Leon Valley Historical Society (LVHS) President Mark Eisenhower began the presentation by introducing LVHS Board Member Kathy Hill to begin the presentation. Ms. Hill stated that the purpose of the Workshop is to discuss the possible City acquisition of the Huebner-Onion Homestead; to discuss a possible cooperative agreement with the Leon Valley Historical Society; to discuss the SA300 Tri-Centennial Celebration at the Homestead in May, 2018; and to discuss other matters related to the Homestead. On September 23, 2017 there was a consensus by the LVHS Board to proceed with transferring the deed contingent on mutual approval of the “agreement”.
Ms. Hill proceeded to give the history of the Huebner-Onion Homestead which was followed by an explanation of the acquisition. The LVHS wishes to provide for the Homestead’s long-term care and preservation; continue restoration of the Homestead through a Capital Campaign; operate the Homestead as an educational Heritage Center, to which the LVHS would oversee interpretation and use of the Homestead.
Ms. Hill, on behalf of the LVHS board asked City Council if they wished to embrace the Homestead as a historical and economic development attraction; incorporate the Homestead into the current Leon Valley park system and Future Park trails.
The proposed cooperative agreement roles and responsibilities would be as follows:
The LVHS role: LVHS would work with the City to develop a cooperative agreement with respect to the Homestead; LVHS would collaborate with the City to develop a mutually agreeable ninety-nine (99) year lease for the LVHS to lease the 0.567 acre Homestead; the LVHS would deed the 0.567 acre Homestead to the City at the time of the lease; the LVHS would use proceeds of sale to fund the Capital Campaign; the LVHS would conduct the Capital Campaign; the LVHS would co-host the SA 300 Ice Cream Social with the City; and the LVHS would continue to develop and operate the Homestead as an educational Heritage Center.
The City’s role: to work with the LVHS to develop a cooperative agreement with respect to the Homestead; to work with the LVHS to develop a mutually agreeable ninety-nine (99) year lease for the 0.567 acre property; short term upgrades such as water and electrical; long term utility upgrades; maintain the buildings and grounds to historical standards; property insurance and insurance upgrades as improvements continue; safety upgrades and mandatory inspections; code upgrades and ongoing compliance; security upgrades and ongoing security alarms; possibly consider rotating one (1) City Council member per year to serve as liaison to the LVHS board; consider appointing one (1) senior staff person as liaison to the LVHS board; both liaisons would play advisory and supporting roles, but neither would have voting powers.
· Paul Biever, 6427 Long, was allowed to speak multiple times to which he questioned cost of the property and the cost of bringing the buildings to code.
The presentation was followed by discussion with direction being given to City Manager Kelly Kuenstler to get a cost estimate on what it would cost to bring water, sewer and utilities and what it would cost to have staff maintain the buildings and property and bring it back at the November 7th Regular City Council meeting for consideration.