ARB - January 9th 2014
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD
Jan 9, 2014
The Architectural Review Board met in regular session on Thurs, Jan 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Civic Center Conference Room. Chairman Dinardo presided.
Present: Mr. Ron Dinardo (Chairman), Mr. Joshua Klein (Chairman Pro-Tem), Mr. Ivo Tombazzi, and Mrs. MaryAnn Wervey
Absent: Mr. Carmen Miozzi
Also Present: Mr. John Marrelli (Building Commissioner) and Ms. Deborah Garbo (Secretary)
CONSIDERATION OF MEETING MINUTES: Dec 12, 2013
Mrs. Wervey, seconded by Mr. Tombazzi made a motion to approve the minutes of Dec 12, 2013.
Ayes: Mr. Dinardo, Mr. Klein, Mr. Tombazzi, Mrs. Wervey
Motion Carried. Minutes Approved As Written.
- Alteration Garage Outbuilding
648 Meadowood Dr.
Chairman Dinardo called the meeting to order. We have one item on the agenda tonight. Chairman asked applicant to explain proposal.
Tim Scasny 648 Meadowood Dr. states, I moved an air conditioner from a first floor window on the east side to a larger more efficient one upstairs for efficiency and also to be more pleasing to my neighbor Bernstein so she doesn’t have to see it from her side. My lot is on a 100’ ravine, there are no houses behind me. Directly behind my garage building is the cemetery.
Chairman opens Google Earth to demonstrate relationship of A/C to neighbor’s house.
Lynne Hamill 648 Meadowood Dr. states, we’ve done as much as we could think of on that east side to make it nicer. We’ve replaced plantings.
- Ravine Drain Erosion Concerns
Diane Bernstein @ 6765 Meadowood Dr.
Mr. Marrelli states, while Ron is pulling up site, that drain that’s going down the hill, your neighbor claims that’s draining on her property.
Tim Scasny replied, she’s claimed a lot of things.
Mr. Marrelli suggested taking a stick and shoving it to the west. Supposedly there are survey pins out there down the ravine.
Tim Scasny didn’t see the pins.
Mr. Marrelli asked who did the survey.
Lynne Hamill replied Bernstein got the survey.
Mr. Marrelli said Mrs. Bernstein states there’re pins down there and that hose is on her side and it’s eroding her property and you need to move it.
Lynne Hamill said she has no erosion. We have erosion.
Tim Scasny said I’ll move it.
Lynne Hamill not sure it’s on her property. We need to check that.
Tim Scasny said my neighbor is saying my drain is here. How could it be on her side if this keeps flaring out like this (demonstrating on Google site).
Mr. Marrelli said when you stand at the corner on her property and look down the ravine, it could be across the line.
Tim Scasny said her corner is a huge Oak tree.
Mr. Marrelli states you and your neighbor need to figure it out.
- History of Two-Story Garage
Chairman Dinardo, back to the proposal asked, what’s going on with this garage? Is this a two-story garage? Can we get a little history on this?
Mr. Marrelli said about 10 years ago, Tim built a detached garage for his tractor and lawnmowers and a couple additions got put onto it.
Tim Scasny said we’ve been to court. I spent $24,000. The Village appealed. The Judge said it was unlawful, capricious and arbitrary.
Mr. Marrelli said the Architectural Board said you did stuff without permits.
Tim Scasny said it was under the direction of the then Building Commissioner Bernie Samac. I was told it doesn’t matter that the Building Commissioner told me I could do it, I should know better. I went to him to get another permit, he said I didn’t need another permit. That was the whole problem. It would have been simple to get a permit.
Mr. Marrelli said if it would have stayed like a garage, I wouldn’t have gotten involved, but it’s really like another house.
Tim Scasny explains, in 2006 I got utilities for sewage, water. I put in a 2” main gas line in the front to my house all the way back. I put in an emergency generator. I put in a phone, cable, everything, and Bernie helped me set the plumbing.
Chairman said in front of us we have an existing structure that’s been worked out through the system. We’re here to say this air conditioner is being relocated as a favor to the adjacent homeowner. It was initially on the lower level.
Tim Scasny said cool goes down, so it’s more efficient where it’s located now.
Mr. Marrelli asked Tim what he’s cooling.
Tim Scasny replied, the building.
Mr. Marrelli asked, because the tractor gets hot?
Tim Scasny replied the tractor’s not in there, it’s in a separate room.
Mr. Marrelli repeats, what are you cooling?
Chairman asked, what’s in this two-story building?
Lynne Hamill said it’s like a workshop down there.
Tim Scasny said it’s my man cave / cottage. It’s going to have a bathroom. It’s going to have a kitchen. It’s going to have the whole works. But, it’s also a garage, it’s also storage. I’m not renting it. It’s for my own personal pleasure. I’ve put tons of money in this. I want it done correctly. You might go on vacations and buy nice cars, I throw my money into this.
Chairman asked, this air conditioner is up?
Tim Scasny replied there’s a landing. There will be stairs.
Chairman asked, you’ll go up the stairs and turn on a switch?
Tim Scasny replied no. It’s got a remote.
Lynne Hamill said the air conditioner is now in the back of the house, before it was on the long side of the house facing my neighbor.
Tim Scasny said I got approval from Bernie to do the second floor.
Mr. Marrelli states, you don’t have any approvals to turn this into another house.
Tim Scasny said it has a multitude of uses.
Chairman Dinardo said basically it fits in with what he’s doing. I don’t understand why this is in front of the Board tonight.
Tim Scasny replied, because my neighbor complained that I was changing the structure of the building by adding that air conditioner.
Mr. Marrelli explains court decision. The court said the building could stay as it is which means I couldn’t tell him to take it down. I initially told Tim to put the building back to the way this Board initially approved it; We had an approved plan. It doesn’t look anything like the approved plan. All I had was “Here’s what we approved” and “here’s what you got”. Tim came in with everything and said “Here’s what it is”. Architectural Board said “It is what it is”. The court said “It’s already there”. Then there was a STOP sign, no more. Now this popped up.
Lynne Hamill asked, the air conditioner?
Mr. Marrelli said yes.
Lynne Hamill said I’m laughing because at first I asked; that’s a structural change, because we tried to make it look better? My question is, is this an alteration or an improvement?
Mr. Marrelli replied, as soon as you cut a hole in something, it’s an alteration. If you would have put this in a window, it would have been portable.
Lynne Hamill said the whole point was we were trying to get it out of her face.
Mr. Marrelli said but there’s a window right next to this. You could have just put it in the window. Why didn’t you put it in the window?
Tim Scasny replied it’s a better location for heat where we put it.
Lynne Hamill replied it’s at the top of the only opening to get up there.
Chairman asked Mr. Marrelli for confirmation of legality on this.
Mr. Marrelli replied, I talked to the Law Department. They said this hasn’t changed the shape of the building.
Chairman Dinardo concludes. This Board aesthetically is here to approve or not approve. It appears he has trim around it, brackets to hold up the bottom, it’s the same color. I don’t have issue unless other Committee Members have any comment. It’s tucked away around the corner. No one is going to see it. The location is right into the stairwell opening.
Tim Scasny welcomes anyone out who would like to come see it. The white thing you see is the generator. I spent a lot of money putting the generator in the back so it’s not between the houses.
Chairman asked, what’s going to happen when this air conditioner decides not to work anymore? Are you going to find one that fits? This is not really a window unit, it’s an in-wall.
Tim Scasny replied that’s why you buy it like that. It’s easy to replace.
Chairman Dinardo said we’re looking at an approval based on what’s in front of us. The air conditioner is being relocated from the east to the north side overlooking the ravine, facing the cemetery.
Mr. Klein, seconded by Mr. Tombazzi made a motion to approve the proposed air conditioner alteration to the garage outbuilding at 648 Meadowood Drive.
Ayes: Mr. Dinardo, Mr. Klein, Mr. Tombazzi, Mrs. Wervey
Motion Carried. Photograph dated 12/26/13 Approved & Signed.
Chairman Dinardo apologized for all the questions. I didn’t understand why it was coming in front of our Board. It’s a little out of the ordinary.
Mr. Marrelli noted that there’s a lot of history on this structure.
Mr. Marrelli said I can issue your Electrician his permit now for the outlets that he’s put in. I have to come out and look at it. Somebody has to call for an inspection. You noted 215 amp breakers in your letter, but it’s a 220 unit.
There being no further business, Mr. Klein, seconded by Mr. Dinardo made a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Motion Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.