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 16, 2007 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 on January 2, 2007 of this meeting’s date, time, place and agenda was mailed to the news media, posted on the Township bulleting board, mailed to those requesting personal notice and filed with the Municipal Clerk.

 

CALL TO ORDER

            With a quorum present and during interregnum, Linda M. Scott, called the meeting to order and performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

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

 

REORGANIZATION

            Diane Stasi nominates Bobbie Marlowe for Chair in 2007, seconded by Harry Williams, all in favor.  Bobbie Marlowe nominates Diane Stasi for Vice-Chair, seconded by Alana Stops, all in favor.  Linda Scott was appointed as Administrative Officer; term expires December 31, 2007.

 

APPLICATIONS

            20 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,L22) In Historic District, Classified C; an application for a full glass storm door to be installed on the front entrance of home was received for review at this meeting.  Homeowner was planning on attending, but he called to inform the secretary that an unscheduled out of state meeting transpired and he is unable to attend.  This application will be moved to the February 6 agenda.

 

DISCUSSION

            Record will reflect that Bobbie Marlowe received two memos dated January 11, 2007, from the Township Administrator regarding grants and attendance.  The grant memo requested that a list of all 2006 grants received or applied for be submitted.  No grants were received or applied for by HPC.  The attendance memo requests that a quarterly attendance record be forwarded to the liaison.  Secretary will comply with this request.

            Membership is still not at full capacity.  The regular member and the two alternates shall meet the criteria of Class C.  This narrows the selection of eligible candidates.  Bobbie will contact individuals who may be interested in volunteering on HPC.

            Diane viewed the building on the corner of Park Place and North Main, (Hot Wok Café) and reported that this building is visible from all sides.  Should application be made for this building for siding, it would be the first siding under the new ordinance.  Vinyl siding is an acceptable material if not viewed from the public according to the ordinance.

            After having a brief discussion with Tom Witt regarding replacing energy efficient storm windows on Town Hall, Bobbie indicated that he was to forward materials to the secretary for

review.  Secretary has not received this material for review thus far.  She will inquire with Tom Witt.  Alana reviewed the Secretary of Interior Standards regarding storm windows, which she reported has nothing referenced for this topic.

            It appears that two options are available, one is interior storm window but several reasons were cited as why members were not in favor of these.  The other is exterior storm windows.  They are existing, but not energy efficient.  These storm windows when properly closed should help minimize drafts. 

            Gail Hunton was available to attend this meeting for discussion of the Guidelines.  She expressed to HPC that she is excited to continue with and hopefully finish the project in 2007.  She provided her Professional Service Agreement to the secretary.  This will be submitted for the TC and legal review, along with a copy of the draft Guidelines that will be submitted simultaneously with a cover memo for all members of the TC.

            There was conversation of how to proceed with the task while the budget has not yet been approved.  The existing text will be revised so it is compliant the current Chapters 21 and 93.  The HPC will review and compare the draft guidelines with Chapters 21 and 93 for any updates.  Gail stated that because technology has advanced it has allowed printing costs to decline. 

            The photos to be inserted into the Guidelines can include older historic photos, current, photos and line drawings of local architectural details.  The Historic Society has always been generous with their file photos that would be available for publishing.  Photos of 147 Plainsboro Road are also available that were taken by HPAC while touring this property in August 2005.  Diane suggested that the original list of recommended buildings for photography will readdressed, but Gail feels that because the photos that were taken with a 35mm camera they should be retaken with a digital camera.  If the same subject is photographed, it would be interesting to see the changes the changes thru time, no matter how short.

            Gail will email a copy of the draft Guidelines with notations that the completed document will have photos.

            Discussion of photographing the older farm dwellings on the outskirts of town led to the topic of the Farmstead Inventory.  HPC would like to see this task come to fruition but will focus on the Guidelines. 

            Bobbie brought samples of Hopewell’s Guideline Brochures for everyone to view.  These brochures were funded by the National Park Service, US Department of the Interior and administered by the NJDEP, HPO.  They are brochures specific to different applications such as architectural styles, historic landscapes, addition and new construction, porches, roofing, and exterior woodwork. 

            Diane remarked about the 2006 Annual Report and the cover memo that brought attention to the 2006 highlights for HPC.  A total amount of 70 applications reviewed in 2006.

            The issue of reimbursement for mileage of the members who attend classes or seminars was addressed.  HPC feels that allowance for the miles traveled should be reimbursed.  A verbal call to approve was taken:  AYES: Ms. Stasi, Ms. Stops, Mr. Williams and Ms. Marlowe.

            Alana raised a question to the reference of ONJH.  It is believed to be an acronym for Office of New Jersey Heritage.

            The May 1st seminar for The Benefits of Historic Preservation: A Municipal Official’s Guide to Achieving Success will be attended by Diane, Alana, Harry and Bobbie.  Secretary will make the arrangements.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

            There being no further business, a motion duly made by Bobbie Marlowe, seconded by Alana Stops and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 9:05pm.

 

 

 

 

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 16, 2007 consisting of 2 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 March 6, 2007.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary