City Council Meeting Minutes
May 3, 2011
CALL TO ORDER:City Council convened in a General Committee meeting on May 3, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 1 Marketway West, 3rd Floor, York, PA, to receive general public comment, with the following Council members present: Renee S. Nelson, Henry Hay Nixon, Toni Smith, Carol Hill-Evans, Vice President, and Genevieve H. Ray, President, with President Ray presiding.
Mr. Shepard brought a photograph of an existing railing on the back porch of the building. He said if HARB had approved that inappropriate railing, it also should allow the one he proposes to install at the King St. entrance. The board told him that the existing railing predates the HARB district.
The board described an appropriate type of porch railing. It should be wrought iron with a square bottom rail, square pickets, and a molded top rail with an ogee profile.
The pickets must terminate full-size into the top and bottom rails, unlike the railing the applicant proposes to use. There should be a rounded return at the bottom of the staircase handrail.
Also, the door was replaced inappropriately. It should be replaced with a solid wood pane door. The applicant would prefer to have windows across the top. The windows must be square or rectangular.
Mr. Redshaw said that the board approved, by a 7-0 vote, that the application be amended with the following stipulations: 1. The new railing system will be a standard design as made by Julis Blum & Co., or an equivalent manufacturer. 2. The black wrought iron railing system must have square balusters set in between a square bottom rail and molded top rail with an ogee profile. 3. The balusters will be spaced per building codes and will terminate full size and full profile into the top and bottom rails. 4. The handrail will terminate in a rounded return at the bottom of the stairs. 5. The new door will be solid wood with a four-panel design and three square or rectangular windows across the top.