MINUTES OF THE CATAWBA ISLAND BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
July 11, 2012
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Chairman Bryan Baugh called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Board members in attendance were Bryan Baugh, Jack DeVore, Sandy Erwin, and Jack Zeigler. The zoning inspector, Walter Wehenkel, was in attendance as well as Township Trustee Matt Montowski, Mike Mallett, Ed Stevens, and Steve May representing the Catawba Island Club. Bryan Baugh indicated that Shelly Stively has been appointed as an alternate member, but was unable to attend as she in Columbus attending a training seminar for her new job with the City of Port Clinton.
Sandy Erwin indicated she has two sets of minutes. One was the amended set of minutes from the May meeting that were revised to include the concern of Jack Zeigler concerning the building that was moved from the Marine Max site to the adjoining site. She also had the June 13, 2012 meeting minutes. Jack DeVore asked if there were any printed copies available. He read them on the email he received, but did not print them out. There were none available. Jack Devore moved to approve the amended minutes from the May meeting as well as the June 13, 2012 minutes. Sandy Erwin seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Bryan Baugh asked Steve May if he had anything to present or any questions to ask. Mr. May stated he did not. He was simply in attendance to confirm that his variance in June was approved.
Walter Wehenkel stated to Bryan Baugh that Mr. Mallett and Mr. Stevens were in attendance concerning the building height questions that was mailed to the Board members. Mr. Wehenkel was asking for confirmation on determining building height for a house built into a hill. Bryan Baugh asked for the location. Mr. Mallett described the location off of Surfside Drive. It is a corner lot. Jack DeVore asked if the hill was closer to the water. Mr. Mallett stated it was. Mr. DeVore stated it would be dug out by the water. Mr. Mallett stated they would only excavate two to three feet down.
Mr. Wehenkel shared a revised diagram with height dimensions at all four corners and three height dimension between each corner. His interpretation is that you average the heights for each side, add them together, then divide by four. That calculation results in a height about six inches higher than the permitted thirty-five feet. Mr. Baugh stated that the diagram shows the entrance of the building at the driveway at 32.8 feet in height. Mr. Mallett stated he can drop the height six inches in order to conform to the thirty five foot maximum. A general discussion followed. The Board concurred that Mr. Wehenkel was properly interpreting the zoning regulation for building height. If Mr. Mallett drops the height by six inches, he will be in conformance. Bryan Baugh thanked Mr. Mallett for attending.
Sandy Erwin mentioned the auction that is posted at the Scott Keils property on West Catawba Road. She was unaware if was a bed and breakfast. Bryan Baugh stated it was approved as a bed and breakfast quite a few years ago and just after he became a member of the Appeals Board. The bed and breakfast was supposed to be in the building that is connected by the breezeway. He did not remember the approval being limited to the applicant, so the bed and breakfast could be transferred if it is operated in the manner that was discussed when it was approved. A general discussion followed concerning the property and the auction alternatives that are posted on the site.
Jack DeVore moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m. Jack Zeigler seconded the motion. The motion passed and the meeting was adjourned.
Bryan Baugh Sandy Erwin