Becket Zoning Board of Appeals
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Board Members Present: Joshua Lombard;Chairperson, Robert Gorden;Clerk, Beth VanNess, Barbara Stuhlman , Susan Schneider.
Board Members Absent: Mark Burgwardt
Members of the Public Present: Scott and Julie Craumer, Joe and MaryAnn Sullivan, Joe and John Gindele
Meeting called to order: 7:07 p.m.
Review and Acceptance of September 1st, 2009 Meeting Minutes – Ms. Beth VanNess makes a motion to approve minutes from September 1st , 2009. Ms. Barbara Stuhlman seconds motion; Unanimous Approval.
Public Hearing: Mr. William Cichaski, 27 Western Ave, Map 211, Lot 86.
Public Hearing: Scott and Julie Craumer, 9 Peterson Road, Map 204 Lot 84.
Hearing opens at 7:10 p.m.
Chairperson, Joshua Lombard opens the public hearing and introduces board members present. Mr. Lombard asks if there is anyone present that has a conflict of interest, hearing none, Mr. Lombard confirms that a quorum has been established. Mr. Lombard confirms with the secretary that all fees have been paid and that proper advertising and posting procedures have been followed.
Mr Craumer approaches board members and begins by passing out his plans as well as pictures of the proposed pergola for the board members to review. Mr. Craumer explains that in the future he would like to have a stone patio under the pergola. Mr. Craumer states that the proposed pergola will be 25 ft. long. Mr. Gorden expresses his concern that this will make the existing non-conformity even more intrusive. Mr. Lombard states that there are currently 5 stairs from the front door down and questions where the stone would be laid. Mr. Craumer advises the stone would be at ground level. Ms. Craumer informs board members that it is their intentions to grow flowering vines to help make the pergola look more attractive. Board members agree this would not make the home substantially more intrusive, however,
giving it a more artistic, pleasant look.
Ms. Schneider advises that it is not the purpose of the bylaws to make things “look pretty”, however, stating that there are only three posts, rather than six, resulting in very little impact on Zoning. Ms. Schneider also explains that a hardship should be determined. Ms. Craumer explains that allowing the pergola would certainly increase the curb-side appeal of the home, resulting in greater re-sale value.
Mr. Joshua Lombard makes a motion to approve the application for Scott and Julie Craumer to vary the terms of Zoning By-Law 3.4.5 in the following respect: To allow the construction of a pergola on the Peterson Road side of the existing home, within the required set back area. Said pergola will be installed in place of the existing, non-conforming 11’x12’ elevated deck. Motion is seconded and a vote takes place.
Joshua Lombard- Approve-I vote to approve this application because it will improve the appearance of the home and neighborhood, and not be against the by-laws in a significant way.
Robert Gorden- Approve- I vote to approve this application because in doing so it would improve the appearance and the new structure would not be more intrusive or detrimental than the existing.
Susan Schneider-Approve- I vote to approve this application because the pergola will be minimally invasive and increase or enhance the public perspective.
Beth VanNess-Approve- I vote to approve this application because is it not any more detrimental to the neighborhood than the former non-conforming structure.
Barbara Stuhlman- Approve-I vote to approve this application because the pergola will improve the appearance of the house-no detrimental effect-neighbors are amenable.
New Business- Secretary passes out to board members present, new informational packets for upcoming November and December public hearings.
Conflict of Interest training packets are also given to board members. Mandatory training is explained and reviewed. Confirmation slips are signed and handed back for return to the Town Clerk.
Correspondence- Read and Reviewed
Budget- Read and Reviewed.
Susan Schneider makes a motion to adjourn meeting; Joshua Lombard seconds motion; Meeting adjourns at 7:40 pm.
Schedule next meeting for Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009.
Robert Gorden, Clerk