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January 21, 2016

Minutes

The January 21, 2016 Regular Meeting of the Board of Adjustment opened at 7:30pm. The clerk read the notice of compliance with the "Open public meetings act." Present were Board members: Mr. Kelly, Mr. Spader, Chairman Struncius, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Dixon, Mr. Schneider and Mr. Davis

Absent – Vice chair Reilly, Mr. Renner and Mr. DePolo

Also present – Andrew Leimbach, Ray Savacool and Karen Mills



Motion by Mr. Reynolds, second by Mr. Spader to Memorialize the minutes of January 7, 2016 –
In favor – Spader, Kelly, Struncius, Reynolds, Dixon and Schneider
Opposed: None

Application #2015-57 – Marcy McLoughlin – 212 Central Avenue – Block 97; Lot 14 -Applicant constructed a 10 foot by 16 foot shed in rear yard.

Marcy McLoughlin, applicant, sworn, stated that she hadn’t needed any variances for the lifting of her home and the addition but she ordered the wrong size shed. She does not have a garage but she has three children and would like to keep the large shed for bicycles and storage. It is a cedar shake shingle storage shed and is attractive. The applicant has no other variances requested and the shed meets the required setbacks. Chairman Struncius stated that at any time in the future that the applicant would want a garage the shed would need to be conforming. She does not believe that the shed has any negative impact on surrounding properties.
Deliberations
Spader – The back yard is open; it might be a mistake but there is nothing else back there.
Kelly – This is a 145 foot lot; do not see a problem and the lot is wide open.
Reynolds – Does not see it affecting any of the neighbors; there is not any detached garage, it should be fine.
Dixon – Agrees with previous comments; does not see any problems – there is a lot of open space in the back.
Schneider – As long as it has the proper setbacks does not see a problem; do not see any neighbors here complaining
Davis – For all of the previous stated reasons he concurs
Struncius – Does not see any problems – would like the condition that it is alright as long as there is not an attached garage. If a garage is added the shed will need to comply.

Condition
1. Shed will need to comply if garage is added.

Motion by, second by to approve application #2015-57 of Marcy McLoughlin – 212 Central Avenue – Block 97; Lot 14 with conditions.
In favor – Spader, Kelly, Reynolds, Dixon, Schneider, Davis and Struncius
Opposed: None
Application approved with conditions

Application #2016-01 – Joseph/Linie Rand – 300 Chicago Avenue – Block 108; Lot 11 - Applicant wishes to amend previous resolution #2013-35 – condition # 7 providing for a 4 foot fence. Applicant would like a 6 (six) foot fence.
Joseph Rand, applicant, sworn, stated that he would like to change the fence to a six foot fence on the west side for privacy reasons. During the summer the area where he lives is very busy with summer visitors and he has no privacy in his rear yard. People can look right into his yard and they throw garbage over is fence. He has young children and feels it will be safer.
Ray Savacool stated that absent of the condition of the resolution the applicant could put a six foot fence by around his rear yard by right.
Deliberations
Spader – There is no question that a couple of feet will help things out and give the applicant privacy. Maybe a couple of bushes on the outside of the fence might help things out.
Kelly - I tried to gauge the number of fence sections that you will need.
Reynolds – I drove down Chicago and 9 to 10 homes in the dame situation have a six foot fence; way in favor.
Dixon – Also in favor for security.
Schneider – There are at least 4 or 5 house on Chicago with a six foot fence and for security and safety am in favor.
Davis - - Absolutely – I think it has all been said – in favor
Struncius – I don’t like the look aesthetically but in the summer months it is unbelievably crowded. People walking by and changing in the street and makes sense for security/privacy.
Motion by Mr. Reynolds, second by Mr. Spader to remove condition #7 from the resolution and approve application #2016-01 of Joseph/Linie Rand – 300 Chicago Avenue – Block 108; Lot 11
In favor – Spader, Kelly, Reynolds, Dixon, Schneider, Davis and Struncius
Opposed: None
Application approved
Application #2016-12 – Regina Cullen – 3 Hayes Court – Block 121; Lot 10.02 – Applicant wishes to erect air conditioner condenser in side yard setback.
Regina Cullen, applicant sworn, stated that she purchased the home last year and is looking to install the a/c unit (west) in the side yard where there isn’t anything. She does not want to put it in the front where everyone sits. Mr. Dixon inquired if the location is near anyone’s bedroom (No). The applicant will agree to the condition that if she adds a second story she will incorporate the a/c unit onto the roof; she has removed the window units.
Deliberations
Spader – not a big fan of side yard encroachments – unique area – I like the condition that was added
Kelly – Has no problem with application; no neighbors here objecting
Reynolds – I see it as de minimis - - I like the condition also
Dixon – Being a former bungalow owner – I do not like air conditioners between the houses – I like the condition also
Schneider – Have no problems with this application
Davis – I think most of these homes were designed to take in the breeze – they are designed to be comfortable without air conditioning but has no objection
Motion by Mr. Davis, second by Mr. Reynolds to approve Application #2016-12 of Regina Cullen – 3 Hayes Court – Block 121; Lot 10.02
In favor – Spader, Kelly, Reynolds, Dixon, Schneider, Davis and Struncius
Opposed: None
Condition
1. If the applicant adds a second story to the house in the future she will incorporate the a/c unit onto the roof; she has removed the window units.



Application #2015-33 – Long Point Lane LLC/Dave Bassinder – 33 Central Avenue – Block – 100; Lot 12 – Applicant wishes to demolish existing single family dwelling and construct a new FEMA compliant single family dwelling (over garage).
(Long Point Lane requested to be heard at a future date)

Executive session at – 8:41pm to discuss litigation


Meeting adjourned at 8:48pm



Next meeting on February 4, 2016



Attest: Karen L. Mills, LUA
Clerk of the Board


Published February18, 2016 | Board of Adjustment Minutes | 2274


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