Thursday, March 12, 2009
Historical Commission Members
Present: Russo, Berg, Jones, Roach,
Melone, Steele, Loukas
Staff Present: Hayward, Collins
Public Present: See attached Sign-In Form
Russo chaired. The meeting opened at 7:00p.m.
January Minutes ? approved.
February Minutes ? approved.
Charles Van Coors reported that he was a descendant of the owners of the
former Payson Estate and Grass River Farm with deeds in European trusts that
indicate his connection to these properties. He noted that he would be
initiating efforts to reclaim ownership.
Invitation to Comment ? 341
Mount Auburn ? Brigham House
reported that the HC?s comment letter to MHC regarding the antenna proposal for
341 Mount Auburn resulted in changes to the proposed antenna. Melone felt it
was a significant change. Russo provided a past photo of the property with an
antenna and decorative crestallation. He suggested meeting with Brigham House
representatives to discuss an opportunity to replace the crestallation for an
allowance to place the antenna at the site.
opined that the crestallation was taken off due to maintenance failure. He was
not totally supportive of the replacement option.
reported that she searched other communities for information about installed antennas.
She could not find any images. Russo suggested looking at installed antennas
It was noted that the proposed antennas
panels were installed in the side and back of the towers. Steele was concerned
about the paint color to be compatible with the brick.
Russo volunteer to draft a response to the
Invitation to Comment on the revised plans.
2009 Preservation Award ?
Nominations Due April 1, 2009, Award Ceremony May 7, 2009 (tentative date)
Collins provided draft
packets of the 2009 Preservation Award Nomination Applications for review.
Collins reported that the Commander?s Mansion has been reserved for May 7 for
the Award Ceremony. HC members are to notify Collins by Monday if there are
any conflicts with that date.
Melone requested a list of
the 2008 Preservation Awards. Russo requested that members submit nominations.
Barns and Outbuildings Inventory
Russo provided copies
of photographs of outbuildings that have been received from members. Research
will be done to determine the date the outbuildings were built. Russo
encouraged members to continue photographing and researching dates on
Collins will check
with the Police Department to see if id cards could be made for the HC members
Boston Post Cane
Joyce Kelly, Historical
Society of Watertown, reported that Boston Post Cane had been purchased and is
being donated to the HSW. There was a discussion on possible cane ceremony and
display cosponsored with the HC.
Discussion on electronic
Collins informed that the
February packets were sent electronically as well as mailed. Collins inquired if
members would prefer to receive their packets electronically. Discussion
resulted that members would receive all office generated communications
electronically, but materials submitted by applicants would be mailed.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm.