ARB - June 23rd 2016

June 23, 2016

The Architectural Review Board met in regular session on Thurs, June 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Civic Center Conference Room. Joshua Klein presided.    


Present: Mr. Ivo Tombazzi, Mrs. MaryAnn Wervey, and Mr. Joshua Klein

Absent: Mr. Ed Parker (Chairman) and Mr. Carmen Miozzi (Chairman Pro-Tem)

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


Mrs. Wervey, seconded by Mr. Tombazzi made a motion to approve the minutes of April 14, 2016.


Ayes: Mr. Tombazzi, Mrs. Wervey

Abstain: Mr. Klein       

Nays: None              

Motion Carried. Minutes Approved as Written.


  1. In Ground Pool
    Steve Jerome
    665 Robley Ln
    Mr. Pools, Inc
    William M. Hance, RLA
  2. Building Alteration
    Smokin “Q’s” BBQ Restaurant
    718 SOM Ctr. Rd.
    Richard A. Lalli, Architect
  3. Attached Garage
    Dave Puette
    675 Echo Dr.
    Contractor: Moderate Garage


Steve Jerome
665 Robley Ln.
In-Ground Pool

Mr. Klein called the meeting to order beginning with the first item; an In-ground pool.

Mr. Jerome introduced himself. I’ve been at 665 Robley Ln about 9 years. I bought the house with the pool. It’s been nonfunctioning since I bought the house. After putting money away and getting estimates, we determined that with the curve pool and the retaining wall, it would be more work to make that pool work than moving it to the other side of the yard. The plan is to rotate the pool the other direction to try to level it out more with the yard, remove these retaining walls around the existing pool and start filling the ground back in and getting it back to what it used to be before the 40 + years the original pool was installed.

Mr. Marrelli said, you have a lot of pavers and concrete out there. You’re draining towards your neighbor to the north.

Mr. Jerome replied, yes. My neighbor’s yard is lower than mine and my neighbor on the north side is higher than mine. It all drains to the north south but mostly the yard drains west to east.

Mr. Marrelli said, your pool is at 23.5, they’re at 22.5 and about 15’. That’s the new grade?

Mr. Jerome replied, that’s the grade that the rest of the yard is at. We’re just lifting it up to get the pool level.

Mr. Marrelli asked, what’s this 19 down here?

Mr. Jerome replied, that’s gradually tapering it back down to the rest of the yard. That’s the lowest point in between Robley and Ravine. It’s not really a creek, but that’s where all the water goes.

Mr. Marrelli asked, is there a drainage ditch back here?

Mr. Jerome replied, not really. It’s all natural back there.

Mr. Marrelli said, you’re pushed so close to the side.

Mr. Jerome said, I tried to keep as far away as possible.

Mr. Marrelli said, you should have spun it the other way.

Mr. Jerome said, it makes it that much harder to level it out and the retaining wall’s involved. From everybody’s opinion, this made the most sense.

Mr. Marrelli asked, are you doing anything as far as a cabana?

Mr. Jerome replied, no.

Mr. Marrelli asked, no outside kitchen or lighting?

Mr. Jerome replied, there’ll be lighting in the pool.

Mr. Marrelli asked, this paver area won’t get lit up at night?

Mr. Jerome replied, that area is down the road, that’s future.

Mr. Marrelli asked, for now you’re just talking about the outline of the pool and your equipment pad?

Mr. Jerome replied, yes. More than likely we’re doing the stairs that are going to go into the basement. There’s also a waterproofing project involved.

Mr. Marrelli asked, what’s going on the pad?

Mr. Jerome replied, the pump, filter and heater.

Mr. Marrelli asked, how far away is this from your neighbor’s house? Are they going to have to listen to this thing grinding all night?

Mr. Jerome replied, no. The A/C is over there now too. That’s their garage on that side of the house.

Mr. Marrelli asked, the basement walk-out is a maybe too?

Mr. Jerome replied, if it doesn’t happen now, it’ll happen in the future.

Mr. Marrelli asked, fence around the whole yard with a locking gate?

Mr. Jerome replied, yes. The pool will have an automatic electric locking cover. It’ll have a switch that’s in a locking box.

Mr. Marrelli states, the only thing I’m worried about is draining onto the neighbor. 

Mr. Jerome said, the yards all drain to the back.

Mr. Marrelli said, if you would create some kind of a swale in this 15’ area to go from west to east. If you put a little bit of a dip in the middle and keep your two edges high so it runs back this way.

Mr. Jerome replied, we could do that. We’re going to put some plantings there too.

Mr. Klein asked, do you have enough soil coming from the pool that you don’t have to export?

Mr. Jerome replied, we’ll be bringing some dirt in.

Mr. Marrelli states, if you could concentrate on getting this narrow band to run back to the ravine, that’ll be good.

Mr. Jerome asked, with some sort of a pipe down in there too?

Mr. Marrelli replied, you could if you want to pipe with some gravel, if you want it more flat.  

Mr. Jerome said, our plan is for some stone too.


Mrs. Wervey, seconded by Mr. Tombazzi made a motion to approve the proposed In-Ground Pool for Steve Jerome at 665 Robley Ln as discussed.


Ayes: Mr. Tombazzi, Mrs. Wervey, Mr. Klein      

Nays: None                                      

Motion Carried. Drawings Approved.


Smokin “Q’s” BBQ Restaurant
718 SOM Ctr. Rd.
Building Alteration

Richard Lalli, 1272 Riverbed St., Cleveland 44113 introduced himself. I have two photos here for reference. All of our work’s going to be on the back of the building. You’re probably all familiar with what it looks like from the front. This was a residence of some sort. The kitchen and all the services were on the side of the building where everybody was entering. I had to address that issue as well as it has a number of additions. Somehow I wanted to unify that. There’s also two new exhaust units and a new make-up air unit. We really don’t have any yard to put it in. I looked at a couple of pitched roofs and a flat roof. It seemed to make good sense with a screen wall around the perimeter of it. I tried to make that work, give the building a little new life with that, and a canopy as you approach what used to be the rear vestibule, it still is but you’re going to walk under cover now for a little bit until you get to that door.

I kept the materials pretty simple. The building currently is vinyl siding. The addition’s going to be a cement board panel, sort of an off-white. That wooden screened wall will be the screen that screens the back door of the kitchen as well as the mechanical units on the roof.

Mr. Marrelli asked, the addition is how big?

Mr. Lalli replied, about 240 sq. ft. He had a very good business. They have a good size outside patio which we’re maintaining. It’s hard to believe they did all that out of that little kitchen. We’re doing a brand new kitchen but we’re also adding a smoker.

Mr. Marrelli said, just so everyone knows, this is a non-conforming use. We had to go through the steps to get it authorized.

Mr. Lalli said, it has gates on both ends, they’ll stack wood back there if it’s permitted. The dumpster’s at the rear of the property.

Mr. Marrelli states, we still have to talk about the ramp. I took the Fire Chief over there. We ran into Carl, we walked through the restaurant. Everybody said, we have to figure out if this ramp’s going away or not. Carl said it’s going to be steps. The Fire Chief said if they are, show me how we’re going to get in and out before you turn them into steps.

Mr. Lalli said, o.k. We attempted to reach the Chief when I submitted these drawings. I’ll take that step. I have drawings that show the steps with railings.

Mrs. Wervey asked, why are you doing cement board siding instead of matching the vinyl?

Mr. Lalli replied, to give it a little bit of a new look. We didn’t want it to look like Fisher’s remodeled.

Mr. Tombazzi asked, is there any land in the back of the lot?

Mr. Marrelli replied, there’s a lot of land back there.

Mr. Lalli said, there’s many more parking spots than we’re required by code.

Mr. Marrelli said, there’s about 50 parking spaces.

Mrs. Wervey asked John for his thoughts on the cement board siding.  

Mr. Marrelli replied, I kind of like the introduction of some new material. A restaurant shouldn’t have vinyl siding on it to start with. Now that it’s there, let’s not add to it. Let’s start moving away from it.

Mr. Klein agreed. I think it looks cool. I think you did a good job. It’s almost like the front even though it’s not the front.


Mrs. Wervey, seconded by Mr. Tombazzi made a motion to approve the proposed Building Alteration for Smokin “Q’s” BBQ Restaurant at 718 SOM Ctr Rd. as submitted.


Ayes: Mr. Tombazzi, Mrs. Wervey, Mr. Klein      

Nays: None                                      

Motion Carried. Drawings Approved.


Dave Puette
675 Echo Dr.
Attached Garage

Mr. Klein moved to the last agenda item.

Sam Amato with Moderate Garage LLC introduced himself. I think the Parents have passed or moved on. The house was left to the two brothers. One is living there now. The other bought him out. They’re closing as we speak. He’d like construction to start around July 5th. We’re basically bumping out the garage 9’ to put a tractor and motorcycle in. We’ll open up the interior wall on that gable side so it’s one large garage, but just a little bit smaller in that area by 6 feet. Gable to go up and match the other gable. Vinyl sided, the two existing windows on the garage now will come out and be reused.

Mr. Marrelli asked, are you replacing both garage doors?

Mr. Amato replied, he wants the garage doors on either side of the reverse side of the gables so he could drive through, 8’ doors. The existing garage door he wants to match. So all three of these doors will be the same type & style. They’ll all be raised panel, rectangle insulated doors with openers.  

Mr. Marrelli said, we both I think tried to talk him into doing a shed for this. For topographical reasons, he opted for this small addition. He’s far enough away from the street, he doesn’t encroach on anything from back there.

Mr. Amato said, the only thing we may have to do when the garage gets bumped out that 9’ is add blacktop to the driveway. Drain tiles connect to the existing.

Mr. Marrelli said, this area of Echo is on the circle. There’s nothing behind anybody, it’s all wooded.

Mrs. Wervey asked, is the existing vinyl siding down to grade?

Mr. Amato replied, yes.

Mr. Marrelli said, the foundation is all concrete block.


Mrs. Wervey, seconded by Mr. Tombazzi made a motion to approve the proposed Attached Garage for Dave Puette at 675 Echo Dr. as submitted.


Ayes: Mr. Tombazzi, Mrs. Wervey, Mr. Klein      

Nays: None                                     

Motion Carried. Drawings Approved.

Mr. Marrelli asked, are you doing any wiring in here?

Mr. Amato replied, the homeowner wants to do his own electrical.


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


Ayes: All

Nays: None                                     

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