ARB: May 10th 2018

Mayfield Village
May 10, 2018

The Architectural Review Board met in regular session on Thurs, May 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Civic Center Main Conference Room. Chairman Parker presided.       


Present: Mr. Ed Parker (Chairman), Mr. Carmen Miozzi (Chairman Pro Tem), Mr. Steven Varelmann, and Dr. Jim Triner

Also Present: Mr. John Marrelli (Building Commissioner) and Ms. Deborah Garbo (Secretary)


Mr. Miozzi, seconded by Dr. Triner made a motion to approve the minutes of April 26, 2018.


Ayes: All                                       
Nays: None                     

Motion carried. Minutes approved as written.


  1. Entry Monument Sign
    Village Trails
    Wilson Mills Rd & Village Trails
    9th Avenue Designs Landscape Architects


Chairman Parker called the meeting to order. We have one item on our agenda tonight. Chairman invited the applicant to explain his proposal.

Pat Beam, RLA, Landscape Architect with 9th Avenue Designs introduced himself. Village Trails Homeowners Association asked us to spruce up the entrance a little bit. They’ve got kind of a painted wood sign now and want to make a bigger impact. We’re proposing landscaping and lighting with the new sign, all natural material will be used. The major part of the sign will be cut in limestone, dimensions 2’ x11’, both sides will get engraved with Village Trails. The base and the back of the sign itself will be this natural stone material.

Chairman Parker asked, is that limestone actually cantilevering?

Pat Beam replied, yes.

Chairman Parker asked, and there’s no concern of people jumping on that and breaking? If someone was standing right here, it wouldn’t want to crack the limestone? The limestone is strong enough?

Pat Beam replied, it’s a sizable chunk of stone that’ll withstand.

Mr. Miozzi asked, the width of this Village Trails limestone is the same width of the wall?

Pat Bram replied, yes, depth this way is 14 inches.  

Chairman Parker asked, those Dowels are going into that concrete masonry unit?

Mr. Varelmann replied, yes.

Chairman Parker asked, wouldn’t you need a cap on the top here and is that just a mortar joint or is that going to be dry stack?

Pat Beam replied, mortar joint.

Chairman Parker asked, out of curiosity, do you have specifications for laying it?

Mr. Varelmann asked, if this is CMU and this is cantilevered stone, how is this getting tied down to the foundation?

Pat Beam replied, in that core, we’ll take Rebar all the way into the footer.

Chairman Parker said, so you’re not actually connecting these Dowels at all to the reinforcement to the concrete. If you have your Dowels here, if they were actually connected to the Dowels, then it would stop it, but really this is the only thing stopping it from tipping over.

Mr. Varelmann said, I see these Dowels as decorative, I don’t see these as being structural to hold this up. I think it’s going to be something that’s going to tie down the foundation.

Pat Beam said, if you want these pins to go into the footer, no problem.

Chairman Parker thinks that’s a good suggestion, or make a connection so that you can actually physically attach it to that. I don’t think you have to take it to the footer. Or you’ll just drill the holes in the stone afterwards.

Mr. Marrelli asked, where are you getting the electric from for all these lights?

Pat Beam replied, there’s already a meter. At one time there was irrigation and lighting in that space.

Mr. Miozzi asked, this 1’ 4”, is that above the mulch line?

Pat Beam replied, yes.

Mr. Marrelli asked, does anybody have any questions on the plantings? I’m not a Landscape Architect, so I don’t know what these are.

Mr. Miozzi asked, does this go under the Homeowners Association after he’s done?

Mr. Marrelli replied, I would guess so.

Mr. Miozzi said, I’m assuming most of that’s all there?

Pat Beam said, there’s some existing trees there. We’re suggesting some big evergreens, some substantial plantings in the wintertime. 

Chairman Parker said, the only thing I’ll mention is these lights with the cantilever, just make sure they’re not hitting traffic.

Pat Beam replied, we put shields on all of them.

Mr. Miozzi asked, are you using tan or gray grout?

Pat Beam replied, gray.

Mr. Miozzi asked, Village Trails will be painted black? 

Pat Beam replied, maybe a little epoxy they put in the center of it to get it to stand out a little bit.

Dr. Triner asked, those pins at 90 degrees, how are you going to get those pins in there?

Chairman Parker demonstrates the dropping in of the pin, filling and locking it in. The side of the CMU is missing, it has a slot that locks it in.

Mr. Marrelli asked, do we want to go on the record for who will maintain all this landscaping?

Mr. Miozzi asked, wouldn’t it be the Homeowner’s Association? 

Mr. Marrelli replied, I’m bringing it up to note that it is not the Village’s responsibility to maintain it. The Village won’t be taking care of it. We do have some that were maintained for some reason, probably because we built them.

Mr. Miozzi said, it should be in their Deed Restriction for that development.

Mr. Marrelli said, it’s probably in the right-of-way.

Chairman Parker asked, is the sign at Aintree North maintained by their HOA?

Mr. Marrelli replied, I believe that we constructed it and they maintain it.

Chairman Parker asked, does anyone have any further questions or comments?

Pat Beam asked, to summarize, we just need to take these pins down into the footer?

Chairman Parker replied, and that’s just a recommendation, right John?

Mr. Marrelli said, it’s on you if the sign fails, so yes, you should take them down to the concrete.

Mr. Varelmann said, I think that’s in lieu of having adequate construction details for the design. We don’t have enough information to evaluate how this thing is constructed.


Mr. Miozzi, seconded by Mr. Varelmann made a motion to approve the Entry Monument Sign, Lighting and Landscaping for Village Trails at Wilson Mills Rd & Village Trails as noted:

  • Sign; Pins to be taken down into the footer as discussed and noted.


Ayes: Mr. Parker, Mr. Miozzi, Mr. Varelmann, Dr. Triner       
Nays: None                                     

Motion Carried. Drawings Approved As Noted.


There being no further business, Mr. Miozzi, seconded by Mr. Parker made a motion to adjourn the meeting.


Ayes: All                             
Nays: None                     

Motion Carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.