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 February 3, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Bobbie Marlowe, Co-Chairperson of HPAC, 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 January 7, 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, Don Jo Swanagan and Bobbie Marlowe Co-Chairperson.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Richard Stannard

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the January 20, 2004 meeting were reviewed and amended.  Secretary will retype with the amendments for approval at the next HPAC meeting. 

 

APPLICATIONS

            Frank Brennan, Esq. was present for 39 North Main Street, Block 23, Lot 54.  Mr. Brennan distributed a specification sheet of the proposed lamp pole and illumination fixture, which is 175 watt strong.  HPAC had questioned the wattage, but this would be reviewed at the PB level of the site plan.  They do not want a repeat issue similar to the Elms Nursing Home lamp brightness.  It was stated the hours of illumination will be approximately 12:00 am to 1:00 pm, which would allow ample time for the employees to travel safely to their vehicle after closing hour.  Mr. Brennan stated that the DRC suggested an “Employees Parking Only” sign, which will hang from structure near the entrance of the driveway.  It will have green paint with gold lettering and measure 12” x 26”.  The brick pavers’ patio has changed from between the sidewalk and road.  It will be placed over the existing landscape close to building.  Mr. Brennan will forward a copy of the site plan for HPAC files.  HPAC approved the proposed lamppost and illumination fixture.

Sean Deverin of 20 Maplewood Avenue, Block 33, Lot 22, was present to discuss his drawings for his proposed addition.  He would like to enclose the 7’ deep side porch to allow for internal expansion.  The porch roofline will be raised to gain head room and have a different pitch from the proposed addition.  It is not unusual to have a break where the old meets the new addition.  Sean will need to take into account the roof and corner line.  The back room addition will have four


 

windows on back wall.  The side porch column will need replacing.  HPAC stated that a similar but simpler design would work well here.  Sean would like to install shutters on the front windows.  HPAC explained the advantages and the importance of wooden shutters.  The pros and cons of aluminum siding and clapboard was also discussed.  Sean will return with drawings that show details such as corner boards, frieze, windows including muntin and sills, siding, gutters, roof pitch, etc.  Application dated January 2, 2004 was denied as presented, due to time limitations.  Homeowner will resubmit when plans are ready for construction.

            Application received for Mr. & Mrs. Agostino Valente, 1 Stockton Drive, Block 18.02, Lot 20 for the change existing and install another window on rear of house.  The proposed are casement windows for a bathroom.  HPAC reviewed and approved application, all in favor.

            Application received for Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Schulte, 43 Station Road, Block 33, Lot 58, for a conversion of existing garage façade into a family room.  Application and plan were reviewed and approved, all in favor.

 

 

DISCUSSION

Richard Stannard spoke with HPAC and offered his apologies for any misconceptions that may have been communicated during their last meeting together.  It was conveyed that TC as a whole decides on all appointments and reappointments.  HPAC feels that reappointing Frank would have been beneficial for this committee.  The idea of a proclamation for Frank McDonald was discussed.  He has dedicated 17 years to Cranbury. 

Despite not having a reappointment or a fifth member, HPAC will move forward and keep making decisions that best fit this historic town. 

It is still unknown as to who will be appointed to HPAC, but will have Class A requirement.  Regarding the legal publication of the amendment to the current Chapter 93, HPAC was surprised that Michele Donator was not aware of this action.  This Chapter 93 is on track will come before TC shortly.  HPAC eagerly awaits this to happen.  At this time, two alternates will be part of HPAC. 

HPAC strives to be consistent with set standards and abides with them on all applications.  Some of the decisions made regarding all applications does put HPAC in a position that is not always popular.  Due to this nature, Richard was informed that should TC receive any disgruntled comments against HPAC that these be brought to HPAC’s attention.  HPAC then can deal with those issues.  It was also stated that HPAC feels they do not have support of the TC and other boards in Cranbury. 

It was further conversed, that it is a privilege to live in a Historic District.  With this privilege, comes a responsibility to preserve, HPAC keeps this a priority.  Once historic changes occur, the character of Cranbury is altered and going back is hard.  

 

 

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 February 3, 2004, 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 February 18, 2004.

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary