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 in Town Hall, Cranbury, New Jersey, on September 19, 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

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

 

MINUTES

The minutes of September 5, 2006 were reviewed and amended.  The minutes will be retyped with the amendments and placed on the next agenda.

 

APPLICATIONS

            10 South Main Street, (B23,L74) In Historic District, Classification C;  Owner Susan Mavoides was present for discussion of the proposed fencing application.  She would like to replace the existing broken split rail fence with a 5’ x 25’ picket fence and a 6’ x 25’ privacy fence made of PVC as indicated on submitted plot plan.  A matching 5’ high open lattice trellis is proposed and indicated on plan.  Katherine Pease and Joseph Fesi of 12 South Main expressed some concerns that are not HPC issues.  HPC communicated that they will address the fence issue and the aesthetics of it from the public view.  After much discussion, it appears that the applicant and neighbor will reach an amicable solution outside the meeting.  HPC expressed empathy of all homeowners who live within close proximity of each other.  A verbal vote to approve this application as presented:

Ayes:   Ms. Marlowe, Ms. Stasi. Ms. Stops

 

11 Prospect Street,  (B23,L33) In Historic District, Classification H;  homeowners Mark and Kim Kondracki were present for their application.  The repair of a leak on the garage roof and the re-pointing of the existing external chimney of the application is ordinary maintenance.  Homeowners will repair and replace with like as needed.  Proposed for the front porch and steps is bluestone.  The existing macadam drive will be removed, replacing it with pavers.  It will be widened, eliminating some existing lawn and a row of shrubbery is planned for along a portion of the brick wall.  The pavers will be a colored pewter blend with charcoal border pavers.  Homeowners verified that the front street walk can be repaired or replaced with out township approval.  Also, the windows need attention, same size same style, with replacement windows.  A verbal vote to approve this application as presented:

Ayes:   Ms. Marlowe, Ms. Stasi and Ms. Stops.

 

 

APPROVED ACTIONS

            88 North Main Street (B28,L4) In Historic District, Classification C; an ordinary maintenance application for re-roofing the existing main house and free standing garage using like materials was approved on September 15, 2006.  Application approved by Administrative Officer.  The homeowner will investigate if yankee gutters exist and the possible refurbishing of these gutters. No action was taken regarding the gutters.

            48 Maplewood Avenue (B33,L10) In Historic District, Classification C-;  homeowner is replacing the roof over the bay bump out.  The membrane will be replaced like with like.  Application approved as ordinary maintenance by Administrative Officer

 

DISCUSSION

            A letter addressed to Suzanne Derrick of Richard Grubb & Assoc. from Anna Aschkenes, Exec.Dir. of the Middlesex Cty. Cultural & Heritage Commission was cc’d to HPC.  The letter reads as if there is an existing cell tower.  A memo will be sent to Ms. Derrick clarifying that no cell tower exists for sharing.  An existing FCC lightweight structure cannot support any cell equipment and should be replaced with a larger heavier structure.  It is believed that the current use of this structure is for the communication of fire, first aid and police. 

            Copy of the Cell Tower Bid Spec (issued August 11, 2006) was received on September 14, 2006.  This spec was copied for the HPC members.

Alana stated that while attending a Township Committee meeting, asked if the tower near the fire house was FCC licensed.  She emailed Trishka to determine the FCC status. Trishka was not sure, but elaborated that Sprint met with SHPO for tower details.  An OPRA request revealed that the tower is FCC licensed. 

Alana questioned the conflict of interest.  She is a member of HPC and employed by Richard Grubb & Associates, consultants for the Rte#130 cell tower site.  She relayed that other employees of the firm handle this work.  Furthermore, Alana addressed the conflict of interest back in March 2006 with Linda Scott, secretary for HPC.  Chapter 21-8 Conflict of interest addresses this issue and was referred to and quoted at that time.  Alana has no personal or financial interest and does not own property within 200’ of the site.  Diane stated Alana’s knowledge of cell towers has been an asset and has helped HPC understand this issue. 

            The proposal for the 2007 budget will be addressed shortly.  The budget worksheets will be distributed and placed on the next agenda.  HPC will need to address expenses for the guidelines. 

            The Guidelines (draft-final revisions 1/10/04) will be addressed shortly by HPC.  A question was asked what format this document is in.  Secretary will look for this version on her computer.  It appears that this copy was mailed to HPAC.  Diane suggested sending letter to Gail Hunton, author of the document, indicating that this project will be addressed.  Information regarding the updates, photos, cost, and deadline all need to be determined. 

           

 

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 9:20pm.


 

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 September 19, 2006, consisting of 3 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 October 3, 2006.

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary