BOA: June 19th 2018

Mayfield Village
June 19, 2018

The Board of Appeals met in regular session on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 7:28 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Civic Center Conference Room. Chairman Pro-Tem Vetus Syracuse presided.

Present: Mr. Vetus Syracuse (Chairman Pro-Tem), Mr. Stivo DiFranco, Mrs. Alexandra Jeanblanc, and Mr. John Michalko

Also Present: Mr. John Marrelli (Building Commissioner), Mr. Jim Buzdik (Law Department), Ms. Susan Jerome, and Councilman Meyers

Absent: Mr. Joseph Prcela


  • Election of Chairman
  • Election of Chairman Pro-Tem
  • Election of Secretary
  • Election of Planning and Zoning Representative to the B.O.A.

Mr. Syracuse explained that the committee had four positions to fill; the election of Chairman, the election of the Chairman Pro-Tem, the election of the Secretary, and election of Planning and Zoning Representative to the B.O.A. At this time I entertain a motion either for each of these individually or all together.

Mrs. Jeanblanc, seconded by Mr. Michalko, made a motion to keep the slate as is.

Ayes: Mr. Syracuse, Mr. DiFranco, Mrs. Jeanblanc, Mr. Michalko
Nays: None                    

Motion Carried

Joseph Prcela to serve as 2018 Chairman
Vetus Syracuse to serve as 2018 Chairman Pro-Tem
Deborah Garbo to serve as 2018 Secretary
Vetus Syracuse to serve as 2018 P&Z Rep to the BOA

Chairmen Pro-Tem Syracuse concludes the Organizational portion of the meeting.

Consideration of Meeting Minutes:

  • October 17, 2017
  • November 21, 2017


Ayes: Mr. Syracuse, Mr. DiFranco, Mrs. Jeanblanc, Mr. Michalko
Nays: None                           

Motion Carried. Minutes Approved as Written.


Santina Shamrock
6824 Thornapple Dr.
PP # 831-25-042
Joseph L. Myers, Architect, Inc.

  1. A request for a 5.7’ side yard setback variance from section 1181.07(a) to allow for construction of a Residential Building Addition (ARB 6/14/18)

Chairman Pro-Tem Syracuse states, the applicant is looking for a variance to allow for the construction of an addition to the home. The surrounding neighbors on Thornapple and Robley have been notified. No objections were noted. Two consents were received. Practical difficulties due to the irregular lot shape were cited.

Building Commissioner Marrelli stated that when this was brought to his office and he saw the site plan he was surprised to see the house, on the west side, is only 4.2’ from the property line and the architect chose to maintain that same set-back so that everything stayed in line. Looking at the lot, it was obvious it couldn’t be approved because the Village requires a 10’ minimum. Since the lot is irregular, he thought this would be a good candidate for a variance.

Mr. Syracus stated, then the addition would be in line with the attached garage?

Mr. Marrelli said, yes.

Mr. Syracuse stated that they would not be building any closer to the property line than currently.

Mr. Marrelli said, yes.

Mr. Syracuse asked that whoever was here to make a presentation for the applicant, state their name and address.

Mr. Joe Myers of Joseph Myers Architects at 38030 2nd Street, Willoughby, Ohio 44094.

Chairman Pro-Tem Syracuse administered the oath to Mr. Joe Myers.

Mr. Myers stated, Santina Shamrock is getting up in age and a little less mobile. It’s a split level house. The bedrooms are all on two floors up or one floor down. She’s looking to add a bedroom at the corner of the house so she can have all the living on one floor; so that the living room, kitchen, laundry room, and bedroom can all be on one level. So, the obvious place to put it is at the opening behind her garage which is an open space. At that point on the site plan it does run parallel to the property line. We would be no closer than it currently is to the property line.

Mr. Syracuse asked if it would be one story only?

Mr. Myers confirmed that was correct.

Mr. Syracuse asked if anyone had any questions?

Mr. Marrelli said nobody contacted the office with questions.

Mrs. Jeanblanc said she did know the homeowners that are closest to the home and where the addition would be and they’re happy to consent to it. They are very fond of their neighbor and they have no problems with the addition.

Mr. Syracuse said he thinks Mrs. Shamrock talked to her neighbors and shared the plan with them.

Mrs. Lorrayne Nadeau at 678 Robley Lane, stated that she lives behind her and doesn’t foresee any problems. I’m here because I am curious since it’s such a small addition I couldn’t imagine any problems.

Mr. DiFranco said he wants to take this opportunity to voice his opinion on this addition. This is the type of addition we should be doing in the Village as opposed to the cluster homes. This is senior living right here.

Mr. Marrelli said, I’ll second that.

Mr. DiFranco said this is exactly what we should be doing is providing for our residents so they can add on to their existing homes and stay in the community.

Mrs. Jeanblanc said she would agree. I think this enhances our community.

Mr. DiFranco said at a reasonable cost.

Mr. Syracuse said if it could be done without the use of a variance that would be great but, in this case, we can all note the significance of the irregular shape of the lot as well as the fact that there is already an existing garage with the same set-back.

Mr. Michalko said that he went to the property and saw that there were two patio doors facing where the addition is going. He said Alexandra said they don’t use them. There’s no patio there.

Mr. Syracuse asked if there would be any windows on the side of the house facing the closest neighbor?

Mr. Myers said, yes. A bedroom window and laundry room.

Mr. Syracuse asked if anyone else had any comments to make? He proceeded to ask the gentleman sitting in the audience.

Ms. Jerome asked him his name and address.

Mr. Cirino at 654 Robley Lane.

Mr. Cirino said he had a question a long time ago but not now.

Mr. DiFranco, seconded by Mrs. Jeanblanc, made a motion to approve.

Ayes: Mr. Syracuse, Mr. DiFranco, Mrs. Jeanblanc, Mr. Michalko
Nays: None                                    

Motion Carried. Variance Approved.

There being no further business, Mr. Michalko, seconded by Mr. DiFranco, made a motion to adjourn. The meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.