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Thursday, October 8, 2009
Adopted November 12, 2009
Historical Commission Members
Present: Russo, Jones, Melone,
Steele, Loukas, Berg, Roach
Staff Present: Hayward, Collins
Public Present: See attached Sign-In Form
Russo chaired. The meeting opened at 7:00p.m.
Invitation to Comment ? 111 Mt. Auburn Street - Proposed
Telecommunications Facility Installation
Steele felt that the
information provided regarding the project lacked detail about the materials
being proposed, in particular the fiber glass sheathing materials for the
The WHC agreed to continue
the item to its next meeting (November 11, 2009) pending submission of detailed
information regarding the proposed panel and the fiberglass sheathing material
and an elevation drawing of the proposed antennas mounted to the guardrail at
the base of the steeple. Without further information, the WHC is unable to
ascertain how the proposed project will look installed and its potential effect
on historic properties.
The WHC noted that the
structure and its steeple are sited in a prominent location and are visible
from multiple angles and vistas throughout the Town. The WHC requested that
their concerns be forwarded to the Watertown Historic District Commission and
that they seek further information in their deliberations for the pending
Certificate of Appropriateness.
September Minutes ?
Watertown Historic Landmark Ordinance ? Russo had no progress to report.
Barns and Outbuildings
Melone asked where could he
find more information about the exact building construction dates. Russo recommended
the Library?s town tax records and panoramic maps of the Town.
Boston Post Cane
Russo read a letter of
appreciation from the most recent Boston Post Cane recipient?s family. Joyce
Kelly reported on the ceremony held for the Boston Post Cane recipient.
There was discussion about
the next recipient. Russo requested that the item be placed on the November agenda.
Informational ? Donation of the original 1630 -1930 Watertown Historical Map by
the family of Mary B. Hotz and supporting historic documents.
Loukas reported that Hagop
Framing recommended that the map be matted on acid free paper, protected with
uv glass and framed in an appropriate dark wood frame for $263. Hagop, who
evaluated the appropriateness of using the Art Deco frame from Steele, felt
that the frame was not the right period or size for the work.
Loukas reported that Hagop
could frame the associated documents for approximately $120. She informed that
he could frame the map in three weeks.
Collins reported that the
family of Mary Hotz donated additional first edition copies of the 1930 maps in
two sizes. There was discussion about HC products that could be sold: the
1930 maps, historic plaques, HC posters and the 2005 map.
Collins noted that there were
funds in the HC account to cover the cost of the framing.
Melone offered to contribute
to the funding of the map. Russo suggested that members contribute to the
Vote: Melone moved to approve the framing of the Hotz 1930
map as proposed for $263. Steele seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously
Faire in the Square
It was reported that a number
of historic plaque applications were distributed and that historic posters and
maps were sold. Collins reported that the proceeds from the sale of the 2005
maps were placed in the HC account.
Melone and Steele reported
that Joe Ferrera, Professor at MIT in Planning, is interested in using the area
as a possible redevelopment case study for a program course. Melone will meet
with Collins to assemble maps and zoning informational materials on the site.
Melone, Steele and Jones formed a subcommittee to spearhead this project.
9. Watertown?s Natural Landscape: an
Roach provided a copy of her
completed report to the HC. She will be having a book signing at the
10. Tour of the Administration Building
Kelly reported that the HSW will
be conducting a tour to the Town Hall as part of the HSW. Roach, Russo and
Kelly will be participating.