Historic District Minutes 07-05-2016

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                                   CITY OF MUSKEGON
                             HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION
                                        MINUTES

                                             July 5, 2016

Chairperson J. Hilt called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. and roll was taken.

MEMBERS PRESENT:               J. Hilt, A. Riegler, S. Radtke, K. Panozzo, L. Wood, S. Kroes, D.
                               Warren

MEMBERS ABSENT:                None

STAFF PRESENT:                 M. Franzak, D. Renkenberger

OTHERS PRESENT:                D. Kamps, Step Up, 1319 Peck St.; M. Rundquist, Muskegon Eagles,
                               621 W. Western Ave.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion to approve the regular meeting minutes of June 7, 2016 was made by J. Hilt, supported by
A. Riegler and unanimously approved.


NEW BUSINESS

Case 2016-11 – 1319 Peck Street. Applicant: Step Up. District: Clinton-Peck. Current Function:
Office. The applicant is seeking approval to install new low-maintenance siding (possibly vinyl)
over the existing wood siding on the home. D. Kamps introduced the Step Up organization and
explained what they do. He stated that there are serious defects in the current siding, including
holes where daylight is coming through and peeling paint. He was looking for input from the HDC
on what their options were for re-siding. Since they were a non-profit, they wanted something that
would last, and were considering vinyl. He stated that several other homes in the area had vinyl
siding. A. Riegler asked if the fascia could be repaired. D. Kamps stated that it could, but it didn’t
address the deteriorating siding. K. Panozzo asked if there was any dry-rot; D. Kamps stated that
there was, in spots. A. Riegler stated that it would be difficult to replicate the siding detail, and it
was an important design element of the home. D. Kamps stated that there were several shingles
missing, and many were not paintable any longer; the peeling paint wasn’t the problem, it was the
condition of the wood. L. Wood pointed out that vinyl siding had been allowed many times in the
past. She also stated that if the current paint was lead-based, it would require a licensed individual
or company to remediate it. A. Riegler suggested that Mr. Kamps obtain cost estimates for both
repair and repainting, and vinyl siding and bring that information back to the board for
consideration. K. Panozzo stated that he could also obtain estimates for repair of the peak areas
where the decorative elements were.

A motion that the HDC table this case until the owners submit estimates comparing the cost of vinyl
siding versus the cost of repairing and repainting the wood, was made by A. Riegler, supported by
S. Kroes and unanimously approved, with J. Hilt, A. Riegler, S. Radtke, K. Panozzo, L. Wood, and
S. Kroes voting aye.
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Case 2016-12 – 621 W. Western Avenue. Applicant: Muskegon Eagles. District: Clay-Western.
Current Function: Recreational. The applicant is seeking approval to install a new two-sided LED
sign measuring 68” long by 21” high, which would be attached to the existing sign in front of the
Eagles. The signage was previously discussed at the HDC’s March meeting when revisions to the
bowling alley’s entryway were approved. An excerpt from the March 2016 HDC minutes reads as
follows: “M. Rundquist of the Muskegon Eagles inquired about replacing their current sign. It was
neon at one time but they were unable to maintain it, so it was covered with a skin. However, it was
starting to rot and needed to be replaced. They also wanted to attach a 2-faced LED lighted sign
underneath the current sign, to advertise club events. M. Rundquist described the proposed signs.
M. Franzak stated that it would be allowed by the sign ordinance, but he needed to fill out another
HDC application and provide drawings for the board’s review and approval.”

M. Rundquist stated that sign would be 2-sided and hang 19” down from the bottom of the existing
sign, making it 10’ 8” off the ground. The sign would be 53” wide, and the electrical components
were already in place from a previous neon sign. K. Panozzo asked if the proposed sign met the
City’s ordinance requirements. M. Franzak stated that he would be reviewing the sign permit to
ensure that it did.

A motion that the HDC approve the request to install a new two-sided LED sign as proposed, to be
attached to the existing sign in front of the Eagles, was made by S. Radtke, supported by S. Kroes
and unanimously approved, with J. Hilt, A. Riegler, S. Radtke, K. Panozzo, L. Wood, and S. Kroes
voting aye.

D. Warren arrived at 4:30 p.m.

OLD BUSINESS

The Corner Church - The Corner Church had provided revised renderings of the proposed new side
entrance to staff, who had then forwarded the two options to board members for review. The
drawings were labeled “option A” and “option B”, with “A” having a rectangular-shaped roof and
“B” having a rounded roof, somewhat similar to the original entryway. Board members discussed
both options.

A motion to approve the request to add the side entrance to the church as proposed in either option
A or B, with option B being the preferred choice, as long as all necessary permits are obtained and
zoning requirements are met, was made by D. Warren, supported by K. Panozzo and unanimously
approved, with J. Hilt, A. Riegler, S. Radtke, K. Panozzo, L. Wood, D. Warren and S. Kroes voting
aye.


OTHER BUSINESS

Training – M. Franzak discussed a free training opportunity for HDC board members. Members
asked that the training session be no longer than 2 hours in length.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
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