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Historic Commission

Regular Meeting

June 16, 2016

6:00 PM

City Council Chambers, 200 W. Walker Street

 

I.                   Call to Order and Roll Call of Members

 

II.                Approval of Minutes

A.    May 19, 2016

 

III.             New Business

A.    Discuss the status of HC15-13 (802, 808 and 812 East Main Street) as it relates to the design standards, construction specifications and conditions remaining for the property.

  

IV.              Commissioner’s Comments

 

V.                 Staff Comments

 

VI.              Adjournment

 

 

CERTIFICATE

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE NOTICE OF MEETING WAS POSTED ON THE BULLETIN BOARD AT CITY HALL OF THE CITY OF LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS, ON OR BEFORE THE 10h DAY OF JUNE 2016, BY 6 PM, AND WAS POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 551, LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE (THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT).  ITEMS POSTED IN THE OPEN SESSION PORTIONS OF THIS AGENDA MAY ALSO BE DISCUSSED IN CLOSED OR EXECUTIVE SESSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT.

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE PRESENCE OF A QUORUM OF THE MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL AT ANY TIME DURING THE COURSE OF THE ABOVE-REFERENCED PROCEEDING MAY CONSTITUTE A MEETING OF CITY COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT, CHAPTER 551 OF THE TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE.  BY THIS NOTICE, THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY ADVISED OF SAID MEETING NOT LESS THAN 72 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE DATE, TIME AND LOCATION NOTED ABOVE.

 

 

 

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Richard Werbiskis, AICP

Assistant Director of Planning & Development

 

MINUTES

CITY OF LEAGUE CITY

HISTORIC COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.

City Council Chambers

200 West Walker Street

 

I.                   Call to Order and Roll Call of Members of Historic Commission

Steph McDougal opened the meeting at 6:05 PM.

 

Members present:         Members absent:

Dick Calkins                Gary Walding

Elizabeth Hetico           Michael Hendershot, ex-officio

David Hake     

Steph McDougal, Chair

           

City Representatives:   

Richard Werbiskis, Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning

Mark Linenschmidt, Senior Planner      

 

II.                Approval of Minutes

A.                 May 19, 2016

 

Mr. Calkins made a motion to approve the minutes of May 19, 2016 minutes, with corrections.

Ms. Hetico seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously by a vote of 4-0-0.

 

 

III.             New Business

A.                 Discuss the status of HC15-13 (802, 808 and 812 East Main Street) as it relates to the design standards, construction specifications and conditions remaining for the property.

 

Richard Werbiskis, Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning, presented for the City of League City, and gave a timeline for HC15-13, and commented that the Engineering Department reviewed the site, but the Building Department does not inspect asphalt.

 

Mr. Calkins asked what the permeability is for permeable asphalt.

Mr. Werbiskis stated it was very little, and is not recommended for use, in this area.

 

Mr. Werbiskis commented that the applicant is willing to remove the asphalt and replace it with stone or concrete, but the concrete will achieve the same or less permeability, as what is currently there.

 

Ms. McDougal asked whether any of the Commissioners were present during the discussions in 2008 that might be able to give insight on the recommendation.

Ms. Hetico stated the she was present, but was not sure why it was recommended.

 

Ms. McDougal commented that based on the discussion, no one knows why pervious asphalt was required, in 2008.

 

            Ms. McDougal asked if the damaged asphalt was the area they would be willing to remove.

            Mr. Werbiskis stated yes, and commented that it was a base failure.

 

            Ms. McDougal asked if it was installed correctly.

            Mr. Werbiskis stated yes.

 

Ms. McDougal commented that the Commission has now received the two pieces of information they asked for in November, about why the City Engineer approved impervious asphalt, and if the asphalt was installed correctly.

 

Ms. Hetico asked about whether or not their property extends to the streets, and if that is why they are excused from having grass between the street and the sidewalk.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that there are no requirements for that, in the City Ordinances, and the City Engineer, stated that the drainage was appropriate.

 

Ms. McDougal commented that, in November, Mr. Hake had asked about the alleyway being paved, in between in 1st and 2nd Street.

Mr. Hake commented that he never received an answer for that, but after looking at it, he believes that the City laid the asphalt there.

 

Ms. Hetico commented that the alleyway was being used as private property.

Ms. McDougal asked if they are using it for travelling or storage.

Ms. Hetico stated that it was being used for storage of vehicles.

Mr. Werbiskis commented that they would look to see if that is Code violation.

 

Mr. Hake asked about the other requirements the parking lot did not meet, such as bumpers.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that they do not require, but prohibit bumpers.

 

Mr. Hake asked if there was some way to break up the asphalt, with landscaping.

Mr. Werbiskis asked if that would be for the interior asphalt.

Mr. Hake stated yes.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that the applicant was holding off, but was willing to change the interior.

 

Ms. McDougal commented that Mr. Hake was correct, and that Mr. Grooms had stated that the parking lot would be bound by planters or something similar to that.

Mr. Hake commented that in the last minutes he asked Mr. Grooms if there would be something done to soften the appearance of where the asphalt meets the street and Mr. Grooms stated that one of the conditions would be for the parking lot to meet all requirements, including landscaping requirements.

 

  Mr. Werbiskis commented they would strongly discourage the use of curbs or berms, in that location because it was gravel, and technically they would be grandfathered in for in further improvements, for berms or curb because they would need to bring in fill dirt to accommodate them.

 

Ms. Hetico asked if a strip of green could be brought in, without berms or curbs, and be placed between the asphalt and bricks.

Mr. Werbiskis stated yes, and that he would recommend that the City continues to work with the property owner to get landscaping.

 

Mr. Werbiskis commented that he would not recommend any landscaping be done on Main Street because it may be ripped up for new sidewalks.

 

Ms. Hetico commented that it needs to be different from what is currently out there.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that he cannot speak for the owner, but the owner was willing to add landscaping.

 

Mr. Hake commented that the asphalt coming to the pavers is an eyesore.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that the applicant is most likely willing to make those improvements and more improvement to the building, and has already made vast improvements to the other buildings near the property.

 

Ms. McDougal asked what the Commission needs to consider next for this project, and that extra asphalt will not be laid down because there is extra asphalt.

Mr. Werbiskis commented that the property owner was the one that stopped the work for the asphalt.

 

Mr. Werbiskis stated that the item should be tabled and he could work with the property owner to determine an acceptable landscaping plan.

 

Mr. Calkins asked if the permeable asphalt was only 10 percent better than the regular asphalt.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that he did not have the numbers, but pervious asphalt was not recommended.

 

Mr. Calkins commented that it is not worth it to ask for pervious asphalt.

 

Ms. McDougal asked if a proposal could be brought in for the Commission and the public to discuss.

Mr. Werbiskis stated yes.

 

Mr. Calkins asked what can be done to ensure that what is done internally complies with what the Commission decides.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that there would be an open line of communication with Engineering, Planning and the Commission.

 

Mr. Calkins commented that where the plan to pave in the future and what material they plan to use, should be included.

Mr. Werbiskis agreed.

 

 

IV.             Commissioner Comments

Ms.Hetico commented that the Township area is advertising for homes in the Historic District, and that bandit signs are prevalent in the area, including one on Park and Main.

Mr. Werbiskis commented that he would inform the code enforcement officer who monitors that area.

 

Ms. Hetico commented that a house on North Iowa is being neglected.

Mr. Werbiskis stated he would email the Commissioner about it.

 

Ms. McDougal commented that she will be attending the National Alliance of Preservation Commission’s Conference, next month, and will be discussing the treatment of historic ditches, and if they can be considered structures, and will be reviewing a G.I.S tool for survey inventorying.

 

Ms. McDougal asked if Commissioners have items that they want to bring to City staff’s attention, what is the best way to go about that.

Mr. Werbiskis stated he would ask the City attorney.

 

 Ms. McDougal commented that the best way would be to contact us, to ensure it gets on the agenda.

Mr. Werbiskis stated that there are set procedures.

 

V.                Staff Comments

Mr. Werbiskis commented that the Main Street revitalization project was presented to the public and received mainly positive reviews, and new tools will be implemented for the Main Street project, and they will be asking the Commission to determine who should sit on the review team, on the RFP process.

 

Mr. Hake asked if we are buying a set of codes.

Mr. Werbiskis stated no, but will be drafting standards that match the current building characteristics.

           

            Ms. McDougal asked for the Commission to send Mr. Werbiskis dates for when they will    not be available in July.

 

VI.              Adjournment

The Meeting was adjourned at 6:59 PM.

CERTIFICATE

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE NOTICE OF MEETING WAS POSTED ON THE BULLETIN BOARD AT CITY HALL OF THE CITY OF LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 551, LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE (THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT).  ITEMS POSTED IN THE OPEN SESSION PORTIONS OF THIS AGENDA MAY ALSO BE DISCUSSED IN CLOSED OR EXECUTIVE SESSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE PRESENCE OF A QUORUM OF THE MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL AT ANY TIME DURING THE COURSE OF THE ABOVE-REFERENCED PROCEEDING MAY CONSTITUTE A MEETING OF CITY COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT, CHAPTER 551 OF THE TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE.  BY THIS NOTICE, THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY ADVISED OF SAID MEETING NOT LESS THAN 72 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE DATE, TIME AND LOCATION NOTED ABOVE.