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Historic Preservation Commission - January 17, 2017 Minutes

Regular Meeting: Tuesday: January 17, 2017:

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Historic Preservation Commissioners of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the City Commission Room at City Hall at 8:00 o’clock a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

The Historic Preservation Commissioners present or absent were as follows:

Present: Andrew Nielsen, Michael Burns, Mike Hahn, Christine Kloubec,
Heather Fischer, Dirk Ockhardt, Paul Gleye


Also Present: John Strand (City Commission Liaison)

Chair Burns called the meeting to order and welcomed Members to the meeting.

Item 1: Minutes: Regular Meeting of September 20, 2016
Mr. Gleye moved the minutes of the September 20, 2016 Historic Preservation Commission meeting be approved. Second by Ms. Kloubec. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Review of 1458 South River Road: APPROVED
Assistant Planner Dawn Mayo introduced the proposed home preservation project noting the City of Fargo is proposing to acquire and demolish this property for construction of an earthen levee to protect the water treatment plant. She stated the homeowners are proposing the City look at alternative methods of flood protection that would preserve the house, which is eligible for individual listing to the National Register of Historic Places. She added the home was designed by Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, who is the granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, and her husband Gordon Ingraham, who was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. In addition, she stated this house is the last one in the Fargo-Moorhead area with ties to Frank Lloyd Wright.

John Stern, property owner of 1458 South River Road South, spoke on behalf of the project.

Jody Bertrand, Division Engineer/Storm Sewer, spoke on behalf of the City of Fargo Engineering Department regarding the proposed flood protection.

Discussion was held regarding costs related to the floodwall project, including alignment options and additional costs that may incur through the design process.

Glen Krogman, HDR Engineering, addressed inquiries of the Board in relation to the cost of sheet piling for the proposed flood protection project.

Mr. Gleye moved the Historic Preservation Commission determine that John and Sherri Stern’s house is historically significant, primarily on three grounds: 1) the architects being a descendent and a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, 2) the house being an outstanding example of a mid-century descendent of Usonian-Style architecture, and 3) its outstanding relationship to the landscape. Second by Mr. Hahn. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: 2017 Certified Local Government Grant Application
Ms. Mayo provided a brief update on the Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant for 2017, noting if Board Members have suggestions or ideas on a project that could be submitted for this grant, the application must be received by the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Friday, February 24, 2017.

Board Members discussed various suggestions for the 2017 CLG grant application including oral histories; research/digitization of historic properties, including neighborhood historic surveys and neighborhood plans; and re-documentation of all originally-surveyed historic properties that would provide more up-to-date, accessible information from what is already existing.

Item 4: Other Business
No other business was presented.

Item 5: Liaison Reports
Ms. Fischer gave an update on items from the September, October, November, and December 2016 Board of Adjustment meetings.

Discussion was held regarding liaison assignments, the following changes were made:

1) Matthew Boreen will be the liaison for Board of Adjustment
2) Heather Fischer will be the liaison for Housing Rehab
3) Mike Hahn will be the liaison for Renaissance Zone Authority

Item 6: Next Meeting – February 21, 2017
The time at adjournment was 9:14 a.m.