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 April 6, 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, Don Jo Swanagan and Bobbie Marlowe Chairperson.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the March 16, 2004 meeting were reviewed, amended and then approved.  Motion by Cynthia Hinson, second by Bobbie Marlowe. 

 

APPLICATIONS

            Matt Guy of 112 North Main Street, Block 26.01, Lot 18, was present to discuss the addition and alterations to this existing structure.  An application was made for a rear addition along with converting the existing south elevation screen porch into living quarters.  New dormers and a covered entryway to the front of house will be added.  The four individual existing front windows will be centered under each dormer and paired together.  The back elevation will include a second floor bump out.  Hardi plank will be used to side the front of house and will replace any siding that will be removed during construction.  The remaining siding will be cedar shingles.  The corner board will match existing.  Marvin windows will be 6/6 with muntins between the glass panes.  The shutters will be recycled, which HPAC asked to hang from appropriate hardware.  Bobbie complimented the applicant on a well-organized and complete application.  This application was reviewed and approved as presented by all.

            Alain Hebert of 22 Station Road was present for discussion of a proposed addition to an existing 60 year old ranch.  Plans include matching existing shingles on the front of existing.  Vinyl siding will be applied to the remaining three sides of the house.  The new windows will match existing 6/1 with the exception of one window which will allow light into the hall area only.  HPAC discussed this window and suggested an 8/1 window for this area.  Alain thought this would work well with the interior.  There will be two additional decorative windows located over the front entrance.  Roof shingles will match existing.  There are two proposed rooflines on the A-7 plan; HPAC prefers the lower roofline and red lined this for the approved application. 

 

Maureen & Paul Rourke, 8 Perrine Lane, Block 22, Lot 18.05 would like to add stairs and landing to rear of existing house.  This application shows no railing.  Application was reviewed and approved as submitted.  A condition of the approval is that should a railing be required, applicant must reapply for this detail.

Jackie and Tim Donney, 41 Station Road, Block 37, Lot 8, application for a shed to be installed by homeowner in the rear of yard.  Application was reviewed and approved. 

Sean Deverin of 20 Maplewood Avenue, Block 33, Lot 22, and father Brian Deverin, were present to discuss an observation of another dwelling in town that was applying vinyl siding to all sides of this structure and would like to entertain this option for his home.  Cost is an issue for Sean, so he would like to vinyl side all four sides of his home.  HPAC explained that the particular dwelling on South Main Street was an application that had been debated and compromises were reached after the applicant appealed to the TC.  There is not much historic detail left after many alterations to this building.  HPAC encouraged Sean to reexamine the condition of his original wooden siding on the front façade.  If this siding is in good condition, HPAC would prefer that he retain the front wood and vinyl side the remaining three elevations.  Should the wood not be feasible, then cement board would be the next option.  Maintain the corner board with exposed wood.  The front door sidelight with blind panels that have no glass is a creative way to solve a problem while enhancing this area.  Sean will investigate and return when he has formulated a plan.

            Application received for Carole Vandercher, 128 Plainsboro Road, Block 25, Lot 37 for the change of existing front and rear porches.  It was determined that railing will be required by code, but railing detail was not included with the submitted design plan.  This application was tabled until the required information is received.

            An emergency application was received for Bruce Gunia & Cynthia Hinson, 7 Park Place East, Block 30, Lot 9, the re-roofing of an existing roof.  Application was reviewed and approved.  Cynthia Hinson recused herself.

 

DISCUSSION

Secretary will copy the approved application for 22 South Main Street for Jeff Graydon.  It appears that the contractor is not adhering to the approved plan to install wood frames on the façade windows. 

April 12, 2004 Bobbie and Don Jo will meet with TC to discuss the HPAC vacancy.  Harry Williams will be interviewed at this time.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 9:12 pm.  A motion by Don Jo Swanagan, 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 April 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 April 21, 2004.

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary