"Gordon County Historic Preservat"
Gordon County Historic Preservation Commission Minutes June 4, 2008 Members Present Kenny Padgett, Chairman Betty Ann Surdykowski, Vice Chairman Jane Powers Weldon R. Stanley Chambers David Mitchell Staff Present Greg Frisbee, Director Planning & Development Office Ursula Desrosier, Planning & Development Office Sandy Padgett, Secretary Visitors Present Paige Hatley, MACTEC Marla Bexley-Brown, MACTEC Ricky Smith Regular Meeting Preliminaries Chairman Padgett called the meeting to order at approximately 4:05 p.m... Chairman Padgett welcomed all present. He presented the minutes of the May 7, 2008 meeting for review and approval. Betty Ann Surdykowski made a motion to approve minutes; seconded by R. Stanley Chambers. Reports Chairman Padgett reported that Governor Sonny Perdue signed the budget and there is a total of five million dollars in the budget for the Resaca State Battlefield. Chairman Padgett stated he spoke with David Freeman and construction will begin in October of this year. An architect will be assigned to the project after July 1, 2008. Chairman Padgett stated the access road will need to be elevated by eight foot with 20 yards of dirt. Chairman Padgett stated Gordon County is still waiting for the $200,000 from the D.O.T. to be deposited for the Fort Wayne site. Chairman Padgett stated there will be a dedication on June 14, 2008 for the confederate cemetery. A bench has been installed inside the gate as well as a memorial to Mary Greene by Dalton United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Atlanta chapter. Chairman Padgett invited all present to attend the dedication. Greg Frisbee handed out a partial copy of the minutes from the May 20, 2008 Board of Commissioners meeting to the HPC. (Hand out is included in minutes) Included in the minutes is a section on the historic resource survey proposed by MACTEC. The survey was approved by the Board of Commissioners. Marla Baxley-Brown handed out copies of the proposed historic resource survey to all present. (Hand out is included in minutes) Chairman Padgett stated he is pleased with the support from the Commissioners on historic preservation. Greg Frisbee questioned Marla Bexley-Brown if this survey would start this summer; she stated yes. Chairman Padgett thanked Greg Frisbee for his input and said it was nice to have a county planner working with the HPC. Greg Frisbee stated for the county to go forward with the survey presented by MACTEC shows the county is pleased with the work that MACTEC has already done for the county. Unfinished Business Paige Hatley presented a poster layout of signage and parking designs. She had concerns with these two areas from the surveys the HPC members returned to her. Paige Hatley questioned the HPC members on the type of signage they thought would be appropriate in a historic area. She stated one thing coming from the Unified Land Development Code is a change to the sign ordinance for the county. She stated what is recommended is a lower monument style sign, six eight feet in height, with materials that compliment the building material of the building. Paige Hatley stated the survey she received depicted mostly having the parking to the side and rear or just to the rear. The graphic depicted three buildings with parking to the side and rear, parking to the rear and parking to the side. She questioned the HPC if they wanted to prohibit parking to the front completely. R. Stanley Chambers questioned if all parking was in the back would it be inconvenient for handicapped persons. Paige stated that is a good concern. She stated the county is also looking at sidewalks and the handicapped would have access to the building. R. Stanley Chambers stated it’s not about access to the building but the distance someone may have to go to get inside the building from the parking. Marla Baxley-Brown stated she has seen areas where there is no parking in the front and the main entrance may be on the side or the back of building where the parking is. Chairman Padgett questioned what the consensus from the survey was for the rear and side parking. Paige stated there was support to allow up to 25 percent to the side and the remainder of the parking to the rear of the building. Chairman Padgett stated he would personally like to see parking in the rear but it would be easier to convince the public to allow 25 percent parking to the side with the remainder in the rear. He stated the majority of the side parking could be marked for handicapped. Paige Hatley presented a map depicting baselines of the Resaca state property, city of Resaca, Fort Wayne site and private properties. Paige pointed out properties on the map to the HPC members. Paige briefly discussed view sheds, what you will be seeing from the park when it eventually opens. Paige questioned the HPC members on their opinions on the area depicted on the map she presented. Greg Frisbee questioned if the property to the west of Highway 41 was part of the Chitwood property; Chairman Padgett stated the Chitwood property is on the east of Highway 41. He stated the property on the west is the Stanley property. Greg Frisbee questioned if the Chitwood property abuts the city of Resaca; Chairman Padgett stated no, that it abuts the state battlefield. Chairman Padgett suggested after the county adopts the Unified Land Code the county have a meeting with Mayor Allen of Resaca and the Resaca City Council at a later time and see if the town of Resaca would adopt the code. He stated Resaca is the most endangered community for over development as far as restaurants and hotels/motels due to the Battlefield and Fort Wayne sites opening in the future. Ricky Smith stated there is a lot of potential in the future for the Resaca area. Ricky Smith questioned how the HPC is working with the highway department and river corridor protection. Chairman Padgett stated over 20 percent of the Fort Wayne cite cannot be developed under the Georgia Green Space act, stating that property is protected in the future. Ricky Smith stated years ago there was a representative that suggested putting a road across the area of the state park to accommodate the railroad company, which would be in his opinion a great view shed for those traveling through Resaca passing through on the bridge and look down onto the park. He stated the Flying J in the future is a good potential for a bus stop someday. Chairman Padgett stated the HPC is trying to start the comprehensive plan. He stated we are trying to start the foundation and it will follow through down the years. Ricky Smith stated Resaca is the front door to Gordon County and it is not what it could be. Paige Hatley stated the newly elected Mayor of Resaca seems to have an open mind to changes in Resaca. Chairman Padgett stated if the Historic codes will pass it will be the biggest historic preservation victory Gordon County has had. Ricky Smith stated it will be an education process for the public. Ricky Smith questioned if the five million dollars earmarked for the Battlefield is funding for the road improvement, road into the park and the park itself. Chairman Padgett stated no, that money is for the actual physical road into the park and the interpretive center and museum inside the park. He stated any monies left over would be used for a trail system. He stated we would have to go back before the legislation to ask for more monies for the walking trail system. Ricky Smith stated this is a 20 year plan and it looks like to him the historical agenda should be related to river corridor protection. Chairman Padgett stated it would not technically be on the river corridor. He stated DOT’s road widening project would be on the river corridor. He stated it would have improvements on Highway 41 with turn lanes onto Highway 136. Highway 136 would be a divided four lane highway across I-75 stopping with the new bridge over Camp creek. Chairman Padgett questioned Paige Hatley when she anticipated the adoption of the Unified Land Development Code. Greg Frisbee stated it could be done in July. Chairman Padgett stated the HPC needed to get Resaca area moving forward concerning historic preservation. Chairman Padgett questioned Greg Frisbee if Resaca could come on board with historic overlay and not with the unified land code. Paige Hatley stated Resaca needs some semblance of land control beyond what they already have. Chairman Padgett stated the biggest issue in Resaca will be the billboards, which bring in a lot of revenue for the town of Resaca. Greg Frisbee said it would take approximately 6 months to a year for Resaca to adopt their own ordinances. He stated he is not aware if Resaca could adopt the historic overlay without going to the zoning. Paige Hatley stated the HPC needs to start thinking about meetings for the overlay districts. She stated addresses need to be compiled for a mail out in reference to public meetings. Chairman Padgett stated he has a lot of addresses together already. Paige Hatley questioned if getting an address data base together is possible; Chairman Padgett stated yes. Jane Powers Weldon questioned what the other members of the HPC members could do to help. Paige Hatley questioned if the previous flyer presented by MACTEC would be feasible for a mail out. Chairman Padgett stated visual graphics would be very helpful for the public to see graphics to help them better understand what is going to be changing their community. Marla Bexley-Brown stated she had done a mail out before using a printing company that printed up public invites on a half of sheet of paper with information on both sides. Chairman Padgett questioned if there would be two separate meetings for Resaca and New Echota or one meeting for both. Marla Bexley-Brown stated she thought the HPC decided to have two separate meetings. Chairman Padgett stated New Echota would be the easier of the two areas to get through. There was a brief discussion as to the reappointment of HPC members. Jane Powers Weldon and Kenny Padgett need to be reappointed by their appropriate commissioners. David Mitchell proposed for Greg Frisbee to approach the board to reappoint Jane Powers Weldon and Kenny Padgett. Greg stated he would talk with the commissioners for the two needing reappointed to the HPC. Paige Hatley stated the HPC needed to begin getting pricing for the flyers for the public hearings. Betty Ann Surdykowski stated she would call a local printing company for pricing of the flyers. Paige Hatley stated she believes it would be easier to have two separate hearings on the two areas. Paige Hatley questioned the HPC their feelings on getting one area completed before the other is complete. Jane Powers Weldon questioned if it would delay the second area by doing them separately. Paige Hatley stated the HPC could work on both areas at the same time but one area may move more quickly than the other depending on the public involvement with the two separate areas. Chairman Padgett questioned if there would be clauses for individual historic homes, such as the Trimble home. Paige Hatley stated homes like this one would have its own district. Chairman Padgett questioned if it would be a district or just a structure. Paige Hatley stated even though it’s one house it would have its own historic district. Chairman Padgett stated after the New Echota and Resaca areas are completed there will be other areas that will follow for the historic guidelines, and structures would need to be looked at. Marla BexleyBrown stated if you have home owners that are willing to allow you to do a local designation of their property and are not on a national registry you wouldn’t have to have guidelines before you designate a particular home. Chairman Padgett questioned what the HPC members opinion was on meeting with New Echota or Resaca before the other. Jane Powers Weldon stated if the HPC could do the easier of the two without delaying the second area to go ahead and move forward. Jane Powers Weldon questioned how many flyers we needed to get pricing for. Marla Bexley-Brown stated you get your numbers from your current tax rolls. Paige Hatley stated she would get with Gordon County’s GIS department and get an approximate figure to the HPC. Chairman Padgett questioned Paige Hatley when she would like to have a public hearing. Paige Hatley stated late July would be good. A brief discussion was had to meeting places as well as times for public hearings. A tentative time was decided for 6 pm - 8 pm on a Thursday evening in late July. New Business Chairman Padgett stated the HPC by-laws are in need of updates. He stated Marla Bexley-Brown and Paige Hatley forwarded by-laws from other organizations to him. He stated he has done a preliminary update to the HPC by-laws and he would bring the updated by-laws to the July meeting for review by the HPC members. Betty Ann Surdykowksi handed out a map depicting the Historical Tour of Gordon County Homes, conducted in 1976 to the HPC members. Adjournment Next meeting will be Wednesday, July 2, 2008 @ 4 p.m... Motion to adjourn meeting was made by David Mitchell; seconded by Jane Powers Weldon. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:25. p.m... ___________________________ ________________________________ Kenny Padgett, Chairman Betty Ann Surdykowski, Vice Chairman ___________________________ Sandy Padgett, Secretary