MINUTES

OF THE

TOWNSHIP of CRANBURY

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 June 7, 2005 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 December 30, 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.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Chairperson Bobbie Marlowe called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairperson thereof, and, Linda M. Scott, Secretary for the Commission, performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

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

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the May 17, 2005 meeting were reviewed, amended and then approved.  A motion by Diane Stasi to approve, seconded by Kate McConnell, all were in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            Mr. Andrew C. Liggio, 21 Liedkte Drive, (B21.03,L3) was present to discuss his fencing application.  The fence design was approved by HPAC.  At the meeting, he presented plans for a deck design measuring 28’ X 16’, for installation in the rear of house off the back door.  Flooring materials will be Treks ‘natural’ wood color to match existing rear door, white aluminum posts with turned colonial spindles. The perimeter of deck between floor and ground will be X white lattice, which will match front porch lattice.    The last minute deck application was discussed and approved, all in favor.  Two sets of deck plan details were red lined, stamped and approved.

            Mr. Corr was present to discuss the pergola issue.  HPAC reviewed the approved plan of January 5, 2004.  Mr. Corr submitted a statement explaining the reason for the “change were concerns of snow load weight and structural safety of the pitch in the original application”.  This decision made on site was done without returning for re-approval. He further explained that the same amount of lumber and material was used to build the structure.  HPAC feels that the high pitch of this roof has a negative impact on the streetscape.  The Construction Department approved of the original plans from January 2004.  Harry Williams explained the logical process of submitting and following the approved plans for an addition.  The Committee took a vote and unanimously denied the application.            


           

 

 

Eric Abbey was present for discussing the demolition update for 50 Maplewood Avenue.  Termite damage was discovered in some of the support beams in the first story. The second level was fine and the floorboards were saved and will be reused. The foundation can be saved, roof will be applied by next week.  Mr. Abbey would like to apply cement board to the entire exterior of the structure.  HPAC reiterated that there be demarcation line between the old and new structure.   Yankee gutters on the porch are original and will not be touched.  Approval for the siding was previously given. 

            Dana O’Brien of 16 Old Cranbury Road (B19,L7 non-historic house) was present for discussion of a 23’ X 30’ addition to the south-west front of existing house.  Anderson 200 series windows will be used, Anderson Sliding door, Therma-Tru Craft Mahogany door with 2 sidelites, Ownesboro thin-brick siding, 1¾ “ wood trim around windows and doors and Timberline asphalt shingles are the materials that will be used for this addition.  HPAC reviewed discussed and approved this application with all in favor.  Diane Stasi recused herself.

              Hot Wok Café signage was received from the Planning/Zoning as an FYI.  Per Josette, the signage will match the existing in size and font.  DonJo stated that the signage height for signs in town is stipulated as 6” according to local ordinance.   HPAC feels that the letters are too high.

            Application received on June 6 for Anthony & Diane Berloco of 3 Danser Drive for a deck and side porch with overhang.  The deck will measure 16’ x 24’ off the back of the house.  The porch will match the deck in materials and style.  The overhang will have 2 support posts, roofing material will match existing house.  The complete application was reviewed and approved by all.

            Application received for Judson Hagerty of 80 Labaw Drive for the replacement of the double garage doors to a large single 16’ door.  This application was reviewed and approved, all in favor.

            Application received for Charlie Webb of 10 Hagerty Lane for a railing and decorative spindles to the existing porch on the front and side.  A small window above the existing garage is proposed.  HPAC reviewed, discussed and approved this application with the condition that the proposed window match the style on the attached brochure elevation III A7-1.  All in favor.

             ZBA088-05 Sal & Jean Golisano, 4 Prospect Street, would like to relocate driveway.  The shed portion of application was previously approved by HPAC.  The driveway portion was discussed, HPAC has and does not see a problem with this.

 

DISCUSSION

            Bobbie Marlowe discussed with Joe Stonaker the issue of last minute applications.  It was decided that completed applications must be received ten (to) days prior to the meeting date.   This will allow members the opportunity to visit the site for proper review the application.  It will also enable enough time for legal notice to appear for public input.  This will have an effective date of September 2005.

            Bobbie will submit a brief article to update the website regarding HPAC.  It should have a brief statement to help applicants with the application process and will include the recently decided deadline criteria.  It would be beneficial to have the Historic District Map and the guidelines on-line for all to view.  DonJo explained that there were many hours of the Township professionals, Township Committee and HPAC volunteers to develop the draft Chapter 93 and the Guidelines.

Bobbie would like to have input from others on HPAC regarding the recent draft copy of Chapter 93. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 June 7, 2005, 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 June 23, 2005.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary