The City of Cortland Planning, Zoning & Building Commission met on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:00 P. M. at the City Administration Building, 400 N. High Street, Cortland, Ohio. In attendance were the following board members: Chairman, Scott Daffron, Vice-Chairman, Bill Sasse, Sally Lane, Charles Peck, and Jim Chubb. Also were Mayor Curt Moll, Service Director Don Wittman, Law Director Patrick Wilson and the following individuals:

 

            Anthony Petrocco Jr.            669 Cedar Dr.            Cortland

            Jim Wilkins                            444 Mahoning Ave    Warren

            Tom Fye                                 348 Stahl Ave             Cortland

            Rob  Platt                               332 Old Oak               Cortland

            Deidre Petrosky                     137 Market                Cortland

 

Due to tape malfunction, the following minutes are NOT verbatim and were taken from the secretary’s notes…

                       

Scott Daffron:  Today is Monday, May 14, 2012.  I’d like to call to order the Cortland Planning, Zoning & Building Commission.  Can we have roll?

Roll Call:  Bill Sasse, here; Sally Lane, here; Scott Daffron, here; Charles Peck, here; Jim Chubb, here.

 

Scott Daffron:  Can I have a motion for approval of commission minutes for the Regular Meeting held April 9th, 2012?

 

Sally Lane made a motion to approve April 9th, 2012 Regular Meeting minutes, seconded by Bill Sasse.  

Roll Call:  Scott Daffron, yes; Charles Peck, abstained; Sally Lane, yes; Jim Chubb, abstained; Bill Sasse, yes.  MOTION APPROVED.

 

Scott Daffron:  Old business on our agenda, I need a motion for approval of 10-12 Appeal of Service Director’s requirement to remove banner signs from the light poles – Greenwood Auto, Inc. – 659 S High St.

 

Charles Peck made a motion for approval of 10-12, seconded by Sally Lane.

 

Scott Daffron:  Just to confirm, a yes vote is in support of the appeal and a no vote is for the removal of the banner signs.

 

Mayor Moll:  In my opinion, the dealership’s position is correct.  The Service Director’s position should be overturned.

 

Pat Wilson:  The City is responsible of direct evidence. We have none.

 

Charles Peck:  What about the other side of the road?

 

Rob Platt:  That was prior to 2001.

 

Mayor Moll:  My opinion is to vote yes.

 

Pat Wilson:  I am in support of the Mayor.

 

Charles Peck:  Will the signs be replaced if they need repaired?

 

Don Wittman:  Right now the banners have the manufacturer’s logo on them.  They were on the auditor’s site June 2009, so they were there before our new sign ordinance.

 

 

 

Scott Daffron:  Any other questions? Seeing none can we have a vote on 10-12?

Roll Call:  Jim Chubb, yes; Sally Lane, yes; Bill Sasse yes; Scott Daffron, yes; Charles Peck, no.  MOTION APPROVED.

 

Scott Daffron:  Moving on.  Can I have a motion for approval of 11-12 – Appeal of Service Director’s requirement to remove banner signs from light poles – Wollam Chevrolet – 488 S High St.

Sally Lane made a motion for approval of 11-12, seconded by Jim Chubb.

 

Scott Daffron:  The signs at Wollams were removed for a short period of time.  As defined by Ohio State Law, a brief period of time is less than two years.  The City has no evidence of how long the flags were down and without proof the City doesn’t have anything to stand on.

 

Mayor Moll:  My position is the same as Greenwood’s.  We should vote in favor of the appeal.

 

Charles Peck:  I am uncomfortable approving future signs.

 

Scott Daffron:   Any other questions?  Seeing none, can we have a vote on 11-12?

Roll Call: Scott Daffron, yes; Jim Chubb, yes; Sally Lane, yes; Charles Peck, no; Bill Sasse, yes.  MOTION PASSED.

 

Scott Daffron:  Next, can I have motion for approval of 12-12 – New Sign – Cortland Branch Library – 578 Lakeview Dr. – Warren Trumbull County Public Library

Jim Chubb made a motion for approval of 12-12, seconded by Sally Lane.

 

Bill Sasse:  That’s a beautiful sign.

 

Jim Wilkins:  Thank you.

 

Mayor Moll:  When is the library opening?

 

Jim Wilkins:  Saturday, June 9th.

 

Scott Daffron:  Does anyone have any questions?  Seeing none can we have a vote on 12-12?

Roll Call: Sally Lane, yes; Bill Sasse, yes; Jim Chubb, yes; Scott Daffron, yes; Charles Peck, yes.  MOTION PASSED.

 

Scott Daffron:  Next, can I have motion for approval of 13-12 – Sketch Plan for platting lands of 340 N. Mecca – Review and discussion – Anthony Petrocco Jr.

Charles Peck made a motion for approval of 13-12, seconded by Bill Sasse.

 

Scott Daffron:  Who do we have to represent this tonight?

 

Anthony Petrocco Jr.:  Anthony Petrocco Jr. – 669 Cedar Dr.

 

Don Wittman:  Just a quick review, this is 340 N Mecca.  Petrocco recently purchased this land and wants to turn the acreage into lots.  The barn may be coming down.  This is just preliminary.  Service currently exists for water and sewer.

 

Mayor Moll:  Why wouldn’t you run the sewer across the front?  It would be a straight shot.

 

Anthony Petrocco Jr.:  It would be too expensive.  There are 1.65 acres. The first lot is the north side, the second lot is the east side, and the third would have the house on it.  The barn is coming done.

 

Don Wittman:  Yes.  There are three proposed lots here.

 

Mayor Moll:  Are these lots undersized?

 

Don Wittman:  No.  It is a pre-existing, non-conforming use.

 

Scott Daffron:  Any questions?  Since this is just review and discussion we don’t need a vote on 13-12.  Anything else for discussion?  Can I have a motion for adjournment?

 

Charles Peck made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Bill Sasse.

Roll Call:  Sally Lane, yes; Bill Sasse, yes; Jim Chubb, yes; Scott Daffron, yes; Charles Peck, yes   MOTION PASSED.

 

Meeting Adjourned: 7:28pm.

 

 

                                            _             ____                            ___________________

Scott Daffron, Chairman                    Date                            Rhonda Horn, Secretary