Center Street Historic District Association
Meeting Minutes for March 12, 2007
Kyle O. von Kamp introduced several guests Dave and Mary Boley of Jeromesville, who he met at the Ashland County Historical Society annual meeting. A welcome was given to them both.
The meeting was called to order by Rodney Mohr.
The secretary’s report was read by Kyle O. von Kamp.
Gary Courtright moved to accept the secretary’s reports. Raul J. Torres seconded the motion. Motion carried.
The treasurer’s report was given by Gary Courtright. The Association has $3274.68 in the account before tonight and bills, including attorney fees, are paid. Ann Mohr moved to accept the report. Raul J. Torres seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Rodney Mohr announced the lose of the case against the Ashland County Historical Society. Scott Brown went to the Society to make sure all historic artifacts were out of the A.N. Myers home before demolition. The Society had been working most of the day to remove remaining siding and items with a monetary value.
Should we contact the state office about the decision was a question posed by Joe Mason.
Joe Mason also expressed concern that no legal citations were mentioned in the decision.
Drew Grudowski stated that the fact of the matter is the Association has no community support and Ruth Detrow is the lone wolf.
Joe Mason continued to say that attorney John Good says not to continue because it would be throwing money away. Yet Joe Mason feels an appeal should be attempted even though the price for an appeals bond could be costly.
Rodney Mohr expressed concern about being sued for damages. Comments were made that it would be extremely low for them to sue for damages, plus they have no damages to report.
Kathy Aldrich feels that an appeal should be made.
Ruth Detrow questioned if there is any way the ordinance can be fixed.
The Ashland Historic Preservation Board will meet Monday March 19 at 5 PM.
Ann Mohr asked, “How much influence does the ordinance have to protect the brown house owned by Starkey?”
Rodney Mohr stated, “We need to get people on board.”
Kathy Aldrich replied, “We already have tried.”
Gary Courtright added, “We tried to get them before the ordinance was passed.”
No decision was made about an appeal. Rodney Mohr announced he was not interested in appealing but others can.
Kyle von Kamp stated he will not make a decision until after hearing from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Trust’s legal department was reviewing the briefs and the decision.
Rodney Mohr said that Scott Brown is interested in organizing a new historic organization based on preservation.
Kathy Aldrich thinks we should pursue that and get Liz Pastor, Ann Franklin and others involved.
Dave Boley asked to speak and asked if anyone had read Big Box Swindle? It came out a few years ago and talked about big boxes, the Wal-marts and big corporations. A discussion group met at the Ashland Public Library. These people might be good contacts. Kathy Aldrich said the Association needs to act on it now because we hurt ourselves by not involving others in the fight to save the A.N. Myers home.
Dave Boley said he will try to contact the discussion group from the library.
A rummage/community sale will take place May 5, 2007 between 9 and 5. $10 for a 10x10 spot.
The Historic Ashland Home and Garden Show will take place July 7, 2007, the Saturday of Balloon Fest. The show will hopefully include carriage rides and artisans in homes.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 9, 2007 at Courtright’s 919 Center Street
Other meetings for the year are scheduled as July 9, 2007 and October 8, 2007.
Symphony Women’s League suggested a fundraiser dinner at houses. The Symphony Women’s League would provide food and dinners auctioned off. The Center Street Historic District Association INC was asked if our organization could help with cooking etc. Ann Mohr donating her house for use during the fundraiser. Dottie Tennis asked if we will we help.
A motion to adjourn was made by Gary Courtright. The motion was seconded by Ruth Detrow. Motion carried.
Raul J. Torres
Kyle O. von Kamp