Members of the Village of Burton Historic District Review Board Monday discussed plans for meeting with the property owner on West Center Street who installed a metal roof on his home without the needed permit from the board.
Village Mayor Ruth Spanos briefly sat in on the meeting and stated that she had spoken with the resident about the issue.
“When I spoke to him on the phone, he said he didn’t know anything about the ordinance,” said Mayor Spanos. “Since then, he has talked to different people and he has questions.”
The home is located within the historical district and homeowners are not allowed to make major changes without appearing before the board for review, according to a village ordinance.
The Historic District ordinance on the books gives the board members the authority to enforce fines.
Pursuant to a section of the Historic District Ordinance, anyone that causes or permits an alteration or change to listed property or property from the historic district in violation of this chapter seven is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, imprisonment for more than 180 days or both.
At the Sept. 13 council meeting, the historic review board members recommended to village council a fine of $500 be levied against the property owner for installing a new roof without a permit.
Village resident and review board member Justin Ahrens pointed out at the Sept. 27 Village Council meeting that buildings located near the West Center Street home have metal roofs including one of the oldest buildings, the maple cabin.
“From the sound of it, it doesn’t sound like it was egregious,” said Mr. Ahrens. “After I saw the address, I drove by and it looks fine.”
After further discussion, board members decided to lower the fine from $500 to $100.
“I wouldn’t even care if it was [zero], but it has to show up as a violation and a fine,” said board member Cory Brown. “It can’t be like, ‘Oh well, they did it and nothing happened.’ It has to be consistent.”
The resident is expected to meet with district review board members at their next meeting.
The meeting was held on Monday at the Burton Village Hall. The next Historic District Review Board meeting is Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.