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August 24, 2015 Board of Zoning Appeals Minutes

Jim Maciejewski, PresidentAttorney Tim Kuiper
Ken Schneider, Vice-PresidentSteve Kil
Steve Hastings, Secretary 
Tom Ryan 
Paul Panczuk 

CALL TO ORDER:


Mr. Maciejewski called to order the meeting of the Town of St. John Board of Zoning Appeals for August 24, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

(The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

CALL TO ORDER:


Roll call was taken by Susan E. Wright, Recording Secretary, with the following members present: Jim Maciejewski, Ken Schneider and Paul Panczuk. Steve Hastings was absent. Steve Kil was absent. Attorney Tim Kuiper was present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:


June 22, 2015 and July 27, 2015.

Mr. Maciejewski stated that he had just received the minutes from the July 27, 2015, meeting, and the minutes from June 22, 2015, BZA meeting had not yet been submitted. Mr. Maciejewski that the Board could defer the minutes until the next regular meeting.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Maciejewski stated the minutes of June 22, 2015, and July 27, 2015, would be deferred to the next regular meeting in order to give the Board an opportunity to thoroughly review them.

OLD BUSINESS:


A. LAKE FEDERAL, 10865 PARRISH AVENUE --- MESSAGE CENTER --- DEVELOPMENTAL VARIANCE (CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING FROM JUNE 22, 2015, MEETING.)

Mr. Maciejewski stated that the first item under Old Business was Lake Federal Bank, petitioning for a developmental variance for a message center at 10865 Parrish Avenue, with a continued public hearing from the June 22, 2015, meeting.

Mr. Maciejewski noted that the Petitioner was present. Mr. Stephen Davenport, Ms. Nancy Williams and Mr. Jerry Skrabala appeared on behalf of Lake Federal. He invited the Petitioner to step forward and update the Board on the proposed message center.

Mr. Davenport thanked the Board for the opportunity to revise the message center. He submitted a revised drawing to the Board. Mr. Davenport noted the Board’s recommendation to use a 1x8 or 2x4 or 1.5x6. He stated that the sign designer felt the optimum size was a 1x8. He explained that that was the reason for only one rendering.

Mr. Maciejewski stated it was appreciated that the Petitioner took the Board’s comments into consideration. He stated this time (between meetings) allowed the Petitioner to determine with the sign representative, the best configuration for the message center.

Mr. Maciejewski asked the Petitioner if he was aware of the conditions for operation of the message center, no side to side scrolling, no flashing, utilizing the auto-dimming function, hours of operation and messages appearing for a minimum of six seconds. Mr. Davenport acknowledged the guidelines for the message center’s operation and agreed to comply with the guidelines.

The hours of operation for the message center were discussed. Mr. Panczuk stated that the Board’s concerns are the homes that are “somewhat nearby.” Mr. Panczuk stated that these signs seem to really project light.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Maciejewski reiterated the guidelines for operation of the message center: hours of operation, no side to side motion, no flashing, use of the auto dimming function and messages appearing for a minimum of six seconds.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Maciejewski opened the continued public hearing. He called for public comment.

P U B L I C H E A R I N G

Mr. Jerald Skrabala 320 Persimmon, Schererville, IN
Mr. Skrabala stated he is not an employee of Lake Federal any longer; he retired on August 1, 2015.

Mr. Skrabala thanked the Board for their consideration. He stated the bank will abide by all of the rules set forth by the Board. He noted that there are no homes directly in the path, but there are homes kind of set to the north and further to the east.

Mr. Maciejewski called for additional public comment. There was no public comment. Mr. Maciejewski closed the public hearing and brought the matter back before the Board.

Mr. Maciejewski stated he would consider a motion for or against the petition for a developmental variance, considering the findings of fact and the contingencies as discussed.

Mr. Panczuk made a motion to approve Lake Federal’s petition for a developmental variance, at 10865 Parrish Avenue, for a message center per the current revised plan submitted by Petitioner tonight, incorporating the findings of fact by reference and including the contingencies related to the operation of the message center as set forth by the Board. Mr. Schneider seconded the motion.

Mr. Maciejewski requested a roll call vote. Mr. Panczuk – yes. Mr. Schneider --- yes. Mr. Maciejewski --- yes. The motion was carried by roll call vote (3/0) Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

NEW BUSINESS:


Mr. Maciejewski announced there was no New Business.

ADJOURNMENT:


Mr. Maciejewski stated he would entertain a motion to adjourn.

Mr. Schneider made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Panczuk seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (3/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

(The meeting was adjourned at 7:12 p.m.)

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Susan E. Wright, Recording Secretary
St. John Board of Zoning Appeals