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 17, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

 

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 January 4, 2006 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.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, nominations for Bobbie Marlowe as Chair and Diane Stasi as Vice Chair, were made, seconded with all in favor. 

Bobbie Marlowe then called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairman thereof, and, Linda M. Scott, Secretary for the Commission, performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Kate McConnell, Diane Stasi, Harry Williams and Chairperson Bobbie Marlowe, were present. 

 

MINUTES

The minutes of December 20, 2005 meeting were reviewed and amended.  A motion was made by Diane Stasi to accept the minutes as amended, second by Bobbie Marlowe, with all in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            68 South Main Street,  (B21,L5) In Surround Zone;  Owner and Architect, Richard Schroeder was present  (impromptu application) for a signage application.  It will be installed on the exterior stone wall facing South Main Street at this site.  The proposed signage is to advertise the location of the two occupants for their customers.   HPAC reviewed the application with the submitted schematics of the signage.  HPAC approved this application, with the understanding if a change or additional signage is needed; a return visit to HPAC is required.  All in favor.        

            8 Westminster Place, (B31,L9) In Historic District;  Architect, Bill Gittings was present for discussion of the submitted construction plans for the garden structure, relocation of existing shed, and replacement windows in the sunroom of existing home at 6 Westminster. These plans were conceptually approved by HPAC on November 1, 2005.  The structure at 8 Westminster aligns with the street and the front is perpendicular to 6 Westminster.  Siding will be vertical wood siding.  A pergola is drawn on the plans.  If this is not included when construction is underway or there is a change of materials, such as lattice, then a return trip to HPAC will be required. The two parcels 6 & 8 Westminster Place remain as separate lots.  Application was approved, with all in favor.

            10 Silvers Lane, (B26,L29.18) In Surround Zone;  An application was submitted and received on January 6, 2006 for the removal of existing windows, replacing them with French doors and sidelites.  All the proposed work is located in the rear of existing house.  The existing deck will be altered to match the main house.  HPAC reviewed and approved this application, with all in favor.

 

 

DISCUSSION

              Kate explained her findings regarding funding for the potato barn.  An emergency grant is available with a turnaround period of 2-4 months from the NJ Historic Trust, providing a low interest loan or grant ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.  Emergency grants are for emergency repairs, stabilization, planning, acquisitions or purchasing.  The grants only match dollar for dollar donations and do not match the donated building materials.  Municipalities are eligible for grants.  The barns are located in the Historic District and are contributing.  Matching funds can be private or municipal, however, there needs to be proof of funds, such as a letter or bank statement confirming such.  The work needs to meet the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation.  This means to replace in kind. A plan will be culminated projecting a future use to demonstrate long-term preservation and how it will benefit the community.   The Township should apply for the applicable grant.  Grants are available from the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund, ranging between $5,000 and $50,000 per grant.  There is a grant round; application is available on March 20, 2006, with workshops in April and June. A determination is announced in the fall 2006.  Kate has agreed to help complete and file for applicable grants.  She indicated that letters of support help with the grant approval process.

            Committeeman Wayne Wittman was present for the barn discussion and feels that applying for the emergency grant and then for long term funding to rehabilitate the barn is best.   At the upcoming budget meeting, Wayne will discuss finding funds.

            Harry stated that Cranbury has a history as a farming community and that these barns are in a highly visible area.  He will visit the site with interested individuals on January 25.  An update of this visit will be reported on next meeting.

            Bill Bunting, speaking on behalf of Cranbury Historical Preservation Society (CHPS), are very encourage due the fact there are two Committee members are present tonight and actively seeking a positive solution for the barns.  He has a letter of support from CHPS to be forwarded to the Township Committee endorsing their support for this project.

Harry inquired about a proclamation for Don Jo Swanagan.  He has devoted many years to Cranbury and has been a valuable asset to HPAC along with other boards that he has served.  The secretary will investigate his years on HPAC.  This will be helpful when a proclamation is prepared. 

Kate reported that property owned by municipalities, in state listed historic districts; need to submit application for authorization for undertaking a project regarding cell towers. However, there is an exclusion of increasing the height of an existing tower by a certain amount of feet. Bobbie recommended Kate to call Committeeman Richard Stannard, who was present for barn discussion, and volunteer to summarize the information regarding cell towers in an historic district. 

Bobbie addressed the HPAC vacancy issue.  She informed all that she recently has contacted two individuals, one was not interested and the other has not yet returned her phone call.  She asked if anyone on the committee knew of someone with the required Class A (knowledgeable in building design & construction or in architectural history) qualifications.  When the pending ordinance is passed, it will require an additional two (alternate) members.

A memo dated December 28, 2005 regarding NJ “Local Unity Pay to Play Law” from Lisa Randazzese, of Mason, Griffin & Pierson was distributed for all to review and keep on file. 

Bobbie noted that the word “synthetic” siding was removed from the most current amended HPC ordinance.   

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Kate McConnell, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 9:30 pm.

 

 

 

CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY

I, Undersigned, do hereby certify;

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

That the foregoing minutes, of the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, held on January 17, 2006, consisting of 3 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 March 7, 2006.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary