Franklin Township Historic Preservation Commission
Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting December 6, 2007
Location: Date: Call to Order: Attending: Absent: Guests: Franklin Township Municipal Building, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ December 6, 2007 The meeting was called to order at 7:35 by Tom Gale, in accordance with the Open Public Meeting Law of 1975. Tom Gale, Susan Goldey, Idaherma Williams, Liz Krauthammer, Nancy Hohnstine, Barbara Lawrence, Bob LaCorte, Penny Sherwood, Richard Goeke, Kathryn Orlando, JoAnn Kaiser Patrick Kane (Kane Brothers Restorations)
Formal Review Actions Review of the application of Kane Brothers Restorations, P.O. Box 394, Kingston, NJ, 08528. Re: Request for approval to demolish two sheds and to build a new addition to include a master bedroom and bath suite, den and piano room, erect a historic barn, and construct a covered walkway to connect the addition and newly located barn, at 1319 Canal Road, Griggstown, NJ Block 9 Lot 9.06 Zoned CP(A) located within the D&R Canal Local Historic District. File No. 0712061 The application was approved unanimously. The addition does not alter the historic Dutch house. The design of the addition, the walkway, and the barn is congruent, but does not compete, with the original historic home. The sheds to be demolished are not structures that contribute to the period of significance of this historic site. (Motion: S.Goldey, 2nd: I. Williams, Abstention: T. Gale) Informal Reviews None Approval of minutes of November 1, 2007 The minutes were approved with a minor correction. It was decided that beginning in 2008 minutes will only be distributed electronically unless a paper copy is specifically requested. A cover letter to this effect will be distributed with the November minutes. Reports Open Space Advisory Committee. None Unfinished Business Brochure Idaherma Williams presented the final draft of the brochure on heavy parchment paper, with the CD. Ms. Williams Has very graciously donated the woodcut of “The Blackwell’s Mills Bridge Tender’s Station,” her original work in its entirety, to the Township. Susan will approach Joyce Miller about hanging it in the conference room and will also get information about the cost of printing the brochure. The target for the brochure is all residents in historic districts. Copies should also be placed in the library, the lobby of the Municipal Building, the Planning Office, and also be distributed to realtors in Franklin Township.
Goals and Accomplishments Susan Goldey presented a second draft of the 2007 Accomplishments and of 2008—09 Goals and Objectives. Some errors were corrected and additions made. For the sake of consistency, it was decided to use the Goals from the Master Plan. Final documents will be emailed to members shortly, to be attached to the December or January minutes. It was decided that the 2007 Accomplishments should be forwarded directly to the Town Council, via Ann Marie McCarthy, for inclusion in their next packet. Barbara Lawrence submitted a copy of her research and reports on the Gunther Dunn properties to the Library, and recommended that we keep a copy on file in HPC cabinet.
New Business There was discussion on the letter from Ann Marie McCarthy re the “Task Force on Open Space and Parks in the Southern Portion of the Township.” Several Commission members feel that the name of the task force does not fairly reflect the goal of preserving the farm while addressing open space and recreation issues. Barbara Lawrence will be our representative on the task force. Susan Goldey expressed her interest to be closely involved. Rockingham and The Hageman Farm are having Holiday programs on Sunday, December, 9th. Correspondence 1. Newletter from the Rockingham Association, mailed 11/16/07. Re: The Sundial November 2007 issue. 2. Letter from Ann Marie McCarthy, Township Clerk, dated 11/28/07. Re: Task Force on Open Space and Parks in the Southern Portion of the Township. 3. Letter from Richard Grubb and Associates, Inc. mailed 12/1/07. Re: Request for information on significant cultural resources in the area of the planned Somerset County reconstruction of County Tr. 518 from 27 to Canal Road.
Public Discussion None Upcoming meetings Next HPC Meeting Announcement: January 3, 2008 Adjournment A motion to adjourn was made and passed at 9:40 PM. Submitted By:
Ec: Franklin Township Historic Preservation Commission members Franklin Township Clerk’s Office, Ann Marie McCarthy Franklin Township Planning Office, Olga Burke Franklin Township Manager, Ken Daly Franklin Township Purchasing & General Services Administrator, Joyce Miller
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION 2007 ACCOMPLISHMENTS 1. Reviewed 16 formal applications. 2. Reviewed 6 informal applications. 3. Met in January to establish goals. 4. Submitted a budget for 2007-2008. 5. Obtained use of a file cabinet. 6. Awarded a prize of $50 at Franklin Township’s “2nd Annual Clothesline Art Exhibit.” 7. Produced a guide for owners of historic properties in Franklin Township. 8. Facilitated the placement of the Village of Middlebush on The State and National Registers of Historic Places. 9. Enhanced recognition of the HPC by having its minutes published on the Township’s website. 10. Passed a resolution to save the Gunther-Dunn farms, specifically the Gunther homestead. (Campaign initiated by Barbara Lawrence.) 11. Encouraged professional development by partially reimbursing two members for the cost of courses in historic preservation successfully completed at Drew University. 12. Supported East Millstone in its efforts to not have changes made in its historic overlay. 13. Submitted Gunther-Dunn farms to Preservation NJ for inclusion on the Ten Most Endangered List. 14. Submitted research documents on Gunther farm to library archives.
15. Four members attended a meeting of the New Jersey Historic Sites Council in Bordentown to speak to the mitigation of the Middlebush Road improvement project. Three members attended a meeting at Middlebush Church regarding same.
16. One member completed two courses in Historic Preservation at Drew University and another three. 17. Two members attended the NJSPO Annual Conference at Drew University and reported their experiences to the Commission. Member Barbara Lawrence was honored by having one of her photos included on the poster that was published to memorialize the conference. 18. One member attended “CAMP,” Preservation NJ’s “Commission Assistance Mentoring Program,” and reported his experience to the Commission.
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION GOALS AND OBJECTIVES – 2008-09
GOALS Promote the preservation and restoration of the Township’s historic buildings, sites and districts. • Protect historic structures located in historic districts from insensitive encroachment and renovation and/or demolition. • Protect historic viewsheds. •
OBJECTIVES: 2008-09 1. Change the “wallpaper” on the meeting announcement on Channel 25. 2. Develop, and submit for approval, a routing system whereby all relevant construction permits are automatically routed to the HPC. 3. Utilize budget monies; prepare 2009 budget. 4. Complete Certified Local Government. 5. Pursue the development of local standards for treatment of historic properties. 6. Continue/finish work on amending the by-laws of the FTHP 7. Seek funds for “gateway signs” for Franklin’s historic districts. 8. Identify Franklin’s most endangered historic sites. 9. Develop an orientation packet for new members. 10. Recruit qualified Commission members.