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Birmingham Township Historical Commission Minutes of the Meeting of April 27, 2010 At 7:03 in the Birmingham Township building, Chairman Will Snook called the regular April meeting to order and declared a quorum. Present were Ed Zaloga, Betty Organt, Matt Bedwell, and Lloyd Roach. Mark Gross was absent. The minutes of the meeting of March 23 were approved (Roach, Organt, all in favor). Representing Barbara Boor of 1128 Dorset Drive (Lot 56) in Spring Meadows, attorney Art Sagnor described the Final Minor Subdivision Plan for the Boor property into two lots and explained that the Birmingham Township Planning Commission had asked that the plan be sent to the Historical Commission. Mr. Sagnor said the applicant was requesting three waivers – from § 122-36.6.B, § 122-36.6.A, and § 122-36.8.A(1). Mr. Sagnor stated that the Boor house is known as the Samuel Painter House and that it is on the township’s Historic Inventory list; he said Mrs. Boor has owned the house for 24 years, restored it and added a garage. Mr. Sagnor said that Mrs. Boor has collected a lot of historical information about the house (e.g., built in 1727, added to in 1820) and would be happy to share it, and seeks a waiver from the requirement for a Historic Resource Impact Study (HRIS) [ § 122-36.8.A(1) ] because it would be expensive and time- consuming and a “tedious burden” to have it done professionally. In support of the request for a waiver from the professionally-sealed landscape plan [ § 122-36.6.A ], Mr. Sagnor introduced Tom Kummer, a Registered Landscape Architect from the Thomas H. Kummer Fine Arts Landscape Architecture firm. Mr. Kummer displayed a plan of the existing landscape on the Boor property and the photos taken by Regester Associates from the proposed location of the house on the proposed Lot 2, as well as a photo of the historic house taken from Dorset Drive south of the pond. Mr. Kummer showed a plan for new 8- to 15-foot screening of shrubs and trees beside the Boor parking area – screening between the proposed new house and the old house. Mr. Kummer said this new screening would be an added amendment to the proposed final plan and that no official landscape plan should be required because nothing was being done to change the landscape around the old house. Mr. Sagnor said that this new screening was also in support of the request for a waiver from the 200-foot setback [§ 122-36.6.B ]; the plan shows the proposed new house at 195 feet from the old house, though there is room for it to be moved. Reading from a realty flier, Mr. Zaloga said the house is being advertised on 8 acres, but the plan shows 6- and 2-acre lots. Mr. Sagnor said that, if the Boor property is subdivided, both lots will be restricted from further subdivision by a note on the plan. Mr. Snook noted that a new structure would have to go before the Historical Commission because it would be within 500 feet of a historic resource. Mr. Bedwell asked if, since the elevation of both house sites is about the same, would they consider a berm under the new screening. Mr. Kummer agreed to an 18- to 24-inch berm. Mr. Snook asked the Commission members if the HRIS was really warranted. Mr. Sagnor said that nothing is changing and that, if the integrity of the site was violated, it happened when Spring Page 1 of 1 Meadows was developed thirty years ago, and that a new HRIS would be “superfluous.” Twinette Hawkins, 1106 Sherbrook Drive, said that the applicant is clearly required to do a Historic Resource Impact Study and she thinks they should adhere to the requirements. On a motion by Lloyd Roach, seconded by Scott Garrison, passed with all in favor, the Historical Commission voted to recommend that applicant Barbara Boor be granted waivers for 1. § 122-36.6.B - the required 200-foot setback from the historic structure - in favor of the currently proposed 195-foot setback; and 2. § 122-36.6.A -the required professionally-sealed landscape plan – because the revised plan shows the existing landscape elements and new 8- to 15-foot screening between the Lot 1 parking area and Lot 2; and 3. § 122-36.8.A(1) -the required Historic Resource Impact Study, with the following conditions: 1. Because Barbara Boor’s attorney stated that Mrs. Boor has a great deal of historical information about the “Samuel Painter House,” in lieu of her having to pay for a formal Historic Impact Study Mrs. Boor must submit all of that information to the Historical Commission, and 2. If and/or when the owner of the proposed Lot 2 applies for a building permit, he/she/they must submit the plan to a review by the Birmingham Township Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) and provide a Historic Resource Impact Study called for in § 122-36.8.A(1) detailing the impact the proposed structure to be erected on Lot 2 would have on Lot 1. As directed by the Planning Commission, the plan will now be returned to the Planning Commission on May 11. Local author Mrs. Carla Westerman, present by invitation, discussed some of what is involved in publishing a book such as the one proposed by Mark Gross (Birmingham history). Included are issues of timeliness and privacy. Some publishers require purchase of a number of copies; self-publishing is another possibility. Mrs. Westerman said that one problem with the Arthur James township history is the factual errors in it, and that some publishers require a template that is too restrictive. Because Mrs. Westerman is planning a new Birmingham history book – coffee table type -, she and the Commission members agreed to help and cooperate with each other. Mr. Bedwell suggested A Quaker Boy’s Life as a source of information about early life in the township. Mrs. Westerman will get the standard release form for the Commission; Mr. Snook will send her the link for the survey map. Mr. Roach said he would like to see old-and-new pictures of some of the surveyed houses framed and displayed on the walls of the Township Building. Mr. Snook announced a Chester County Parks and Recreation battle-themed walking tour of the Mather complex at Radley Run at 5:00 on August 19, followed by a $15 per person barbecue. To cover the expense of the participation of Brandywine Battlefield Park re- Page 2 of 2 enactor participation, the Historical Commission agreed to co-sponsor it at $200 with the hope of recovering most of that expense via a grant being applied for by Preservation Officer Karen Marshall. Mr. Snook asked for volunteer support from the HC members. Mr. Snook said Mrs. Marshall is also planning a historic half-marathon on the morning of the Pumpkin Carve. Matt Bedwell agreed to ask Tom McGuire to select a May or June 2011 date for speaking to a Birmingham Township audience. Mr. Snook thanked the group for sending the survey information via email and on the forms. Mr. Bedwell suggested Bing as an alternative to Google for latitudes and longitudes; Mr. Snook suggested http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html as another alternative. After the surveys have been completed, Mr. Snook will discuss committee assignments. Mr. Bedwell announced that, at 6:00 on the evening of the next Historical Commission meeting – May 25th, Karen Marshall has arranged with RPOS for Sean Moir to give a presentation showing the troop movements during the Battle of the Brandywine. The meeting adjourned at 8:55 (Roach, Garrison, all in favor). Respectfully submitted, Jacquie Roach Page 3 of 3 This document was created with Win2PDF available at http://www.win2pdf.com. The unregistered version of Win2PDF is for evaluation or non-commercial use only. This page will not be added after purchasing Win2PDF.
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