2014 Heritage Preservation Commission Minutes

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Regular Meeting Minutes – October 28, 2014
Saint Peter Community Center - Governors Room

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson David McGuire at 5:33.  Roll was taken with Commissioners McGuire, Matt Borowy, Edi Thorstensson, Loren Sundboom, and Warren Friessen in attendance. Commission member Stephen Grams was unable to attend.  Community Development Director Russ Wille  and Cindy Moulton were also in attendance.  Visitors present were Jim Brandt and Larry Kaduce.

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Sundboom to approve the meeting agenda as presented by the Community Development Director.  All voting in favor, motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Sundboom to approve the minutes of the September 30, 2014 meeting as prepared.  With no noted corrections or further discussion the motion was passed unanimously.

Brandt Law Office (sign Review)

Mary Brandt, owner of 219 Nassau has requested to install signage on both the western and eastern wall of her commercial structure.  Wille stated the property is located within the Heritage Preservation District and is also classified as a “contributing” building within the National Register of Historic Places district.

Each sign would measure 42” X 96” (28 square feet).  The signs would be constructed out of “sign board”.  The sign would include the Brandt Law Office logo and standard black block text.  The background of the sign would be black and the lettering created in a gold color.

Wille recommended the signs be approved as per the location depicted on the rendering.

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to approve the signage as proposed by Brandt.  With no further discussion, all members voted in favor the motion carried.

RE/MAX Building (Sign Review)

Larry and Megan Kaduce own the building located at 424 Mulberry, which is RE/MAX Dynamic Agency.  The former tenant has vacated their location within the basement and Kaduce’s would like to install new signage that would identify the location of future basement office tenants.

The former tenant’s sign would be removed and the Kaduce’s would like to establish a location where the identifying signage of three individual businesses could be located.  The proposed signage would be installed on the lower, right side of Minnesota Avenue façade. 

The scale and location of the proposed sign would provide symmetry and complement the signage installed for the USDA Service Center.  The signage would measure 72” x 54” (27 square feet). 

The applicants would like the HPC to provide flexibility to the owner to change out sign panels as tenants would either occupy or vacate the premises.  Wille stated that such action would be consistent with actions taken by a previous HPC. 

Kaduce was reminded that the signage could not contain any phone numbers or e-mail addresses.  He also was informed that the signage should include a background color and two different colors for the text. 

A motion was made by Borowry, seconded by Thorstensson to approve the signage as presented. With no further discussion, all Commissioners voted in favor, the motion carried.

Mom & Pops Demolition -  The demolition of Mom & Pops, 214 South Minnesota has taken place and has been fenced in.  A new water line was run into the property and the wastewater line was connected into an existing service.  Gatchell’s have decided to wait to start construction in the spring.

MSU – Urban Studies Institute Survey  - Wille announced that three graduate students at the Urban & Regional Studies Institute at Minnesota State University, Mankato are conducting research into how a situation similar to the demolition of the Mom & Pops building can be avoided in the future.

Students are contacting other communities to see what they are undertaking and what types of programs can be developed to avoid what the State Historic Preservation Office refers to as “Demolition by Neglect”. 

The students have assembled surveys which were mailed to the owners of property within the Saint Peter Historic Commercial District. 

The students will be making a presentation to the HPC at the Tuesday, November 25th meeting.

Fister Correspondence – Wille stated that Barbara and Tim Fister would like the HPC to consider the City’s planned alteration of the curb cut in front of their property on South Third Street.  Wille said that after consultation with City Administrator Prafke and City Attorney Brandt, it has been determined that such review of the planned public works project would not fall under the HPC’s authority and purview.  The decision was based on the review of Ordinance, Chapter 10, Sec. 10-171.  Wille’s, Prafke’s, and Brandt’s interpretation is the HPC’s review only applies to alterations to the private structures and would not be imposed on alterations to the sidewalk, street or underground utility apparatus.
Wille stated that the adopted Zoning Map indicates that the boundary of the HPC District doesn’t include the public right-of-way along Third Street. 

Parking Lot #5  -  Wille indicated that the City has been working on a Purchase Agreement for Parking Lot #5.  The question is would the project have enough room for parking.

AdjournA motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Thorstensson to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:45 pm.

 


CITY OF SAINT PETER
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Regular Meeting Minutes – September 30, 2014
Saint Peter Community Center - Governors Room

 

Call To Order

Roll was taken with Commissioners Matt Borowy, Edi Thorstensson, Loren Sundboom, Stephen Grams and David McGuire in attendance. Commission member Warren Friessen was unable to attend.  Community Development Director Russ Wille was also in attendance.  Tim Harbo (Cheese & Pie Monger) was also present.

The regular meeting was called to order by Chairperson McGuire at 5:33 p.m.

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Thorstensson to approve the meeting agenda as presented by the Community Development Director.  All voting in favor, motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Sundboom to approve the minutes of the August 8, 2014 and August 26, 2014 meetings as prepared.  With no noted corrections or further discussion the motion was passed unanimously.

Cheese & Pie Monger

Community Development Director Wille reported that the Cheese & Pie Monger is seeking to open a retail outlet at 403 South Minnesota Avenue.  Tim Harbor of the Cheese & Pie Monger was in attendance to explain his intended signage and lighting.

Mr. Harbo would intend to establish a 4’ x 8’ sign above the front entry of the store front.  The sign would be constructed of PVC board with the text routed into the signage.  An underlying PVC board would be painted black to provide the contrast of the lettering and the text would appear in “relief” upon the sign. 

Mr. Harbo would propose to illuminate the sign utilized “goose neck” lighting in a style regularly approved by the HPC.  The lighting would use the existing electrical conduit to provide electricity to the signage.  The lighting would be installed underneath the signage and reflect upwards on to the sign structure.

A motion was made by Thorstensson to approve the signage and lighting a proposed by Mr. Harbo and the Cheese & Pie Monger.  The motion was seconded by Sundboom.  With not further discussion, all members voted in favor of the motion.

Bushaw Business Services - David & Tressa Bushaw owns the 403 South Minnesota Avenue building.  P.J. Pizza and the Methodist Church had previously occupied this commercial space.

At this time, upon the relocation of the church, Ms. Bushaw intends to open an operation providing bookkeeping, accounting and consulting services to area businesses.  To denote the location of her new business enterprise, Tressa would propose the installation of an awning (signage) as well as a repainting of the building facade.

The proposed awning would measure 22’ x 5’ and would span the entire width of the building above the entry and windows.  The Sunbrella ® awning would be black in color and would include the proposed text in white lettering.  Finally, the awning would include a custom designed logo as depicted in the application / agenda materials.

Ms. Bushaw would also propose to repaint the building façade to compliment the new black awning.  The applicant would propose painting the window trim black and the body of the façade “dry dock beige”.

Upon review the application, Commission Sundboom moved to approve the installation of the awning and repainting of the façade as per the submitted application.  The motion was seconded by Grams.  With no further discussion, all Commissioners voted in favor of the motion to approve.

My Mother’s Daughter - Ashleigh Moelter is opening My Mother’s Daughter in the vacated RE/MAX offices at 305 South Minnesota Avenue.  To denote her new retail venture, Ms. Moelter would proposed the installation of a black, Sunbrella ® awning over the windows located north of the Minnesota Avenue entry to the building.

The proposed awning would be black in color and include the “My Mother’s Daughter” in white, script lettering and a pink shamrock which Ms. Moelter has established as her business logo.  The awning would measure 118” x 60”.

Commissioner Grams made a motion to approve the installation of the awning as proposed by Ms. Moelter.  The motion was seconded by Sundboom.  With not further discussion, the motion passed unanimously.

Mom & Pops - Wille reported that the archival, photo documentation f the 214 South Minnesota Avenue building has been completed by Greg Anderson’s Studio 19.  As such, Mr. Gatchell can complete the demolition of the structure as soon as he is able to obtain the appropriate permit from the Building Official.

Bungam (Carnegie Library) -Wille reported that he had left a phone message for Mr. Bungum following last month’s meeting of the HPC to invite him to formally submit an application for the renovation of the building to install egress windows from the lower level.  Mr. Bungum has not provided for a response nor has he submitted an application for review.

Adjourn

With no further business before the Commission, Thorstensson moved to adjourn the September meeting of the HPC.  The motion was seconded by Borowy and the Chair closed the meeting at approximately 6:15 p.m.

 


CITY OF SAINT PETER, MINNESOTA
Heritage Preservation Commission
REGULAR  MEETING MINUTES – August 26, 2014
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room

Call to Order

The meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order by Chair David McGuire at approximately 5:30 pm.  Roll call was taken with McGuire, Edi Thorstensson, Matt Borowy, Loren Sundboom, and Stephen Grams in attendance.  City staff present was Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.  Visitor present was Jay Zender of State Farm Insurance.

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Sundboom to approve the agenda with the addition of Inspire Boutique and the Arts Center under New Business.  All voting in favor of the amended agenda, the motion carried.

Minutes

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Thorstensson to approve the Minutes of the July 29, 2014 and August 7, 2014.  All members voting aye the motion carried.

Zender State Farm, (319 S MN)

On June 18, 2014, the HPC approved the installation of a new doorway to provide access to the alley behind the insurance office.  They also approved the installation and utilization of an EIFS (synthetic stucco) material on the building façade exposed to the alley.

Zender would like HPC approval to install three new windows (approximately 4 X 4) upon the alley wall of the building.  Wille indicated that the building is in the HPC District but is a non-conforming building according to the State Historic Preservation Office.

Wille stated that Zender has reconsidered and is asking for HPC permission to remove the second floor doorway.  The door is not necessary to provide egress from the second floor residences.  He plans to fill in the space with the closest color of matching brick.

A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Grams to approve the project as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Inspire Boutique   

Julie Larson, owner of Inspire Boutique, has planned to purchase the building she is currently renting.  She has submitted a plan for a black and white striped awning with her logo on it.  Wille suggested a smaller logo as there is a header and footer guidelines.  Borowy suggested getting rid of the decorative portion of the sign to make sure there was more room for the logo.

A motion was made by Grams, seconded by Borowy to approve the plans with the condition she meets the guidelines of the size of the logo.  All members voting aye, the motion

Art Center

Wille stated the Art Center of Saint Peter has submitted a sign design for HPC approval.  The sign will be designed out of metal with pieces of glass inserted in areas and attached to the brick wall.

Bungum Realty - wille contacted SHPO as per the request by the HPC.  They denied telling John Bungum that it was okay to place egress windows on the north side of his building but that it was up to the City.  SHPO discouraged the City to approve it.  Wille indicated that the Carnegie Library building is near its original condition and that if the windows are installed, it is nearly irreversible.

Members discussed the importance of Bungum submitted an application and rendering of exactly what he is planning to do.  Wille didn’t know if there would be enough room for window wells without going over the property line.

Borowy was concerned that if a building was not financially feasible without modifying it, the owner may let the building become sub-standard due to neglect.

Wille will contact Bungum and request an application and rendering if he plans to go through with the project.

Mom & Pops - Wille stated that Erin Gatchell is unable to find a photographer with old enough equipment to take pictures to the standard of SHPO.  The HPC authorized the use of digital photos.

Wille announced that he has been dealing with a developer on Parking Lot #5. 

Adjournment

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Sundboom to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 6:05 pm.

 


CITY OF SAINT PETER, MINNESOTA
Heritage Preservation Commission
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES – August 7, 2014
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room

Call to Order

The meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order by Vice Chair Matt Borowy at approximately 5:25 pm.  Roll call was taken with Edi Thorstensson, Matt Borowy, Loren Sundboom, and Warren Friesen in attendance.  City staff present was Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.  Visitors present were Erin Gatchell and Architect Ryan Langemeier.

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Friesen, seconded by Sundboom to approve the agenda with the addition of John Bungum under Reports.  All voting in favor of the amended agenda, the motion carried.

Authorization Demolition of 214 S MN Ave.

On June 14, 2014, the HPC accepted the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) related to the demolition of 214 South Minnesota Avenue.  The EAW was published in the EQB Monitor on July 7, 2014.

The City provided public notice in the Saint Peter Herald that stated pubic comments on the EAW would be received until August 6, 2014 (30 days).  The City received notices from the Minnesota Historical Society recommending the City’s Community Development Department work closely with the HPC in an effort to further educate property owners within the historic district by providing not only information regarding financial incentives, but also the benefits of regular conditions assessments and preventative maintenance. The State also recommended that a historical narrative and photo documentation be prepared for this building prior to its removal.  The Nicollet County Historical Society also submitted a letter to Wille.  Wille read his response to the Nicollet County Historical Society.  Wille also said he received a letter from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which thanked the City for the opportunity to review and comment on the EAW.  They stated they had no comments at this time.

Wille suggested that the HPC adopt two resolutions regarding the demolition and reconstruction project.  The first resolution would accept the final EAW and determine that no further environmental review of the proposed demolition is necessary.  The resolution would also determine that there is no need to prepare a more detailed Environmental Impact Statement. 

The second resolution would accept the design and construction of a new building at 214 South Minnesota Avenue and authorize construction in conformance with the submittals.

A motion was made by Friessen, seconded by Thorstennson to introduce Resolution No. 2014-02 entitled, “Resolution Accepting An Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) Related To The Proposed Demolition Of The Structure At 214 South Minnesota Avenue And Determining That The Preparation Of An Environmental Impact Statement Is Unnecessary”.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

Authorize New Construction at 214 South Minnesota

Wille indicated that the HPC has reviewed the plans and specs submitted by Erin Gatchell at a previous meeting and accepted the plans, specs, materials, scale and design of the proposed construction and concluded the above are appropriate with the Heritage Preservation District.

Wille presented a photograph of the fence (black rod iron) that will be located on the north and south sides of the property.

A motion was made by Friessen, seconded by Thorstensson to introduce Resolution No. 2014-03 entitled, “Resolution Accepting The Plans and Specification For A New Building At 214 South Minesota Avenue And Authorizing The Construction In Accordance With The Submitted Plans”.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

Sundboom requested that Gatchell notify the Historical Society when they are ready to demolish the building so the Society could take pictures.  Gatchelll agreed.
                                                                                                
Reports

Wille reported that John Bungum has approached the City in regards to replacing the lower level windows of his building located at 429 South Minnesota.  He said he would like to remodel the lower level of his property to use it as rental property and in order to accomplish the renovation, he would need to place egress windows in the lower level to meet the building code. 

Wille stated that he discouraged Bungum from applying for the alteration as the building is in the Heritage Preservation District.  He also said that it would not meet the Secretary of Interior Standards as they refer to maintaining resources as they are. 

Bungum indicated that he spoke to a Minnesota Historic Architect and he/she said it was okay. 

Borowy felt that all buildings should be treated the same.

Wille stated that he will check with the Minnesota Historic Architects and ask for an opinion in writing.

Borowy felt that it was too early for Bungum to submit an application, as did the majority of the HPC members.

Bungum stated that he has obtained a building permit in the amount of $504.  Wille stated that he would submit a refund to Bungum from the City.

The HPC will be holding its regular meeting on August 26, 2014. 

Adjournment

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Thorstensson to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 5:59 pm.

 


CITY OF SAINT PETER, MINNESOTA
Heritage Preservation Commission
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES – July 29, 2014
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room

Call to Order

The meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order by David McGuire at approximately 5:30 pm.  Roll call was taken with Edi Thorstensson, Stephen Grams, Matt Borowy, Loren Sundboom, and David McGuire.  City staff present was Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.  Visitors present were Erin Gatchell and Architect Ryan Langemeier.

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Borowy to approve the agenda as submitted. All voting in favor of the agenda, the motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Thorstensson to approve the minutes of the June 24,, 2014 meeting.  With all voting aye, the motion carried.

214 South Minnesota Replacement Structure

Wille stated that the HPC accepted the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) prepared for the demolition of the structure at 214 South Minnesota.  The EAW was forwarded to the Environmental Quality Board and various other state, federal and regional authorities as required by State Statute.

Wille said that the (EAW) was published in the EQB Monitor on July 7th.  The HPC must accept public comments regarding the environmental impact of the proposed demolition, following publication.  To date, the City has not received any public comment.  If public comments are received, the City must respond in writing.  The 30-day comment period expires on August 6, 2014.

At the conclusion of the 30 day comment period, the HPC could determine that further environmental review, including the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement is unnecessary.  If that finding is made, the HPC could authorize demolition and clearance of the site.

Upon demolition, the owners would seek to begin the redevelopment of the site.  The HPC would need to approve the following details of the new construction; site plan, design, materials and color palette of the
new construction.

It was stated that Gatchell was able to demolish the garage in the rear of the property at any time as that is not part of the historic structure.

Wille indicated that the proposed new construction is very reminiscent of the structure that was built in the Civil War era as to scale and design.  The ground floor of the new structure would include the use of brick and a coursework of Kasota stone which would give the appearance of a foundation.  The lighter colored stone would also be used to provide contrast and a visual separation between the ground level and second floor of the building.

Gatchell suggested using a burgundy/wine colored “Hardie Board” siding.  The architect also provided additional color pallets at the meeting and color schemes for the HPC to review.  The HPC agreed on the burgundy/wine colored siding.

Wille stated that the add-on stairwell connecting the building to the building directly so the south will not be recreated since it was not part of the original structure.  This will also eliminate the water problem the southern building was having.  Gatchell would like to construct the new building further to the north to create a larger separation between the properties.

Gatchell stated that he would like the shell of the building done this fall.  He plans to complete the apartment upstairs prior to finishing the ice cream shop in order to establish cash flow.

Special Meeting Request

Wille has setup a special meeting to be held on Thursday, August 7th at 5:30 pm to consider the EAW following the 30 day public comment period.  Assuming that no environmental issues are identified, it would be up to the HPC to approve the demolition and reconstruction at that time.

Wille stated that following final HPC disposition of the EAW, demolition could begin as soon as permitted by the City Building Official. 

Adjournment

A motion was made by McGuire, seconded by Thorstensson to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 5:55 pm.

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER, MINNESOTA
Heritage Preservation Commission
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES – June 24, 2014
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room

Call to Order

The meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order by Edi Thorstensson at approximately 5:31 pm.  Roll call was taken with Thorstensson, Stephen Grams, Matt Borowy, Loren Sundboom, and David McGuire 5:32).  City staff present was Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.  Visitors present were Keith Stelter, and Nate Pashke and Don..

Chairperson McGuire took over the meeting..

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to approve the agenda as submitted. All voting in favor of the agenda, the motion carried.

Wille added item B. under Unfinished Business; Nate’s Barbershop sign review and requested it be moved to item A.  A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to approve the agenda as amended.  All members voting aye, the motion passed.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Grams to approve the minutes of the May 28, 2014 meeting.  With all voting aye, the motion carried.

213 South Minnesota (Façade Renovation)

Keith and Carrie Stelter have recently purchased the 213 South Minnesota Ave. building which they intend to establish a retail operation which would sell “free trade” merchandise in the storefront.  Stelters would like to provide for the renovation and alteration of the building façade.  This would include removal of the existing cedar shake awning, installation of an appropriate awning and repainting of the structure. 

The removal of the shakes would provide the opportunity for Stelters to install a canvas/sunbrella awning which would improve the visual presentation of the building.  Stelter proposed a green awning with print on it.  Wille stated that the font and size of the print on the awning was appropriate.  Members asked if he would have text on the fringe of the awning.  Members agreed that it would be up to Stelter to make that choice.

Keith Stelter indicated that he had been consulting with Alyssa Auten of the Historical Society as to the most appropriate colors.  Stelter suggested a red brick color for the upper portion of the building with green accent on the windows.  He also suggested a tan/Kasota Stone color) for the trim on the top of the building.  It was mentioned that he would like to paint the rock portion of the foundation the same color as the trim on top of the building to bring the look of the building together.

Stelter also added that he would be replacing the cedar around the apartment door.  He was going to consult with Auten at the Historical Society.

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Sundboom to approve the façade renovation of 213 South Minnesota.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

319 South Minnesota (Alley Façade Renovation)

Jay Zender, owner of 319 South Minnesota, has requested that the HPC allow him to eliminate the visible fire damage on the rear of his building.  The destroyed addition has been cleared.  Zender has proposed to install synthetic stucco (EIFS) to the rear of the building.  The lower portion of the building would be EIFS and the upper half would be retained as exposed brick.

Borowy asked if there was brick behind the wall that was damaged.  Borowy thought maybe  Zender could pull off a piece of the wood to see if there was brick.

Wille said that Zender is also looking to replace the walk-in door which provides access to the alley.  The desired door would match the one installed on Minnesota Avenue. Wille stated that the applicant will appear before the HPC at a later date to propose the installation of a stairway to allow access from the second story to the alleyway.  The applicant would also seek approval for adding two windows to the alley façade.

Wille indicated that the building is a “non-contributing” building within the Saint Peter Historic Commercial district as identified by the National Register of Historic Places.

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Thorstensson  to approve the request with the stipulation that he check for brick behind the wood, which would allow him to use either the brick or the EIFS.  All members voting aye the motion carried.

Nates Barber Shop (224) S MN – sign review

At the last HPC meeting members tabled the request of Nate Paschke to put up a sign for his barbershop business because of the location he wanted to install the sign.  Because of the placement concern, Paschke proposed to place the sign on the far left side of the rail so it doesn’t block the etched Nicollet County Bank,

A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Sundboom to approve the installation of the sign on the far left corner of the iron fence.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

214 South Minnesota (Accept Environmental Assessment Worksheet)

Erin and Tammy Gatchell purchased 214 South Minnesota Ave. in 2010.  The Gatchell’s initially intended to renovate the structure to accommodate the operations of a Mom & Pops Ice Cream Shoppe.  After a structural engineer analysis and several contractors had inspected the property, it was determined the building had been deteriorated beyond renovation and cost effectiveness. Gatchell decided to seek the necessary approvals to demolish the structure to allow for the construction of a new building.

The Heritage Preservation endorsed the demolition of the structure on March 27, 2014, subject to the development agreement between the City and the owners.

