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 October 3, 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 September 5, 2006 were reviewed and approved with a motion by Bobbie Marlowe, second by Alana Stops.  All in favor.

The minutes of September 19, 2006 were reviewed, and approved as amended, motion made by Bobbie Marlowe, second by Diane Stasi, all in favor. 

Record reflects that Harry Williams recused himself from acting on the meeting minutes.

 

APPLICATIONS

            26 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,L9) In Historic District, Classification C+; An ordinary repair application was received on September 20, 2006 to replace the roofing shingles over the rear section of existing house and contributing barn.  The materials will match the existing.  This application was approved when received.

ZBA 110-06, 32 Hightstown-Cranbury Station Road, (B10,L11); The application was received on September 26, 2006 from the Zoning Board with a response request of September 29, 2006.  A reply memo was sent the same day to the ZBA indicating this property is outside the district and that HPC has no comment.

 

DISCUSSION

            Alana informed the Commission that she would be unable to attend the October 17, 2006 meeting.

            A contact letter was mailed to Gail Hunton.  Secretary reported that Gail has not yet responded and will inform the Commission when Gail does.  HPC feels that once approved, the Guidelines would be available on-line for all to review. 

            The 2007 meeting dates were reviewed.  They will be the usual first and third Tuesday of every month, with the exception that HPC will not meet on the first Tuesday in January and in November.  A motion to approve the dates was made by Bobbie Marlowe, second by Diane Stasi, all in favor.

            The budget worksheet was discussed and reviewed.  HPC is hopeful that the Guidelines will be re-addressed, leaving the printing line as is.  The legal category encompasses attorney fees to address Certified Local Government (CLG), Guideline review, appeals and other legal items that may need review.  Training has been increased based on Chapter 93 and CLG requirements for all members of HPC.  Since the certified mailing to all Historic District and Buffer Zone residents was performed this year, the postage category was decreased. The preparation worksheet and the explanation worksheet will be typed and submitted for approval.

Certified Local Government information was distributed.  Alana asked if HPC has National Register Guidelines in the library.  These bulletins state the criteria for applying a home for registration and can be obtained free of charge. 

Dover Publications offers inexpensive books.  These are ideal for residents and HPC to review and gain knowledge of period homes.  All books and magazines obtained will be added to the HPC library.

            Bobbie reviewed the National Trust booklet and feels that Historic Building Facades: The Manual for Maintenance and Rehabilitation would be a good addition to the library.  Secretary will order this book.

Of the original certified mailing in July, approximately 13 certified Historic District/Buffer Zone letters were returned.  These were remailed as certified and in addition, mailed as regular postal mail.

            Diane suggested that there be a tally of this year’s application.  This will be done within the next month or two. 

            Harry suggested that recognition be made to the applicants who have performed an exceptional job on their homes.  HPC agrees with him.  The members will think about this idea and the best way to broach worthy applicants.

            Diane offered to Harry that should he ever need HPC to speak to the residents of Crosswicks, they would be more than happy to assist him.  Harry will let HPC know when the time arises.

            Diane thanked Alana for writing the informative tax article that was published in the recent newsletter.  It appeared that HPC did not receive recognition for the article.  

            It was noted that the house at 15 Ancil Davison Road is no longer standing.  Gail Hunton inventoried this home in May 2006, listing it in Rural Preservation District Property Inventory.  Also noted, the home on George Davison Road is deteriorating with the main entranceway porch falling into disrepair. 

            October 27 is the Cultural Resources Best Practices Workshop with all of HPC attending.

            Diane reported that the interested person for HPC would no longer be able due to prior commitments.  There is another person who may be able to participate with HPC.

 

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 8:50 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 October 3, 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 October 17, 2006.

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary