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January 25, 2016 Board of Zoning Appeals Minutes

JIM MACIEJEWSKIATTORNEY TIM KUIPER
KEN SCHNEIDER 
TOM RYAN 
PAUL PANCZUK 
JASON WILLIAMS 

CALL TO ORDER:


Mr. Maciejewski called the January 25, 2016, regular Board of Zoning Appeals meeting to order at 7:18 p.m.

(The Pledge of Allegiance was said.)

CALL TO ORDER:


Recording Secretary, Susan E. Wright, took roll call with the following Board members present: Jim Maciejewski, Ken Schneider, Tom Ryan, Paul Panczuk and Jason Williams. Attorney Tim Kuiper was also present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

DECEMBER 28, 2015 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES.

Mr. Maciejewski stated the first item on the agenda for the Board’s consideration were the minutes of the regular Board of Zoning Appeals for December 28, 2015. He asked if there were any comments or changes. There were no comments or changes.

Mr. Maciejewski stated he entertain a motion to approve the minutes of December 28, 2015, as circulated. Mr. Panczuk made a motion to approve the minutes of December 28, 2015, as presented. Mr. Ryan seconded the motion.

Mr. Maciejewski requested a roll call vote. Mr. Panczuk --- yes.
Mr. Schneider --- abstain. Mr. Ryan --- yes. Mr. Williams --- yes.
Mr. Maciejewski --- yes. The motion was carried by roll call vote (4/0/1). Ayes --- four.
Nays --- none. Abstain --- one.

NEW BUSINESS:


A. FRANCISCAN FAMILY CARE CENTER --- 11355 WEST 97TH LANE --- PETITION FOR A DIGITAL COMPONENT TO EXISTING SIGN STRUCTURE.

Mr. Maciejewski noted the first item on the agenda was Franciscan Family Care Center, 11355 West 97th Lane, with a petitioner seeking a digital component to an existing sign structure. Mr. Bill Hollahan, All-Right Signs appeared on behalf of Franciscan Family Care Center.

Mr. Hollahan stated that Franciscan Family Care Center currently has an existing monument sign. He stated that the Petitioner wants to refurbish the sign and upgrade with a electronic message center.

Mr. Hollahan stated that the Petitioner has notified adjacent landowners of their petition. He stated he received three additional green cards in the mail today; he submitted them to Attorney Kuiper.

Mr. Maciejewski asked Mr. Hollahan to give the Board a brief presentation on the sign as proposed. Mr. Hollohan stated that the existing monument sign is reflected in the photographs that he submitted. He stated that the Petitioner stated that the sigh that is currently in the monument sign will be removed and replaced with a new layout. Mr. Hollahan stated that the structure/support is there, and the Petitioner will just have the sign reconfigured. He stated the sign will be a double-sided unit with a message center on each side.

Mr. Maciejewski asked about the area of the existing sign. Mr. Hollohan stated that the overall square footage of the existing sign is approximately 75 square feet, the middle piece of the sign. Mr. Maciejewski how much additional footage would be added to the existing sign. Mr. Hollohan stated the current sign is approximately 40 square feet, not including the brick structure.

(General discussion ensued.)

Mr. Hollahan stated a survey was done to ascertain the overall dimensions of the sign. The sign, at the present time is 8x13.

Mr. Maciejewski stated that the size of the sign, as it sits, is substantially over the ordinance requirement. He asked Mr. Hollahan to explain Franciscan’s justification for enlarging the sign even more. Mr. Hollahan stated that the main reason was because there have been issues with clients finding the business.

Mr. Hollahan stated that since the business is off the road, the sisters thought the message center would help direct people to their location. He stated that the proposed sign is approximately the same size as the Alsip Nursery sign just down the street from the health care center.

Mr. Maciejewski asked how the message center would help the clients identify the sign. Mr. Hollahan stated that the message center is “just something to help them promote themselves.”

Mr. Panczuk asked if any consideration had been given to reconfiguring the sign without a reader board and within the Town’s ordinance. He acknowledged, in looking at the sign, he could see it might be hard to read. Mr. Panczuk stated that it seemed like the sign could be reconfigured within the Town’s existing ordinance.

Mr. Hollahan stated that multiple drawings were reviewed with the Petitioner. He stated since the health care center is so far off of Route 41, the sisters figured that this sign would be most adequate for them.

Attorney Kuiper stated that the notices and publications were in order and that the public hearing could be properly conducted tonight.

Mr. Schneider noted that the sign now stands at 12’6” high. He asked the Petitioner if they could reduce the sign to under 10’ high or less. Mr. Schneider stated that the height of the sign is an issue. He stated he’s sure that the Board would like to stick to the 10’ sign height, per the ordinance. Mr. Hollahan stated he did not see that Mr. Schneider’s request would be a problem, and that the sign could be reduced to 10’ in height.

Mr. Maciejewski stated he would open the public hearing. He stated any person in the audience interested in making comment relative to the Franciscan Family Care sign state their name and address for the record.

Karl Madsen, 11347 Valley Drive:
Mr. Madsen appeared before the Board on behalf the Hunters Run Homeowners Association. He stated that the Hunter’s Run opposes this sign for the reasons set forth in the document submitted to the Board. Mr. Madsen stated that the sign will be a nuisance and negatively affect the quality of life for the residents nearby.

Mr. Madsen stated the Hunters’ Run Homeowner’s Association believes the sign will be large, bright and definitely be a light nuisance to the surrounding properties. He stated all of light emanating from the sign will directly affect addresses 9903 Pheasant Lane, 9904 Pheasant Lane and 9953 Pheasant Lane and many other addresses that have windows facing the sign.

Mr. Madsen stated that the homeowners believe that the sign will negatively affect their property values. He stated that the properties closest to the sign will have greater difficulty in marketing and selling their homes. He stated that

REPORTS AND CORRESPONDENCE:

omment from the audience. Mr. Maciejewski closed the floor to public comment.

ADJOURNMENT:

Mr. Maciejewski stated he would entertain a motion to adjourn. “So moved,” by Mr. Volk. Mr. Hastings seconded the motion. The motion was carried by voice vote (5/0). Ayes --- all. Nays --- none.

(The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.)

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SUSAN E. WRIGHT, RECORDING SECRETARY
ST. JOHN BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS