MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

 

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

            The meeting of the Cranbury Township Historic Preservation Commission was held in Town Hall, Cranbury, New Jersey, on January 15, 2008 beginning at 7:30 pm.

 

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 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 during interregnum Linda M. Scott called the meeting to order.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Bobbie Marlowe, Diane Stasi, Alana Stops, Harry Williams were present.  Record will reflect that Wayne Girardet contacted secretary stating that he would be unable to attend this meeting.

 

RE-ORGANIZATION

            A motion to select Linda M. Scott as Recording Secretary was made by Alana Stops, second by Bobbie Marlowe, all in favor. 

A motion to elect Bobbie Marlowe as Chair was made by Diane Stasi, second by Alana Stops, all in favor. 

A motion to elect Diane Stasi as Vice-Chair was made by Bobbie Marlowe, second by Alana Stops, all in favor.

                       

APPLICATIONS

            101 North Main Street, (B25,L30) In Historic District, Classified C+; Conceptual Discussion; Contractor Marty Coffee was present for discussion of downsizing the existing ADA ramp.  He presented photos of the existing and explained that he proposes to remove much of the ramp that serpentines around and replace it with one elevated level up that will turn 90 ° angle.  This will lead to a new entrance that is currently an existing window on the north elevation. To further minimize the ramp it could be painted the same color of the house.

Removing the current excess portion of the ADA access ramp will expose an existing basement entrance and an existing rear entrance porch.  New replacement basement doors will be installed and the rear porch will be refurbished to match existing materials.  When the ramp was installed years ago, one porch and one railing was not removed.

The existing shutters and the front and rear wooden entrance doors will be painted a dark green.  HPC informed him that color is not an HPC concern. 

Bobbie stated that should the shutters be removed, certain shutters could be left off, which would enhance the exterior.  Attention to how the shutters will be re-hung should be taken into account.  Marty expressed his concern on the amount of holes that would be made or exposed should replacement of the shutters occur.  Bobbie encouraged Marty to return with the owners to a HPC meeting in the near future. 

Harry Williams stated that according to Chapter 93-7 13 replacement shutters shall be wooden and sized to cover the entire window when closed.  If the shutters are removed, and new ones replaced, wooden shutters are recommended.  Marty assured HPC that the exterior elements will be addressed, but not at this period of time. The existing vinyl shutters can remain and be painted.  New vinyl replacement shutters are not allowed.  After the interior renovations, the exterior will be addressed.

Alana informed Marty that there tax incentives are available when restoration work over $5000 is performed on an income producing property.  She stated that other criteria may need to be met, but did not know the details at this time.  Marty said that the new owner is an accounting business; information shouldn’t be hard to obtain. 

HPC feels that reducing the ramp and restoring the rear porch will be an improvement.  Marty will return with a drawing of the proposed ADA ramp, cut sheet for the ADA entrance door and the new owners.   

 

            7 Griggs Road  (B26.01,L59) In Buffer Zone; Homeowner Mark Enos was present for his application to install a garden shed in the rear yard of property.  The grey siding and roof color will match the house; the small windows are double hung and the shutters are black. The plot plan indicates where the proposed shed will be situated.

A verbal roll call to approve this application as present: AYES: Ms. Marlowe, Ms. Stasi, Ms. Stops and Mr. Williams.  All in favor

 

 

DISCUSSION

            Gail Hunton will not be attending this meeting.  Linda Scott relayed that Gail called her at approximately 2:15 pm to say that there was an issue with reformatting the Design Guidelines.  It will be sent via email by in pdf format so that it can be forwarded to HPC for their review.  Timeframe for last payment submission is February 15, 2008.  A workshop meeting can be scheduled but available dates for everyone must be coordinated.  Proof-reading and photo layout review prior to the meeting will be needed.  HPC is wary that Gail may send a pdf file late Friday afternoon. Secretary will confirm available dates for all who are able to attend. 

            Secretary asked Harry for his professional opinion regarding types of weather stripping for the existing double front and rear entrance doors on Town Hall.  He gave a brief explanation of the entrance/exit building codes.  He will investigate options for these doors.

            2008 goals include a self assessment.  Bobbie stated that the assessment guide brochure asks for a lot of detailed information and feels HPC needs to focus on the Guidelines.  Alana reasoned that the Self Assessment Guide is a National Trust publication where HPC should be concerned with being Certified Local Government (CLG) at the State level.  There is a CLG guide (revised August 2007) that HPC should try to complete relate.  Everyone agrees that this should be the direction to follow.  Diane suggested that everyone write what HPCs long term goal is.  The statements would be condensed to help with the start progress of CLG.

            Alana asked HPC if it is alright with them if the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has their personal information on file.  Occasionally SHPO requires information that would help them with a project at a local level.  Everyone is fine with this.

            Secretary provided an 11 x 17 colored Historic District map to HPC.  This is the same format that will be inserted into the Design Guidelines.

 

 

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

            There being no further business, a motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Harry Williams and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned.

 

 

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 January 15, 2008 consisting of 3 pages, constitute 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 February 19, 2008.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Recording Secretary