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December 28, 2015 Board of Zoning Appeals Minutes

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

CALL TO ORDER:


Mr. Maciejewski called to order the meeting of the Town of St. John Board of Zoning Appeals for December 28, 2015, at 7:02 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, Steve Hastings and Paul Panczuk. Ken Schneider and Tom Ryan were absent. Steve Kil was absent. Attorney Tim Kuiper was present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

September 28, 2015.

Mr. Maciejewski stated he had received word from the Town that the minutes of September 28, 2015 were not available at the present time. Mr. Maciejewski stated he would entertain a motion to defer the September 28, 2015 minutes.

NEW BUSINESS:


A. VFW, POST 717, 10040 WEST 93RD AVENUE --- PUBLIC HEARING --- DEVELOPMENTAL VARIANCE FOR A READER BOARD SIGN.

Mr. Maciejewski noted the first item under New Business was VFW Post 717, 10040 West 93rd Avenue seeking a developmental variance for a reader board sign. Mr. Rick Murrial, Petitioner and life-time member of the Post, appeared before the Board seeking a variance for the reader board sign.

Mr. Maciejewski asked Mr. Murrial to briefly explain to the Board the objective for the proposed reader board sign at the VFW. Mr. Murrial stated the proposed reader board will be able to be changed from the inside. He stated the sign would fit right underneath their existing sign, and there is an existing electrical outlet for the sign. Mr. Murrial stated members aren’t getting any younger, and the proposed sign would eliminate any ladder climbing as is done now to change the marquee sign. Mr. Murrial stated that the existing VFW logo will be enlarged.

The color of the sign was discussed. Mr. Murrial stated the sign will have a black background with amber colored letters. He stated the VFW does not intend to use any other colors.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Panczuk stated that the Board is trying to eliminate the Vegas look for reader board signs in Town. He stated that the Board has certain requirements for a reader board sign: no side to side scrolling, a six-second delay between the messages being changed, monochromatic text and no cartoons. Mr. Murrial acknowledged the stipulations that Mr. Panczuk cited. Mr. Panczuk stated he had done some calculations and the sign is under the total sign size of 30 square feet.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Maciejewski asked Attorney Kuiper if the notices and publications were in order. Attorney Kuiper stated that the notices and publications were in order so that the public hearing could be properly conducted tonight.

Mr. Maciejewski opened the public hearing, requesting anyone who wished to speak on this matter to give their name and address.

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

Gary Kugland:
Mr. Kugland stated he lives by the VFW. He stated he is very much in favor of the VFW’s proposed sign. He stated that he has lived at his residence for 40-plus years and the VFW has always been a good neighbor. Mr. Kugland submitted a letter to the Board signed by him and his wife indicating they were in favor of the VFW’s proposed reader board sign.

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

Mr. Maciejewski stated he would entertain a motion on the developmental variance for the reader board sign. Mr. Panczuk made a motion to approve the developmental variance for the reader board sign for VFW, Post 717, with the following contingencies, monochromatic, (amber only) no scrolling side to side, messages to appear for at least six seconds and no flashing. Mr. Hastings seconded the motion. Mr. Maciejewski requested a roll call vote. Mr. Panczuk –-- yes. Mr. Hastings --- yes. Mr. Maciejewski --- yes. The motion was carried by roll call vote (3/0).

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Maciejewski adjourned the meeting.

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

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