Minutes of the meeting held on September 9, 2008


The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, September 9, 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, Frank Tyrol, Doug Terry, Melva Vitoriano, Joseph McKernan, Jr. and Building Inspector Frank Orfe. Also present were Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant and Judith Ryzner.

Call to Order

Chairman Beckert called the meeting to order at 1:35 P.M.

Introduction of new member, architect– Joseph F. McKernan, Jr.

The members welcomed Mr. McKernan to the Board.

Minutes of July 8, 2008

Mr. Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of July 8, 2008. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (6-0).

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness:

Judith Ryzner – 1 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Judith Ryzner with regards to the removal and replacement of 18 existing windows with Marvin Windows (double-hang/sash and jamb liners/removable grills and screens/interior – wood primed/exterior – white clad).

Ms. Ryzner reported on what she is proposing and the current condition of the existing windows. She had a sample for viewing.

Chairman Beckert commented that the Board normally requires that the windows be wood with true divided lights.

Mr. McKernan inspected the sample and determined that the exterior was vinyl clad.

Mr. Orfe arrived.

The Board discussed the expense of replacing all 18 windows with wood and true divided lights.

Chairman Beckert suggested that the 9 windows that face Sycamore Street be replaced with wood and true divided lights and that the remaining 9 windows be replaced with a vinyl clad exterior/removable grills and screens.

Ms. Ryzner advised that she is not sure if she can provide what the Board is suggesting.

Mr. McKernan advised that Marvin is a good selection and that he is in favor of Chairman Beckert’s suggestion. He reported that he would contact his representative at Marvin Windows to check on the availability of what the Board is suggesting and update Ms. Ryzner.

Ms. Ryzner advised that the building is over 200 years old and that she has tried to keep the building looking as historic as possible when doing renovations.

Chairman Beckert questioned how quickly the applicant is looking for approval and suggested that if the Board approvals the application to have the 9 windows facing Sycamore Street be wood with true divided lights and the other three facades as stated in the application today. The applicant can research the availability of what is being approved and if the product is unavailable she will contact Chairman Beckert to discuss an extension. Ms. Ryzner agreed to accept Chairman Beckert’s suggestion.

Ms. Vitoriano suggested that Ms. Ryzner contact Chris Ortwein to discuss the possibility of grant money for her project. Chairman Beckert advised the applicant to let Ms. Ortwein know that the Board recommended the applicant contact her.

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to recommend approval of Judith Ryzner’s Certificate of Appropriateness for the removal and replacement of 18 existing windows with Marvin Windows (double-hang/sash and jamb liners). The 9 windows that face Sycamore Street will be replaced with wood and true divided lights/painted white exterior and the remaining 9 windows be replaced with a white vinyl clad exterior/wood primed interior/removable grills and screens. The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously (7-0).

Chairman Beckert advised Ms. Ryzner to contact her if what is being approved for recommendation is not available, so other arrangements can be made.

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 September 24, 2008. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present. She suggested that the representative bring a white paint color chip for the Supervisors to review.

The Board thanked Judith Ryzner for her time.

The Board signed Judith Ryzner’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Zephyr Gallery – 243 North Sycamore Street

he applicant was not present for discussions. The Board agreed that an extension is needed. Mrs. Powers advised that she would contact the applicant to get the extension.

Old Business

Elect a Vice-Chairman

The members discussed electing a Vice-Chairman for the Board.

Mr. Terry made a motion to elect Mr. McKernan as the Vice-Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mr. Lombardi and passed unanimously (7-0).

Mr. McKernan advised that due to business commitments, there are some meetings he may not be able to attend.

Privilege of the Floor

Chairman Beckert discussed the correspondence received from Bucks County Community College with regards to the historic preservation certificate program. Members received a copy in their packet.

Chairman Beckert advised that she has received a complaint from a Township resident with regards to the color scheme at Goodnoe’s Corner.

Mr. Lombardi advised that the Board of Supervisors are schedule to review a concept plan for the Acme site on Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

Mr. Terry advised that he is involved with the project being proposed for the Acme site and on what is being proposed.


There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was duly adjourned at 2:06 P.M.

The next meeting is schedule for October 7, 2008 at 1:30 P.M.


Respectfully Submitted,


Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary