MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

A special meeting of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Commission was held at the Town Hall, Cranbury, New Jersey, on July 18, 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 4, 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

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

 

MINUTES

The minutes of June 6, 2006 were reviewed, amended and approved with a motion by Bobbie Marlowe, second by Alana Stops, all in favor.  The minutes of June 20, 2006 were reviewed, amended and approved with a motion by Bobbie Marlowe, second by Harry Williams, all in favor.  The minutes of June 29, 2006 were reviewed and approved with a motion by Bobbie Marlowe, second by Alana Stops, all in favor, Harry Williams recused himself. 

 

APPLICATIONS

Secretary reported that on July 17, 2006, an ordinary maintenance application was approved for Ms. Etsuko Nakajima of 4 Evans Drive (B33,L41).  The homeowner presented photos showing damage done to the existing garage doorframe caused when a vehicle made contact when entering or exiting the garage.  Application was reviewed and approved by Administrative Officer.

ZBA 115-06 Application for Robert & Luba Dreyling, 32 Old Cranbury Road, (B19, L16) due to the location of this site which is outside the district, HPC has no comment.

 

DISCUSSION

            Frank McDonald presented details that HPC requested of his approved application of May 3, 2005 for 6 Maplewood Avenue.  Homeowner supplied written details of the work that was and will be performed.  Replacement of an existing tin roof with a flat seamed copper roof was performed.  Two sample brackets were mimicked from an existing historic house in Cranbury.  The larger sample bracket is to be mounted on the house front and sides.  Two brackets per window will be centered on front façade frieze.  The smaller bracket will be mounted on the porch frieze board.  A brochure for the wooden shutters and hardware was supplied.  HPC reviewed the information, expressing that the result will be beautiful.  Secretary will write a letter to homeowner informing him of such.

           

 

 

There is an update regarding 20 Maplewood Avenue.  Zoning Officer Jeff Graydon spoke with homeowner Sean Deverin about the installation of the shutters.  Sean called the secretary and discussed this issue.  Secretary stated that according to Sean, the shutters were installed on the house prior to the passage of the new ordinance.  He will appear before HPC to present his case while simultaneously applying for a shed and fence.

            Trishka reviewed and updated the Historic District and Buffer Zone letter.  The letter dated July 12, 2006 was sent via certified mail to the 345 property owners within the district and zone. 

            Updates for the Certificate of Approval will be reviewed at the next meeting.  This draft copy has the amendments by Trishka.  Ordinary maintenance does not need HPC approval, however, the ordinance stipulates that an application must be completed.  Doing so gives the opportunity to have HPC aware of the work to be performed.

The Design Guidelines (final draft of January 2004) by Gail Hunton, was distributed to everyone in their packets.  The Guidelines will ease the process and confusion for homeowners who file applications.  New members now sit on the HPC.  These members will review the Guidelines for discussion at the next meeting.

            All members of HPC are registered for Best Practices by NJHPO in Trenton on October 27th.

            HPC is still seeking members to fill their vacancies.  It was reported that Diane Stasi spoke with an interested candidate, but this individual is uncertain of her qualifications.  Secretary will contact the interested individual and ask her to submit a letter of interest.

           

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 8:25 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 July 18, 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 August 15, 2006.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary