MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

The regular meeting of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Commission was held at the Town Hall, Cranbury, New Jersey, on June 6, 2006 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 3, 2006 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, Chair Bobbie Marlowe called the meeting to order, and, Linda M. Scott, Secretary for the Commission, performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

Diane Stasi, Alana Stops, Harry Williams and Chair Bobbie Marlowe, were present. 

 

MINUTES

The minutes of May 16, 2006 meeting were reviewed and amended.  A motion was made by Bobbie Marlowe to accept the minutes as amended, second by Diane Stasi, with all in favor.

 

APPLICATIONS

            33 North Main Street,  (B23,L57) In Historic District, C classification;  Owners, Suellen Waters and Jamie Sims were present for proposed replacement double entry doors located on the south side of building.  Owners wish to replace with Jeld Wen solid wood style M-7108A.  HPC feels these doors are in keeping with existing building.  Harry suggested a preventative measure to paint the bottom portion of doors that meet the saddle.  Ms. Waters would like to replace three existing windows with exact duplicates.  These replacement windows meet the criteria as a minor application so another application will be submitted for this.  A verbal vote to approve the proposed doors:

            Ayes:   Ms. Marlowe, Ms. Stasi, Ms. Stops, & Mr. Williams.

           

82 North Main Street, (B29,L7) In Historic District, C+ classification;  Homeowner Lil Conley was present for discussion of enclosing her back porch.  Included with the application is a brochure for the proposed product made of vinyl.  Photos of the back porch taken from the street indicate this porch enclosure will not be seen from the street, which was a concern for HPC.  A verbal vote to approve this application as presented:

Ayes:   Ms. Marlowe, Ms. Stasi, Ms. Stops, & Mr. Williams.

           

88 North Main Street, (B29,L4) In Historic District, C classification;  Application is made for garage door which is stylistically different from the existing.  The supplied specs indicate that the proposed doors top quarter have 4 windows across the top, the lower 3 quarters have 4 squared panels.  It is hard to see from the file photo what the existing doors look like.  HPC would like to see a photo of the existing doors.  The existing doors slide from side to side.  The Heritage Study remarked on the matching and contributing 4-square garage.  It is also felt that the proposed doors are not appropriate for the existing garage.  Harry quickly sketched a cross panel door that would be more appropriate.  Homeowner included a note was stating the doors have been ordered.  Diane read §93-7E (14)(b) citing garage doors.  A verbal vote was taken to approve or deny this application as presented:

Nay:     Ms. Marlow, Ms. Stasi, Ms. Stops, Mr. Williams

            A minor application (82 North Main Street) for repairs to the front porch, railing and stairs was approved on May 30, 2006. 

 

DISCUSSION

            Ms. Betty Wagner was present for discussion of the proposed cell tower east of Route 130.  HPC received a copy of the Sprint Spectrum LP Section NT Submission Packet from Ms. Suzanne B. Derrick of Richard Grubb & Assoc.  HPC was cc’d on a response letter from the Executive Director of the Middlesex Cultural and Heritage Commission, Ms. Anna M. Aschekenes regarding the study.  She referenced comments made by Bobbie and Diane during a meeting of March 31, 2006 in the Village Park while viewing a crane test for the proposed cell tower to be located across Route 130, outside of the Historic District and Buffer Zone.  Her letter is in opposition of the cell tower.  At the March 31 meeting, Bobbie and Diane questioned if this cell tower was instead of or in addition to the cell tower next to the firehouse on South Main Street.  Comments were made with the assumption that there will be two cell towers in different locations.  The intention of the South Main Street cell tower is still unknown.  HPC reviewed the report.  It is agreed that there will be a limited visible impact within the Historic District of the 150’ monopole tower.  Alana volunteered to write a reply letter to Ms. Derrick agreeing with the findings of the supplied study and that HPC does not object to this cell tower. 

Information for 29 Station Road (Buffer Zone) has been received.  During the March 7, 2006, HPC requested details regarding this application.  The scallops (half rounds) have been eliminated.  HPC is confused as to why this element changed.  The cut sheet for the vents will need to be submitted.  This detail is also lacking on the plans.  The proposed submitted window sheet states that simulated light 6/6, with grilles between the glass ¾” will be used.  Visualization of this window is difficult.  Details on the corner boards will be 4 ½” and will match the siding.   The window trim along with the paired windows will be snap-on lineal.  Proposed columns are straight.  The proposed roof shingles are CertainTeed LandMark shingles.  Homeowner will be in attendance at the June 20 meeting.

Bobbie read aloud a letter that will be mailed, certified, informing homeowners in the Historic District and the Buffer Zone of the passage of Chapter 93.  It reads “Dear Homeowner, Your home is located in the Cranbury Historic District or the District’s 200 foot buffer area.  As a result of the new Historic Preservation Ordinance, the requirements for approval for changes and repairs to the exterior of your home have changed.  In the past, the need for approval was triggered by the need for a building permit.  Now it is required for any exterior changes or repairs, including sidewalks and exterior lighting, but not for painting.

The Historic Preservation Commission is committed to working with homeowners to facilitate these changes, and will make itself available to answer any questions.

To make things easier, applications are categorized into major changes, minor, and emergency repairs.  Minor and emergency repairs, which involve no alteration to exterior appearance, require only that you fill out an application form and get approval from the Historic Preservation Commission Office, but do not require your appearance before the Commission.  Major changes, which alter to exterior appearance, do require your appearance before the Commission.  In all cases, you are required to fill out an application forma and obtain a permit certificate, which you will display in your window.

Application forms can be obtained from the Historic Preservation Commission Office, located in Town Hall.  For any questions, please contact Linda Scott, the Historic Preservation Commission Secretary at (609) 395-0900 ext.229.”

This letter informs the homeowner of recent changes to Chapter 93 and that exterior changes to your property require an application to be completed.  A minor change to the letter was suggested and approved.  The secretary will send this letter as amended to Trishka for legal review.

The final draft copy of the HPC CoA was reviewed.  It was decided that this final draft copy be forwarded to the township attorney for review.  Secretary will forward the application and the Certificate of Approval to Trishka for legal review.

            20 Maplewood Avenue (B33,L22) Jeff Graydon was to visit this home to view the shutters. To date, Jeff has not reported on an update regarding this issue.  Secretary will communicate with him regarding this.

            A Best Practices Workshop is scheduled for Friday, October 27, provided by SHPO.  The HPC members are interested in attending.  Harry will need to check his calendar.

            It was decided that This Old House magazine will be renewed.

            Diane informed everyone that Kate McConnell received a resolution for her volunteerism and dedication to Cranbury during the last Township Committee meeting.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Harry Williams, 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 Commission and,

That the foregoing minutes, of the Historic Preservation Commission, held on June 6, 2006, 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 Commission this July 18, 2006.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary