MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION ADVISORY COMMISSION

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 October 19, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

 

CALL TO ORDER

With a quorum present, Bobbie Marlowe, Chair of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, called the meeting to order and acted as the Chairman thereof, and, Linda M. Scott, acted as Secretary of the meeting. 

 

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, 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

Diane Stasi, DonJo Swanagan, Harry Williams and Bobbie Marlowe, Chair.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the September 21, 2004 meeting were reviewed, motion to approve made by Harry Williams, second by Bobbie Marlowe, all in favor.  October 5, 2004 minutes were reviewed, amended and approved.  Motion to approve by Bobbie Marlowe, second by Harry Williams, all in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            Homeowner Stephen Root of 2 Wynnewood Dr. returned to discuss his application for a 6’stockade fence.  He is planning on getting a variance to install this fence.  HPAC will make a recommendation that will be submitted to the Zoning Board.  This property is a corner lot on Cranbury Neck Rd. and Wynnewood Dr.  After much discussion and reading the fencing code between Mr. Root and HPAC, it was mutually agreed that the 6’ fence will run on Cranbury Neck Rd. from the back of property to the front of house.  This will be consistent with other stockade fences along Cranbury Neck Rd.  The proposed 4’ picket fence in the rear yard from the stockade to house, was also reviewed and approved.  This house is in the surround zone.  All in favor. 

            Cynthia Dombrowski of 19 Brainerd Drive was present to discuss her application.  This house is located in the surround zone.  This application and construction drawings were received prior to this meeting.  The proposed plans consist of adding on a family room to existing dwelling.  Shingles, window, doors and siding will match existing.  HPAC reviewed and approved the plans and application.  All in favor.

John Mitko of 9 Griggs Road was present to discuss his proposed plans.  This house is located in the surround zone.  The submitted elevation drawings were void of details.  More details and documentation would be required for construction plans.  John will submit detailed plans and spec sheets by the next meeting.

 

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Application made for Robert & Laurel Quinn, 22 Liedtke Drive, for fencing the rear of property behind house.  This house is located in the surround zone.  Application is for a cedar post and rail fence with green mesh wire attached to outside of fence.  HPAC would like a picture of the fence for a clearer understanding of what the proposed will look like.  HPAC stipulated that the wire mesh should be on the inside of fence.

            Application made for William Reilley, 11 Cranbury Neck Rd., Block 37, Lot 2, for the replacement of existing windows with like.  This house is located in the surround zone.  Vinyl siding will replace existing aluminum siding.  This application was approved with the condition that the windows to be replaced with similar style and no change in location or style.  All in favor.

            Application made by Anthony A. Pelle, Jr. 18 Liedtke Drive, Block 21, Lot 4.04 for additional windows to be incorporated on a new construction.  This house is located in the surround zone.  Homeowner is matching the previously approved windows and shutters.  He would like to add real shutter hardware.  This application was reviewed and approved, all in favor.

 

DISCUSSION

            Depending on the scope of work for each application, HPAC feels that applicants should be present to discuss their plans, should questions arise that could be easily answered.  This would expedite the application approval and extra work for secretary.

            Diane Stasi spoke with Greg Farrington regarding the preservation deed on two historic homes in Cranbury.  She queried Greg as to how the construction department would be aware of the easements on these properties.  He stated that he is aware of the easements and had suggested that HPAC write a letter so he can post it on their bulletin board.  It was felt that Township Committee would be the correct responsible entity to generate the letter.  Don Jo stated that these two properties need to be added to the master plan in addition to the Historic District map.  A temporary solution is to asterisk them into the existing historic map with a note on the bottom.  Bobbie will email Trishka regarding this issue.

            Diane, Bobbie and Harry attended the Preservation NJ CAMP seminar on October 14.  Diane relayed the application process that was discussed at CAMP and how HPAC handles the applications vs. design review and the difference between the two. 

Harry suggested that HPAC follow Cape Mays lead that there are details regarding history, characteristics and standards, orientation and questions, exterior cladding, windows, streetscapes, garages and berms.  With this should be included scaled drawings or plans.  The applicant may read the ordinance for further explanation. 

            Diane will investigate the brochure idea that was discussed last year.  This would be an easy to follow guide for residents’ who wish to apply to HPAC.  She will discuss this during the next HPAC meeting.

            Diane showed the design guidelines of Cape May referencing details that she will need to attend their historic preservation meeting.  She stated that when making application in Cape May, the homeowner needs to look up their description of the dwelling and submit this information along with completed application.

            An idea for the next newsletter would reference the cost of restoration and the value of it.  The addition/alteration can affect the selling price depending on variables.  Diane volunteered for this article.

            42 North Main Street, which is next to the bank, is coming along.  A coat of paint now covers the cement board and cedar wood, which hides all signs of the two different materials.

 

            A new revision regarding approval requirements was updated by Jeff Graydon.  This updated version was distributed to the members.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe , seconded Richard Grubb, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 9:45 pm. 

                                                                                           

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 October 19, 2004, consisting of 3 pages, constitute a true and correct copy of the minutes of the said meeting.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name of said Historic Preservation Advisory Commission this November 17, 2004.

 

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary