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Historic District Commission Meeting Minutes 05/16/2017

Historic District Commission
Landuse Meeting Room
May 16, 2017

Members present: Chair Ken Fowler, (KF) Jason Berger, (JB); Kameron Spaulding, (KS); Pat Jaouen), (PJ); Mark Smith, (MS)
Absent without notification:  Elaine Steinert, (ES)

Note: Mark Smith, (MS), recused himself as he designed the project. He did participate in the “Other Business” Session and in the approval of the minutes.

Staff present: Peggy Ammendola, Land Use Clerk, (PA)

Carmela & Serge Paccaud, 71 Church St., Map 43 Parcel 182, aka Firefly, modify previously approved application of October 2017 to replace collapsing 2nd floor porch in rear of the building due to inappropriate structural design at building located at. The modifications are as follows:
        Remove existing collapsing 2nd floor porch in rear of the building.
        Building cover staircase on the left of the rear façade.
        Stairs and guardrails build in wood.
        On the 2nd floor construct sided half wall as guardrail.

Presenting the application was Mr. Paccaud.  He reviewed the application. He stated that among the reasons for making the modifications are an emergency exit for the apartment, improvement for snow removal at the back of the building and aesthetics.  The look will be almost the same. The plans were reviewed.  JB made a motion to approve as presented and  PJ seconded the motion. The Commissioners voted to approve 4-0.

Approve Minutes-April 4, 2017-KS made a motion to approve the minutes as present.  PJ seconded the motion and the Commission voted to agree 5-0.

Other Business:  
Discussion regarding the following:
  • Signs have been placed around the District as a part of the Complete Streets project.  They are temporary and approved by the Board of Selectmen. KS said that they are provided by a grant and will be removed around Labor Day.
  • It was requested that there be an agenda item for June 6 so that the Commission can be updated on the previous notifications of violations.
  • KS stated that at the Annual Town Meeting earlier this month, the voters agreed to remove the requirement that there be a Planning Board member to serve on the Commission.  He will continue to serve in that capacity until someone replaces him.  
The meeting was adjourned at 5:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Peggy Ammendola

Lenox Town Hall  6 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240   PH: (413) 637-5500