MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

The regular meeting of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission was held at the Town Hall, Cranbury, New Jersey, on January 6, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Frank McDonald, called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairman thereof, and, Linda M. Scott, Secretary for the Commission, performed as Secretary.

 

STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE NOTICE

Pursuant of the Sunshine Law, adequate notice in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-5) was provided on December 30, 2003 of this meeting=s date, time, place and agenda was mailed to the news media, posted on the Township bulletin board, mailed to those requesting personal notice and filed with the Municipal Clerk.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Cynthia Hinson, Diane Stasi and Don Jo Swanagan.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Frank McDonald, Richard Stannard

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the December 16, 2003 meeting was reviewed, amended, and then approved.  A motion by Diane Stasi to approve both sets of minutes, seconded by Cynthia Hinson, all were in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            Mr. Mustafa Hassonjee was present to discuss the changes on 132 Plainsboro Road (Block 25, Lot 39).  His updated plans reflected changes from December 16 meeting.  After much discussion, it was agreed that this application be approved with conditions.  They are: the center front doors have no or two centered sidelights; lintel above garage be removed; wooden front door; wooden garage doors with square panels lights; front façade materials will wrap around side at least 15’; brick sample and EIFS sample will be provided before construction.  The proposed windows will be Pella with snap in grilles.  Structure will sit behind the neighbor’s house.  No plans received for the proposed landscape and possible pond on the front of property.

            Sean Deverin of 20 Maplewood Avenue (Block 33, Lot 22) was present to discuss plans for a proposed addition.  There is an existing shed style addition, which has termite damage, on the backside of house.  Sean would like to remove and replace with a larger room.  Sean would like to keep the existing chimney and reuse original floorboards that he has salvaged.  The back stairway will remain also.  The new addition will be placed on a concrete slab.  Sean would like to redo or reuse the existing 8” aluminum siding.  HPAC prefers not using vinyl siding or vinyl windows on the front portion of this structure, but are fine with the usage on the back portion.  HPAC stated that using contrasting material to a corner board would be appropriate for this house.  Currently, the existing shed portion of this dwelling is in need of demolition.  Demolition permit was approved for the rear shed only..

           

Marty Coffee was present to discuss 99 North Main Street; plans submitted on January 5 exclude the fire pit detail.  Cheryl Corr would prefer to use unfinished and rough sawn cedar.  HPAC reviewed and approved this pergola application with the condition that the wood be planed cedar. 

Thomas Lee, Architect for 6 Bunker Hill, Block 28, Lot 11.  Application and plans submitted for the enclosure of a side porch with sliding Marvin patio doors, new entry door, windows, and trim on the front of house, detached existing garage doors with shed to be sided and roofed.  Windows will be true divided light double hung flanked with wood shutters; siding will be board and batten.  Application and plans reviewed and approved, all in favor.

Application made by Kenneth Ellsworth, 17 Griggs Road, Block 26.01, Lot 54 for the installation of a shed to be assembled near the north east corner of house.  Application approved, all in favor.

 

DISCUSSION

            Peter Turner was present to invite HPAC to be the guest of honor at their next Historical and Preservation Society potluck dinner on March 19, 2004.  The thought is to educate the public of HPAC; how it came to be, what HPAC is about, what they try to accomplish and why.  Peter feels that an interaction agenda would be beneficial for all.  Slides or video tapes of structures that have been through the HPAC process could be shown.  A focus point group will be formed to outline this evening’s agenda.  HPAC felt that this is a great opportunity and agreed to be the guest of honor.

            There has been no feedback from Michele Donato regarding Frank McDonalds email outlining their issues with Chapter 93.  Gail Hunton was to contact Cathy Marcelli regarding the redistricting map.  HPAC would like to get the process of redistricting the map up to speed. 

            Diane drafted an informational letter for homeowners in the historic district.  Cynthia and Diane will collaborate on a final letter for the next HPAC meeting.

           

A motion was made by Don Jo Swanagan to enter into closed session, second by Diane Stasi.  Closed session was adjourned at 10:10 pm, motion made by Diane, second by Cynthia Hinson.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 10:15 pm.  A motion by Diane Stasi, second by Cynthia Hinson, all are in favor.

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

I, Undersigned, do hereby certify;

That I am duly elected and acting secretary of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and,

That the foregoing minutes, of the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, held on January 6 2004, consisting of 2 pages, constitutes a true and correct copy of the minutes of the said meeting.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto do subscribe, my name of said Historic Preservation Advisory Commission this January 21, 2004.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary