NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Minutes of the meeting held on November 10, 2010

 

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 9:30 A.M. in the main meeting room of the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA.

Members present were Joseph McKernan, Jr., Harriet Beckert, Bill Mahler, Doug Terry, Frank Tyrol, Peggy Driscoll and Building Inspector Rich Wendling. Not present was Supervisor Liaison Phil Calabro. Also present were John Boyle, Assistant Township Manager, Patty Powers, Codes Department and applicant George Kudra.

Call to Order:

Chairman McKernan called the meeting to order at 9:34 A.M.

Minutes of September 9, 2010:

Mr. Terry made a motion to approve the minutes of September 9, 2010 as presented. The motion was seconded by Mr. Mahler and passed unanimously with one member abstaining (6-0-1).

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness:

George M. Kudra Furs – 247 North Sycamore Street

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness for 247 North Sycamore Street to reface the two (2) existing freestanding signs.

Mr. Kudra reported that both signs will be freestanding and that the posts for the signs currently exist. The sign that fronts Sycamore Street will be black in color with white lettering and gold accents. The posts for the front sign will be black with gold accents. The sign in the rear of the building will be white in color with black lettering. The post for the rear sign will be white.

The Board advised Mr. Kudra that paint color numbers are needed. The Recording Secretary reported that she would contact Mr. Kudra’s sign company to get the appropriate color numbers.

Mr. Terry made a motion to approve the application for 247 North Sycamore Street as presented with clarification as to the paint colors for the two (2) signs. The sign that fronts Sycamore Street is a freestanding two-post colonial design. The sign will have black for the background color, white vinyl lettering and gold accents. . The posts for the front sign will be black in color with gold accents. The sign in the rear of the building is a freestanding signal post sign. The sign will have white for the background color and black vinyl lettering. The post for the rear sign will be white in color. All lettering will be done in a colonial style. The motion was seconded by Mr. Tyrol and passed unanimously (7-0).

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 December 8, 2010. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present. It was also recommended for the applicant to bring samples for viewing.

The Board thanked Mr. Kudra for his time.

The Board signed the Certificate of Appropriateness for 247 North Sycamore Street. Chairman McKernan reported that he would make the presentation to the Supervisors on December 8, 2010.

The Recording Secretary confirmed that she would contact the applicant’s sign company to verify the paint colors.

Welcome New Member

Chairman McKernan welcomed Mrs. Driscoll to the Board as a new voting member.

Old Business

Discuss HARB’s recommendations with regards to landscaping

The members discussed HARB reviewing applications with regards to landscaping. Mrs. Beckert and Mr. Terry reported that in the past the Board has reviewed and made recommendations with regards to landscaping.

Update on developing a Book of Appropriateness

Chairman McKernan reported that the draft Book of Appropriateness is missing. Mr. Terry advised that he gave the book to the Supervisors at HARB’s June 23rd report to the BOS. Mrs. Beckert reported that she does have the information on a disc and would forward the information to Chairman McKernan. The members suggested contacting all of the Supervisors and Township Manager to check if they may have the book. The Township staff advised that they would look for the book.

Report from Planning Commission Liaison

None.

Privilege of the Floor

The members discussed the possibility of changing the meeting time. The majority of the Board reported that they prefer to meet in the morning. The Board agreed to continue to meet on the second Thursday of the month at 9:30 A.M.

Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was duly adjourned at 9:50 A.M.

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

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary