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Historic Pres Comm Minutes 2009-01-20
City of Gardiner
Historic Preservation Commission

6 Church Street                                                 Phone:  207 582-6892
Gardiner, Maine 04345                                           Fax:      207 582-6895

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 @ 6:00pm
City Hall, Council Chambers

  • Call to Order
Meeting was called to order at 6:00pm by Kirk Mohney.

  • Roll Call
Attendees:  Paula Murphy, Gail Ham, Jean Parkin-Clunie, Kirk Mohney, Geri Doyle, David Cichowski, Lori Jewell

Members of the public;  Michael Bensen and Kara Wilbur

  • Consideration of Minutes dated August 19, 2008
Gail Ham made a motion to accept the minutes, with Jean Parkin-Clunie seconding the motion.  All were in favor to accept the minutes.

  • Consideration of a Certificate of Appropriateness Application from Michael Benson, Applicant/Owner.  
Proposal:  to replace second floor windows with all wood double hung windows 6/6; open up existing brick arch currently covered by plywood and replace it with sunburst.
Location:  289 Water Street, City Tax Map 37, Lot 117, Central Business/Historic Zoning District
Land Use Ordinance Reference:  Section 9, Article F

Kirk Mohney read the proposal to the Commission.  Owners Michael Bensen and Kara Wilbur explained the project.  The hand drawn diagrams were reviewed.  Kara explained that they would be renovating the current 2nd floor office space into their living space which would include a kitchen, bathroom, replacement windows and more insulation.  She stated that eventually the 1st floor would be renovated as well.  Three windows in the front will be replaced with all wood frame windows.  The three back windows will be replaced with standard less expensive windows.  Kirk Mohney asked Kara if these were double pane windows, and she said yes.  Kirk also said that Kara had been in touch with him to look for photos of the current windows.  Kirk explained the photos in the proposal previously distributed to the Commission.  Kara said that currently the back windows are too small for the openings and were replaced with plywood to make them fit.  She said that they don’t look nice from the inside out.  Kirk then asked about the trim.  Kara was not sure of all details, but she thought it would be comparable to what is currently there, with the width reduced slightly.  Geri Doyle asked Kara about the 3 and ½ inch casings.  David Cichowski explained that the casings and trim that she was referencing in the hand drawn diagrams is the rear windows.  Paula Murphy spoke and asked why the couple decided to go with wood.  Kara explained that she prefers wood and the flexibility that comes with it.  Kirk then asked if there were further questions.  Gail Ham asked if the Commission had enough information.  Kirk then asked the couple if the drawings conveyed are what will actually happen.  Geri asked about proportions, and Kara stated that they would be just as the diagram shows.  Paula Murphy then asked if the windows would be installed all at once.  Kara answered yes and mentioned that there are only six windows to replace.  

Gail Ham made a motion to accept the proposal outlined in the revised quote and approved as shown in the drawings on pages 3 & 4.  Geri Doyle seconded the motion.  Kirk Mohney then asked if there were further questions.  All were in favor to accept the proposal.  

Michael Bensen and Kara Wilbur then asked the Commission about replacing the rear door of their building.  They are looking at insulated doors.  Kara asked the Commission to look at some pictures of different doors that would be appropriate for use.  Geri told the couple that they will need to come back for approval of the door before it is installed.  

Kirk Mohney then asked if there was any other business up for discussion.  David Cichowski mentioned that the Commission may want to start thinking about looking for other members.  He said that if anyone has any recommendations to please let him know.  Kirk Mohney asked if new members need to be sworn in, and David Cichowski said no.  

Victor Tessari’s role on the Commission was discussed.  Geri said that he has always been an alternate and not part of the regular Commission.  David Cichowski said that Victor has mentioned that a permanent position would probably not work due to his schedule.  Geri Doyle asked if Michael Bensen would consider a position, and Michael said that he would think about it and let her know.  

Kirk Mohney asked the group if someone wanted to make a motion to adjourn the meeting, and Geri Doyle made the motion.  There was a second motion by Gail Ham.  All were in favor to adjourn the meeting at 6:35pm.  


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