritage Preservation District will be submitted to the HPC for review, comment and approval.

 With no further business to conduct, Sundboom moved to adjourn.  The motion was seconded by Friesen and all voted in favor of the motion.  The meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:03 p.m.

August Meeting Cancelled -No Agenda Items 

 

SAINT PETER HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION

MEETING MINUTES

Monday, July 30, 2013

Governors Room – Saint Peter Community Center

 

The regular meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Chairperson Edi Thorstensson.

 Roll call was taken with Commissioners Edi Thorstensson, Loren Sundboom, Matt Borowy, David McGuire and Susan Carlin in attendance.  Member absent was Warren Friesen.  Visitors present was Mark Hall (artist doing work for the Art Center).  Community Development Director Russ Wille and Secretary Cindy Moulton were also present.

 Agenda

A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Sundboom to approve the agenda as submitted.  All members voting aye, the agenda was approved.

 Minutes

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by McGuire to approve the minutes of the June 3, 2013 meeting.  All voting in favor, motion carried.

 Arts Center of Saint Peter – Alley Project

Wille stated that the Art Center is completing plans for the decorative improvements to the alley lying between their building and the historic St. Peter Herald building. 

 Mark Hall, the artist contributing to the improvements, addressed the HPC   He explained how his portion of the display would fit in with the existing tiles on the Art Center’s wall.  He stated that the tree with the eagle sitting on a branch, will start where the tile ends.  The tree would be bolted on to the Art Center’s wall.  Hall stated he would be using recycled materials for the project.  The eagle will be made out of beer bottles and the tree from fence posts, wood posts, etc.  He indicated he would like to have the project finished before it snows. 

 A motion as made by Thorstensson, seconded by Carlin to approve the proposal as presented by Mark Hall.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.    

 Adjournment

A motion was made by McGuire, seconded by Sundboom to adjourn.  All members voting aye, the meeting adjourned at 6:05 pm.

 

SAINT PETER HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION

MEETING MINUTES

Monday, June 3, 2013

Governors Room – Saint Peter Community Center

 

 The rescheduled (from May 29, 2013) meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order at 12:00 p.m. by Chairperson Edi Thorstensson.

 Roll call was taken with Commissioners Edi Thorstensson, Loren Sundboom, Matt Borowy, David McGuire and Susan Carlin in attendance.  Visitors present were Jauna Arias of the Arts Center and Bob Emery of the Mattress Factor Outlet.  Community Development Director Russ Wille and Secretary Cindy Moulton were also present.

 Agenda

A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Sundboom to approve the agenda with the addition of Mattress Factory Outlet under New Business.  All members voting aye, the agenda was approved as amended.

 Minutes

A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by McGuire to approve the minutes of the April 30, 2013 meeting.  All voting in favor, motion carried.

 Arts Center of Saint Peter – Public Art Installation

Wille stated that the Art Center has been working on improving the aesthetics and utilization of the vacated alley between the Art Center and the St. Peter Herald.  To date, pavers have been laid to create a pedestrian walkway to the rear of the properties and the handicapped ramp to the Herald building.

 Juana Arias gave an overview of the project.  She stated that the Clay Center has created decorative clay tiles which they would like to install on the north wall of the Arts Center building.  She indicated there are three options of installation:  1) adhere the tiles directly to the wall  2) adhere the tiles to a backer board and the board be placed on the wall which would result in drilling holes into the brick every 3” and 3) use a free standing display board which would be placed in the ground.

 Wille commented that if the tiles are adhered directly to the building, damage may occur if the tiles are removed or the adhesive may leave residue on the bricks.  He also stated that if holes are drilled directly into the brick, water damage could occur to the brick.  He encouraged Arias to use the freestanding idea.

 Arias stated that the Art Center is withdrawing their proposal to screen the electrical panel with a wooden structure and flower box.  She indicated that someone has purchased a Magnolia Tree as a memorial and the Art Center would like to plant that in front of the panel.

 Wille suggested that Arias contact the City Electric Department to ensure the tree would not prohibit them access to the panel.

 Thorstensson asked if the alley improvement had any impact on the St. Peter Herald building.  Arias said they were working with St. Peter Herald.

