Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 2-2-04

President Jack Smith opened the February 2, 2004, meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7:00 p.m. at The Old Town Hall. There were 37 members and guests present.

As the first order of business Jack asked the secretary to read the minutes of the previous meeting of November 4, 2003. Following the reading of the minutes, Jack asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes as read. There being none a motion to approve the minutes was made by Jim Szippl and seconded by Susie Cory and by voice vote unanimously approved.

Jack then asked for the treasurer's report and in the absence of the treasurer, Barb Wolfe, Jean Fischer reported that as of this evening there is a balance of $2,013.20 in the checking account. Our money market account currently has a balance of $5,950.55. The president asked the members if there were any outstanding bills to present to the treasurer this evening and there were none.

Jack next wanted to thank Jim Szippl for the fantastic job he did in the restoration of the front steps and the new railing. It was a big undertaking and we are very appreciative for the fine job.

Next Dr. Fischer then was asked to give a re-cap of the election. Dr. Fischer stated that the Small Town Avon Committee was now disbanded and any excess funds in the checking account had to be gifted to a 501(C)3 organization. The funds have been deposited into the Avon Historical Society checking account in the amount of $598.33.

Regarding this new found wealth, Dr. Fischer stated further personally he would like to see the funds go towards updating our video equipment some time in the near future so we will be able to show our videos at any time of the day or night

A motion was made by Lynette Bock to use the $598.33 for updating our video equipment. The motion was seconded by Bob Gates and by voice vote of the members unanimously approved.

Since it would make sense to have someone with knowledge about the newest video cameras, etc., the President then asked Tom Wible and Rodney Bock if they would serve on a committee with Dr. Fischer to investigate and then purchase new video equipment and also a VCR-ready T.V. with the new-found money and, upon their acceptance to serve on the committee. A motion was made to this effect by ____ The motion was seconded by Dan McGhee and by voice vote unanimously approved.

Nancy McGhee was then asked to give a wrap-up report on the Christmas Party held at the Avon V.F.W. on December 1, 2003. She reported that there were approximately 70 members present and from all accounts everyone had a very good time. As always there is a wonderful assortment of foods to enjoy and it proves to be a very enjoyable evening. The Avon V.F.W. facility serves our needs perfectly and we will plan to have our Christmas party there again this year.

Dr. Fischer, our membership chairman, then reported that we currently have 219 active members in our club. He then presented a bill for $52.00 for recent letters sent out. A motion to pay the bill was made by Rodney Bock and seconded by Dan McGhee and by voice vote unanimously passed.

Jack then stated that we now have two members, Ron Larson and Bob Gates, on our preservation committee. Ron Larson, who has already saved the Lewis House and is working on obtaining the Clifton Barn, stated that currently there are three buildings that are currently in jeopardy of being destroyed.

The first is the George Clifton Barn. The second structure is the Williams House on the corner of French Creek Road and Detroit; and, as all of you may have seen, the property is up for sale with a realtor so anything can happen to that property.

The third property is Casper's Garage on Detroit, next to Ron's establishment. Ron spoke to Dorrie Bommer at city hall regarding the status of this building and currently no other plans have been submitted for it. There is or was an option on the property to build a Dairy Queen on the site.

It is Ron's belief that it is so easy to build new buildings every day, as you can see all over town. The buildings that we do have that are historical in some nature we really need to take some effort to preserve. He checked with the building department this morning and no other demolition permits have been issued at this point.

Jack then recounted that since we have a 501(C)3 designation, it would be best if we could just deal with Greg Romes to donate it to the Avon Historical Society then we could turn it over to Ron.

Ron then mentioned a couple other historical structures that may be in jeopardy such as Stone Eagle Farm on Detroit Road, which happens to be in the path of a proposed road. The owner Gladys Tombs is in a nursing home after she fell and broke her hip and all of her property is being left to a nephew who lives out of state and probably could care less about preserving the estate.

Another historical stone house is the old Nagel homestead on the corner of Nagle and Schwartz Road, currently Bea Rathbun's home. It has recently gone on the market for sale.

Everyone was asked to keep the club and/or Ron aware of any other historical property coming up for sale or demolition that they are aware of.

Moving on to new business Jack touched briefly on the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival to be held at Veteran/s Memorial Park Summer. Pete Polovich is heading up this festival and there was a short discussion as to what if any our participation would be. Nancy McGhee stated that since this is the only city-wide function, we should have some type of presence at the festival. It was decided we would discuss this further at our next meeting.

Due to our program this evening, we will table a discussion on our plans to video tape the Avon Isle building as it stands now and other plans.

Jack then stated that the next meeting would be held on Monday, March 1, 2004 with a presentation on Remarkable Ohioans presented by Betty Lou Higgins of Eden Valley Enterprises. Tonight's guests are Jerry Galant, Keith Furnace and Annette Schwartz from the Avon Parks Board who will head a discussion on the Avon Isle facility and what the future holds for that structure.

There being no further business to present at the meeting Jack entertained a motion from Jean Fischer to adjourn the meeting which motion was seconded by Dottie Eldred and by voice vote unanimously approved.

Respectfully submitted, Nancy McGhee, Secretary



Reading of minutes of meeting of February 2, 2004. Motion to approve and second.

Treasurer's Report

Any outstanding bills to present.


A. Discussion on our club's participation in the Avon Duct Tape Festival in June -- report by Del Fischer on a meeting with a Henkel representative, report by Jack Smith on booth possibilities (cost).

B. Report of Preservation Committee, Ron Larson, Bob Gates

C. Membership Report, Del Fischer

D. Report from video equipment purchase committee, Rod Bock, Tom Wible

E. Report from shades committee, Jean Fischer

F. Mention Oral History Committee (Pete Kratt) and Photographic Inventory Committee (Eric Jaworowski)

F. ________________________________________________


A. Next meeting, April 5, 2004, THE LORAIN COUNTY PRESERVATION NETWORK. Marilyn Harley, Coordinator, will explain what it is, where it has been, and what it hopes to be able to accomplish for all.

B. _______________________________________________

Motion to Adjourn and Second

Jean Fischer -- Introduction of this evening's speaker, Betty Lou Higgins, Eden Valley Enterprises, who will speak on Remarkable Ohioans.

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