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 17, 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.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the January 20, 2004 were reviewed and amended, motion to approve by Ms. Marlowe, second by Mr. Swanagan.  The February 3, 2004 meeting minutes were reviewed and amended with a motion to approve by Ms Stasi, second by Mr. Swanagan.  All in favor for both meeting minutes.  

           

APPLICATIONS

            Mr. Ron Howarth was present to discuss his application for replacing 3 windows at his 12 Cranbury Neck Road residence, Block 23, lot 107.  He plans to replace like with like 6/6 panes, double hung, color will also match.  Application and product information (Anderson 400 series brochure) was reviewed and approved, all in favor.  Applicant informed HPAC the historic barn tear down will commence approximately in March, as the warm weather approaches. 

            Richard Schroeder, Architect, and Peter Mavoides, homeowner of 10 South Main Street, Block 23, Lot 74 were present for the discussion of the previously approved addition by HPAC at the October 21, 2003 meeting.  This approved plan will be downsized.  Most of the changes will be on the interior floor plan.  The exterior changes exclude the second bay window, enclosed back porch is shortened and the louvered clapboard will be eliminated.  The details for the windows, frieze, corner moulding, siding, and shutters will be replicated as originally approved.  The gutters and down spouts will be built in.  Application and plans reviewed and approved by all.

Sean Deverin of 20 Maplewood Avenue, Block 33, Lot 22, was present to discuss his drawings that he presented to HPAC for his proposed addition.  He proposes to refurbish the existing aluminum siding and reuse on repairs.  The lower front section porch posts will need refurbishing.  Porch railing is existing, some balustrades will need repair, but this adds much character to the front section.  The porch floorboards are in need of replacing.  HPAC would like to retain as much of the remaining character as possible.  Application reviewed and approved.

 


 

 

DISCUSSION

By request, Don Jo and Cynthia walked the Barclay Site at 147 Plainsboro Road, on February 11.  They walked the perimeter of this old clapboard house taking notes.  Cynthia prepared a draft memo of this structure for the historic façade deed restrictions.  She will edit and send to secretary to print on letterhead, which will be sent to Pari Stave.

Discussion of the re-organization resulted in Bobbie Marlowe nominated as Chair.  Don Jo first the motion and Diane Stasi second, all in favor.  She thanked the committee for the honor.  Diane Stasi was nominated as Co-Chair, she was reluctant, stating that she felt there were other more qualified members.  The committee conveyed their high regards to her and in time, Diane will have the confidence to excel in this position.  Motion made by Bobbie, second by Don Jo, all in favor.

A discussion of the HPAC vacancy and how, historically, requested from interested individuals would submit their resumes for consideration.  HPAC would review these resumes and make recommendations to the Township Committee.  A suggestion that Thomas Lee, architect; Bill Gittings, local architect; or Barry Williams, builder, are all people who have the Class A qualification. Secretary will send these suggestions to Richard Stannard.  HPAC would like to have the vacancy filled soon as with only four member, it is often difficult to have a quorum.

Currently, Chapter 93 states that the Administrative Officer is the Construction Official.  The proposed Chapter 93 will need rewording so that it is conducive for another individual other than the Construction Official to perform the duties.  Bobbie Marlowe made list of some of the duties that would be performed.  A suggestion that a “job log” with the details be kept, should there be any questions or concerns regarding an application. 

HPAC is moving forward as guest speakers at Historical Society potluck dinner on March 19.  Pete Turner would like to meet with each member for his or her ideas.  Don Jo will open with the history of HPAC.  Diane has an idea of showing before and after slides of projects/applications that had come to HPAC for approval.  Some mentioned projects were 18-22 North Main Street as a work in progress, 11 South Main Street showing the freestanding barn; 47 South Main Street had the aluminum removed and the details replaced; 52 South Main Street with scale.  17 Prospect Street offered some discussion as how HPAC worked through rough drawings.  A slide of the new district map will also be shown.  Bobbie will discuss HPAC’s future with the proposed Chapter 93 i.e. minor application.

Meeting went into closed session at 8:55 pm for review of executive sessions minutes for January 6 and 12.  Minutes were amended and meeting was then opened at 9:05 pm.  A motion to approve the January 6 minutes by Diane, second by Cynthia, Bobbie recused herself.  A motion to approve the January 12 minutes by Bobbie, second by Don Jo.  All in favor

 

 

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 17, 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 March 17, 2004.

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary