x – Meeting Minutes February 21, 2012

Meeting of the Board of Directors
February 21, 2012
Merion Cricket Club


Wayne Hunt convened the meeting at 7:30 pm.

Attending: Wayne Hunt, President; Tom Wilkinson, 1st Vice President; Andy Orr, 2nd Vice President, Lorraine Jones, Treasurer; Jane Carton, Secretary; Linda Aversa-Caldwell, Tash Duff, Kerstin Humann, Hala Imms, George McFarland, Karen Shapiro, Lee Tabas

Commissioners: Scott Zelov

Excused: Ged Boudreau, Cheryl Gelber, Steve Lindner

No Response: Shelly Brietling, Elizabeth Kuensell, Stephen Lee, Francis Leto, Cary McClain, Steven Mezrow, Carol Rando, Polly Richmond, Chris Robinson, Paul Simpson

Approval of the January 10, 2012 Meetings Minutes – The minutes were approved, as written, motioned by Wayne.

Treasurer’s Report – Lorraine Jones reported that the balance of treasury funds amount to $3,343.65.  Lorraine read a letter from the Bryn Mawr Fire Company thanking the HCA for the $500 donation benefiting their annual fund drive. A request from the LM Twp. Police Pension Association was tabled and will be included as a March agenda item.

Old Lancaster Road Speed Limit – Hala Simms distributed a detailed report on the speed limit discrepancies posted on the road, specifically from the corner of Booth Lane and Old Lancaster to the intersection of Barrett Avenue and Old Lancaster. After reviewing the photographs, all present agreed that the existing signage is confusing. Commissioner Zelov explained that changing speed limits is a BOC issue. The board thanked Hala for her comprehensive report.

Action: Scott will follow up with Supervisor McGrath on the situation.

Zoning Hearing Board Update – Wayne attended the February 9, 2012, Zoning Hearing Board meeting and reported on two items that included Haverford Civic input:

Appeal #4256 – Francesco D’Arro seeking relief from Haverford School baseball field was denied.

Appeal #4269 – Nelly Berman School of Music seeking to use an existing out building for music for electronically remote music lessons as an expansion of special exception.  Applicant needs to meet all code requirements for expanded use, including a traffic study and lighting plan. The applicant agreed to maintain the maximum number of students at 192, thus causing the ZHB to waive the traffic study requirement.  A lighting plan will be required. Applicant will cause a lighting plan to be prepared for presentation at the May, 2012 meeting. The property manager from the neighboring condominium townhouses on Buck Lane spoke against the request, citing increased traffic and  noise. (Note: of the 10 condominiums, 6 are rented and 4 are owner occupied).  The ZHB  noted that enforcement issues weren’t in its purview.

Art in Sharpe Park – Jane Carton distributed committee sign-up sheets and noted that the date for the event will be June 9, 2012 from 11 to 3, rain or shine.  Jane challenged all board members to submit names of artists and craft persons who might be interested in participating.

Commissioner’s Report

Scott Zelov (Ward 10)

  • Scott reported that both the Acme and Ludington Library are scheduled to reopen in late spring.
  • After three years of testimony, the appeal by AdSmart to the LM Zoning Board maintaining that the billboard located at the intersection of Five Points in Bryn Mawr was legal, was denied and dismissed.
  • On February 16, the proposal for two oversized billboards to be installed on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr was denied and dismissed in a 5-0 decision.

Federation of Civics Report – Wayne reported for Lee Tabas

  • The Special Planning Commission meeting that was scheduled for Saturday, February 25 has been cancelled. A “City Avenue District Ordinance and City Avenue Official Map Workshop” will take place on Monday, February 27 at the township building.
  • On January 9, the Federation of Civics Associations of Lower Merion and Narberth adopted a resolution urging the Township Commissioners to apply the 6.9 million unanticipated tax revenue to the 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program, allowing the Township to avoid, or at least postpone, future incurrence of additional debt; to the extent that this approach will forestall or reduce future principal and interest payments and to eliminate any need to raise tax rates in 1013-14. The resolution was voted on and approved unanimously.

New Business – None.

Adjournment – The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Next board meeting – Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m at the Merion Cricket Club 2nd Floor Board Room.

  • Ginny Williams and Sally Greenough from the Garden Workers will attend the meeting
    to discuss financial needs and support for Sharpe Park.
  • A team photo will be taken for the web site.

Respectfully submitted,

Jane Carton, Secretary

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