 A motion as made by Carlin, seconded by Sundboom to approve the tile installation, to contact the City Electric Department before the Magnolia Tree is planted, and to approve installation of a “sculpture” within the alley (work to be done in “relief” and depict a glass eagle sitting in a tree).  All members voting aye, the motion carried.    

 Mattress Factory Outlet

Bob Emery, owner of the Mattress Factory Outlet, addressed the HPC requesting approval for a sandwich board sign.  Emery provided a paper copy of the proposed signage he would like to place on a sandwich board.  The proposed signage was round, neon colored with a variety of fonts, advertising sales.  Wille stated that neon colors have never been approved in the HPC District and that he could provide Emery with a pallet of approved colors.  Wille also added that there are approved fonts for the HPC District that are available to select from.  Members felt the signage should conform with the shape of the sandwich board sign.

 Emery said he may want to add signage to the south side of the building as well as replace the awning in the future.  Borowy suggested painting the awning to save money.  Emery stated if he decides to place a sign on the south side of the building, he would have artwork ready for the June 25, 2013 HPC meeting.     

 A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Sundboom to approve the signage with the stipulation that it conforms to the City Ordinance and that it is reviewed by Community Development Director Wille.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.   

 Adjournment

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to adjourn.  All members voting aye, the meeting adjourned at 12:40 pm.

 

May Meeting Cancelled - No Agenda Items

 

SAINT PETER HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION

MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Governors Room – Saint Peter Community Center

 

 The regular meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Community Development Director Russ Wille.

 Roll call was taken with Commissioners Edi Thorstensson, Loren Sundboom, Matt Borowy, David McGuire and Susan Carlin (5:40) in attendance.  Visitor present was Dave Nieman of Arrow Ace Hardware.  Community Development Director Russ Wille and Secretary Cindy Moulton were also present.

 Agenda

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to approve the agenda as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

 Minutes

A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by McGuire to approve the minutes of the March 26, 2013 meeting.  All voting in favor, motion carried.

 Don Nieman – Arrow Ace

Don Nieman approached the HPC and asked if they had any ideas to beautify the concrete area in front of Arrow Ace offices located at 200 South Minnesota.  He indicated he is open to suggestions.

 El Agave – Awning Removal/Signage & Lighting Installation

Wille stated that Noe Juarez, owner of El Agave, located at 402 South Third Street, would like to alter the signage on his building.  Juarez has proposed to remove the vinyl awning on the front of the building and install a sign above the 3rd Street doorway.  He has also planned to install “goose-neck” lighting fixtures to illuminate the signage during evening hours of operation.

 Wille felt the signage would improve the appeal of the property.  He recommended approval subject to color of the light luminaries (as chosen by the HPC) and the lighting being professionally installed in a manner that does not result in the use of conduit exposed or attached to the exterior of the building.

 Member discussed the color of the lights.  They felt that silver, black, green or red would be sufficient.  They also suggested that any damage to the façade be repaired after removing the awning.

 A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Borowy to approve the signage as submitted with the following conditions; 1) use one of the recommended colors for the lights  2) fix any damage with matching grout, and 3) no exposed conduit.   All members voting aye, the motion carried.   

 Reports

 Dominos Signage

The new owner of the Saint Peter Dominos Pizza wanted to change the signage on the store.  Wille informed him it would need to be presented to the HPC for approval.  The owner agreed to stay with the signage that was approved for the previous owner.

 Mom & Pops

Mr. Gatchell’s ice cream business in Mankato is doing well.  He is considering restarting the process with Mom & Pops in Saint Peter.

 Inspire Bridal Boutique

The Inspire Bridal Boutique changed the color of her sign because it was to light and unreadable. 

 Habadashery

The signage on the Habadashery is very light colored and unreadable.  Wille stated they may repaint the sign using darker colors.

 Adjournment

A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Sundboom to adjourn.  All members voting aye, the meeting adjourned at 6:02 pm.

 

SAINT PETER HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION

MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Governors Room – Saint Peter Community Center

 The regular meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order at 5:33 p.m. by Chairperson Edi Thorstensson.

 Roll call was taken with Commissioners Thorstensson, Loren Sundboom, Matt Borowy, David McGuire and Susan Carlin in attendance.  Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton were also present.  Visitors present were Craig Root and Melanie Clement of Nash Finch.

