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 December 6, 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 January 4, 2005 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 October 18, 2005 meeting was reviewed, amended and approved with a motion by Harry, second by DonJo, all in favor.  The minutes of the November 1, 2005 meeting was reviewed, amended and approved with a motion by Diane, second by Bobbie, all in favor.  The minutes of the November 15, 2005 meeting was reviewed, amended and approved with a motion  by Harry, second by Kate, all in favor, Diane and DonJo abstained. 

 

APPLICATIONS

            16 Bergen Drive, (B18.03,L14) In Surround Zone;  Application was made to have fencing installed along the sides and rear of back yard, which includes two gates.  This application was reviewed, discussed and approved with all in favor.

            101 Plainsboro Road, (B28, L18.01) In Historic District; Application was made and presented by Harry Williams for a one story addition to the northeast corner of existing house.  The roofing, exterior siding, corner boards, and fascia materials will match existing.  The existing doors will be re-used. Authentic 6/6 divided light windows with trim to match the existing is proposed.  This application was reviewed, discussed and approved by Bobbie, Kate, Diane and DonJo.  Harry recused himself from HPAC duties.

            35 South Main Street,  (B12, L35) In Historic District (C);  An emergency application was received on December 6.  Re-roof entire structure with 30-year asphalt shingles is proposed.  The existing roof on the main structure is a standing seam tin/metal roof.  HPAC discussed this application and feels that this house should retain the existing tin roof character with the materials replaced in kind.  The application was denied, all in favor.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

            HPAC reviewed and conceptually agreed to 19 Griggs Road (B53,L26.01) the computer generated submitted drawings.  The homeowner will need to submit detailed drawings with an application.

            Bobbie updated HPAC regarding Chapter 93 stating she recently attended a Planning Board meeting where the pending ordinance was discussed.  The word ‘contemporary’ in the Chapter 93-12(b) was noticed with TC members in attendance.  Bobbie looked for this word in the Secretary of Interior Standards but could not find it mentioned.  She feels confident that this word shall be changed to a more appropriate word.  HPAC feels that additions should be compatible with the existing structure.

Bobbie informed HPAC that the 99 North Main Street appeal has secured Frank Brennan, Esq. as their attorney.   There was confusion regarding the appeal process and the time frame to start the process.  This application appeal will return to HPAC one more time to discuss the pergola as built with Frank Brennan.  The previous reason for the on site change was through the recommendation of his contractor to carry a snow load.  There is now a different approach to the appeal.  Their reasoning is the pergola roof was not historically correct to begin with so it should not make a significant difference.  

Discussion ensued regarding the pros and cons of having an attorney present at the meetings.  To date HPAC has been challenged three times. 

Kate McConnell asked about the Updike Barns.  DonJo feels it is tied up in negotiations between the Lions and TC.  It is his understanding that Frank Brennan is working on a lease for the Lions Club.   Kate stated that the barn roof is in despair and should be shored.  

             

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 9:10 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 December 6, 2005, 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 _____________________1, 2005.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary