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 July 17, 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 Chairperson Bobbie Marlowe called the meeting to order and Linda M. Scott performed as Secretary.

 

MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Diane Stasi, Alana Stops, Harry Williams and Bobbie Marlowe were present.  Record will reflect that Wayne Girardet was present.

 

MINUTES

            The minutes of June 5, 2007 were review and amended, then approved with a motion by Diane Stasi, second by Harry Williams, all in favor, with the exception of Bobbie Marlowe.  The minutes of June 19, 2007 were reviewed, amended, and then approved with a motion by Diane Stasi, second by Bobbie Marlowe, all in favor, with the exception of Alana Stops.

 

APPLICATIONS

            101 North Main Street, (B25,L30) In Historic District, Classified C; Stuart Hagerty was present to discuss the submitted re-roofing application.  Mr. Hagerty explained that the present slate roof is leaking at the ridges in certain areas and deteriorating the wood below.  He proposes to replace the scallop design with a cut corner design to give the appearance of existing.  The material will be asphalt.  All the yankee gutters will remain. The downspouts will be repaired. 

            Diane read a sentence from the Heritage Studies which states “Patterned slate roof is important feature as is stained glass window to right of front door.  Recommendations: Maintain in present condition.”  The house dates to 1897.

            HPC stated that the slate roof is an important historical feature and should be repaired or replaced with same material.  According to Chapter 93-7 E (11) Roofs (b) stipulates “if too deteriorated to repair, shall be replaced with construction matching the original as nearly as possible in material, size, shape, texture, color and orientation”.  Mr. Hagerty understands the compatibility of material and indicated that it would cheaper to have the roof patched.  He states that the ridge line slates are flat edged.  Diane suggested having a flashing under the ridge slates to help alleviate the water from entering and doing further damage.  Mr. Hagerty will investigate copper and or other options for the valleys.

            Alana is aware that the National Park Service has a Preservation Brief that specifically addressed slate roofs.  She will locate this and forward a copy so Mr. Hagerty can be informed.  He asked if HPC is aware of where slate could be obtained.  HPC does not recommend any contractors but will supply information as to where materials can be purchased.  Secretary will send him this from her files.   He inquired if the township is aware of funding for such historical restoration.  HPC informed him that Cranbury Township currently petitioned the NJ Assembly to support efforts with tax incentives.  Mr. Hagerty stated that this property is deemed as commercial for one more year, after this time frame it reverts to residential.

            HPC indicated that should the slate roof be repaired, this is an ordinary repair and there is not need to return.  Ordinary repairs can be approved by the Administrative Officer.  This application was denied as submitted.

 

            66 North Main Street, (B30, L5) In Historic District, Classification C: Contractor, Walt Conner was present for discussion of submitted application.  All work is proposed to the back (west) and side (south) of existing house.  The changes are basically to the existing windows and door openings.  The two existing jalousie/louvered glass doors will be changed with a full glass 15 simulated light wood doors.  The window above the kitchen sink and window above the washer/dryer, described on submitted plans, will be removed and filled to match existing siding.  After discussion of the proposed window styles, recommended changes to the submitted application see the 45° bay window changed to a box bay and the existing stationary mud room windows will be changed to 6 pane casements with exterior wood grilles.  All window and door wood trim will match existing.

            The lower back level roof will be re-roofed to match the existing GAF Timberline three tab shingles.  All half round gutters will remain if needed, will match existing, but will be adjusted as required.

            Verbal vote to approve this application with the agreed recommendation for a box bay window change and the mud room 6 pane casements was taken:

AYES:  Ms. Marlowe, Ms. Stasi, Mr. Williams.  Record reflects that Ms. Stops recused herself.

 

            4 Scott Avenue ( B33,L34) In Historic District, Classification C; homeowner, Daniel Pease was present along with his fence application, plot plan indicating fence placement and photos of his property.  This application was not distributed to the HPC prior to the meeting for review.  Photos indicate that there is an existing stockade fence between his and a neighboring property.  He is interested in a style fence that was recently installed around a pool on Maplewood Ave . but was unaware of the conditions of this installed pool fence.  There are no existing fences along Brainerd Lake with the exception of a chain link chicken wire in a neighboring yard.  HPC asked if fences are allowed on lake front, Mr. Pease replied that according to Mr. Graydon, his property is no different than others in town.  He would like a fence style that would not obscure his lake view. 

            Bobbie Marlowe will contact the chairs of the Planning Board and Zoning Board to discuss the issue of fencing along Brainerd Lake.

            It was decided that in the meantime, Mr. Pease will choose a fence style that is sympathetic to the surroundings.  This information will be brought to the Administrative Officer which can be approved.

 

DISCUSSION

            There is no update regarding 1 North Main Street and the discussed basement door change from the June 5, 2007 meeting.           

            Gail Hunton will be attending the August 7, 2007 meeting to work on the draft Guidelines.  An email reminder will be sent to all members for review and notes for this meeting.

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

            There being no further business, a motion duly made by Alana Stops, seconded by Diane Stasi and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned at 9:40pm.

 

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 17, 2007 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 August 7, 2007.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary