Current Heritage Preservation Commission Minutes

CITY OF SAINT PETER
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Special Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room


The meeting was called to order by Community Development Director Russ Wille at 5:30 p.m.  Commissioner’s Loren Sundboom, Ed Johnson, Joe Metzen, Larry Potts and Terry Bergemann were in attendance.  Member Judy Douglas was absent and there is one Commission vacancy at this time. Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton were also in attendance.  Visitors present were Daniel Dinsmore, owner of the Capitol Room, Ryan Krosch (Nicollet County Administrator), Dave Lange (Nicollet County Sheriff), and Brian Paulsen of ISG.

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Sundboom to approve the meeting agenda with the addition of an item under New Business:  Generation Boutique Sandwich Board Sign.  All voting in favor, the agenda was approved as amended.

Oath of Office

The Oath of Office was administered to new members Larry Potts and Terry Bergemann.

Election of Officers

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Potts to nominate Sundboom as Chairperson.  With all voting aye, the motion carried. 

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Bergemann to nominate Potts as Vice -Chairperson.  With all members voting aye, the motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve the minutes of the October 17, 2017 regular meeting.  All members voting aye, the minutes were approved as presented.

The Capitol Room (419 South Minnesota Avenue) Front Door Replacement

Daniel Dinsmore, tenant of 419 South Minnesota, has submitted a design review for HPC approval.  Dinsmore would like to replace the front door on the Minnesota Avenue façade of the structure.

Wille informed the Committee that the property is; listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is located within the Saint Peter Commercial Historic district as designated by the National Register of Historic Places and is considered to be a “contributing” building, and is located within the Saint Peter Historic Preservation District.

He reported that the original wooden doors of the building were replaced prior to the adoption of the Heritage Preservation Ordinance. He informed the Commission that the Secretary of Interior’s guidelines suggest that the doorway should have been repaired rather than replaced by a contemporary glass doorway.

Dinsmore has proposed replacing the existing doors with a similarly designed door that is “medium bronze” in color.  He would also like to slightly modify the opening by the side windows abutting the swinging doors, and extend the windows the entire length of the door opening.
 
Wille stated that although the installation of a wooden door system would be most appropriate, the replacement of the current door system with a similar designed doorway, would be acceptable.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Bergemann to approve the request as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Nicollet County Jail (501 South Minnesota Avenue) Handicapped Lift Addition

Nicollet County would like to provide handicapped accessibility to the first floor of the Nicollet County Jail.  ISG has been hired to design a handicapped lift as an addition to the structure.  Nicollet County is asking for HPC approval to allow the addition, which would meet the standards of the American with Disabilities Act. 

Wille stated that the Nicollet County Courthouse and Jail are individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The buildings are just outside of the National Register of Historic Places St. Peter Commercial Historic District and the property is within the Historic Preservation District adopted by the City.

Wille suggested that the Commission take into consideration the Secretary of Interior’s Standards of Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings when reviewing the addition.

Wille felt that the design of the addition does not try to mimic or replicate the design of the original jail structure or create the appearance of an earlier time period.  He added that the addition reflects the appropriate size, color, materials and character of the jail property.  Wille recommended approval.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve the design review as presented.  With all members voting aye, the motion carried. 

Nicollet County Jail (501 South Minnesota Avenue) Window Replacement

Nicollet County has submitted a design review in order to allow the replacement of windows at the Nicollet County Jail, 501 South Minnesota Avenue.

Wille gave an overview of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards of Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.  He again suggested to the Commission that these guidelines should be considered when reviewing the proposal. 

He stated that in the early 1980’s, thirty-three (33) of the original 62 windows in the jail were replaced with vinyl clad windows manufactured by Lindsey windows.  In 2011 an inventory and assessment of the condition of the individual windows was undertaken.  The assessment entailed rating the windows good, fair, and poor. 

Wille explained that State Historic Architect Natasha Wieners said that it is important to repair deteriorated architectural features rather than replace them.  If the window is beyond repair, the new material should match the material being replaced in composition, design, color, texture, and other visibility qualities. Wille added that he consulted with Jessica Becker of the Nicollet County Historical Society and they each concur with Wieners.

Wille indicated that the State Historic Preservation office suggests that Governmental entities should be held to the highest preservation standards. 

Bryan Paulsen of ISG said that he consulted with Wiener as well.  Paulsen indicated that Wiener repeated the same as she told Wille, that the windows should only be replaced when they have deteriorated to the point that they are not reasonably repairable.

Paulsen gave an overview of the proposed project.   He stated that the County would like to replace all of the exterior windows including the windows that were installed in the 1980’s.   He said the replacement windows would include new casings and sills to mimic the original character of the historic building.  Paulsen stated that Marvin Windows has a prototype which is approved by SHPO.  He also stated that Pella and Anderson has a product approved by SHPO.

Paulsen indicated that there are leaded glass windows in the turret section of the building.  The County discussed replacing the windows with Marvin Windows or leaving them and placing a storm window over the section to maintain the original character of these windows.

He felt the window replacement would; improve energy efficiency, reduce long term maintenance and repair, give the building longevity,  provide interior and exterior aesthetics which would maintain the original spirit of the window design, and be less expensive than repairing the windows.

Potts would like to see the sills replaced during the replacement.  Paulsen said that was in the plan.

Sundboom asked if the County would solicit bids.  Krosch stated the project would go out for bids.

Wille said that he feels it is his duty as the Community Development Director to follow the State guidelines and State Historic Architects recommendations.

Johnson was of the opinion that everyone knows the building is old.  He said that products have changed over the years and the new products are made energy efficient.

Potts said that the Nicollet County jail is an icon in St. Peter.  It is a very striking building and everything needs to be done to preserve it for another 100 years.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Potts to approve the window replacements as submitted.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Krosch mentioned that the County is also looking to replace the roof on the jail with metal looking shakes.  He stated that the metal roof would have a longer durability than shakes or asphalt.

Paulsen said that they would research to find out what the original color of the roof was.

Sundboom asked if the metal product was SHPO approved.  Paulson said it was. 

Potts felt it was important to match the shingles of the courthouse and new building. 

A motion as made by Bergemann, seconded by Sundboom to approve the roof replacement contingent upon matching the color of the existing county buildings.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Krosch also added the County is planning on tuck pointing the building and moving the sign closer to the corner. 

Wille informed Krosch that the mortar needs to match the existing mortar.

Krosch stated that the project will start within the next month.

Potts suggested that the County host an open house when the project is complete.

Generation Boutique Sandwich Board Sign

Wille stated that Generation Boutique currently has an approved sandwich board sign in front of their business.  He stated that they are currently in the process of rebranding and would like change the color scheme of their existing sign. 

A motion was made Johnson seconded by Metzen to approve the sandwich board sign as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.
 
Johnson asked if the HPC needed to approve all of the sandwich board signs or if the Community Development could approve them on his own.

Wille said that sign reviews are part of the duties of the HPC.

Adjourn

With no further business, a motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Potts to adjourn.  With all members voting aye, the meeting adjourned at 6:30 p

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER, MINNESOTA
OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS
MINUTES OF THE HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETING
October 31, 2017

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission of the City of Saint Peter was conducted in the Governors' Room of the Community Center on October 31, 2017.

A quorum present, Chairperson Loren Sundboom called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.  The following members were present:  Sundboom, Matt Borowy, Edward Johnson, and Stephan Grams. Members Joe Metzen and Judy Douglas were absent.  Visitor present was Randy Rigdon of 3rd Street Tavern.  The following City staff were present: Director of Community Development Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Johnson, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the agenda was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy, to approve the minutes of the September 26, 2017 regular meeting.  All in favor, the minutes were approved as presented. 

Highway 169 – Residential Property Protection

Wille reported that at the last City Council workshop, the Council discussed protecting historic and residential homes along Highway 169.  The Council expressed an interest in developing regulations in order to prevent residential homes/property from being redeveloped.  Wille noted that at the present time, the City does not have any regulations in place to deny a request.

Wille explained that the intent of the residential property is to preserve the historic properties.  He added that it is the City’s desire to prevent sporadic development such as residential/commercial/parking lots, etc.

Grams indicated that he struggles with this idea.  He said that it takes a great deal of money to maintain historic homes and that most homes on Minnesota Avenue need a lot of work.

Wille stated that most historic homes on Minnesota Avenue are well maintained.

Johnson expressed his concern with the City regulating what can and can’t be done with homes/properties. 

Wille indicated that he would contact St. Cloud and inquire about their regulations on property restrictions.

Borowy felt that the regulations should address the property not the neighborhood.

Wille said that he would meet with the property owners and ask for their opinions.

3rd Street Tavern – 408 S Third (Patio Enclosure/Sandwich Board)

Wille reported that 3rd Street Tavern has replaced the lattice fence, surrounding the patio in the rear of the building, with a corrugated tin fence.  He indicated that the HPC does not typically require patio enclosures to be submitted for their review however, in this particular instance the lattice enclosure was approved when exterior renovations and site improvements were made to the Konsbruck Hotel.

Wille stated that he contacted members of the ownership and property management and discussed the original installation of the new fence.  Wille said the new fence displayed panels at varying lengths creating a runic distressed look.  He expressed his concern with the design being inappropriate for the age of the building and also noted that the installation appeared too random when compared to the uniformity of building facades and building design consistent with the early 1900’s. 

Management also expressed their own dissatisfaction with the final outcome of the fence and have since cut the tin panels to a consistent height.  Wille indicated that the current height of the fence exceeds 7 feet.  According to the Minnesota State Building Code, anything over 7 feet constitutes a wall at which time requires a building permit.  Rigdon stated that they would shorten the fence to 7 feet.

Sandwich Board Sign

3rd Street Tavern has recently begun using a sandwich board sign on the sidewalk in front of the tavern.  The 2 foot wide by 2 ½ feet tall sign has been constructed out of wood and painted red. 

Wille explained that the text is displayed upon an interchangeable printed face which is attached to the frame via Velcro.  The owners intend to freely change the text from time-to-time as promotions and specials are altered.   

Discussion took place regarding the text on the sign, which included the business phone number and email address.  Borowy asked if the HPC would be setting a precedent if the sign were to be approved as presented.  Wille did not feel the information would cause a distraction to passing motorist because of the parking in front of the building.

Grams suggested that 3rd Street Tavern include their phone number on the front door.  He felt that the number would give those that are unable to access the building, the ability to call and ask for assistance.

Wille recommended approval of the patio fence alteration and sandwich board sign submittal.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy to approve the fence alteration and sandwich board sign as submitted.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.
   
Atwood Realty (101 S Minnesota Ave.) Sandwich Board

Atwood Realty has submitted a sandwich board sign seeking HPC approval.

The proposed sign is approximately 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall.  The frame is constructed of an aged or reclaimed wood.  The text would be displayed upon a chalkboard face and changed at the applicant’s discretion.

Wille recommended approval.

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

Carnegie Library Renovation

Wille reported that there will be some exterior renovations to the former Carnegie Library.  A design review and hanging sign application will be presented at the November 28, 2017 meeting for approval.

Adjournment

There being no further business, a motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 5:49 p.m.


CITY OF SAINT PETER, MINNESOTA
OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS
MINUTES OF THE HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETING
September 26, 2017

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission of the City of Saint Peter was conducted in the Governors' Room of the Community Center on September 26, 2017.

A quorum present, Chairperson Sundboom called the meeting to order at 5:31p.m.  The following members were present:  Loren Sundboom, Matt Borowy, Judy Douglas, Edward Johnson, and Joe Metzen. Member Stephan Grams was absent.  The following official was present: Director of Community Development Russ Wille.

Approval of Agenda 

A motion was made by Douglas, seconded by Johnson, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the agenda was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes 

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen, to approve the minutes of the August 29, 2017 regular meeting with the correction, Judy Douglas voted nay regarding the Carnegie Library improvements.    With all in favor, the minutes were approved as amended. 

Building Good Communities (Renovation) 429 South Minnesota Avenue

Wille stated that at the last HPC meeting, the renderings and drawings of the proposed renovation of the exterior of the Carnegie Library were approved contingent upon receipt and completion of Heritage Preservation Program Design Review application.  The building owner has executed the appropriate application and Wille recommended that the HPC reaffirm their tentative approval granted at the last HPC meeting.

Douglas expressed her concern regarding the charcoal/bronze paint color proposed for the trim.  She also felt that the detail on the building needed to be highlighted.
 
Borowy said that the building would maintain the detail.

Johnson stated that he liked the darker because it accents the building.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve the design review as submitted.  Members Johnson, Metzen, and Sundboom voting aye, member Douglas voting nay, member Borowy abstaining, the motion carried.


The Refinery (Awning/Sing) – 216 South Minnesota Avenue Reports

Ashley Moelter, The Refinery, will be expanding her business into the adjoining storefront.  She is proposing to install a Sunbrella awning across the facade of both structures.  The proposed 44’ black and white striped awning would have “The Refinery” screen printed/painted upon the synthetic canvas material at the proper scale and location.  The awning would extend above the doorways and display windows of the Minnesota Avenue Façade.  It would have a height 6’ and project 4’ over the sidewalk at the appropriate height from the sidewalk.

Moelter has submitted a Historic Preservation Program Design Review application for approval. 

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy to approve the Design Review as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Historic Tour – Wille reported that two visits (St. Paul and Stillwater) remained to be completed.

3rd Street Tavern Fence - Wille informed the HPC that 3rd Street Tavern has replaced the lattice fence, surrounding their patio located in the rear of the building, with corrugated tin and wood.  He indicated that he would contact the management and inform them, they need HPC approval for the replacement fence.

Adjournment

There being no further business, a motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 5:46 p.m.

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER, MINNESOTA
OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS
MINUTES OF THE HERITAGE PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETING
AUGUST 29, 2017

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Heritage Preservation Commission of the City of Saint Peter was conducted in the Governors' Room of the Community Center on August 29, 2017.

A quorum present, Vice Chairperson Borowy called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.  The following members were present:  Matt Borowy, Judy Douglas, Edward Johnson, Stephen Grams and Joe Metzen.  Absent was Member Loren Sundboom.  The following official was present: City Administrator Prafke.

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Johnson, to approve the agenda with the addition of a request for a special meeting for discussion on Carnegie Library modifications.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the agenda was approved as modified.

Approval of Minutes 

A motion was made by Metzen, seconded by Johnson, to approve the minutes of the July 25, 2017 regular meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved. 

Arrow Ace Hardware (201 South Minnesota Avenue) Sign Review 

Property owner David Neiman addressed the Commission to discuss the addition of a Hallmark sign on the front of his building as he would begin carrying the Hallmark card line.  Neiman indicated that he had just finished a conversation with representatives of Hallmark who were requesting/requiring a decal to be put on the outside of his windows in front of the card display to shield the sunlight that could fade the cardstock.  A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve both the oval sign originally requested and the window sun screens contingent upon the screens being on the inside of the window only.  With all in favor, the motion carried.

River Rock Coffee (301 South Minnesota Avenue) Doors And Windows 

Tamika Bertram of River Rock Coffee appeared before the Commission regarding her application for replacement of windows and doors on the property.  Bertram distributed a second proposal for vinyl clad windows and a commercial grade full window replacement door on the north side of the building which is available in white or tan. The Commission agreed that a tan color would be allowed.  Bertram stated the Kensington Vinyl would be for the windows in tan color.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve a commercial grade door to the north side of the building and the use of tan Kensington vinyl clad windows on both the upper and lower floors.  With all in favor, the motion carried. 

Carnegie Library

Borowy introduced images of a planned upgrade for the Carnegie Library located at 429 South Minnesota.  As a consulting architect for the project he stated his intent to abstain from any vote on the project now and into the future.

Bowory outlined improvement to the stairs which would be flared, new hand rails, and a new sign and indicated they would seek a modification to the paint colors on the upper ledge and windows as well as to the window frames with the color being a darker bronze/charcoal.  Bowory also noted that an ADA compliant ramp was proposed on the east side of the building.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve the outlined improvements to the stairs which would be flared, new hand rails, modification to the paint colors on the upper ledge and windows as well as to the window frames with the color being a darker bronze/charcoal and an ADA compliant ramp on the east side of the building contingent on an application being completed in full by the owners. Members also requested that a new application for the sign be completed for review and possible action by the Commission at a future meeting.  With Douglas, Johnson, Grams and Metzen voting aye; Borowy abstaining, the motion carried

Reports

Historic TourPrafke reported that two visits (St. Paul and Stillwater) remained to be completed

Adjournment

There being no further business, a motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 6:07 p.m.

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Regular Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Loren Sundboom at 5:30 p.m.  Commissioner’s Loren Sundboom, Ed Johnson, Matt Borowy, Joe Metzen, and Judy Douglas were in attendance.  Member Stephan Grams was absent. Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary were also in attendance.  Visitor present was Daniel Dinsmore of The Capitol Room.

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Johnson seconded by, Borowy to approve the agenda with the addition under Unfinished Business; Follow up with Ed Lee of the Chamber regarding signage.   All voting in favor, the agenda was approved as amended.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve the minutes of the June 27, 2017 regular meeting.  All members voting aye, the minutes were approved as presented.

Capitol Room (419 S MN Ave.) Design Review

Daniel Dinsmore has been granted a Conditional Use Permit to open The Capitol Room event center at 419 South Minnesota Avenue.  Dinsmore is leasing the building and is in the process of rehabilitating and renovating the structure.

Dinsmore is seeking Heritage Preservation Commission approval to install exterior signage identifying The Capitol Room. Dinsmore is proposing a 1.33 X 15 foot metal cabinet, which would be powder coated and painted black.  Channel lettering within the cabinet would depict the individual letters C-A-P-I-T-O-L.  Two painted panels upon the sign would read “The” at the top and “Room” towards the bottom of the sign. The sign would be lit with exposed “bulb” lighting.  Wille stated that the wiring to the signage cannot be encased within conduit exposed upon the façade.

Wille said that Dinsmore is proposing to install the sign upon the south corner of the Minnesota Avenue façade.  He indicated that because the building was constructed as an armory, there is not a location upon the façade that would compose traditional signage. 

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Johnson to approve the Design Review as presented.  With all members voting aye, the motion carried.

River Rock Coffee (301 S MN Ave.) Sign Design Review

Wille stated that the Heritage Preservation Commission approved painting and altered the color palette of the River Rock Coffee Minnesota Avenue façade.  It was anticipated that a new hanging sign would be installed as part of freshening the storefront.

Wille stated that the new sign has already been installed above the doorway of the Minnesota Avenue façade.  He said he had no reservation about the sign and recommended approval after the fact.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy to approve the sign design of the hanging sign and sandwich board sign.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

JanEl’s (122 Nassau) Sign Design Review

Lindsey Dauk of Janel’s is planning on rebranding her hair and tanning salon as Fringe Salon and Tanning.  She has submitted a Sign Design Review application in order to make a minor alteration to the façade of her salon.

She is proposing to remove the existing Janel’s signage and touch up the paint to cover any fading or “shadowing” caused by the previous signage.  The existing color palette would be maintained.

Wille said that Dauk is seeking HPC approval to replicate her new logo and branding utilizing window lettering.  Wille added the logo would fit the scale of the window.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve the signage as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Vinyl Banners

Wille said that discussion with the Chamber Board will likely take place this fall.

Adjourn

With no further business, a motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:53 p.m.

  

  CITY OF SAINT PETER
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Regular Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Loren Sundboom at 5:30 p.m.  Commissioner’s Loren Sundboom, Ed Johnson, Matt Borowy, Joe Metzen, and Judy Douglas were in attendance.  Member Stephan Grams was absent. Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary were also in attendance.  Visitor present was Katie Aho of River Rock Coffee. 

Approval of Agenda

A motion was made by Borowy seconded by, Johnson to approve the agenda as presented.   All voting in favor, the motion carried. 

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve the minutes of the May 31, 2017 regular meeting.  All members voting aye, the minutes were approved as presented.

River Rock Coffee (301 S MN) Repaint Facade

The owners of River Rock Coffee are proposing to repaint the storefront and alter the pallet.  Katie Aho, part owner of the business, explained the color alteration includes charcoal cashmere and feathers of dove.  The rust colored paint will remain.

Aho also mentioned that building owner, Azure Sky, LLC, is interested in altering the River Rock Coffee sign, tuck pointing and mortar repair on the building.  Members indicated that as long as the mortar matches the existing, it is okay to proceed.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy to approve the color scheme presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Reports

Vinyl SignageWille stated that HPC member Ed Johnson has been approached by businesses/building owners expressing their dissatisfaction with the prohibition of temporary vinyl banners, and also the general sign regulations as per the City Code.

Wille stated that the Heritage Preservation Ordinance was adopted in 1988. He reviewed the codes which apply to the Central Business District and Heritage Preservation District. 

He indicated that because vinyl was not used for signage in the era the buildings were constructed, vinyl is prohibited in the historic district.

Several businesses have displayed vinyl banners in the central business district.  When this has occurred, Wille has contacted the business owner, informed them of the City Ordinance, and requested the banner be removed.  Most businesses owners have removed the banners as requested.

Wille explained that the Department of Interior’s standards suggested that when a new sign is installed on a historic building that; 1) the signs should reflect the size, scale and design of the historic building 2) the signs should not obscure the significance features of the building 3) should respect the neighboring buildings (should not shadow or over power adjacent structures) 4) materials should be compatible with the historic building’s period and style, used in contemporary design, can result in effective new signs  and  5) should be attached to the building carefully to prevent damage to historic fabric and ensure the safety of pedestrians. 

Discussion was held regarding the American Legion banners on the west side of their building.  Wille indicated that he has approached the Legion and they informed him that the banners were “grandfathered in” because they were erected prior to the Ordinance being adopted.   

Johnson said that everyone needs to be treated the same.  Borowy agreed that consistency is a must.  The whole idea is to make the downtown look attractive.

Douglas felt there should be some type of “paper trail” when there is special circumstances related to a decision.

Wille stated that the St. Peter Food Coop has dedicated a space on their building and constructed a frame which allows them to interchange banners.  He suggested other businesses do the same.

It was suggested that Wille work with Ed Lee from the Chamber and call an informational meeting with the Central Business District business owners to review signage requirements.

Capitol Room – Event Center - Wille stated that the interior of the Old Armory is being restored.  He informed the Commission that Building Good Communities, LLC, intends to submit a sign design review application for HPC review and approval.

Adjourn

With no further business, a motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Johnson to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:14 p.m.

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Regular Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Loren Sundboom at 5:30 p.m.  Commissioner’s Loren Sundboom, Ed Johnson, Joe Metzen and Judy Douglas were in attendance.  Members Stephan Grams and Matt Borowy were absent. Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary were also in attendance.  Visitor present was Kelly Henry, Manager of the Govenaires Thrift Store. 

Approval of Agenda

Wille added Item (B) Riverside Dental Signage under New Business.  A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Douglas to approve the meeting agenda as amended.   All voting in favor, the motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve the minutes of the January 31, 2017 regular meeting.  All members voting aye, the minutes were approved as presented.

Govenaires Thrift (202 South Minnesota Avenue) – Sign Review

The Govenaires have opened a thrift store at 202 South Minnesota Avenue.  They intend to install signage on the façade of their building advertising their retail business. 

Kelly Henry addressed the Commission and explained the plans for the new sign.  She said the proposed sign will have a green background with a matte finish and the text will be black and white.  Henry said that they would like to use six drum covers with a letter on each cover to spell out “THRIFT”.  If that option doesn’t work, they will plan to use raised, router wood letters. 

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve the request as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Riverside Dental (217 Nassau) Sign Review

Wille indicated that Riverside Dental has replaced a sign on the façade of their building.  Wille stated that the building is located within the HPC District but is not a contributing building according the National Register of Historic Places.

Wille provided a colored copy of the sign to the Commission. 

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Douglas to approve the sign as presented.  With all members voting aye, the motion carried.

Reports

Julee Johnson, owner of Julee’s Jewelry, placed a vinyl banner with “Sale”, on the outside of her building located at 120 South Minnesota.  Wille said that he gave Johnson 24 hours to remove the sign.  Johnson requested written notice on the violation and then told Wille she intended to appeal to the Board of Appeals and Adjustments.  Wille stated that should Johnson appeal the violation she would be allowed to keep the banner up until the Board meets.  Johnson said she would withdraw the appeal when the sale was over. 

Wille indicated that he will ask Brandt to review the loopholes in the ordinance.

Douglas felt there should be some repercussion such as a letter of reprimand.

Wille stated he is monitoring the armory project to make sure they are staying within the confines of the Ordinance.

Adjourn

With no further business, a motion was made by Douglas, seconded by Metzen to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at approximately 5:57 p.m.

 

CITY OF SAINT PETER
HERITAGE & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
Regular Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Saint Peter Community Center – Governors Room 

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Lorn Sundboom at 5:30 p.m.  Commissioner’s Loren Sundboom, Stephen Grams, Matt Borowy, Ed Johnson, and Joe Metzen were in attendance.  Members Gabriela Roemhildt and Judy Douglas were absent. Community Development Director Russ Wille and Administrative Secretary were also in attendance.  Visitors present were Megan Willette, owner of Kaduce Properties, Jake Hesse of Hesse Insurance, and Jenny Kortuem Freier, owner of Go Therapy.

Approval of Agenda

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

Election of Officers

A motion was made by Grams to nominate Borowy as Chairperson.  With a lack of a second, the motion died.  A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy to nominate Sundboom as Chairperson.  With all members voting aye, the motion carried.

A motion was made by Sundboom, seconded by Borowy to nominate Borowy as Vice - Chairperson.  All members voting aye the motion carried. 

Oath of Office
The Oath of Office was administered to new member Joe Metzen.

Approval of Minutes

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Borowy to approve the minutes of the October 25, 2016 regular meeting.  All members voting aye, the minutes were approved as presented.

Megan Willette (424 S MN) – Façade Design Review

Megan Willette, owner of 424 South Minnesota, has submitted a Façade Design Review request for HPC approval.  Willette has requested approval in order to allow her to undertake renovation of the Mulberry Street façade (south wall) of the structure. 

Wille stated that the building is not within the Saint Peter Commercial Historic District as established by the National Register of Historic Places but that it is located within the Heritage Preservation District as established by the Saint Peter City Council.

Willette’s proposed renovation includes installation of an additional window, altering the color of the synthetic stucco established on the western most portion of the south wall, and installation of courses of brick along the bottom 2 feet of the south wall to shed water away from the foundation.

Her planned renovation would result in tuck pointing the exposed brick on the remainder of the south wall of the building as well as replacement/patching of the mortar which replicates the existing color.

Johnson asked if it was possible to insert a door where the proposed window would be located.  Willette indicated that there was a door located here in the past but that the floor was raised at the time the door was removed, making it impossible to insert a door.

Grams asked if the building was handicap accessible.  Willette stated that the building was handicap accessible but that the doors were not electronically operable.  Grams asked if there was a phone number posted for customers to call if they were unable to open the door.  Willette said that the patron would need to call the person they intended to visit so they could open the door.

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

Hesse Insurance (424 South Minnesota) Sign Review

Hesse Insurance is leasing space at 424 South Minnesota and would like to install a sign on the

Mulberry Street facade of the structure.  Hesse has submitted a Sign Design Review for HPC approval. 

Hesse has proposed using a vinyl signboard with vinyl letters and appliques for the text of the sign.  He has also proposed the installation of new “goose neck’ light fixtures to illuminate his new sign. 

Wille stated that if the installation of the lighting is approved, the electrical service cannot be accomplished utilizing exposed electrical wiring or conduit visible from the exterior of the building.

Borowy suggested that the sign be centered over the small window that Willette is having installed.  Hesse will explore the recommendation.

Willette indicated that the window will not be installed until April.  Hesse did not want to wait until April because he is currently operating his business at this location and wanted exposure.

Jenny Kortuem Freier, Go! Therapy, will also be leasing space at 424 South Minnesota Avenue.  She has requested approval for a sign she would like to place on the vinyl portion, of the south side of the building near the entrance.  Freier has proposed to use vinyl signboard with vinyl letter and appliques for the text. 

Freier did not submit the application but did furnish a picture of the sign and the location it would be placed.

A motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Johnson to approve the signs with the provision that Wille and Borowy review the placement of the signs before they are installed.  All in favor, the motion carried.

Building Good Communities (101 South Minnesota) – Sign/Awning Review

Building Good Communities is the new owner of 101 South Minnesota Avenue.  BGC has leased the property to Century 21 Atwood Realty and Atwood Property Management. The realtor is seeking HPC approval in order to install a new awning as well as well as vinyl applique signage established in the Minnesota Avenue facade windows.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Metzen to approve the request as submitted.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

Kasota Properties (212 South Minnesota) – Façade Design Review

Kasota Properties, LLC, owner of 212 South Minnesota, has submitted a Façade Renovation plan for review. They would like to undertake a considerable renovation of the historic structure.

Wille stated that 212 South Minnesota is within the St. Peter Commercial Historic District established by the National Register of Historic Places as well as located within the Heritage Preservation District established by the City Council.

Kristen Manthe of Coldwell Banker – Fisher Group, is the manager of the property and will be overseeing the proposed project.  Manthe explained that the intent of the project includes the installation of EIFS on the south side of building (beige in color), installation of new windows and lighting, and installation of awnings (a shade of green) above the windows on the front of the building.

Wille stated that if the project is approved, conduit will not be allowed to be exposed.

Wille asked the Commission if they were going to require H series windows, required for Federal Tax Credits, versus the E series.  Wille indicated that Kasota Properties would not be seeking tax credits.  The HPC felt that it would not be necessary to require the H series windows.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Grams to approve plans as submitted with the understanding the final efface and awning colors need to be reviewed by Wille and Borowy.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

La Mexicana Market – Awning

Wille stated that he has approved the awning for La Mexicana Market.  The awning will be yellow in color with rust colored text.

Reports

Wille stated that he will present a policy regarding vinyl signage with applique text at the next meeting for approval.  He indicated that the Minnesota State Historical Society does not feel this type of signage is historical in nature.

Adjourn
With no further business, a motion was made by Borowy, seconded by Grams, to adjourn.  The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:10 p.m.