Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 9-6-06

President Jack Smith called to order the September 6, 2006, meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7:01 p.m. at the Old Town Hall. There were 30 members and guests present. The minutes of May 31, 2006, were approved as read.

Treasurer Barb Wolfe reported $1,411.21 in the checking account; $6,181.20 in the money market. A bill was presented by Theresa Szippl for postage and envelopes for membership.


Ruth Plas, a long time member who recently died, will be honored with the traditional purchase of a book for the Avon Library. Carol Smith made the motion to assign $25. Bob Gates seconded. All approved.

Joe Richvalsky said he had no official report on the Williams house; however, work has begun.

Toni Barnhart reported that the Duct Tape festival parade float earned a second place trophy. She thanked all those involved with the "fabulous and cool" project. Nancy McGhee thanked Toni for the concept and execution.

Membership Chairman Thesera Szippl said that there were 118 paid memberships; there was an additional $80.50 in donations by people who had rounded up membership costs to $10. She said that Ron Larson had donated $50 in addition to having paid his dues for 5 years in advance.

Jack Smith gave an extensive report on the Scenic ByWays tour scheduled for September 9, 2006. He offered a special discount from the Lorain County Preservation Society if tickets were sold in a group of 10. Several tickets were sold at $10 each rather than the advertised cost of $15 each. . Four tickets were purchased by the AHS with the motion being made by Jim Szippl and seconded by Ralph White. Those tickets may be distributed at the discretion of the president or sold to those not present for the meeting. All approved.

Chuck Huene reported that the landscape committee discussed updating the outside of the Old Town Hall with consideration of reestablishing the landscape of the earlier period in history. He and Cheryl Huene presented a written nine point proposal for the group to consider. (Attached).

Chuck moved that the first three items on the list:

"1. Trimming up and thinning tree on west side (Richard's Tree Service $350.00)

2. Removing dead tree at rear. (Richard's Tree Service $150.00)

3. Removing brush & "revamping" rear (south) lot line for which Jean Fischer has approval from Mr. Bill Smith, our neighbor to the south; and Chuck Huene has approval from Mr. Kurt Cummings and Mr. Mark Cummings, our neighbors to the east. Richard's Tree Service to quote on 9/13."

be approved with $1000 being set aside from the treasury. Jim Szippl seconded. There was considerable discussion regarding whether the responsibility for the outside of the building resided with the city or with the Society.

Jean Fischer reminded the group that the city leases the interior of the building to the Society for $1 per year. She said that most historical societies do not have that privilege and are required to have fund raisers in order to maintain their meeting facility. There have been times in the past when AHS has financed improvements, such as the bathroom project. She said that the society has the money and should proceed with the landscape renovation project. The vote was all yeas.

Joe Richvalsky asked that the landscape committee research the new plantings so that they will be appropriate for the period.

Toni Barnhart asked the committee to investigate the removal of extraneous items attached to the outside of the building. Jack mentioned that this hardware may have held the plaque commemorating Avon's World War I veterans. While it is probably not desireable to return the plaque from its current location at the Mound Cemetary, a replica should be made and attached to the outside of the Old Town Hall.

Chuck then moved and Nancy McGhee seconded that the group agree to investigate, pursue, and accept in a general way items four though nine. All votes positive. Chuck encouraged any and all members to contact him at 937-6002 for any questions or suggestions.


Jean Fischer told of the speaker for the October 4,2006, meeting. David Cotton will do a first person presentation on Captain Wilford. She introduced the September speaker Lorraine Ritchey who spoke of the original Lorain community Charleston Village.

Refreshments were provided by Jean Fischer and Nancy McGhee

Respectfully submitted by JoAnne Easterday, Secretary



Presented by the cochairs of the Avon Historical Society Landscaping Committee, Chuck and Cheryl Huene.

1. Trimming up and thinning tree on west side. (Estimate attached).

2. Removing dead tree at rear. (Estimate attached).

3. Removing brush & "revamping" rear (south) lot line for which Jeanne Fisher has approval from Mr Bill Smith.

4. Locating east lot line with neighbor's approval and adding gravel for guest and handicap parking. Mr. Bill Bommer to be contacted first.

5. Removing all railroad ties from around bushes and flag pole and replacing with some sort of rock edging either natural or artificial. Removing all railroad ties from edge of west side walk and fire station drive and adding sod.

6. Adding gravel or perhaps bricks or pavers to firestation drive on West side.

7. Removing one bush on east and two bushes on west of the front steps and replacing with appropriate plantings. At same time, investigating trimming back and/or reshaping remaining bushes.

8. Having unused phone pole removed from front.

9. Mulching as appropriate.



I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of September 6, 2006.

II. Treasurer's Report

A. Any outstanding bills to present.

III. Old Business

A. Scenic Byways Tour, Ralph White

B. Membership Report, Theresa Szippl

C. Report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Bob Gates

D. Moving Santa at the Old Town Hall forward on Saturday, 12-2-06 (and also the tree lighting at the gazebo), Jack Smith: The Avon French Creek Merchants have requested this in order to increase business.

E. Landscaping Committee, Chuck Huene

IV. New Business

A. At our next meeting on Wednesday, November 1, 2006, Bette Lou Higgins wii present "You're A Grand Ole Flag," Jean Fischer.

B. On Thursday, November 2, 2006, at 6 pm, the Intersociety will meet for a potluck supper at the Lorain County Metroparks Carlisle Reservation Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio 44050. Ed Herdendorf will do a PowerPoint presentation of the Scenic Byways Tour.

From http://www.loraincountymetroparks.com:

Take Routes 10/20 west to the Route 301 South (LaGrange Road) exit. Turn left onto 301 South. Drive a short distance to the second intersection on your right, Nickle Plate - Diagonal Road, which is across from the red brick Carlisle Township Fire Department, and drive .7 mile to the Duck Pond Picnic Area entrance, which will be on your right. Drive .8 mile farther on Diagonal Road and the entrance to the Carlisle Visitor Center will also be on the right.

C. __________________________________________

V. Motion to Adjourn and Second

Jean Fischer will introduce Dave Cotton who will portray Captain Wilford.

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