MILFORD BOROUGH - A letter was received by Milford Borough at the December 19 Workshop Meeting from the Architectural Review Board referencing a building on 511 Broad Street in which windows were installed without an ARB permit. The letter requested council to decide on what action would be taken.
Discussion at that meeting led to the Borough Solicitor being consulted. A stop work order was sent to the property owner on all exterior work until an application was submitted to the ARB. The letter was drafted by Council President Frank Tarquinio and regularly moved and seconded to be sent.
At the regular council meeting on Jan. 8, 2018 President Tarquinio read a letter prepared by Alternate Solicitor Waldron and addressed to Christopher Makos, the property owner, officially informing him of the violation to the ordinance. The letter goes on to acknowledge that the property owner has made application to the ARB for a Certificate of Appropriateness which is currently under consideration by the ARB. The borough will await the ARB’s determination before determining the appropriate fine to be imposed for this violation.
The letter states, “Whether the Borough will be seeking one fine or a per diem fine will depend on your cooperation in going through the application process and implementing any requirements that need to be met as a result of the issuance of the Certificate of Appropriateness. Once that is finalized, you will be given an opportunity to admit to the violation and pay the fine to the Borough directly, or you can go to Court to dispute the violation and/or the amount of the fine, but if the Borough prevails, you will be liable for the Borough’s costs, in addition to the fine.”
The letter was approved to be sent.
[Editor’s note: 511 Broad Street is the address of a single family home, which real estate websites lists as having been guilt in 1860. The house is just past the County Administration building going towards Matamoras, on the opposite side of Broad Street.]
“Historic District Official”
Alternate Solicitor Anthony Waldron has prepared a draft Ordinance Amendment which will update the Historic District Ordinance to include a “Historic District Official” which will be appointed by Council. This is necessary as the borough now contracts building inspection services with an outside firm and there is no longer a building inspector serving the borough.
The firm contracted with is Building Inspection Underwriters of PA and this firm wishes to not be involved in the Historic District Ordinances, either as a member of the HARB nor as the party responsible for the enforcement. The updated ordinance amendment will include updating reference to the Building Inspector to the “Historic District Official” to assume the duties once delegated to the Building Inspector.
ARB member Kevin Stroyan offered that any updates to the Historic District Ordinance should also be submitted to the Historic Museum Commission who was instrumental in drafting the original Historic District Ordinance prior to adoption.
[Editor’s note: The January Council report was divided into three parts. This is part 1.]
The Milford Borough Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m., at Borough Hall, 109 West Catharine Street, Milford. Please visit the borough’s website at www.milfordboro.org for detailed information.