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 20, 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 (7:45pm) and Chairperson Bobbie Marlowe, were present. 

 

MINUTES

The minutes of December 6, 2005 meeting were reviewed and amended.  A motion was made by Kate McConnell to accept the minutes as amended, second by Bobbie Marlowe, with all in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            7 Evans Drive,  (B34,L5) In Surround Zone;  Homeowner, Jim Gerberich, was present to explain the task of this application that includes removal of a small patch on the current siding for repair due to water damage through the years.  While being repaired insulation will be installed on this area and a significant part of the house.  The original windows will be replaced with 6/6 kind. The siding will also be replaced with a cement board siding.  The front door will be replaced with dual lights on the top and six panels.  This application gave much thought process with attention to the architecture.  A phase II plan was included on the submitted application, but will be presented in the future when details have been worked through.  This application was reviewed, discussed and approved by HPAC.   

            35 South Main Street, (B35,L12) (C) In Historic District; a new application has been submitted for an emergency re-roofing.  The property owner, Mr. Greenwood, agreed with HPAC that existing standing seam metal roof should remain on the original existing building.  His contractor will re-roof the back addition (asphalt) and seal the roof seam where the tin roof and addition rooflines meet.  Gutters are to be replaced in kind.  This application received on December 13 was reviewed, discussed and approved by HPAC.

 

DISCUSSION

            Discussion of the potato barn on the Updike property ensued.  Kate and DonJo attended a recent Township Committee meeting regarding the demolition of the barn.  For reasons, the Lions Club has declined their interest in renovating the potato barn.  Kate investigated and discovered emergency grant funds, through a matching grant, can be obtained for rescuing the potato barn.    She asked HPAC why they have not been consulted or included with the discussions or decisions regarding the demolition.  Kate informed all that barns as a whole are disappearing structures in NJ. This turn of the 20th century barn, grouped with the other remaining different barn styles, adds importance and uniqueness as a barn park.   DonJo described the potato barn that has a transitional frame with a poured concrete foundation; it has a deck where the floor joints sit on top of the concrete perimeter. Corner posts sit on top of the deck, so there is no real sill.  Typical of the way an older post beam frame would be constructed.  There is a basement where potatoes would be stored.   Should this structure remain, it would an appropriate place to display historic agricultural donations.  HPAC stated that an application for a demo permit has not ever been received, but as a township owned public building, this would just be a courtesy on their part.  DonJo stated that he wrote a memo regarding this potato barn approximately 2 years ago with no response. 

           

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 8:55 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 20, 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 January 17, 2006.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary