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 December 18, 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 bulletin 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 Chair, Bobbie Marlowe were present.  Record will reflect that Wayne Girardet contacted the secretary stating he would be unable to attend.

 

MINUTES

            The minutes of the December 4, 2007 HPC meeting were reviewed and approved with a motion by Diane Stasi, second by Bobbie Marlowe, all in favor.  Alana recused herself.

 

DISCUSSION

            Gail Hunton was present to show samples of several cover design and sample page options.  The inside cover page will consist of logo, Township Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, website. Reference will be noted for drawings and borrowed sources.  Diane would like to have the year of publication listed somewhere. The back cover will have contact information.  There will be no identifying addresses of the houses included in the Guidelines; a brief description is preferable, except addresses will be noted in the ‘Style’ section.  Gail’s intention is to have at least three photos and or drawings depict elements so one can view and understand different styles of the element.   

Harry expressed that for the ease of the applicant, an information bullet could be considered so the applicant understands what is required when submitting an application.  Gail will format a point list for the applicants so HPC sees what this may look like in print.  Some of the descriptions are hard to read due to the scanning process.  These will be addressed. 

Gail solicited for existing barns and outbuildings that are out of the everyday noticeable site.  Photos of these structures need to be taken for insertion.  Several locations in the district were verbally communicated.  In addition, the History Center loans old photos that may be of use for this task. 

When completed, the Guidelines will be available for preview or download on the website.  HPC is in favor of the chosen Garamond font.

It was relayed to Gail that funds for this project will no longer exist after February 29, 2008.  This project must be completed by this deadline.  HPC was hoping to see more of this project and the approved text with photo inserted at this meeting. 

A total of 75 applications were reviewed in 2007.  HPC reviewed the 2007 applications list and the actions taken.  This action list will be submitted to the Township Committee along with a cover memo stating other HPC highlights.  It will include all seminars and accredited classes 

Diane would like to add Goals to the next agenda under New Business.  This would include becoming CLG along with a self assessment. 

It was noted that the August 2, 2007 minutes states Alana will investigate the possibility of funding a survey project for sites beyond the Buffer Zone and Historic District.  These sites were inventoried by Gail Hunton in 2000.  Alana states that funding is available for towns that have CLG status.  CLG status will be added to the 2008 agenda for Goals. 

Self assessment will be addressed at the January meeting.

Secretary received a call from Marty Coffee regarding 101 North Main Street.  He will be addressing some changes to the exterior of this home.  Painting of the shutters and exterior entrance doors are allowed.  There is an existing ADA ramp that Marty would like to remove, but he will need to come before HPC with a plan of how the proposed ramp will look.  An existing window behind a north elevation bump out will be replaced for an ADA entrance.   With the removal of the ramp, exposure of a basement door will be revealed and the existing rear porch railing will be addressed.  The slate roof is not being addressed at this time. 

           

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

            There being no further business, a motion duly made by Diane Stasi, seconded by Alana Stops 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 December 18, 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 February 19, 2008.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        Linda M. Scott, Secretary