CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER

COMMUNITY HERITAGE COMMISSION

March 1  2000 – 4:30 p.m.

Committee Room #2

MINUTES

PRESENT:  

Councillor Chuck Puchmayr, Chair
Jack Bass
Carol Cheremkora
Ross Morris
Roger Nottingham
Lynn Radbourne
Ron Clancy, City Librarian
Jacqueline O’Donnell, Manager, Irving House

REGRETS:

Councillor Jerry Dobrovolny
Councillor Bob Osterman
Marlene Blair

STAFF:     

Leslie Gilbert, Senior Planner
Doreen Pysar, Committee Secretary

DELEGATIONS

None

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA

1.      Demolitions

2.      Promoting Heritage

3.      Information Items

ADOPTION OF MINUTES

The Minutes of the regular meeting of the Community Heritage Commission meeting held February 2, 2000 were reviewed.  It was noted that Carol Cheremkora was also a member of the sub-committee for the Street Naming for Thompson’s Landing.

MOVED, SECONDED AND CARRIED

THAT the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Community Heritage Commission held February 2, 2000 be adopted as amended.

MOVED, SECONDED AND CARRIED

THAT the Minutes of the Closed Meeting of the Community Heritage Commission held February 2, 2000 be adopted. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1.      Heritage Designation Ceremony, verbal update by Planner

The Senior Planner reported that there were three heritage designation ceremonies on February 26, 2000, including 321 Queen’s Avenue, 725 Queen’s and 131 Eighth Avenue (Galbraith House).  The ceremonies were conducted in the form of a house tour followed by High Tea at the Galbraith House. 

2.  Overview of Heritage Week, verbal update by Planner

The Heritage Week awards were presented at the February 28, 2000 Regular Council Meeting by Mayor Sparkes and Councillor Puchmayr, Lynn Radbourne and Carol Cheremkora, members of the Commission.  832 students participated in the colouring contest; 49 participated in the design contest and 66 in the poetry contest.  There was a total of 61 sponsors. $2650.00 in cash and approximately $3000.00 in merchandise was received for prizes for the award winning entries.  Ron Clancy, Marie Jang and Tandrea Jang judged the entries.  Winners of the annual Heritage Shield Award, Mike and Cathy Kipp of  432 Third Street, received a watercolour of their home by Jo Scott-B.  Don Benson was announced as the Poet Laureate for the year 2000, commencing on May Day.

NEW BUSINESS

1.      Changes to Committee Processes, Bill 88 (Chair)

Councillor Puchmayr, Chair, explained the revised meeting procedures resulting from the implementation of Bill 88.  The present procedure now provides that a part of the meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to public issues, otherwise the public is invited to attend as observers. A resolution will now be required before a meeting is closed to the public.

2.      Nomination of Awards for Provincial Heritage Awards Program

Nominations for the Provincial Heritage Awards program was discussed.  The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2000.  In 1999, the Samson V received an award for the Restoration category by the Heritage Society of British Columbia; and in 1998 Heritage Week received an award in the Project category. 

MOVED/SECONDED AND CARRIED

THAT the restoration of 131 Eighth Street (Galbraith House) be nominated in the Restoration category for the Heritage Society of British Columbia awards.

3.      Updated List of Municipally Designated Heritage Homes in New Westminster

A list of the Heritage Designated Sites in New Westminster was circulated.

There are now a total of 22 municipally designated heritage sites.

4.      Demolitions

The application procedure for demolishing buildings was discussed.  There was concern that a house in the 614 Fourth Street was not brought forward to the Heritage Commission for review.  The present procedure for applications for demolition is that if the house is listed on the heritage inventory, it is referred to the Commission by Council for review and recommendation. Applications for buildings that are not on the inventory are reviewed by the Director of Planning who determines whether to forward to Council who determines if it should be referred to the Community Heritage Commission for review and advice.  (Note:  the house on Fourth Street was not on the heritage inventory and was not considered by the Director of Planning to have sufficient merit to warrant further review).

The Commission discussed this matter last year, requesting that staff look into the matter and ask Council to extend the referral of demolitions to include single detached houses that are demolished to make way for multi-family and commercial projects. 

MOVED/SECONDED AND CARRIED

THAT applications for demolitions for all buildings be referred to the Community Heritage Commission for consideration and that this procedure be effective for a one year trial period.

5.      Heritage Promotion in the City of New Westminster

Discussion ensued about the establishment of a newspaper column similar to the one published in the Burnaby NewsLeader in which a historical photograph is placed in the paper for a few weeks for readers to guess the location of the photo.   A description of the article is then inserted in the newspaper.  Staff will follow up on this suggestion and report back at the next meeting. 

6.      Information Items

(i)         The Senior Planner reported that the Workshop on the Economic Impacts of Heritage Conservation held February 23 was attended by Councillor Puchmayr, Carol Cheremkora, Stephen Scheving and herself, as well as a number of other interested individuals representing New Westminster. 

(iii)       Heritage Society of British Columbia – 22nd Annual Conference – Victoria’s Secrets “Behind the Scenes of a Heritage City” to be held mid-May. Commission members interested in attending are asked to contact Leslie Gilbert so that a request to the City Administrator for funding can be initiated. 

(iv)       The Senior Planner asked that members report on homes that have recently undertaken exterior improvements.  Members suggested that a letter of appreciation be sent to Frank and Laurie Wright of 414 First Street and Terry Grant of 336 Fifth Street. 

CORRESPONDENCE AND INFORMATION ITEMS

1.      Letter to Mr. Jerry Dobrovolny, re: 121 St. Patrick Street.

2.      SFU City Program “Preserving Wooden Structures: March 17, 2000.

3.      New Westminster Historical Society Newsletter, February 2000.

4.      VR Imaging Panoramic Photography.

5.      Article “Galbraith Mansion” in Fall, 1999 Renovations Magazine.

6.       “Mouth of the Fraser” Newsletter of the Richmond CHC, Winter 2000.

MOVED, SECONDED AND CARRIED

THAT the correspondence be received.

NEXT MEETING

Wednesday, April 5, 2000 – Committee Room #2

ADJOURNMENT

            ON MOTION, the meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m.

Certified Correct,

CHAIR

 

SECRETARY

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