President Jack Smith called the March 7, 2007, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:08 pm at the Old Town Hall of 1871. About 20 members were present.
George Bliss moved to approve the February 7 minutes. Nancy McGhee seconded. Joe Richvalsky corrected the misreading "Landscape" Preservation Commission for Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Jean Fischer reported for treasurer Barb Wolfe that the accounts remained at the same amounts as last month. There were no bills presented.
Chuck Huene presented a written report for the Avon Old Town Hall landscaping project. He offered the report as a motion for action. Nancy McGhee seconded.
"The Dream, Part 1:
a. Remove all bushes, railroad ties, and dirt down to ground level from around flag pole, both sides, and front of hall exposing existing foundation.
b. Create patio from approximately matching new "old" bricks across entire front from sidewalk to foundation and tree lawn.
c. Add appropriate benches. Keep flower boxes. Keep stone stagecoach steps.
d. After completing this major Part 1, step back, take a breath, and reevaluate how the sides, rear, fire station drive, existing parking lot might be landscaped (Part 2).
An affirmative vote is needed by our membership to approve Part 1 so that we may move ahead with detailed planning including City approval, alternatives for funding of labor, material, donations, etc. which hopefully will be presented to you at our April meeting."
Joe Richvalsky said that he was not convinced that the patio and benches were the best idea. The benches may be too close to the street for safety reason. They may be better located at the side of the building for more protection. Joe would like to see a more comprehensive approach to include the removal of extraneous items on the building.
There were questions regarding the cost and the responsible party for those costs.
Ron Larson said that the City and the residents may find the project worthwhile because of the upcoming Avon bicentennial.
The original motion was amended with the consent of those who had made the motion. The new motion included only part A. "Remove all bushes, railroad ties, and dirt down to ground level from around flag pole, both sides, and front of hall exposing existing foundation." The motion passed by voice vote.
There was an agreement that Joe would meet with the committee -- Chuck, Ralph White and Jim Szippl on Tuesday, March 13 at 7 pm at the Old Town Hall. All interested were invited to join.
In other business Jack Smith said that Jeff Fisher donated a framed picture of the Wilford Hotel to the AHS. Jeff asked that if anyone has any historical information about his home, the Wilford house on Hayes Street, to please get the information to him.
Joe reported that the plaque distribution by the Landmarks Preservation Commission last month was most successful. Recipients seemed pleased with the plaques.
Jack reported on the petition to the Landmarks Preservation Commission by Greg Romes to demolish the Avon Center Schoolhouse on Detroit Road. He asked the AHS to approve the idea of the developer giving the Schoolhouse to the AHS; whereupon, the Society would immediately turn the building over to Ron Larson who would move the building to historic Old Avon Village. Jack thought this may be the tax incentive that Mr. Romes would respond favorably to.
Ralph White said he would like the building to remain where it was and be restored as promised. Jack said within five months, the amount of time remaining on the 6 month demolition waiting period, the Avon Center School would be reduced to rubble.
George Bliss made the motion, Joanne Albert seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
In an effort to prepare for development assaults, a motion was made by Jim Szippl and seconded by Dan McGhee that there be a membership campaign to emphasize awareness of preservation problems. An insert in the Press newspaper would be part of that campaign.
Jack emphasized that a Political Action Committee may be formed to protect the Detroit Road charter amendment. This would not involve the AHS; but would allow those interested to keep the public informed about happenings.
The motion passed unanimously.
At next month's meeting April 4 Jack said Gary Gerone of the Lorain County Metro Parks will be singing songs of the Civil War.
Jack also reminded the group of the Lorain County Preservation Network's program "Is It Historic or Just Old?" to be presented by Marilyn Fedelchak-Harley at 7 pm on April 12 at Sheffield Village Town Hall, 4820 Detroit Road (1/4 mile east of the junction with Gulf Road). For more information, contact Ed Herdendorf at 934-1514.
Tonight's program is "Story of a Patriot."
Chuck Huene presented information on a bus trip to view the Princess Diana collection and Lake View Cemetery on April 13 for a $42 charge. Chuck may be reached at 937-6002.
Jim Szippl moved and Stan Hawryluk seconded adjournment. All approved.
Respectfully submitted by JoAnne Easterday, Secretary
Here is a proposed membership campaign letter:
Membership and meetings are open to the public, and you don't have to be an Avon resident to join. If you are interested in research, preservation and education, you may want to stop by and see for yourself. We meet at the Avon Old Town Hall of 1871, located at the corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge Roads at 7:00 pm, the first Wednesday of the following months: February, March, April, May, September, October, November & December.
A typical meeting includes reading of the minutes, new business (overview of what's happening with Detroit and Nagel Road proposed widening), upcoming city activities (Duct Tape Parade), and a planned program which starts at approximately 7:30 pm, with refreshments served at about 8:15 pm for plenty of time to socialize with other attendees.
Former program topics have included: Charleston Village History (Lorain, Ohio), Scenic Byways History Tour, Bette Lou Higgins presents "You're A Grand Ole Flag", and Historic Williamsburg,
On Wednesday, 4-4-07, Gary Gerrone from the Lorain County Metroparks will perform "Songs of the Civil War." You are welcome to attend this outstanding program.
To join, just complete the form below and mail it to the address indicated.
Membership Application, 2007 - 2008, Avon Historical Society
Mark choice:  Individual $5;  couple $7.50;  family $12.
Please send your check to the Avon Historical Society, 2623 Stoney Ridge Rd., Avon, OH 44011.
For more information, call (440) 934-5933 or see http://www.avonhistory.org
We are a 501(c)3 ORGANIZATION: DUES AND DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
AVON HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROPOSED AGENDA, April 4, 2007
I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of March 7, 2007.
II. Treasurer's Report
A. Any outstanding bills to present.
III. Old Business
A. Avon Center School, Ron Larson
B. Membership Committee Report, Theresa Szippl (Schedule next committee meeting?)
C. Report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Bob Gates
D. Landscaping Committee, Chuck Huene
IV. New Business
A. 4-12-07: Lorain County Preservation Network's program "Is It Historic or Just Old?" to be presented by Marilyn Fedelchak-Harley at 7 pm on April 12 at Sheffield Village Town Hall, 4820 Detroit Road (1/4 mile east of the junction with Gulf Road). For more information, contact Ed Herdendorf at 934-1514.
B. 4-13-07: Bus trip to view the Princess Diana collection and Lake View Cemetery on April 13 for a $42 charge. Chuck Huene may be reached at 937-6002.
C. On Wednesday, 5-2-07, the Avon Historical Society will meet at 7 pm in the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Roads. Rodney Beal of the Black River Historical Society will speak about "Lilac Time." For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106.
V. Motion to adjourn
Jean Fischer will introduce Gary Gerrone from the Lorain County Metroparks who will perform "Songs of the Civil War."