Because the building has been classified as a “Contributing Building” within the St. Peter Historic Commercial District as determined by the National Register of Historic Places, an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) would need to be accepted by the HPC acting as the Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU).

Wille has worked with Gatchell to author an EAW of the proposed demolition, which has been provided for your review.  The report has not identified any material negative environmental impact related to the proposed demotion of the 214 South Minnesota Ave building.

Once accepted by the RGU, the EAW must be submitted to the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) and published in the EQB Monito.

At the completion of the 30 day comment period and after responses have been made to the public comments, the HPC could make the finding that there is no adverse environmental impact related to the proposed demolition.  They could then authorize the issuance of a demolition permit.

In addition to the preparation and publication of the EAW, Section 10-227, paragraph 4 would require that the HPC consider the architectural/historical merit of the building, the impact of the demolition on surrounding buildings and the impact of the replacement construction proposed for the site.

Russ commented that Blue Earth Environmental will be reclaiming items for decoration.  Gatchell’s would like to restore the new building close to the original.

Gatchell is allowed to remove the garage at this time and  would like to place a patio in the rear of the building for outside seating.

Wille indicated that Gatchell would like the construction to begin this fall and have it enclosed so he can work on the interior this winter.  Gatchell is working with architect Ryan Langemier.

Russ stated that the HPC should be ready to make a determination that no other environmental evaluation needs to be done.  Russ will review the comments and make responses before the next meeting.  He will consolidate the information for the HPC’s review.

Adjournment

A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Borowy to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 6:10 pm.


CITY OF SAINT PETER, MINNESOTA
Heritage Preservation Commission
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES – May 28, 2014
Saint Peter Community Center – Traverse des Sioux Room

Call to Order

The meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order by President David McGuire at approximately 5:30 p.m.  Roll call was taken with McGuire, Edi Thorstensson, Stephen Grams, Matt Borowy, Loren Sundboom, and Warren Friesen.  City staff present was Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.  Visitors present were Larry and Megan Kaduce.

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Friesen, seconded by Sundboom to approve the agenda as submitted. All voting in favor of the agenda, the motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to approve the minutes of the April 29, 2014 meeting.  With all voting aye, the motion carried.

Re/Max (209 Mulberry) sign review

Larry Kaduce has purchased 209 W Mulberry St.  The St. Peter Laundry Co. sign was approved at the last HPC meeting.

At this time, Re/Max has decided to relocate their operations to the Mulberry Street location.  Kaduce has submitted a few signage options for HPC consideration.  The façade signs were introduced by Kaduce and he  preferred to place raised lettering directly on to the building because it would add more aesthetics to the building at night.  The second choice would be to utilize the raised lettering on a sign board to be attached to the structure.

Wille suggested the sign board as it provides contrast and uniformity.  Bowory felt it was a cleaner, crisper look and would last longer.

A motion was made by Friessen, seconded Sundboom to approve the façade 3’ X 6’ sign board with scalloped edges and to approve the south sign board to mimic the façade sign without the air balloon
on it.

All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Nates Barber Shop (224) S MN – sign review

Nate’s Barber Shop has operated in the basement level of 224 South Minnesota Avenue for several years.  Nate has submitted a proposed graphic of a 57” X 38” (14.7 square feet) sign that he wishes to place on the basement staris railing facing Nassau Street. 

The sign would utilize the traditional red, white and blue color scheme of a barber shop and presents graphics customary to barber shops at the beginning of the 1900s.  The sign would be constructed out of white, metal sheeting and the graphic would be depicted using vinyl appliqués.     

Wille suggested the HPC allow the installation of a 36” X 24” (6 square feet) sign upon the basement stairway railing.

Borowy felt that attaching a sign to a fence looks cheap.  Friesen thought the barber shop light should be moved and replaced with the sign.  Thorstensson said that the sign would cover up the blocks that have the Nicollet County Bank engraved.

A motion was made by Bowory, seconded by Thorstensson to table the request.

214 S MN – Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Wille reported that the Environmental Assessment Worksheet for 214 South Minnesota Avenue is 95% complete.  Wille stated that the City Council declared the property a public nuisance.  He indicated some action should be taken sometime in July.

Sundboom stated that this is going to be very emotional for some residence.  He asked where the HPC can get some authority to order historic property owners to repair their buildings before they get to this condition.

Mattress Man

Russ stated that there is not anything in the City Ordinance that prohibits painting inside the window or advertising in a vehicle outside of a business.  He stated the mattress company is aware they cannot place and advertising on the fence.  The company felt they should be out of the premise by June 16th.

