Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 4-2-08

Jean Fischer will present "History of the Village School" at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 5-7-08, at the Old Town Hall of 1871. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

President Jack Smith called the meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7 p. m. There were 34 members and guests present.

The minutes of March 5, 2008, were approved as read with Nancy McGhee making the motion and Jim Szippl seconding.

Jack reported that there is $1,952.82 in the checking account and $6,555.94 in the money market account.

There were no bills to present.

Bob Gates from the Landmarks Preservation Commission initiated a long discussion regarding the Avon Center School. Bob indicated that the commission itself felt there was little that could be done to save the building at this point. The idea was tabled at the Commission.

Other points in the course of the discussion were that the demolition permit had not expired according to the Ohio Code which allows for one year rather than Avon's 6 months.

Ron Larson, who had the permits ready to move and reestablish the home among his businesses last November, was denied the home by owner/developer Greg Romas. Greg said Starbucks would be creating a coffee shop at the building on site.

Ron said the $108,000 he had set aside for the move was used instead for the ongoing renovation of the Stone Eagle Farm.

Things have changed in the building industry; Greg was denied the zoning of his property that he sought, and he said the house would be demolished.

Because the city is suing Greg regarding the removal of $17,000 in trees on the water tower site within the proposed development, the idea was examined whether all further proceedings at the site could be halted.

Some members of the Historical Society felt the city should find a way to establish a no interest loan for someone to establish a fund to move the house. This was based on the idea that the council did not extract concessions on Greg's part when they okayed the original commercial rezoning. The Law Director told Jack that he would bring up the idea of the no interest loan at a council meeting and then did not.

Jack will consider an open ended letter written to Greg Romas asking him again to donate the house to the Historical Society with its tax exempt status; and the Society will give it to an interested party. It may be Dave Vasu will choose to move the house. The letter will state that the tax credit would be available after the home is moved.

JoAnne Easterday will contact Society member Dave Miraldi and ask about several legal/financial questions regarding moving the house. She will contact Greg Romas to ask for an extension of time for removing the house.

The move would be advantageous to the developer because of the tax implications for him and to renew his good intentions within the city.

There is an idea to develop a fund drive to gather the money to move the house. Joe Richvalsky, Jack Smith, JoAnne Easterday, Donna Comer (937-2212) and Lois Shinko will explore the fund drive possibility.

The Society approved an open-ended expenditure for hiring a photographer to take photos of Avon Isle to finalize the application for the Isle National Registry application. Ralph White made the motion with Bev O'Connell seconding.

[On 4-27-08, Bob Gates noted that kids were going in and out of the Isle through a door hanging wide open. The police were notified. If you see any potentially destructive activity at the Isle, please call 911; a follow-up call to the Historical Society at 934-2337 would be appreciated.]

Jean Fischer will present the May meeting. The topic will be the Avon Village School and Its Progression.

Stan Hawryluk made the motion for adjournment with George Bliss seconding.

Because the scheduled speaker did not show up, member and architect Joe Richvalsky spoke about the Williams House and Stone Eagle Farm.

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AVON HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROPOSED AGENDA, May 7, 2008

I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of April 2, 2008

II. Treasurer's Report

A. Any outstanding bills to present.

III. Old Business

A. Landmarks Preservation Commission, Bob Gates

B. Landscaping Committee, Chuck Huene

C. Election of Officers, Jim Szippl

D. Passing of three of our members since the April meeting: Hugh Gough, Chuck Lacey, and Rose Hogrefe

E. Avon Isle National Registry application, Ralph White

F. Avon Center School, JoAnne Easterday

G. Other

IV. New Business

A. Other

V. Adjourn Meeting

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Stan Hawryluk will introduce Jean Fischer who will present "History of the Village School."

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