Planning and Zoning Commission

November 2, 2009



            The Clarkson Valley Planning and Zoning Commission, pursuant to notices published in The Countian on October 17, 2009 and the Newsmagazine on Wednesday, October 28th and the Clarkson Valley website since October 15th and letters mailed to residents living within 500' of the proposal on Thursday, October 15th, met at City Hall on Monday, November 2, 2009 in the Fru-Con Center's third floor Presentation Room at 15933 Clayton Road to consider two agenda items and to make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen and the Tower Commission. 


            Planning and Zoning Commission Members present were:


                        Frank W. Hodgdon III, Chairman

                        Susan Shea

Artie Ahrens

                        Gregg Bogosian

                        Anne Grabner


Commission Members John Cloute, Lin Midyett and Jerry Litschgi did not attend.


The City Clerk, Michele McMahon, also attended.


            After the meeting was called to order, the Chairman read the Notice of Public Hearing for the agenda items being considered tonight:  1.) To discuss a request from VISDEV Ventures for approval of their request for a Special Use Permit for temporary signage larger than four (4) square feet at property known as 15977 Clayton Road in the PC District and to make a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen. 2.) To consider the request from Verizon Wireless to co-locate antennas on the existing 120’ monopole owned by Cricket Communications and an equipment cabinet outside of the existing compound at property known as 2351 Clarkson Road and to make a recommendation to the Tower Commission.


            Since no one was present to bring forward the VISDEV proposal, Chairman Hodgdon suggested the agenda be amended to allow Verizon’s proposal to go first.  Kristina Ortolani introduced herself as being the agent representing Cybertel Cellular Telephone Company d/b/a Verizon Wireless.  When asked how many carriers could co-locate on the Cricket monopole, Mrs. Ortolani stated at this point in time it was a moot point because all the carriers have antennas on that property.  Verizon was the last cellular company in this area and was receiving complaints of dropped calls.  Artie Ahrens stated there appeared to be enough information to take the proposal to the Tower Commission.  It was further decided that unless the applicant felt it necessary, her appearance at the Tower Commission meeting would not be required and a phone conference would be acceptable.  It was learned the cabinets would not be outside the existing compound, but rather located inside and the Public Notice was incorrect.  Mrs. Ortolani referred the Commission Members to Tab 4, Page C1, indicating the cabinet inside the compound.  The building material of the cabinet, she said, is fiber bond (earth tone color) stamped concrete.  The shelter is 12’ x 20’.  Mr. Bogosian asked what the diesel generator is for and Mrs. Ortolani stated it was for backup.


Mr. Hodgdon took a vote on the following:  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends to the Tower Commission that they allow co-location on the Cricket monopole.  A roll call vote was taken with the following result:  Ayes:  Ahrens, Bogosian, Grabner, Hodgdon and Shea.  There were no nays.  Mrs. Ortolani thanked the Commission Members and stated she would submit a building permit this week and wait for the outcome of the Tower Commission and Building Commissioner.


            The discussion of item two on the agenda began with Mr. Hodgdon stating the only sign that is not up at the St. John’s construction site is the 4’ x 8’ sign marked “F” in the packet.  Mr. Ahrens stated he did not have a problem with the proposal, especially considering the majority of signs are mandated by OSHA at the construction site and given the time frame for which they will be in place is temporary, however it should not set a precedent.  Mr. Hodgdon brought up the fact the two 4’ x 8’ signs are also temporary.  Mrs. Grabner suggested the Special Use Permit should state a removal date and after discussion, the time factor of 30 days after issuance of the occupancy permit would be satisfactory.  Two votes were taken; one for the smaller, required signs – with the stipulation given as long as they are in compliance with OSHA and the second vote for the 4’ x 8’ signs with the removal date established in the Special Use Permit.  To which a roll call vote was taken with the following results on both accounts:  Ayes:  Ahrens, Bogosian, Grabner, Hodgdon and Shea.  There were no nays.


            The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.


                                                            Respectfully submitted,




                                                            Frank W. Hodgdon III

                                                            Planning and Zoning Commission

                                                            City of Clarkson Valley