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 March 16, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Bobbie Marlowe, 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 6, 2004 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 Chairperson.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the February 17, 2004 meeting were reviewed, amended and then approved.  A motion by Diane Stasi, second by Don Jo Swanagan, all in favor.  The March 2 meeting had no quorum. 

 

APPLICATIONS

            Frank Brennan was present for 57 South Main Street, Block 18, Lot 1.  Mr. Brennan discussed the proposed on one story, one room addition.  The proposed shingled hipped roof structure will include wood trim around the windows, columns to match existing side porch and wooden siding.  Frank stated that original windows would be used.  Three sets of plans were received prior to the meeting for members to review.  The plans were reviewed, stamped, and approved, with all in favor.  One set for HPAC file and two for construction dept.

            Daniel Goldberg & Marjorie Gutman were present for their application at 42 North Main Street, Block 32, Lot 4.  This couple is very excited about the removal of the existing aluminum siding and replacing it with cement board.  This house was originally two separate structures that were joined together during the first half of 1900.  HPAC discussed keeping the details of the two different sized windows, uncovering and exposing the window trim of this historic home.  The portico, currently wrapped in aluminum which will be removed exposing the original woodwork.  The existing benches are attached to the structure and will be removed, replicated and then reinstalled correctly.  The frieze board will be uncovered also.  What lies under the existing siding is anyone’s guess.  After much discussion of the historic details, HPAC explained the value of the front façade being wooden clapboard while cement board installed on the remaining sides.  HPAC explained that they are consistent with this request from other applications.  The clapboard would be existing original reclaimed and recycled, keeping the best for the façade, as it is uncovered and removed on


this project.  This application was approved with the conditions of front siding to be determined after existing siding is removed, remaining three sides be cement board and the portico, trim, cornice and shutters be of wood.  Benches will be repaired or replaced.  The recommendation of corner board can be cement board.  Shutters are to be hung with hardware.

            Mr. Francis Staples of 3 Griggs Road, Block 61, Lot 26.01, was present to discuss his application for additional living quarters over an existing 2 car garage.  HPAC felt the front exterior was trendy and would appear more historic if redesigned.  Application approved.

Application was reviewed and approved by all for the request of Jeff Berkins to apply vinyl siding to a garage located at 2676 Route 130, Block 5, lot 13. 

Application was reviewed for Mr & Mrs. Seghatoleslami, 11 Silvers Lane, Block 26.01, Lot 29.30 for the removal, repositioning, and replacement of windows, sky lights, and door for this address.  Application was approved, all in favor.

An emergency application for a leaky roof was approved on March 9th for Carol Vandercher, 128 Plainsboro Road, Block 25, Lot 37.  This approval was verbally communicated between Bobbie and Linda.

HPAC reviewed the letters exchanged between Mr. F. Ritter of Halsey Reed Rd. and Mr. John Katerba, with no comment.

 

DISCUSSION

Insight was provided at Township Committee meeting of March 15 regarding Chapter 93.  According to Trishka, it appears that both the TC and HPAC lawyers have created a wordy monster, which needs trimming by a few pages.  Once this task is completed, the Planning Board will review the document.  TC, HPAC, and PB will meet simultaneously so everyone has an understanding of this document.  The Design Guidelines will move along with the ordinance. 

The conversation of the importance of having the vacancy filled was addressed.  The previous meeting had no quorum as will the April 6 meeting.  Township Committee will arrange to interview applicants on March 29.  Bobbie was invited, but historically, HPAC would make a recommendation to TC.  Resume for Harry Williams was reviewed.  Bobbie expressed Harry’s enthusiasm.

Diane practiced her portion of the presentation for the March 19 potluck dinner for CHPS.  HPAC will be the guest of honor for this affair.  

A brief discussion of a written extension form occurred.  HPAC felt that on occasion when there is a no quorum, having this form would be necessary.  Secretary will inquire with the handling procedure of extensions in the Planning/Zoning Department.

Cynthia presented HPAC with reproduction 1876 map of Cranbury Twp. and the homeowners of the land lots at that time.  She also gave copies of The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation for HPAC and a copy for the file.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 9:50 pm.  A motion by DonJo Swanagan, second by Bobbie Marlowe, 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 March 16, 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 April 7, 2004.

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary