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16 October 2007 | Approved: 18 December 2007

HPC members present: Bob Booher, Chair, Margot Bohan, Ed Mroczka, and David Neumann. Mimi Styles was unable to attend. David Stopak attended as Liaison from the Council.
The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 7:30 p.m. The agenda proposed by the Chairman was adopted after a few changes by members. David Neumann agreed to take minutes for the meeting. The minutes of the HPC meeting held on July 17, 2007 were approved.

Reviews

  1. Gary Temple presented his plans to remove a shed and replace it with a structure of similar style with cedar siding and a shingle roof. Thus, he is using natural materials. The house and shed are non-contributing structures. The contractor is Danny Knoll. We discussed house histories and as the history of the lots on which his house and the shed are located is quite involved it was suggested that he submit the house/lot histories to the Town Web site. Ed Mroczka took notes on the discussion and agreed to write-up the review.
  2. Plans for a renovation at 215 Washington Grove Lane were submitted by Ellen Price. The structure was built ca. 1930-1935. Plans showed the structure up against the boundary. HPC members felt that the PC could have alerted the owners to this before submitting the plans to the HPC for review. The garage had been demolished about one month ago.

Town Council Report

David Stopak, the Council Liaison, reported on Town Council actions. There was little relevant to the HPC to report.

Other Business

David Bent attended the meeting. He thanked those present for the assistance the HPC had given. He is performing a renovation on his residence using the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) Tax Credit program. He thanked the members for assisting him with finding contractor to renovate windows, etc.

The placement of an historic marker in Morgan Park was discussed. The HPC proposal was accepted. We will await the Council’s acceptance of the grant award. The Council needs to agree to match the County’s support.

Oral History. There had been discussions of why transcripts were needed for the oral histories. Margot explained several reasons. One was compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines, i.e., providing fair and equal access to the oral histories. Another reason was to make the material in the oral histories more searchable. We also discussed writing grant proposals to the County and to the State (MHT) for funds to support the transcription of the oral histories.

HPC award. Margot is working on the criteria for the award. The last award plaque will be delivered to the Henningers as soon as possible.

The location of a small library of material for residents interested in the renovation of historic buildings was discussed. We decide that there might be room in the meeting area in McCathran Hall. Ed volunteered to contribute some “Old House Journal” issues.

Archives. David Neumann said that he was writing an inventory of the files in the Town Archive as a first step in making it easier to find material in the Town Archives. He has taken on the tasks of Town Archivist temporarily.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

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