Adjournment

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 6:10 pm.

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER, MINNESOTA
Heritage Preservation Commission
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES – April 29, 2014
Saint Peter Community Center – Traverse des Sioux Room

Call to Order

The meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order by President David McGuire at approximately 5:32 p.m.  Roll call was taken with McGuire, Edi Thorstensson, Stephen Grams, Matt Borowy, Loren Sundboom, and Warren Friesen.  Absent was member Warren Friesen.  City staff present was Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.  Visitor present was Larry Kaduce.

Approval of Agenda

Wille added item B.  Art Center Banner under New Business.  A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to approve the agenda as amended. All voting in favor of the agenda, the motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by McGuire, seconded by Sundboom to approve the minutes of the January 28, 2014 meeting.  With all voting aye, the motion carried.

St. Peter Laundry Co. – 424 S MN Design Review

Larry & Megan Kaduce have executed an agreement to purchase 424 South Minnesota Avenue.  They would like to establish the Saint Peter Laundry Company which would operate a self-service laundry.

Alterations are proposed to be undertaken on the non-historic portion of the building.  A fake dormer will be added to the roof line to accommodate the installation of signage.  On the southern  façade, the applicants would like to add a new doorway and window.  On the alley facing façade, new, larger windows are proposed.  A new doorway would also be cyst into the façade to provide a second entrance/exit to the building.  The window additions will increase natural lighting and to create a more “open” feel to the space.

Kaduce has proposed to add stone veneer be applied to the lower 36 inches of the west and south facing walls to enhance the aesthetics of the add-on building.

Two wall signs (flat board with raised letters) are proposed. One would be placed on the west façade and the other on the southern façade .Kaduce also added that goose neck lighting would be added.

A motion was made by Friesen, seconded by Sundboom to approve the design review as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Art Center Banner

Wille stated the Arts Center Banner has been destroyed.  They have presented a picture of a new banner which will be made of sumbrella material.  The sign will colored blue, green and white and placed in the same location as the last sign.  A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Borowy to approve the sign. 

Reports

Mattress Man -Wille explained that he spoke to the co-owner of the Mattress Man and told him that it was against the City Ordinance to paint signage on the outside of a store front in the HPC District and asked him to removed it.  His partner is a lawyer and found a loop-hole in the City Ordinance.  Wille is working with City Attorney Brandt to revise the Ordinance.

Mom & Pops -  Wille reported that the City continues to work on condemnation of the Mayo building.  Members suggest Wille check with other Cities to see what they do with building owners that don’t maintain a structure to standards.

Bungum-  Wille stated that John Bungum approached him and inquired about adding egress windows on the north and south sides of the Carnegie Building.  Wille discouraged him from applying because the building is on the Historic Register.

Thorstensson stated that she has heard a lot of negative feedback on the tearing down of the Mayo Building

Adjournment

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Sundboom to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 6:09: pm.
 
 


CITY OF SAINT PETER, MINNESOTA
Heritage Preservation Commission
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES – January 28, 2014
Saint Peter Community Center – Traverse des Sioux Room

Call to Order

The meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order by President Edi Thorstensson at approximately 5:32 p.m.  Roll call was taken with Thorstensson, Stephen Grams, Matt Borowy, Loren Sundboom and David McGuire present.  Absent was member Warren Friesen.  City staff present was Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to approve the agenda. All voting in favor of the agenda, the motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by McGuire, seconded by Sundboom to approve the minutes of the November 26, 2013 meeting.  With all voting aye, the motion carried.

Election of Officers

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Grams to nominate Thorstensson as President.  A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Sundboom to nominate McGuire as President.  A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to close nominations.  All voting aye, the nominations ceased.  With the majority of members voting for McGuire, McGuire was elected the new President.    A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Borowy to nominate Sundboom as Vice President.  Wille closed the nominations.  All members voting aye, Sundboom was elected Vice President.

President McGuire resided over the meeting.

Janel Hair Salon – Sandwich Board

Lindsey Dauk has made application for HPC approval of a sandwich board sign which she wishes to display in front of the business located at 122 Nassau.

Wille pointed out that the sign depicted in the photo is constructed of a molded plastic which has not met the guidelines consistently with the HPC.  Wille informed Ms. Dauk at the time she applied for the permit and she is planning to contract with a local vendor for the construction of a wooded “A” framed sandwich board.  Wille added that the artwork (sign face) depicted upon the photo would be attached to the wooded frame for display.

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Sundboom with the alteration of the frame from molded plastic to wood.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Habadashery – Replacement Sign Design Review

Tammy Baum (d.b.a. Haberdashery) is requesting HPC approval for the installation of a new business sign she would like to place on the facade of 216 South Minnesota.  The sign is similar in size and design to the sign she had installed upon the opening of her business.  The color scheme has been altered to provide greater contrast between the lettering and sign background.

Ms. Baum would like to hand the sign perpendicularly from the façade.  She would propose to utilize the wrought iron bracketing previously used by former owners  There would be no new penetrations to the brick façade as the bracketing can be installed using the existing bolt holes.

Members asked if the existing sign on the building would be removed.  Wille was unsure.

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

Adan’s Used Car Sales – Sign Design Review

Adan’s Used Car Sales is leasing space from John Bungum in the Carnegie Library building, 429 South Minnesota.  The actual car dealership is located on the north end of town abutting the Rapid Oil Change business. 

Adan’s Used Car Sales has installed a sign at the Carnegie Library site without providing for a review and approval of the HPC.  Adan has asked that the HPC retroactively approve the installation of the installed signage.

Wille stated the signage included the dealership hours, days of week and phone number which are prohibited on the signs. Edi added that the sign is one sided and the back of the sign should be painted.

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Thorstensson to approve the sign with the omission of the hours, days and phone number on the sign, along with painting the back of the sign.  All members voting aye, the motion carried. 

Adjournment

A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Borowy to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 6:05: pm.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER, MINNESOTA
Heritage Preservation Commission
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES – January 28, 2014
Saint Peter Community Center – Traverse des Sioux Room

Call to Order

The meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission was called to order by President Edi Thorstensson at approximately 5:32 p.m.  Roll call was taken with Thorstensson, Stephen Grams, Matt Borowy, Loren Sundboom and David McGuire present.  Absent was member Warren Friesen.  City staff present was Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.

 Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to approve the agenda. All voting in favor of the agenda, the motion carried.

 Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by McGuire, seconded by Sundboom to approve the minutes of the November 26, 2013 meeting.  With all voting aye, the motion carried.

 Election of Officers

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Grams to nominate Thorstensson as President.  A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Sundboom to nominate McGuire as President.  A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to close nominations.  All voting aye, the nominations ceased.  With the majority of members voting for McGuire, McGuire was elected the new President.    A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Borowy to nominate Sundboom as Vice President.  Wille closed the nominations.  All members voting aye, Sundboom was elected Vice President.

President McGuire resided over the meeting.

 Janel Hair Salon – Sandwich Board

Lindsey Dauk has made application for HPC approval of a sandwich board sign which she wishes to display in front of her business located at 122 Nassau.

Wille pointed out that the sign depicted in the photo is constructed of  molded plastic which has not met the guidelines consistently with the HPC.  Wille informed Ms. Dauk at the time she applied for the permit that she would contract a local vendor to construct a wooded “A” framed sandwich board.  Wille added that the artwork (sign face) depicted upon the photo would be attached to the wooded frame for display.

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Sundboom with the alteration of the frame from molded plastic to wood.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

 Habadashery – Replacement Sign Design Review

Tammy Baum (d.b.a. Haberdashery) is requesting HPC approval for the installation of a new business sign she would like to place on the facade of 216 South Minnesota.  The sign is similar in size and design of the sign she had installed upon the opening of her business.  The color scheme has been altered to provide greater contrast between the lettering and sign background.

Ms. Baum would like to hang the sign perpendicularly from the façade.  She would propose to utilize the wrought iron bracketing previously used by the former owners.  There would be no new penetrations to the brick façade as the bracketing can be installed using the existing bolt holes.

Members asked if the existing sign on the building would be removed.  Wille was unsure.

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

Adan’s Used Car Sales – Sign Design Review

Adan’s Used Car Sales is leasing space from John Bungum in the Carnegie Library building, 429 South Minnesota.  The actual car dealership is located on the north end of town abutting the Rapid Oil Change business. 

Adan’s Used Car Sales has installed a sign at the Carnegie Library site without providing for a review and approval of the HPC.  Adan has asked that the HPC retroactively approve the installation of the installed signage.

Wille stated the signage included the dealership hours, days of week and phone number which are prohibited on the signs. Edi added that the sign is one sided and the back of the sign should be painted.

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Thorstensson to approve the sign with the omission of the hours, days and phone number on the sign, along with painting the back of the sign.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.  

A motion was made by Thorstensson, seconded by Borowy to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at 6:05: pm.