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Historic Preservation Commission

Date:  April 17, 2013

Time:  Regular Meeting, 7:30 pm

Location:  Webster Groves City Hall, 4 E. Lockwood







Todd Meyer (Chair)



Dottie Alexander (A)



Norma Bolin (A)



Greg Falk



Bridget Keitel



Elyse McBride (Recording Secretary)



Frank Janoski



Lanna Skadden



Bill Stancil







Also Present:

Anne Tolan, Council Member (E)



Mike Harney, BuildingCommissioner (E)






Public Hearing:




Regular Meeting:


1.  Approval of Minutes – March 20, 2013:

            Dottie Alexander moved that the minutes be approved and Bill Stancil seconded.  The minutes were approved.


2.  Training – Historic Preservation on City of Webster Groves Webpage:

            Jennifer Conrad presented the various aspects of the historic preservation section of the city webpage, including how to locate it and what is currently included.  Suggestions were made as to what would be beneficial to add to the webpage.  These included: information on city historic districts, a link to the Missouri DNR site, a list of century homes and the procedure for obtaining designation, the education brochures that the commission has developed, a FAQ section, agendas and meeting minutes, information on how to research the history of residential properties, Webster Walks, and Awards of Excellence.  Mike Harney will get the information on the Webster Walks and the guidelines for the city designated historic districts.  Dottie Alexander will get the list of century homes from the historical society and provide information about researching residential properties.


3.  “At Risk” Properties:

            The list that Elyse McBride has developed from inventory sheets that were obtained from St. Louis County and the “At Risk” list in the green Historic Preservation Manual (pg. 11) have been combined and a short list of priority properties for nomination as City Landmarks has been developed.  It was determined that 6 properties from the list would be considered.  These include 9 S. Bompart, 415 W. Kirkham, 532 Lee, 17 N. Maple, 440 Selma, and 17 Theater Lane.  Members will be sent the inventory sheets for these properties and will review them prior to the next meeting.


4.  Training for May:

            May training will be a demonstration of the process of nomination for a city landmark in preparation for the list of “at risk” properties.



Other Business:


1.  Budget 

            The commission requested $1500 for taking photographs of residential properties in historic districts and city landmarks.  It was determined that the budget requested monies will be used to pay a professional to take photos, but that in the future the commission would like to use volunteers to take photos, if possible.  Todd Meyer will contact either Joe Schuester or Eric Rothenbuller at Webster University to see if the photography department can establish a class project or club activity that will help the commission obtain photos of the designated properties of historical significance on a pro bono basis.  Elyse McBride and Dottie Alexander will work on a prioritized list of properties for which photos are needed.


The next HPC meeting will be held May 15, 2013.


Frank Janoski moved that the meeting be adjourned and Bridget Keitel seconded.