ARB - July 14th 2016

July 14, 2016

The Architectural Review Board met in regular session on Thurs, July 14, 2016 at 7:45 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Civic Center Conference Room. Chairman Parker presided.    


Present: Mr. Ed Parker (Chairman), Mr. Carmen Miozzi (Chairman Pro-Tem), Mr. Ivo Tombazzi, and Mr. Joshua Klein

Absent: Mrs. MaryAnn Wervey

Also Present: Mr. John Marrelli (Building Commissioner) and Ms. Deborah Garbo (Secretary)


Mr. Miozzi, seconded by Mr. Klein made a motion to approve the minutes of June 23, 2016.  


Ayes: Mr. Parker, Mr. Miozzi, Mr. Tombazzi, Mr. Klein

Nays: None                          

Motion Carried. Minutes Approved as Written.


  1. Solar Panels – Shed
    Simon Medina
    525 SOM Ctr Rd.


Chairman Parker called the meeting to order. We have one item on the agenda tonight for installation of solar panels.

Mr. Medina introduced himself. This is an experiment. I’m working on developing an idea for traffic, a technique independent from the power grid. It’s an idea I’m trying to sell in Florida and South Carolina. I’m going to provide this auxiliary power for my garden, outdoor power tools and seasonal lightning. The proposed system would be completely independent from the main dwelling electrical system, and is comprised by several Solar Panels, a battery charger, several gel sealed batteries and a power inverter.

Chairman Parker asked, you’re testing it for traffic pattern? 

Mr. Medina replied, I want to improve the cascading conversion.

Chairman Parker said, this is over my head, but I’m assuming it’s an innovation tool?

Mr. Medina replied, most solar panels are facing south. In Ohio you cannot put back to the grid. We don’t have the legislation, the meters. The whole thing here is I want to play with the orientation.

Chairman Parker states, with that being said, will these be on brackets that they may change?

Mr. Medina replied, they’ll be installed on Z brackets.

Chairman Parker said, my concern is, it’s not going to be on something that’s extended 2’ above the roof, is it?

Mr. Medina replied, no. It’s going to be on the roof. At some point I was considering a mechanism that could track from off the roof. I actually bought more panels, there’s more than those four. Those will be somewhere else on a rotating base. Those will sit on top of a robot platform, aluminum with wheels next to my rain barrels. It’ll be something portable.

Mr. Marrelli asked, where do the inverters go on the portable unit?

Mr. Medina replied, it’s all on the same thing, it’s one cart. It’s supposed to move around all by itself.

Mr. Klein asked, when you say 100W, is that 100W an hour? How do they rate those?

Mr. Medina replied, it’s voltage x current.  

Mr. Klein asked, over the course of what time period?

Mr. Medina replied, it’s instantaneous. You’re thinking about hours.

Mr. Marrelli asked, this is 100W continuous?

Mr. Medina replied, peak. If you have full sun, you’re producing 21 volts at 5 amps. If you were to tie that to a 100W bulb, you’d probably light it up. As you load it, that voltage might drop. You normally wouldn’t do that, you connect it to a controller, that would reduce it to probably 18 volts and that goes to your batteries. The real challenge is not being far away from the charge because you lose all your energy. The shorter the cable, the better.

Mr. Marrelli said, bring the power where you need it.

Mr. Medina states, that’s what I want to do with my roof. I want to have a small set of batteries running a small inverter that powers other stuff that goes to a second charger that goes to a larger battery array, a larger inverter somewhere else. That’s the cascading technique, what I’m trying to patent. 

Chairman Parker asked, because you’re testing this, are these going to be moving, in 6 months will we be seeing a different orientation?

Mr. Medina replied, not a different orientation, but maybe a different location. Right now this is the visible side. The other side is not visible. It has a different kind of exposure. Because of how the sun behaves in Ohio, these will be getting a lot of sun in the afternoon even though they’re not looking south. What I’m trying to measure is, is there a second orientation for Ohio that’s not necessarily due south.

Mr. Marrelli said, on the elevation that’s visible from SOM, you’ll have four panels the most?

Mr. Medina replied, yes, the most four.

Mr. Marrelli asked, when your experiment is over, will you be taking these off?

Mr. Medina replied, I’m thinking of keeping at least two.

Mr. Marrelli said, two would be permanent and then it would be intermittent four and two.

Mr. Medina replied, right.

Mr. Marrelli states, we’re here for the aesthetic part of it.

Mr. Medina asked, what do you think looks better, 2 or 4 panels?

Mr. Klein thinks 4 looks better.

Mr. Miozzi agrees with 4. If you go down to 2, I suggest leaving two either outside or inside for symmetry. I wouldn’t offset them to the one side as shown.

Mr. Marrelli said, you don’t have to use all 4, just disconnect two if you don’t use them.

Mr. Medina commented, the Police Dept has solar panels and most people don’t even notice.


Mr. Miozzi, seconded by Mr. Klein made a motion to approve the Shed Solar Panels for Simon Medina at 525 SOM Ctr. Rd. as presented.       


Ayes: Mr. Parker, Mr. Miozzi, Mr. Tombazzi, Mr. Klein      

Nays: None                                      

Motion Carried. Drawings Approved.  

Mr. Marrelli asked, is this off the shelf equipment? Do you have paperwork on it? How about a wiring diagram?

Mr. Medina said, I can provide you one.

Mr. Medina sketched a diagram for file, noted as Exhibit ‘A’.


There being no further business, Mr. Klein, seconded by Mr. Tombazzi made a motion to adjourn the meeting.


Ayes: All 

Nays: None                                      

Motion Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.