A meeting of the Village of Riverlea Planning Commission was held July 9, 2018 at 258 Frontenac Pl. Members present were Bryce Jacob (Planning Commissioner), Janet Brown, Robert Davis, and Paul Unrue. Also present were David Stroman, Brittney Stroman, Randy Dodson of Zaber Pools, Steven Orenchuk, and Randy Staib. Joshua C. Mehling served as Clerk. The Planning Commissioner called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
- The minutes of the regular Planning Commission meeting of May 14, 2018 were not read since each member had received a copy. Davis moved and Surface seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 4, Brown, Davis, Jacob, and Unrue; Nay: None. The motion carried 4-0. Unrue was not yet in attendance at the time of this vote.
- An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness by Randy Staib at 5819 Pioneers to add a wooden fence at the rear of the property. This fence will be constructed of cedar, six feet tall at the tallest point, with spindles making up the top 16 inches. Mr. Staib showed pictures of a similar fence outside the Masonic Lodge in Old Worthington. There will be an arched gate at the front of the fence. There will also be a gate along the fence on the south side, though this gate will match the rest of the fence and will not be arched. Mr. Staib showed a signed form from Ric Daniell, who is the homeowner of the property on the other side of this fence, and Mr. Daniell approves of the fence.
Unrue moved to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of this fence as shown in the plans. Davis seconded this motion. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 4, Brown, Davis, Jacob, and Unrue; Nay: None; Abstain: None. The motion carried 4-0.
- An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness by Steven Orenchuk at 259 Riverglen to reduce the size of a window to match that of the other in the room. These windows are in the kitchen and are currently different sizes. Mr. Orenchuk also noted that he was planning on replacing the siding and shutters on the house as well. The new siding will be seven inch foam backed vinly siding in a color similar to the existing siding on the house. The shutters will be two panels in a dark gray color. The trim, consisting of the corners, fascia, and dental work, will be painted white. Mr. Orenchuk showed pictures of the materials planned for these. Mr. Orenchuk said that he also plans on removing the light fixture on the side of the house.
Brown moved to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness for the resizing of the kitchen window and also to approve the change in siding, shutters, trim paint, and removal of the light based on the materials and colors shown. Unrue seconded this motion. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 4, Brown, Davis, Jacob, and Unrue; Nay: None; Abstain: None. The motion carried 4-0.
- An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness and variance by David and Brittney Stroman at 155 Southington to install an in ground swimming pool at the side of the house. The variance is being requested because the Stromans would like to install an automatic swimming pool cover in lieu of the 6 foot fence required by Village code. The yard is currently surrounded by a 4 foot aluminum flat top fence that was recently installed and it would be a hardship to the owners to remove this fence and install a new privacy fence. The pool will be 20 x 40 and will contain a diving well, but no diving board. The deck surrounding the pool will be four feet wide on three sides and 15 feet wide on the fourth and made of natural concrete. The Stromans will install landscaping around the current fence to provide additional privacy once the project is complete.
Mr. Stroman showed details of a Coverstar CS1800 locking automatic safety cover that will be utilized in lieu of the privacy fence. This cover is controlled via a wifi enabled, security PIN acitivated switch. The cover is sealed on all four sides, making it impossible to access the water when closed. Mr. Stroman noted that the city of Columbus, city of Worthington, and state of Ohio contain language in their code stating that privacy fences are not required when pools contain this sort of automatic locking cover. Brown stated that she approved of the concept, given that the Village code was written before such technology existed.
Brown moved to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of the pool and cover. Unrue seconded this motion. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 4, Brown, Davis, Jacob, and Unrue; Nay: None; Abstain: None. The motion carried 4-0.
Brown moved and Unrue seconded a motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously
(4-0). The meeting was adjourned at 7:28 p.m.
Bryce Jacob, Planning Commissioner
Josh Mehling, Clerk