Borough of Kenilworth
Planning Board Minutes
May 22, 2008
The meeting began with an affirmation of the Open Public Meetings Act requirements: The schedule of meetings is on file in the Borough Clerks office, was posted on the bulletin board, and has been mailed to the Cranford Chronicle, the Kenilworth Leader, and the Star Ledger. All present recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The Minutes from April 24, 2008 were approved. Approval was given to pay the Recording Secretary and the Board Attorney.
Roll Call: Mr. Lepore, Mr. Corcione, Mr.Beninati, Mr. Candarella., Mr. Herbert, Mr. Pantina, Mr. O’Malley, and Mr. Schielke. Absent: Mayor Fiamingo, Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Leary, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Mancino, and Mr. Cammarota. Note: Mr. Mancino is attending a school board meeting.
Communications: Mr. Beninati said there are no communications to report.
Old Business: Application #15-07, Galmayo/Blackthorn Restaurant, 651 N. Michigan Avenue, Block 1, Lot 5, expansion of an existing non-conforming use.
Mr. Pantina was recused. Mr. Joseph Paparo, attorney for Blackthorne said his client must file an application with the County regarding the existing sign. If the county does not approve, this would change the present application request (#15-07). Therefore, the client is requesting a postponement to the June 26 meeting, and waived the 120 day rule and will send a letter to Mr. Beninati regarding this matter. Mr. Vitale said they do not need any further re-publish notice. Mr. Herbert made a motion to approve an extension, 2nd by Mr. O’Malley. All present were in favor.
New Business: Application #02-03, for a sub-division, and #20-05, Variance, Rizzo, 216 and 210 N. 21st Street, Block 42, Lots 11, 12, and 13. This applicant requests a one-year extension of time in order to have the deed and maps properly recorded. Mr. Beninati made a motion to grant the request for an extension, 2nd by Mr. Corcione. All present were in favor.
Application #04-08, Doman, 29 Park Drive, Block 89, Lot 10, a Variance: a front yard setback for a porch.
Sworn in: Ms. Carol Doman. She said her front porch is caving in, and wants to replace it with an enlarged porch to accommodate her elderly mother. This requires a variance of more than five feet into the 25’ setback. Mr. Herbert said the existing platform is 4’ wide and the applicant wants to extend this to be 6’ wide. Mr. Schielke noted the present platform with steps would be replaced by a proposed porch that extends the width of the house (26’). Ms. Doman said a front porch on Columbus Avenue is as wide. Mr. Herbert said the survey states 5’ and the application plan states an increase to 6’. Ms. Doman wants to extend to 6’, making it more accessible for her elderly mother. Mr. Herbert said he would be in favor of a 5’ extension. Mr. Pantina said he would be in favor of a 5’ x 10’ porch, not a 26’ wide porch. The Board discussed the possibilities.
Mr. Herbert made a motion to allow a 5’ x 26’ porch (this was agreeable to the applicant: to extend out 5’ instead of 6’), 2nd by Mr. O’Malley. The architect must re-draw the plans prior to the Resolution. All in favor: Mr. Herbert, Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Corcione, and Mr. Lepore. Opposed: Mr. Pantina and Mr. Schielke.
Comments for the Good of the Board: Mr. Vitale will meet with a prior applicant (who is now in litigation). Depending on the outcome of the meeting, either a trial will ensue or the applicant can re-submit more amendable drawings (example: 2-story or smaller).
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Janet M. Murphy,
Planning Board Recording Secretary
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