NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on June 10, 2008

 

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at 1:30 P.M. in the Meeting Room of the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA.

Members present were Harriet Beckert, Vincent Lombardi, Melva Vittoriano, Doug Terry and Building Inspector Frank Orfe. Also present were Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant and Lee Kirsh, Allstate Insurance Company.

Call to Order

Chairman Beckert called the meeting to order at 1:33 P.M.

Minutes of May 13, 2008

Mr. Lombardi made a motion to approve the minutes of May 13, 2008. The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously (5-0).

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness

Allstate Insurance Company – 5 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Allstate Insurance Company for the installation of a permanent wooden sign.

Mr. Kirsh advised that the lettering would not be carved into the sign.

Chairman Beckert advised on the types of lettering used in the Historic District.

Mr. Kirsh agreed to painted lettering. He advised that the sign would be blue and white, there would be no gold.

Mr. Orfe questioned the type of wood that would be used and advised that 6.0 wood should be used. He commented with regards to the frost heave and advised that the posts need to be 36” below ground. He advised that the posts do not need to be set in concrete.

Mr. Terry suggested painting the part of the posts that would be underground with tar.

The Board agreed to recommend approval to install one (1) permanent wooden sign. The sign would be 12 Sq. Ft. The sign colors would be blue (PMS 288) with white lettering and trim. The lettering would be painted on. The type of wood would be 6.0. The footers would be 36” deep.

Mr. Terry made a motion to recommend approval to install one (1) permanent wooden sign. The sign would be 12 Sq. Ft. The sign colors would be blue (PMS 288) with white lettering and trim. The lettering would be painted on. The type of wood would be 6.0. The footers would be 36” deep. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (5 -0).

 Chairman Beckert advised the applicant that this Board only makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and that they give the final approval. She advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors meeting on June 25, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Mr. Kirsh for his time.

The Board signed Allstate Insurance Company’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Correspondence from ATC Associates, Inc.

The members discussed the correspondence received from ATC Associates, Inc. dated April 17, 2008 and agreed that HARB had no comment.

Mr. Lombardi made a motion to authorize the HARB Recording Secretary to send correspondence to ATC Associates, Inc. advising that HARB had no comment. The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously (5-0).

Elect a Vice-Chairman

The members agreed to postpone discussions with regards to electing a Vice-Chairman until all members are present.

Old Business

Swamp Road Report

The members discussed the Swamp Road Report received from KCI Technologies dated April 10, 2008 and agreed that HARB had no comment.

Mr. Terry made a motion to authorize the HARB Recording Secretary to send correspondence to KCI Technologies advised that HARB had no comment. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (5-0).

Discuss current Certificate of Appropriateness Application for possible revisions.

The Board discussed the latest revision of the Certificate of Appropriateness Application. Chairman Beckert advised that the number of copies needs to be increased to 17; Ms. Powers advised that she would make the appropriate changes to the application and forward to the Recording Secretary.

The members discussed the cut off date for applications to be put on the agenda. Ms. Powers advised that it is the discretion of the Zoning Office to accept an application after the cut off date.

Mr. Terry made a motion to approve the latest revised Certificate of Appropriateness Application. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (5-0).

Privilege of the Floor

The members discussed Mr. McGrath making a presentation at the July meeting with regards to the colors of the buildings at Goodnoe’s Corner.

The members discussed the status of an architect for the Board.

Chairman Beckert advised that she could not make the HARB presentation to the Board of Supervisors at the June 25, 2008 meeting. Mr. Lombardi agreed to give the presentation to the Supervisors on June 25, 2008.

The members discussed applicants receiving a signed copy of their approved Certification of Appropriateness Application. Chairman Beckert advised that the Recording Secretary would mail an approved copy to the applicant.

Chairman Beckert advised that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission needs to receive a copy of the approved Certification of Appropriateness Application. She requested the Recording Secretary to send the copy, she advised that she would provide her with an address.

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was duly adjourned.

The next meeting is schedule for July 8, 2008 at 1:30 P.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary