The City of Cortland Planning, Zoning & Building Commission met on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:40 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, Charles Peck, and Jim Chubb; absent was Sally Lane.  Also present were Mayor Moll, Law Director Patrick Wilson, Service Director Don Wittman and the following individuals:

 

            Russell Mitchner          276 Sunset Dr.                    Cortland

            Carolyn Sparhawk      297 Sunset Dr.                    Cortland

            Becky Ulrich                7104 Webber Cole              Kinsman

            Tom Rayner                 798 Rayner Rd.                  Edinburg, PA

            Dan Jaros                      194 Lattin St.                      Cortland

                       

Scott Daffron: Good evening, today is Monday, February 11, 2013.  I would like to call to order the Cortland Planning, Zoning and Building Commission for the purpose of public hearing 01-13, Public Hearing for Variance Request for 276 Sunset Drive – request for new garage and existing shed to encroach on the 10’ side and rear setback requirement. Who do we have to speak on behalf of this?

 

Russell Mitchner:  I am Russell Mitchner.

 

Scott Daffron:  Could you give us just a little bit of information on your project here?

 

Russell Mitchner:  I have been waiting a long time to build a garage.  Right now I just have a car and a half garage.  The house was built under unusual circumstances.  It sits caddy corner on the lot so I am restricted on backyard space.  I would like to build a 28’ x 24’ garage and move the shed next to it.  If I used the 10’ line it is going to be really close to the house and the existing garage right now is 5’ from the line, which is right up against the house.  I would like to get a little space there and have room to wash cars and enjoy the back yard.

 

Bill Sasse:  So the 28’ x 24’ is a new garage?

 

Russell Mitchner:  Yes, the old one is going to be torn down.

 

James Chubb:  So you are taking that one out?

 

Russell Mitchner:  Yes.

 

Scott Daffron:  It has a five foot setback right now?

 

Russell Mitchner:  Yes on the side.

 

Bill Sasse:  And if you moved it closer to the house, what would the problem be?

 

Russell Mitchner:  Swinging the one car in the corner would be only 9’ from the house on the right side and the backyard is limited.

 

Bill Sasse:  Okay I understand what you are saying.

 

Charles Peck:  You would use your existing driveway and just continue back to the new building.

 

Russell Mitchner:  Yes.

 

Charles Peck:  The shed you talk about it is the brown shed that currently occupies the corner there and you move that out towards the street.

 

Russell Mitchner:  Yes towards the street and I would like to leave a little gap in there to park a boat or something, like 10 foot. Right now I park my boat out front and all my cars are in my front yard because of where it sits.

 

Bill Sasse:  Cause you have no way to get in the back.

 

Russell Mitchner:   That’s right.  This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time.

 

Bill Sasse:  I have no further questions, thank you.

 

Scott Daffron:  Any other questions?

 

James Chubb:  Your one side is 93 and the other side is 79, is that correct?

 

Russell Mitchner:  I am not sure about that.

 

Scott Daffron:  It says 110 on that side.  He is going 93 from the garage to the street.

 

Russell Mitchner:  From the garage to the street is 93 and 79 is to Denman – from the garage to Denman.  I am trying to keep everything beyond the corner of the house.  See where that corner is and still be in line with back corner of that house.  Right now it doesn’t seem like I have a back yard because of the side road.  You sit in the backyard and everybody on Denman sees you.

 

Scott Daffron:  Does anybody else have any other questions? 

 

James Chubb:  The shed is not in the ground?

 

Russell Mitchner:  No

 

James Chubb:  That you can get away with.  Not get away with but you can do that without any problems.

 

Mayor Moll:  It is less than 10 feet now from the shed to the corner?

 

Russell Mitchner:  Yes. 

 

Charles Peck:  The shed looks like it is about 4 feet out, if I was guessing.

 

Scott Daffron:  Thank You.  Do we have anybody else in the audience who would like to speak for this variance request?    Do we have anybody in the audience who would like to speak against this variance request?  Seeing none, can I have a motion to close public hearing 01-13?

 

James Chubb, so moved; William Sasse, second.

 

Scott Daffron:  And we will vote on that in the regular meeting in 9 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The City of Cortland Planning, Zoning & Building Commission met on Monday, February 11, 2013 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, Charles Peck, and Jim Chubb; absent was Sally Lane.  Also present were Mayor Curt Moll, Law Director Patrick Wilson, Service Director Don Wittman and the following individuals:

 

            Russell Mitchner          276 Sunset Dr.                    Cortland

            Carolyn Sparhawk      297 Sunset Dr.                    Cortland

            Becky Ulrich                7104 Webber Cole              Kinsman

            Tom Rayner                 798 Rayner Rd.                  Edinburg, PA

            Dan Jaros                      194 Lattin St.                      Cortland

                       

Scott Daffron:  Today is Monday, February 11, 2013.  I’d like to call to order the Cortland Planning, Zoning & Building Commission.  Can we have roll?

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

 

Scott Daffron:  Can I have a motion for approval of commission minutes for January 14, 2013?

 

Terri Barnovsky:  This is for the minutes of the re-organizational meeting?

 

Scott Daffron:  Yes.

 

Bill Sasse made a motion to approve January 14, 2013 Re-organizational Meeting minutes, seconded by James Chubb.  

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

 

Scott Daffron:  Can I have a motion for approval of commission minutes for January 14, 2013 regular meeting?

 

Bill Sasse made a motion to approve January 14, 2013 Meeting minutes, seconded by James Chubb.  

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

 

Scott Daffron:  No old business, moving on to new business:  Can I have a motion for approval of 01-13 – Variance Request for 276 Sunset Drive.  Request for new garage to encroach on the 10’ side and rear setback requirement.  .Bill Sasse made a motion for approval of 29-12, seconded by James Chubb.

 

Scott Daffron:  Do we have any further questions at this time.

 

James Chubb:  The only thing I am saying is that everyone was notified  and did not come here today and we haven’t heard anything against it.

 

Patrick Wilson:  Jim, I think that is a good point, when we vote on these is to always make a note in the record that proper notification was sent out to the contiguous land owners which according to the records attached to the agenda indicates that it was.  They had the opportunity to show up.

 

Russell Mitchner:  Well, one of my neighbors is here.

 

James Chubb (and others):  But she chose not to speak.

 

Carolyn Sparhawk:  I was just curious.  I have to keep you guys in line (laughter).

 

 

Scott Daffron:    Seeing no further questions, can we have a vote on 01-13?

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

 

Scott Daffron:  That approves your variance request.

 

Scott Daffron:  Can I have a motion for approval of 02-13A – New Business – Goodacres Home & Garden Accents, LLC, 128 N High St.  Charles Peck made a motion for approval of 02-13A, seconded by Bill Sasse.

 

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

 

Becky Ulrich:  Becky Ulrich.

 

Scott Daffron:  And why don’t you tell us a little bit about your business.

 

Becky Ulrich:  My name is Becky.  It is a business of antiques, vintage furniture and decorations – gifts and home decorating items.  Some handmade items and things I have bought at home shows.

 

Jim Chubb:  You have on your application here – antiques and crafts.

 

Becky Ulrich:  Yes, some antique furniture some vintage items and some handcrafted items.  I sew and my daughter does some sewing too and then some items from gift shows that I have bought.

 

Bill Sasse:  There is a Knox Box on there already isn’t there.

 

Dan Jaros:  Yes.

 

James Chubb:  Is it around the corner where the driving school was?

 

Becky Ulrich:  Yes where the driving school was behind Quilter’s Fancy,  but hasn’t been there for a couple of years. 

 

Bill Sasse:  The Fire Department has gone through there already?

 

Dan Jaros:  Yes, everything is good.

 

James Chubb:  Just for the heck of it, you talk about sewing.  What do you sew?

 

Becky Ulrich:  Right now what I have are pillows, some table runners, some pot holders.  I also crochet.  I should have brought you pictures.  And my daughter brings things for me like dolls and things like that.

 

James Chubb:  So people will bring you things?

 

Bill Sasse:  It is not a consignment.

 

Becky Ulrich:  No it is not a consignment shop.  It is just me, but my daughter and I do craft shows together so sometimes she will make things and bring them up to me to sell.

 

James Chubb:  That is good.  I like that.

 

Scott Daffron:  Can we have a vote on 02-13A?

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

 

Scott Daffron:  That approves your business.

 

Scott Daffron:  Can I have a motion for approval of 02-13B – New Sign – Goodacres Home & Garden Accents, 128 N High Street.  3’ x 6’ Painted Sign on Front of Building.  .Bill Sasse made a motion for approval of 02-13B, seconded by Charles Peck.

 

Bill Sasse:  Can I ask who is making the sign?

 

Becky Ulrich:

My daughter, she does stenciling.  She is good.  That is another thing we sell – She does signs, just decorator pieces.

 

Bill Sasse:  Good, I feel better now. 

 

Becky Ulrich:  She is good at it.  She does antiquing also.

 

Bill Sasse:  The only other question is it will be solidly attached?

 

Becky Ulrich:  My son-in-law is installing.  He does have experience with that type of work.  He has spoken with owner of building and he is comfortable with Joe putting it up for me.  He will be attaching it with brackets like the one in the picture.

 

Scott Daffron:   Seeing no further questions, can we have a vote on 02-13B?

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

 

Scott Daffron:  That approves your sign.  Any other comments before we adjourn?

 

Charles Peck made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by James Chubb.

 

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

 

Meeting Adjourned: 7:10 pm.

 

 

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Scott Daffron, Chairman                    Date                            Teresa Barnovsky, Secretary