NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on February 10, 2009

 

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at 1:30 P.M. in the Meeting Room of the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA.

Members present were Frank Tyrol, Bill Mahler, Sue Beasley and Building Inspector Frank Orfe. Not present were members Harriet Beckert, Joseph McKernan, Jr., Doug Terry and Peggy Driscoll. Also present were Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant; Mike Galla, KMS; John Boyle, Assistant Township Manager and Ed Murphy, Twin Banks LLC; Township residents/business owners Vince Lombardi and Melva Vitoriano.

Call to Order:

Mr. Tyrol called the meeting to order at 1:38 P.M.

Introduction of New Member:

Mr. Tyrol welcomed new member Bill Mahler. Mr. Mahler introduced himself to the Board, he advised that he has lived in the area his whole life.

Elect Vice-Chairperson:

It was agreed to postpone the election of a Vice-Chairperson until more members are present.

Minutes of January 13, 2009:

Mr. Tyrol made a motion to approve the minutes of January 13, 2009. The motion was seconded by Mr. Orfe and passed unanimously with one member abstaining (3-0-1).

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness:

Twin Banks LLC – 301 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Twin Banks LLC with regards to the installation of a single sided entrance sign.

Mr. Murphy updated the members on the request to install a single sided entrance sign. The proposed sign would be 7feet in width and 6 feet in height. The stone base housing would be a red natural stone veneer (matching the existing stone on the converted barn and annex). The background sign color would be Finnaren and Haley Authentic Colors of historic Philadelphia – Independence Hall White. The sign lettering would be carved with Finnaren and Haley Authentic Colors of historic Philadelphia – Congress Hall Red.

The members discussed the comments on the memorandum received from Mr. O’Brien, Interim Director of Planning and Zoning, KMS dated January 28, 2009.

Mr. Murphy advised that he would agree to the sign being no higher than 5 feet.

Mr. Mahler made a motion to recommend approval of Twin Bank LLC’s Certificate of appropriateness to install a single sided entrance sign with an amendment that the sign would be no higher than 5 feet. The stone base housing would be a red natural stone veneer (matching the existing stone on the converted barn and annex). The background sign color would be Finnaren and Haley Authentic Colors of historic Philadelphia – Independence Hall White. The sign lettering would be carved with Finnaren and Haley Authentic Colors of historic Philadelphia – Congress Hall Red.

The motion was seconded by Mr. Orfe and passed unanimously (4-0).

Mr. Tyrol advised the applicant that this Board only makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and that they give the final approval. He advised the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on February 25, 2009. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board thanked Mr. Murphy for his time.

The Board signed Twin Banks LLC’s Certificate of Appropriateness.

Old Business

Discuss application for “Moveable Sidewalk Signs”

Mr. Tyrol updated the members on the status of the application for the movable sidewalk signs. He discussed the sketch that will be presented to the Supervisors (copies of the sketch were provided by Mr. Galla).

Mr. Lombardi suggested that businesses’ address or phone number appear on the moveable sidewalk sign.

The members discussed the benefits and guidelines for the movable sidewalk signs.

Mrs. Beasley commented on the number of movable sidewalk signs if every business has one.

The members discussed the need for the movable sidewalk sign to conform to the businesses’ existing sign.

Mr. Galla advised that a standard for the movable sidewalk sign needs to be approved by the Supervisors.

The members discussed the application fee and agreed that information should be noted on the application.

Mr. Lombardi advised that once the Township has approved the application, the Sycamore Street Association would have a meeting to update their members. He invited Mr. Galla to attend.

The members discussed the matter getting on the Supervisors’ agenda.

Privilege of the Floor

The members discussed the HARB filing cabinet with regards to its location and organization. The Recording Secretary advised that she is trying to have the cabinet moved from the Martindell House to the Administration Building.

The members discussed Supervisor Jirele’s request for HARB to have evening meetings. It was agreed that HARB would continue to meet at 1:30 P.M. A suggestion was made to have another Supervisor attend the meetings.

Mrs. Beasley questioned if the liaison from the Planning Commission is a voting member. The members advised her that the Planning Commission liaison is a voting member.

Mrs. Beasley advised the members that she and Peggy Driscoll would be the liaisons from the Planning Commission.

The members discussed the presentation to the Supervisors on February 25, 2009. The Recording Secretary advised that Chairman McKernan would make that presentation.

Mr. Mahler advised the members that he would not be at the March meeting.

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was duly adjourned at 2:00 P.M.

The next meeting is schedule for March 10, 2009 at 1:30 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary