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 October 2, 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

            Wayne Girardet, Diane Stasi, Alana Stops, Harry Williams (excused at 8:44pm), and Bobbie Marlowe were present. 

 

APPLICATIONS

            24 Maplewood Avenue, (B33,L20) In Historic District, Classified H; Homeowner Michael Patterson was present to discuss his re-roofing application.  Currently the existing house roof and free standing garage have a rectangular 3-tab shingle covered with moss and mildew.  Mr. Patterson proposes to remove this style and replace it with a GAF Timberline 3-tab dimension shingle.  This will also repair the water leaks that have appeared.  After review and discussion, a verbal vote was taken:

            AYES:  Mr. Girardet, Ms. Marlowe, Ms. Stasi. Ms. Stops and Mr. Williams

           

            88 North Main Street, (B29,L4) In Historic District, Classified C; homeowner Karen Finigan was present for the material and installation design discussion of a 3 foot high picket fence. The proposed application will be installed in two phases.  Phase one will enclose the side yards on the north and south elevations of the existing house and a portion of the back yard which extends to just beyond the existing free standing garage.  Phase two will include the entire rear yard.  A plot plan indicating where the fence would be installed with each phase was submitted with the application.  This property is very visible from North Main Street and backs up to a cemetery.  The southern elevation neighboring yard (86 North Main) has a 5 foot high 1 inch picket weathered gray wood cedar fence, approved and installed prior to the amended Chapter 93.  Karen is not interested in matching this style fence. 

            Karen prefaced by stating that the fence price is a consideration for her.  She researched three choices of materials; wood, vinyl and Cambium, which is a plastic product (sample supplied) and comes in only two colors, cedar and driftwood.  The sample solid fence block did not allow for a clear visual impact, being that a 3’ picket fence is proposed.  It is also disappointing that this product does not come in white which would be preferable for the proposed picket fence.  HPC would be interested in viewing this product installed for a visual concept. Wood is the most desirable by HPC. Composite materials have been used within the district on certain low profile applications such as porch flooring.  HPC agrees that shiny white vinyl is not appropriate for this application.  

            Karen will call her contractor to obtain a sample picket or relay to HPC secretary where the Cambium product is installed as fencing and investigate if this product comes in white.

            Time is a consideration for Karen and HPC does not wish to cause any delay.  To prevent this, Bobbie asked once HPC sees the Cambium product and should this product not be favored by the majority, would Karen consider wood.  This is acceptable to Karen.

            Prior to the next meeting and with the requested information, HPC will visit the fencing site and relay their findings to secretary.

 

            12 Prospect Street (B28,L14) In Historic District, Classified C/C-;  this re-roofing application was approved by Administrative Officer on October 5, 2007.  Proposed 3-tab shingles will resemble and be replaced as like.

 

DISCUSSION

            The 2008 HPC Operating Budget was reviewed.  HPC discussed each line item, increasing expenditures of some and decreasing others.  Secretary will prepare the work sheet and backup explanation sheet for submission to the Finance Department.  There was discussion about the Guidelines and printing several copies to reference at meetings, HPC library and where ever else there is a need.  Motion to approve the budget was made by Diane Stasi, second Bobbie Marlowe, all in favor.

            A 2008 meeting date calendar was discussed.  HPC felt it best not to meet on the first Tuesday in January (New Years Day), February (Presidential Primary) and November (Election Day).  A motion to approve the 2008 dates was made by Bobbie Marlowe, second by Diane Stasi, all in favor.

            Updates (revised 9/26/07) to the draft Guidelines were distributed to all HPC.  Changes were highlighted in yellow block.  The Guidelines adhere to the ordinance.

 

           

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 9:20 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 2, 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 October 16, 2007.

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary