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HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

DECEMBER 6, 2023

Ms. Victoria Smith called the Historic District Commission meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. In attendance were Commission members Barbara Brown, David Holman, Samantha Hollomon, Michael McDowell, Rebecca Murphy, and Monica Sella. Also in attendance were Kees de Mooy (Zoning Administrator), Lynda Thomas (Town Clerk) and guests.

Ms. Smith stated that the Chestertown Historic District Commission takes its authority from Chapter 93 of the Code of the Town of Chestertown and operates under the Historic District Design Guidelines that were adopted by the Mayor and Council of Chestertown on October 7, 2002, and revised March 7, 2012.

Ms. Smith asked if there were any questions, comments, or additions to the minutes of the meeting of November 1, 2023.  It was noted that Ms. Sella’s name was spelled incorrectly. Mr. McDowell moved to approve the minutes of November 1, 2023, as amended, was seconded by Ms. Brown, and carried unanimously.

New Business

The next item on the agenda was BP 230214 – Seff, 109 S. College Avenue, exterior renovations. George Seff was present for the application. Work will consist of removing and replacing the roof, windows, doors, and siding. Gutters and downspouts would be installed, the rear extension repaired, and a privacy fence in the back yard installed.

Mr. Holman asked about vinyl windows. Mr. Seff stated that he was either going with Anderson 100 or Pell.  Mr. Holman noted that Anderson 100 have not been approved for the historic district. Mr. Seff would research and return for approval of windows.

Ms. Hollomon made a motion to approve BP 230214 – Seff, 109 S. College Avenue, for the replacement of the architectural asphalt shingle roof and addition of 6” case style aluminum gutters. The motion was seconded by Ms. Sella and passed.

The next item on the agenda was BP230221 – White Swan Realty, 239 High Street, window, doors, roof. Pres Harding was present for the application. Work will consist of installing an insulated glass panel in the store front, and copper standing seam roof on pert roof over store front, replacing two (2) door blanks with new hardware, exterior globe lights, in kind, and paint exterior trim and woodwork on front façade.  

Ms. Hollomon noted that Main Street has lighting guidelines for the lighting for downtown and that all businesses along High, Cross and Cannon are slowly changing out their lighting to reflect those guidelines.

Ms. Hollomon made a motion to approve BP230221 – White Swan Realty, 239 High Street, approved as submitted with the exception of the lighting fixtures pending resubmission. The motion was seconded by Mr. McDowell and passed.

Ms. Murphy entered the meeting during the review of the next project.

The next item on the agenda was BP230222 – White Swan Realty, 233 Cannon Street (237 High Street), window roof, front façade trim. Pres Harding was present for the application. Work will consist of installing an insulated glass panel in store front, clean and recoat exiting metal roof and apply gold leaf lettering to glass window.  

Ms. Brown made a motion to approve BP230222 – White Swan Realty, 233 Cannon Street (237 High Street), as presented with the exception of the mentioned lettering. The motion was seconded by Ms. Holloman and passed.

Mr. Holman recused himself from the next project review.

The next item on the agenda was BP230223 – CPD, 601 High Street, attached shed. Dale Somers was present for the application. Work will consist of building an 8’x13’ attached shed with matching pitch roof to existing attached shed. Paint will match siding color. 

Ms. Hollomon made a motion to approve BP230223 – CPD, 601 High Street, as submitted. The motion was seconded by Ms. Murphy and passed.

Mr. Holman returned to the meeting.

The next item on the agenda was BP230224 – Damon, 306 Park Row, siding & brick entrance. Lolli Sherry was present for the application. Work will consist of replacing concrete pavers to the side entrance, front step, and front of garden to match the brick sidewalk. Work will also consist of removing the Permastone facing on side of building and replacing with new siding to match the front siding, as close as possible.  

Mr. Holman made a motion to approve BP230224 – Damon, 306 Park Row, as submitted. The motion was seconded by Ms. Murphy and passed.

Old Business

Barbara Jorgensen asked Ms. Smith for a point of order before the next project began. Ms. Jorgensen argued that the citizens giving comments only get three (3) minutes to speak and the presenters get seven (7) minutes and asked that the citizens giving comments be given equal time.

Ms. Smith stated that is not how the HDC manage the public comments. The applicant, as Ms. Jorgensen stated, has seven (7) minutes and the HDC will hold Mr. Frank to those seven (7) minutes his for  presentation, but comments are limited to three (3) minutes and speakers need to be succinct in their comments and not repeat themselves.  

Ms. Jorgensen argued that the public was not made aware of how the meeting would be handled and asked for proof where of it was published.

Ms. Hollomon quoted from the Town Chapter, HDC Chapter 19, page 6, Section 2:

The next item on the agenda was BP230163 – Batchik, 206 Cannon Street, new construction.  Christopher Frank, Architect, was present for the application. This being the third review, changes and reductions in size were reviewed.

Ms. Smith gave Mr. Kocubinski a chance to ask Mr. Frank questions regarding the project.  Mr. Kocubinski asked to be allowed to review the project and come back at the next meeting to ask those questions.

The Commission gave the Public a chance to speak after the presentation. The following gave public testimony:

  1. Nancy McGuire
  2. Justin White
  3. Jay Yerkes
  4. Christopher Lorentz
  5. Melissa Johnson
  6. Lynn Mitchell
  7. Steve Mitchell
  8. Bob Ortiz
  9. Michelle Dennis (read into record by Barbara Jorgensen)
  10. Maria Wood (read into record by Barbara Jorgensen)
  11. Barbara Foster
  12. Tom Kocubinski

Ms. Murphy made a motion to table BP230163 – Batchik, 206 Cannon Street. The motion was seconded by Ms. Brown and passed unanimously.

There being no further business, Ms. Hollomon moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:00 p.m., was seconded by Ms. Brown and passed unanimously. 

 Submitted by:                                                             Approved by:

Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                       Vicky Smith, Chair

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AGENDA
HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION
DECEMBER 6, 2023

4:00 p.m.

The Chestertown Historic District Commission takes its authority from Chapter 93 of the Code of the Town of Chestertown and operates under the Historic District Design Guidelines that were adopted by the Mayor and Council of Chestertown on October 7, 2002, and revised March 7, 2012.

  1. Minutes of November 1, 2023, meeting of the Historic District Commission
  2. Consent Calendar
  3. New Business
    1. BP230214 – Seff, 109 S. College Avenue, Exterior Renovations;
    2. BP230221 – White Swan Realty, 239 High Street, window, doors, roof;
    3. BP230222 – White Swan Realty, 233 Cannon Street (237 High Street), window roof, front façade trim;
    4. BP230223 – CPD, 601 High Street, attached shed;
    5. BP230224 – Damon, 306 Park Row, siding & brick entrance;
  4. Old Business
    1. BP230163 – Batchik, 206 Cannon Street, new construction;
  5. Public Comment (each speaker has 3 minutes)
    1. Nancy McGuire
    2. Tom Kocubinski
  6. Adjourn
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