Minutes of the meeting held on April 10, 2013

The Newtown Township Historical Architectural Review Board met on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 9:30 A.M. in the main meeting room of the Newtown Township Administration Building, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA.

Members present were Bill Mahler, Kurt Jensen, Peggy Driscoll, Doug Terry, Harriet Beckert and Mike Crane. Not present was member Joseph McKernan, Jr. Also present were Patty Powers, Codes Department, and Franciso Argueta, Mamita’s Restaurante Latino.

Call to Order:

Mr. Mahler called the meeting to order at 9:38 A.M.

Welcome New Member:

The members welcomed Mr. Crane to the Board.

Reorganization of the Board:

The members discussed the reorganization of the Board.

Mrs. Beckert made a motion for to nominate Mr. Mahler as Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously (6-0).

Mrs. Beckert made a motion to nominate Mr. McKernan as Vice Chairman. The motion was seconded by Mr. Terry and passed unanimously (6-0).

Minutes of February 13, 2013:

The members reviewed the minutes of February 13, 2013.

Mr. Jensen made a motion to approve the minutes of February 13, 2013 as presented. The motion was seconded by Mr. Mahler and passed unanimously with four members abstaining (2-0-4).

Old Business

Design Guidelines

Mrs. Beckert advised the members of the updates she has made to the design guidelines project that the Board has been working on. She emailed copies to the members in the week prior to the meeting. She provided a cd copy to members who requested it. The members thanked her for all the work she has put into the project. Mrs. Powers reported on the Township Manager’s concerns with regards to color guidelines and on the inquiries that the Codes Department has received from various applicants. The Recording Secretary advised the members that she would forward Mrs. Beckert’s email to the Township Manager and that he will try to attend the next meeting to discuss the project.

New Business

Certificates of Appropriateness:

Mamita’s Restaurante Latino – 12 -14 Cambridge Lane

The Board discussed the Certificate of Appropriateness application completed for 12 -14 Cambridge Lane to install one (1) 84” X 27” aluminum wall mounted identification sign.

Mr. Argueta updated the members with regards to the type of food served and on the sign being proposed. He advised that the colors proposed are yellow for the sign background, black lettering, and a red flower with green leaves and stem.

The members agreed that they like what is being proposed but need the color numbers for the file.

The Recording Secretary advised that she would contact the applicant’s sign company (McElhaney Signs) to request the numbers for the proposed colors and a new photo of the proposed sign on the building.

Mrs. Driscoll made a motion to recommend approving the Certificate of Appropriateness application for 12 – 14 Cambridge Lane as presented. The sign will be an 84” X 27” aluminum wall mounted identification sign. The background color will by yellow (PMS 1235C), the lettering and outside rule will be black (Vinyl Copy), the flower will be red (PMS 1895C) with green (PMS 356C) leaves and stem. The sign will be mounted to the wall with angle irons on the top and bottom. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Beckert and passed unanimously (6-0).

Mr. Mahler advised the applicant that this Board only makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and that they give the final approval. The matter would be discussed at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on April 24, 2013. The meeting starts at 7:30 P.M. and a representative should be present.

The members thanked Mr. Argueta for his time.

The Board members present signed the Certificate of Appropriateness for 12 - 14 Cambridge Lane.

Mr. Mahler will present the application to the Supervisor’s at the April 24, 2013 meeting.

Other Business

Mr. Mahler discussed last month’s meetings with regards to Zoe’s and the Supervisors’ approval of the stripped awning and gooseneck lighting and noted that a HARB representative was not at the Supervisors’ meeting. Mrs. Powers commented on the various emails with regards to lighting and noted that the information was available if the members wanted to review it. She also discussed her process with regards to when an application is received. The members agreed that to avoid any errors in the future that applications should have as much information as possible such as color numbers and or lighting style numbers. It was agreed that the members would review the COA application to see what needs to be updated. The members also noted that it is not the responsibility of Mrs. Powers or the Recording Secretary to make decisions/recommendations to the applicants, that should be done be the Board.

Mrs. Driscoll reported that the Planning Commission is intending to hold discussions with regards to the Township’s sign ordinance. Mrs. Powers advised that any violation concerns should be forwarded to the Codes Department.

Privilege of the Floor



There being no further business to come before the Board, Mr. Terry made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Driscoll and passed unanimously (6-0).

The meeting was duly adjourned at 10:14 A.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 9:30 A.M.

Respectfully Submitted,


Christy Holley-Flaherty, Recording Secretary