Minutes of the meeting held on June 10, 2010


The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. in the main meeting room of the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA.

Members present were Harriet Beckert, Bill Mahler, Doug Terry and Building Inspector Rich Wendling. Not present were members Frank Tyrol and Joseph McKernan, Jr., Planning Commission Liaisons Peggy Driscoll and Sue Beasley and Supervisor Liaison Phil Calabro. Also present was Patty Powers, Codes Department Administrative Assistant.

Call to Order:

Vice Chairman Beckert called the meeting to order at 9:40 A.M.

Minutes of March 11, 2010:

Mr. Mahler made a motion to approve the minutes of March 11, 2010 as presented. The motion was seconded by Mr. Wendling and passed unanimously (4-0).

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness:

Donald and Denise Queeney – 1 South Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness for 1 South Sycamore Street to install new rough sawed b a rn boards to garages, same in kind, reface garage doors to look like carriage house doors an d to paint adjacent building, same in kind. Per the Codes Department no Use or Building Permit is required. Due to some confusion the applicant was not notified to attend the meeting. Mr. Mahler commented on the painting of the adjacent building being same in kind. He was unsure of which building was being referenced. Vice Chairman Beckert reported on her conversation with the applicant. The applicant intends to repaint the apartment building yellow with white trim, same in kind. The ground level would remain brick. The garage siding will be barn siding wood with a water sealer. The eaves would be repainted green, same in kind. The garage doors would be barn siding wood ; handles and hinges attached to the front to make it look like a carriage door. The members discussed if the second garage would also be refinished. Mr. Wendling reported on his visit to the site and advised that the COA does show garages being plural. The members agreed that they saw no problem with the second garage being refinished to match the first, but would need clarification from the applicant.

Mr. T erry made a motion to approve the application for 1 South Sycamore Street as presented with clarification as to whether the second garage is also to be included in the COA. The motion was seconded by Mr. Mahler and passed unanimously (4-0).

The members discussed the application going before the Supervisors on the June 23 rd meeting. It was agreed that Mr. Terry would make the presentation , i f for some reason he was unable to make the presentation Mr. Mahler would make it.

It was agreed that the Recording Secretary would call the applicant to get clarification regarding the second garage and the paint color numbers. She would also advise the applicant that the matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on June 23, 2010. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The Board signed the Certificate of Appropriateness for 1 South Sycamore Street.

Discussed Certificates of Appropriateness with Regards to Replacement In Kind

The members discussed Certificates of Appropriateness with regards to in kind replacements. Mrs. Powers provided the members with copies of the codification and Ordinance 2005-O-13. The members discussed the two documents and agreed that clarification is needed. Mrs. Powers reported that she would bring the matter to the Assistant Township Manager’s attention and update the Board at the next meeting .

Old Business

Update on developing a Book of Appropriateness

The members discussed the work done on the Book of Appropriateness. It was suggested to present the book to the Supervisors for their review and input as to how they would like the HARB to proceed. The members agreed to present the book to the Supervisors during their report on June 23 rd. The members also agreed that the book is still a work in progress.

Report from Planning Commission Liaison


Privilege of the Floor

The members discussed if the Planning Commission Liaison gets a vote and if members can vote via email if they are unable to attend the meeting. The Recording Secretary advised that she would check into the matter and get back to the Board.


There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was duly adjourned at 10:16 A.M.

The next meeting is schedule for July 8, 2010 at 9:30 A.M.

Respectfully Submitted,


Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary