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 November 16, 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 October 19, 2004 meeting were reviewed and amended, motion to approve by Bobbie Marlow, second by DonJo Swanagan, all in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

Laurel Quinn of 22 Liedtke Drive, Block 21, Lot 4.06, returned to discuss her fencing application. She presented photos of an existing fence in town that is of the same style that she would like to install in her back yard. It was discussed that the wire mesh will be attached to the inside (yard side) of the proposed fence. Application was reviewed, discussed and then approved by all.

Anita M. Dietrick, owner of The Elms of Cranbury; John Bleakley, grounds keeper; Architect Wolfgang Rapp of Spring House, PA, were present to discuss submitted application and plans for the front porch. This historic structure is in need of repairs to the railings, gutters, columns, decking lattice, and steps on existing porch. After much discussion, both parties established that the railings should be repaired with wood of the same height. The spindle materials, design and height will not change.

There is an inadequate gutter on the porch roof of this structure. Mr. Rapp proposed that an aluminum K type gutter will be replaced on the porch roof, reproducing the existing decorative fascia to hide this gutter. He stated that there would be no change in profile and will be reflected as such on the existing building.

If columns that are in need of replacement, they should be tapered to reflect the existing.

The porch decking will be of tongue and groove.

The side porch door will be rehabilitated and replaced.

 

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Should the existing lattice need replacing, the dimension thickness, squared design and how

far it is built out, should be taken into consideration. However if the existing is in good condition, a coat of paint could be all that is required.

Steps on the front porch are made of concrete. The description of steps on the presented plan refers to the side porch. The proposed replacement Treks material is for the side steps. Architect will make the discussed changes and submit them for the next HPAC meeting.

Kevin McConnell of 7 Stockton Dr. (B.18.02, L.17) was present for his fencing application. He is proposing to install an 8 stockade fence in the rear of his yard which angles along Rt.130 South. Applicant is interested in blocking the site and sounds from this busy highway. Along the sides of his rear yard that have neighbors and along the backside of house, Mr. McConnell is proposing to install a split rail fence. Due to the lack of completeness of this application and the many fence styles, HPAC requested to see the design specs or cut sheet of fences. Mr. McConnell will supply diagrams for each fence design. He agreed to supply this to the HPAC secretary before the next meeting. By doing so, this will enable a quick determination for this application. Applicant is planning to file for a variance. The Zoning Board is meeting on December 8.

Application was made by the contractor for Brenda Hershberger of 4 Ryan Road (B.26,L 36).

The work to be performed entails re-roofing and residing the entire house. New windows will be installed, along with shutters and a new front door. This dwelling is located in the surround zone. Completed application was reviewed and approved by all.

 

DISCUSSION

Diane raised some concerns regarding 20 Maplewood Ave. She observed that aluminum siding was installed on the rear and sides of dwelling. Homeowner has sanded and repainted this siding. Trim was to be repaired and replaced. The conditions of the recently approved application was that back and side rail porch posts was to be repaired or replaced in kind, siding to be repaired or replaced where necessary, front porch railing to be repaired in kind or removed, front porch columns to be repaired. It was stated that the current columns were replaced and should have be proportioned.

Bobbie distributed a copy of an email that she was cc on from Township Attorney to the Mayor. It states that the timeline for Chapter 93 has resurfaced and this issue will be reviewed during the first week of December. This is good news for the long awaited project.

Diane presented informational of flyer dated over 2 years ago for HPAC which would service as information to residents. It also included the current historic district map. It is hopeful that the long awaited Chapter 93 will soon be brought to the table.

Bobbie asked Trishka about the deed restrictions on the two dwellings in Cranbury. Trishka agreed that wordage should be put on paper for each township department to be aware of them. Trishka will attend to this task.

Diane is busy working on the newsletter article. The deadline is December 15.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Don Jo Swanagan, 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 November 19, 2004, consisting of ___ 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 December __, 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary