Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 3-2-16

  • 4-30-16: Lorain County Preservation Expo

  • 5-4-16: Program of the Avon Historical Society


    President Ralph White called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.

    The minutes of the November 4, 2015 meeting were approved as read with

    Jim Szippl making the motion and Christine White seconding.

    10 members and quests were present.

    Treasurer Christine White reported a balance of $5,692.99 in the checking account.

    There were no new bills to present.

    There was discussion and a motion was made by Christine to approve the purchase of a used refrigerator for the Town Hall for under $25. Theresa Szippl seconded the motion.

    Ralph mentioned that the Society's insurance premium would be due the end of March. It is currently $ 475 through State Farm. Ralph would be contacting another company for a quote to determine if there were significant savings to make a switch. If so, he will contact the Trustees for a vote.

    In old business:

    This past Christmas party was cancelled at the last minute due to the hostess Jean Fischer having emergency surgery. She is recuperating and now living with her son.

    Jack Smith fell in late December, breaking his hip, was at St Mary's of the Woods for rehab and is now home and getting better. Jack (Taylor J. Smith) has publishrd a novel, 'Into The Air'. For more info, plrase see www.avonhistory.org/mil3/air16.htm

    Jim Szippl contacted the City regarding the leak in the roof and they have patched it. It now needs to be plastered.

    In new business:

    The Schwartz Road barn, owned by the City, is being disassembled by KMU. It was an oversight that the structure did not have a Landmark's plague so when they applied for a demolition permit with the Landmark's Commission, it was voted in as a Landmark but then approved for demolition.

    It is being taken down and put into storage with the hopes of being reassembled at some location later. Possible locations mentioned were Schwartz Road Park and Avon Isle, though there is not enough room on the Isle property. The milking stalls within the barn are being saved as well.

    Nancy McGee heard from Craig Witherspoon that it cost $20,000 to bring down compared to $40,000 to move. He said so much was lost to damage, that if reassembled, it would end up being smaller.

    Ralph reported on the History Walk project. After all this time, a location is still undecided. Safety, paving costs, security and vandalism are all issues if located at one of the Parks or the Pool. First Energy has agreed to pay for all 14 placards for a cost of approximately $20,000.

    At this time, we do not have any programs set up for the rest of this season's meetings. Theresa informed the group there is a new director at LCHS named Barb. It was suggested that she may be a resource for speakers. Ralph is to contact Bill Bird.

    St Mary's Parish is celebrating its 175th Jubilee. The first mass was on 3-21-1841. Activities of celebrations will be throughout the year.

    Eva Miller St Clair and her mother Mary Miller along with another guest attended the meeting to gather information regarding their homestead being lost to eminent domain. Their home is located on 2.5 acres at the corner of Miller Rd and Rte 611 as part of the Conrad property.

    The gas company is running a line 21 miles south from the power plant in Avon Lake to Grafton. The proposed location of the line goes right down the middle third of the property and encompasses the house, which is on the Landmark's list.

    They are looking for guidance as to how they can keep their home. The gas company would have to apply for a demolition permit and if denied, could gain a reprieve for 6 months up to a year. If forced to move, the family is looking for fair market value of the commercially zoned property.

    Ralph is to make some inquires and contact Eva with any possible suggestions how to fight the lawsuit brought forth by the gas company.

    The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm with Stan H. making the motion and Jim Szippl seconding.

    The next regular meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.

    Respectfully submitted, Christine White.

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    Lorain County Preservation Expo Sponsored by: The Lorain County Preservation Network (LCPN)


    The Carnegie Center 329 West 10th St., Lorain, OH 44052

    Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11AM to 3PM

    11:00-3:00 Get a glimpse of the preservation projects that are going on in Lorain County through a gallery of posters and pictures presented by local historical groups. Also two guest speakers will address the value of heritage in the development of neighborhoods and downtown areas.

    Special Guest Speakers:

    1:00-2:00: The Value of Heritage as a Community Revitalization Tool, Kathleen Crowther, President of Cleveland Restoration Society

    2:00-3:00: The Role of Historic Preservation in Sustaining our Cities, Tom Starinsky, Associate Director of Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation and Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation

    For more information please contact: Bill Bird, Executive Director of the Lorain County Historical Society 440-322-3341 or bbird@lchs.org

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    The meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, 5-4-16, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. Anne Michael from the Lorain County Historical Society will present "Rosie the Riveter - Working Women during World War II". For more information, see http://www.avonhistory.org/newindex.htm

    The presentation is based on research and interviews with women from Lorain County who took on industrial positions during World War II. You will be taken back in time to 1944 when Anne's character was working as an inspector at the Perry-Faye Company in Elyria, Ohio.

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