 AGENDA

 A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to approve the agenda as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

 MINUTES

 A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Borowy to approve the February 26, 2013 minutes as presented.  All members voting aye, the Minutes were approved.

 NASH FINCH LIQUOR STORE

 Wille reported that Nash Finch is in the process of purchasing the balance of the Nielsen Chevrolet property abutting Highway 169 (Minnesota Avenue).  Once the purchase is complete, Nash Finch is proposing to construct a 5,000 square foot building to house their retail liquor store. 

 Wille stated that the property is not in the Historic Preservation District but the Zoning Ordinance provides for the HPC to review new construction in the Central Business District.  The intent would be to ensure that new construction within the Central Business District is undertaken in a manner which is sympathetic to the historic district.

 The proposed building would be constructed towards the rear of the property to be in line with the Saint Peter Food Coop building (11’ from the Saint Peter Food Coop wall).  The main entrance of the store would be oriented to face Minnesota Avenue.

 The building would be constructed utilizing pre-cast concrete wall panels, identical in color to the existing Econofood building.  The majority of the exterior would consist of a sandblasted finish to add texture to the appearance.  An acid etching would be used to provide accent to the south, east and west facades of the building.  A single awning made of sunbrella material would be installed above the main entrance of the building.  Transom windows would be installed in order to eliminate seeing the unsightly shelving units from the exterior of the building.

 Thorstensson felt the building should be moved further to the south of the Saint Peter Food Coop.  Craig Root said the reason they want the proposed location is to maintain the existing curb cut from Third Street for smooth traffic flow.

 Thorstensson also said the proposed location would have an impact on neighboring properties as the Coop has offices on the south side of their building and they would be looking into a cement wall.

 Borowy said he would like to see a change in the roof line to add some dimension to the building. 

 A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by McGuire to approve the plans as submitted.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

 HABADASHERY SIGNAGE

 Wille stated that he has received a Sign Permit application for the Habadashery Past to Present antique shop which will be located at 216 South Minnesota (former Collective Memories AntiqueShop).  He indicated that they intend to use the same sign panel as the former Collective Memories antique shop.

 A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Sundboom to approve the sign design as submitted.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

 ADJOURNMENT

 A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Borowy to adjourn.  All voting in favor, the meeting adjourned at 5:59 pm.

 

SAINT PETER HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION

MEETING MINUTES

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Governors Room – Saint Peter Community Center

 

 The regular meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order at 5:32 p.m. by Community Development Director Russ Wille.

 Roll call was taken with Commissioners Edi Thorstensson, Loren Sundboom, Matt Borowy, David McGuire and Susan Carlin in attendance.  Community Development Director Russ Wille was also present.

 Wille asked for nomination for the position of Chairperson for 2013 operations of the Commission.  Motion by Sundboom, seconded by McGuire to nominate Edi Thorstensson as Chair.  Wille asked if there were alternative nominations.  Motion by Thorstensson, seconded by Carlin to nominate Matt Borowy as Chair for 2013.  Carlin inquired if Thorstensson’s motion indicated her preference not to serve as Chair.  Thorstensson replied that she would be willing to serve but thought perhaps that Matt Borowy would like the opportunity to serve as Chair.  With no further discussion, Borowy, Sundboom, McGuire and Carlin all voted in favor of the Thorstensson nomination.

 Chairperson Thorstensson presided over the meeting from that point forward.

 Carlin moved the nomination of Matt Borowy for the position of Vice Chairperson.  The motion was seconded by Sundboom.  All voted in favor of the motion.

 Borowy moved that the Community Development Director be appointed as Secretary of the HPC for 2013.  Seconded by Carlin.  All voted in favor of the motion.

 Motion by Carlin, seconded by Sundboom to approve the agenda as presented.  All voting in favor, motion carried.

 Carlin made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 27, 2012 meeting of the Commission as prepared by the Community Development Director.  The motion was seconded by Borowy.   With no further discussion, all voted in favor of the motion.

 Motion by Carlin, seconded by Sundboom to adjourn.  All voting in favor, the meeting was adjourned.

 

January 29, 2013 Meeting Cancelled due to lack of agenda items.