Borough of Kenilworth
November 19, 2009
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 Board approved the October, 2009 minutes. Approval was given to pay the Recording Secretary.
Roll Call: Mr. Lepore, Ms. Bogus, Mr. Candarella, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Picerno, Mr. Laurie, and Mr. Cammarota. Excused: Mr. Pantina and Mr. Pugliese. Absent: Mr. Sica. NOTE: Mayor, councilmen, and mayors-designee are not eligible to vote on Board of Adjustment matters.
Communications: Ms. Bogus said there were no communications to report.
Minor Sub-division Committee Report: Mr. Cammarota said there were no minor sub-division applications reviewed this month.
Resolutions: Application #11-09, RFA, Inc., RE: 657 & 653 Michigan Ave, Block 1, Lots 3 & 4, Variance for existing/non conforming business in CI & I zones (App. #11-09, w/additional requirements); and recind application for sub-division (#09-05).
A motion to approve this to resolution was made by Ms. Bogus, 2nd by Mr. Laurie. All in favor: Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Herbert, Ms. Bogus, Mr. Lepore, and Mr. Laurie.
Application #03-09, Locorriere, RE: 515 Springfield Road, Block 3, Lot 11, Use variance – Food sales in I zone.
A motion to approve this to resolution was made by Ms. Bogus, 2nd by Mr. Cirillo. All in favor: Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Lepore, and Mr. Laurie.
New Business: Application #12-09, Lahanas, 101 So. 19th St, Block 119, Lot 33; Variance – constructed front steps in setback.
Sworn in: Mr. Constantine Lahanas. He purchased the home from Mr. Cammarota in April. He bricked over the existing stairs, as the current steps were unsafe. He put in new railings, and increased the size of the landing. He presented pictures of the original porch and the current porch. He was not aware he needed a permit to improve this porch. Mr. Herbert said the porch was increased about 4” on each side, which is an issue under the current ordinance.
A motion to accept this application to resolution was made by Mr. Laurie, 2nd by Ms. Bogus. All in favor: Mr. Cirillo, Mr. Herbert, Ms. Bogus, Mr. Lepore, Mr. Laurie, and Mr. Picerno. Mr. Cammarota was recused.
The applicant was instructed to advertise the approval of this application.
Comments for the Good of the Board: Mr. Cammarota mentioned the wording of the November Agenda (App. 09-05) should read: recind the Application for the sub-division.
Mr. Herbert said the difference between a porch and a stoop is: a “stoop” does not have a roof. Mr. Cammarota said this description should be a part of the new Master Plan.
Mr. Herbert said new homes are being built with the setback beginning at the top of the porch or stoop, not from the last step. This is infringing on the 25’ setback.
Mr. Lepore said on December 3, the Planning Board will review the Master Plan, and any questions or suggestions should be presented at that time.
Mr. Cammarota said some “small” setback infractions should be discussed and these may not require a variance.
Mr. Cirillo said he will not attend the December regular meeting, and his term will expire the end of December, 2009; he wished the Board well.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Janet M. Murphy,
Planning Board Recording Secretary
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