Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

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  1. Roll Call.
  2. Approval of the Minutes for the Regular HDC meeting held on July 21, 2020.

3. HDC-007-2021 for 407 Montgomery Street, submitted by Leah Ellinger on behalf of owner Gabrielle Whitfield, requesting to replace front door from maroon color with 4 over 4 windows to black concord with nickel caming with smooth star finish, will also be replacing the storm door from white to black and replace door trim in white.

4. HDC-008-2021 for 522 Main Street, submitted by James Martin, on behalf of St. Philips Episcopal Church, requesting to install (6) new directional wooden signs, size 18’’ x 24’’ with cream background and dark grey lettering. All signs will be mounted off the ground with white painted cedar posts.  

5. HDC-013-2021 for 1110 Montgomery Street, submitted by Lisa & David Everett, requesting to install a 8 x 11 well pump shelter over existing concrete slab on side/rear of property. Structure will be built with untreated wood and roof shingles to match house in dark grey. There will also be white clapboard siding around the bottom of structure.  

6. HDC-002-2021 for 1007 Montgomery Street, submitted by Verlin Alexander, requesting retro-active approval for paint of house with new color Perfect Sky (blue). Original color was a tan/beige color. Also repainted window trim and front porch with in-kind color white.  

7. HDC-014-2021 for 929 Montgomery Street, submitted by Oscar Corado, requesting to replace 4’’ wide white gutters with 6’’ wide gutters and replace grey 3-tab shingles to dark grey architectural roof shingles. Applicant previously received staff approval for an in-kind replacement but has decided to request these new changes.

8. HDC-017-2021 for 300 Main Street, submitted by Marcus Ponder, requesting to install new awning with signage. Awning will be all black with white and red logo. The awning will also have a tag-line directly under the logo. The logo's words are "Sankofa Health" and the tag-line is "Express Medical Care." The location has 3 awnings on the building that will be replaced and they all will have the same design.

9. HDC-019-2021 for 355 Main Street, submitted by Tomela Wright, requesting to paint storefront bottom siding from dark green to black eggshell by Behr and install new flatwall sign for beauty salon, Noir Elan Beauty Boutique.

10. HDC-018-2021 for 322 Main Street, submitted by J. Robb Cecil, requesting to recover awning signage in white lettering on black awning as follows: “322 Main” (in middle) “The Driscoll Law Group, Worker’s Compensation, Disability Law” (for Suite 101) and “Down’s Law Firm, P.C., Estate Planning and Administration” for Suite 103.

11. A tax credit request for 418 Laurel Avenue, submitted by Jeffrey Royle for approved HDC Certificate of Approval 082-2020 for siding repair and paint. The cost was $7,500.00 and the requested amount is $750.00.

Staff Approvals:

 

HDC 087-2020 for 317 Fourth Street submitted by Matt Oskvarek, request to replace walkway in front yard. Material will change from concrete to stone, was amended with staff approval to install with grass in between the stone instead of concrete.

HDC 005-2021 for 418 Prince George Street submitted by Paris Thalheimer, request to repaint metal roof “in-kind color red.

HDC 006-2021 for 513 Prince George Street, submitted by William Wellford, request to replace garage roof shingles with in-kind color green and architectural style.

HDC 009-2021 for 929 Montgomery Street, submitted by Oscar Corado, request to replace roof shingles with in-kind color gray and 3-tab style. Gutters will also be replaced in white. Roof is starting to leak and gutters are starting to rust. Applicant later changed his mind and wants architectural shingles, to be reviewed and approved by the HDC under 014-2021.

HDC 010-2021 for 929 Montgomery Street, submitted by Oscar Corado, request to re-paint the exterior of house with in-kind color, Behr Ultra Pure White.

HDC 011-2021 for 342 Laurel Avenue, submitted by Jeffery Pohren, request to repaint house exterior with in-kind color, high style beige.

HDC 012-2021 for 708 Montgomery Street, submitted by Theodore Guerrant, request to remove (1) dying maple tree and (1) dying oak tree. Staff recommends to plant (2) new trees on the property.

HDC 015-2021 for 502 Prince George Street, submitted by Donna Heslop, request to repaint vinyl siding (Sherwin Williams Shiitake) and shutters (Franklin Blue) with in-kind color.

HDC-004-2021 for 709 Main Street, submitted by Darlene Stark, requesting to remove (1) maple tree on right side of house and remove (1) locust on left side of house. Applicant claims both are a hazard and plans to replant (2) new redbud trees on property. Letter from Adirondack Tree Experts state Maple tree is 90% dead and the Locust fell during a storm on 8/24/2020.           

12. Adjourn

Minutes

MINUTES

EIGHT HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIRST MEETING

TUESDAY – SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 – REGULAR – 6:00 P.M.

 

*This meeting was conducted virtually through Zoom due to COVID-19*

 

Convened: 6:00 PM                                         Adjourned 7:24 PM

 

Commissioners Present:                                 Staff Present:

                                     

Robert Kluchhuhn, Chairman                          Christian Pulley, Director

Margie McCeney, Vice-Chair                          Robert Love, Deputy Director

Michael Leszcz, Councilmember                     Monta Burrough, Planner II

Karen Lubieniecki                                           Joshua Mitchum, Planner II

Marlene Frazier                                                Brooke Quillen, HDC Coordinator

                                                                        Ed Thomas, Technical Director, Communications

James Cornwell-Shiel, Deputy Director of Information Technology

Cinnamen Fisher, Application Specialist, Information Technology                                   

Commissioners Absent: Two (2)

Citizens Present:  Approximately ten (10)

 

Chairman Kluckhuhn called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m., read the Opening Statement and asked for a roll call. Five (5) commissioners answered present, constituting a quorum.

 

Chairman Kluckhuhn asked if there were any corrections or comments regarding the Minutes from the Regular HDC meeting held on July 21, 2020.  Ms. Lubieniecki asked the Secretary to check the wording in the motion for item number (3) three.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the minutes were approved on (5) affirmative votes.

 

HDC-007-2021 for 407 Montgomery Street, submitted by Leah Ellinger on behalf of owner Gabrielle Whitfield, requesting to replace front door from maroon color with 4 over 4 windows to black concord with nickel caming with smooth star finish, will also be replacing the storm door from white to black and replacing the door trim in white.

The applicant was present to answer any questions.

On a motion by Ms. Lubieniecki seconded by Ms. McCeney the item was approved on (5) affirmative votes.

 

HDC-008-2021 for 522 Main Street, submitted by James Martin, on behalf of St. Philips Episcopal Church, requesting to install (6) six new directional wooden signs, size 18’’ x 24’’ with cream background and dark grey lettering. All signs will be mounted off the ground with white painted cedar posts.  

The applicant was present. There was discussion among the Commission, applicant and staff regarding the font style, sign size and location of the signs. The Commission requested the applicant change the sign from (2) two different fonts to (1) one font.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Ms. Lubienieck, the item was approved on (5) affirmative votes.

 

HDC-013-2021 for 1110 Montgomery Street, submitted by Lisa & David Everett, requesting to install an 8 x 11 well pump shelter over existing concrete slab on side/rear of property. Structure will be built with untreated wood and roof shingles to match house in dark grey. There will be white clapboard siding around the bottom of structure.

The applicants were present. There was discussion among the Commission and applicant regarding the usage of the water well. It was suggested from the Commission the applicant contact WSSC for approval to use the water and that they may want to get the water quality tested.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Ms. Frazier, the item was approved on (5) affirmative votes, with the recommendation the applicant contact WSSC regarding the use of the water and get the water quality tested.

 

HDC-002-2021 for 1007 Montgomery Street, submitted by Verlin Alexander, requesting retro-active approval for paint of house with new color Perfect Sky (blue). Original color was a tan/beige color. Also paint of window trim and front porch with in-kind color white.  

The applicant was present. There was conversation with the applicant and the Commission regarding the work being done without approval. The Commission stated while they don’t agree with the new color, they will approve it, however, the applicant will not qualify for a tax credit.

On a motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the item was approved on (5) affirmative votes.

 

HDC-014-2021 for 929 Montgomery Street, submitted by Oscar Corado, requesting to replace 4’’ wide white gutters with 6’’ wide gutters and replace grey 3-tab shingles to dark grey architectural roof shingles. Applicant previously received staff approval for an in-kind replacement but has decided to request these new changes that are not considered “in-kind” for staff approval.

The applicant was present. There was conversation with the applicant and the Commission regarding the color of the roof shingles. The applicant stated he originally wanted a red, then changed to grey when submitted his application but now wants to do black.   A photo was submitted before the meeting and was provided in the zoom presentation.  The Commission suggested using a different style (1/2 round) gutters instead of square, however the applicant did not agree as there is a price increase for the ½ round and he has already put in a lot of money to fix up the property. The Commission decided to approve his original request.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the item was approved on (5) affirmative votes.

 

HDC-017-2021 for 300 Main Street, submitted by Marcus Ponder, requesting to install new awning with signage. Awning will be all black with white and red logo. The awning will also have a tagline directly under the logo. The logo's words are "Sankofa Health" and the tagline is "Express Medical Care." The location has 3 awnings on the building that will be replaced and they all will have the same design.

The applicant was present. The Commission asked staff if the letters on the sign meets code requirements.  Staff replied it does meet code requirements.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Councilmember Leszcz, the item was approved on (5) affirmative votes.

 

 

HDC-019-2021 for 355 Main Street, submitted by Tomela Wright, requesting to paint storefront bottom siding from dark green to black eggshell by Behr and install new flat wall sign for beauty salon, Noir Elan Beauty Boutique.

The applicant was present. There was discussion among Commission and applicant regarding which of the different style signs submitted were being used. the applicant clarified the black and white sign with the gold line in the middle is the preferred sign.

On a motion by Ms. Frazier, seconded by Ms. McCeney, the item was approved on (5) affirmative votes.

 

HDC-018-2021 for 322 Main Street, submitted by J. Robb Cecil, requesting to recover awning signage in white lettering on black awning as follows: “322 Main” (in middle) “The Driscoll Law Group, Worker’s Compensation, Disability Law” (for Suite 101) and “Down’s Law Firm, P.C., Estate Planning and Administration” (for Suite 103).

The Commission stated they were concerned about the size of the lettering but agree this awning is much better than the existing awning because the lettering will be smaller.

On a motion by Councilmember Leszcz, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the item was approved on (5) affirmative votes.

 

A tax credit request for 418 Laurel Avenue, submitted by Jeffrey Royle for approved HDC Certificate of Approval 082-2020 for siding repair and paint. The cost was $7,500.00 and the requested amount is $750.00.

On a motion by Ms. McCeney, seconded by Ms. Lubieniecki, the tax credit application was approved on (5) affirmative votes.

 

The Commission expressed to staff they were concerned about the staff approvals not being sent to them anymore before being approved. Staff stated it is to avoid potential violation of the Maryland Open Meetings Act, adding the process has been streamlined for the Chair of the Commission to review staff approval requests and if the Chair has an issue with a request he can bring it before the Commission. The Commission requested another discussion be held with the City’s attorney. Staff agreed.

 

The Commission brought up work without approvals at the following addresses: 605 Prince George Street and 342 Laurel Avenue and asked staff follow up. Staff agreed.

 

Meeting adjourned at approximately 7:24 p.m.

 

Minutes Approved LBQ     Date 10/13/2020

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