NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL
Minutes of the meeting held on September 8, 2009
The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, at 1:30 P.M. in the Meeting Room of the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA.
Members present were Bill Mahler, Harriet Beckert, Joseph McKernan, Jr., Doug Terry and Building Inspector Rich Wendling. Not present were members Frank Tyrol, Peggy Driscoll and Sue Beasley. Also present were John Boyle, Assistant Township Manager; Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant; Vince Lombardi.
Call to Order:
Chairman McKernan called the meeting to order at 1:35 P.M.
Minutes of May 12, 2009:
Mrs. Beckert reported that she had one addition to the minutes under Old Business. She advised that with regards to approvals being grandfathered in the Historic District the approval is not automatic, if the HARB disapproves the matter has to go first to the Planning Commission and then to the Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Mahler made a motion to approve the minutes of May 12, 2009 with the addition. The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously (5-0).
Certificates of Appropriateness:
Vince Lombardi – 123 – 125 North Sycamore Street
The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed by Vince Lombardi with regards o replacing rotted wood siding on three (3) dormers of the building.
Mr. Lombardi advised the Board that he would like to replace the wood siding on three (3) dormers of the building. He reported on the deteriorating condition of the board and battens on the dormers and on the research he has done. He provided information for the Board to review and a sample of the material he would like to use. The material he proposed to use is Azek. The pattern would be identical, the color would be white and the grain would be flat.
Mrs. Beckert made a motion to recommend approval of Vince Lombardi’s Certificate of Appropriateness to replace the rotted wood siding on three (3) dormers of the building. The replacement material would be a product called Azek. The pattern would be identical, the color would be white and the grain would be flat. The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously (5-0).
Chairman McKernan 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 September 23, 2009. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.
The Board thanked Mr. Lombardi for his time.
The Board signed Mr. Lombardi’s Certificate of Appropriateness.
AT&T – 3 Durham Road, Building 5 (Goodnoe’s Corner)
The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness for AT&T to change the background color of the blade sign and the tenant panel to orange; the applicant was not present. (Mrs. Powers called the applicant, who advised her that she was told that she did not have to be present for the review). The members agreed to request the applicant to grant an extension, appear at the October meeting and to tone down the color being proposed. Mrs. Powers advised that she would contact the applicant to request the extension.
Mrs. Beckert made a motion to recommend turning down AT&T’s Certificate of Appropriateness unless the applicant grants a letter of extension and to request the applicant tone down the color. The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously (5-0).
Mrs. Powers advised that if the applicant grants the extension, she would forward a copy of the letter to the members.
Update on developing a Book of Appropriateness
The members discussed the Book of Appropriateness. Chairman McKernan reported on the photographs he has taken; he advised that he is hopeful to have something for the Board to review at the November meeting. Mrs. Beckert reported on her attendance at the Planning Commission’s meetings where Sycamore Street is being discussed; she advised on the status of the work she and Mr. Mahler have been doing for the book and that she has several questions for the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission. She suggested that the book include design guidelines. The members discussed not expanding the Historic District but expanding the scope of what HARB does. The members discussed the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission meeting at a work session. Mr. Boyle reported that meeting should take place at the October work session.
Report from Planning Commission Liaison
Privilege of the Floor
Mrs. Powers advised the members that all applicants are advised that they should be present for the review of their Certificate of Appropriateness.
Mrs. Powers advised the members that the ordinance for the moveable sidewalk signs would expire at the end of the year. Mr. Boyle advised that this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Board of Supervisors.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was duly adjourned at 2:19 P.M.
The next meeting is schedule for October 13, 2009 at 1:30 P.M.
Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary