Franklin Township Historic Preservation Commission
Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting April 12, 2007
Location: Franklin Township Municipal Building, 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ Date: April 12, 2007 Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7:37 by Tom Gale, in accordance with the Open Public Meeting Law of 1975. Attending: Tom Gale, Susan Goldey, Barbara Lawrence, Nancy Hohnstine, Robert LaCorte, Liz Krauthammer, Idaherma Williams, Kathy Orlando Guests: Henry L. Johnson, Kelly O’Connor (CH2MHill) Review Actions Formal None Informal Representatives from CH2MHill Associates presented plans for improvements to the North Brunswick Water Treatment Plant located on the D&R Canal. This is a conforming use; no variances are sought. The forty year old plant has not been upgraded since 1991. The project, scheduled to begin in March, 2007 will take 20 months to complete and will expand (the footprint of) the facility by about 20%. The roof peak will not exceed the height of the existing structure. Plans include a black vinyl covered chain link fence and plantings to obscure, as much as possible, the view from the road. Any trees removed will be replaced. Color schemes that either make the building less obtrusive or lend a rustic feel were discussed. Tom Gale propounded placing emphasis on obscuring the site with plantings over the color scheme. Approval of minutes of March 1, 2007 The minutes were approved as submitted. (Motion: R.LaCorte, 2nd: T. Gale) Reports None New Business 1. May is National Preservation Month. Tom Gale will ask Mayor Levine to read the attached proclamation at the next council meeting. (Motion: R. LaCorte; 2nd Tom Gale) Old Business 1. Tom Gale reported that the Franklin Township Council passed the resolution he suggested supporting the New Jersey Historic Property Reinvestment Act (HPRA--A896 S 2030.) 2. Sue Goldey distributed a list of our legislators and asked council members to write in support of HPRA—A896 S2030. Talking points and envelopes were provided. 3. Liz Krauthammer provided the first draft of our proposed brochure. Suggestions were made regarding the text. Idaherma Williams presented some photos of the bridge tender’s hut at Blackwell’s Mills that she will use for her drawing. 2007 Goals/Action Plan
Channel 25 Photo No action Routing System for Construction Permit None Certified Local Government No action File Cabinet No action
Correspondence Incoming 1. Brochure from the Friends of the Abraham Staats House, not dated. Re: January 2007 Newsletter. 2. Copy of a letter from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, not dated. Re: League Seminar announcement titled The Benefits of Historic Preservation: A Municipal Official’s Guide to Achieving Success (see meetings below). 3. Brochure form the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, not dated. RE” NCPTT Annual Report 2005. 4. Postcard from the New Jersey Historic Trust, not dated. Re: Information on the 2007 Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund - Historic Site Management Grants and New Jersey Cultural Trust – Capital Preservation Grants programs. 5. Letter from the Christine Lewandowski, Deputy Development/Historic Preservation Officer, Township of Princeton, dated 3/6/07. Re: Invitation to a National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Web conference entitled Maintaining Neighborhood Character, Princeton Township Municipal Complex, March 14th, 4-5p. 6. Letter from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey, mailed 3/8/07. Re: Membership invitation. 7. Memo from Ann Marie McCarthy, FT Clerk, dated 3/15/07. Re: 2007 appointments from March 13, 2007 council meeting. 8. Letter from Richard Grubb and Associates, Inc. mailed 3/24/07. Re: Request for cultural resource information in the area of 3 Wiley Drive, Franklin Township, the site of a proposed Verizon Wireless collocation on a 150’ cell tower facility. 9. Letter from Ann Marie McCarthy, FT Clerk, dated 3/26/07. Re: Records request for 152 Cedar Grove Lane. 10. Certified letter from Richard Stanzione, Esq. of Hiering, Dupignac, Stanzione, and Dunn, P. C. Law Offices, received 3/29/07. Re: Public Notice of a crane test on 9am-1pm (with a make up date on Thursday, April 12, 2007 from 10am-12noon in case of bad) to be conducted by Richard Grubb & Associates on behalf of New York SMSA d/b/a Verizon Wireless to simulate the height of the proposed 130-foot tree monopole at 728 Canal Road Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.
Public Discussion None Upcoming meetings 1. NJ Historic Sites Council Meeting, Bordentown Municipal Building, Courtroom, 1 Municipal Drive, Bordentown, NJ, April 19, 2007 10:00 a.m. Re: Middlebush/Amwell Road Project 2. Preservation New Jersey’s BIN Workshop, Hoboken Ferry Terminal, April 19, 2007. Re: Architectural Sheet Metal: Ornamental Copper Restoration & Replication 3. 17th Annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony, New Jersey State House Assembly Chambers in Trenton, April 28, 2007
4. NJHT Seminar: "Benefits of Historic Preservation: A Municipal Official's Guide to Achieving Success," PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, Monmouth County May 1, 2007, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 5. Somerset County Annual Historic Preservation and History Awards Program, Somerset County’s Historic Courthouse May 7, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. 6. 2007 Historic Preservation Conference, Our Towns, Our Land, Our Heritage: Sustaining New Jersey's Legacy, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, May 23, 2007 Next HPC Meeting Announcement: May 3, 2007 Adjournment A motion to adjourn was made and passed at 9:50 PM.
Ec: Cc: Franklin Township Historic Preservation Commission members Franklin Township Code Enforcement Staff Franklin Township Engineering Staff Franklin Township Planning Staff Franklin Township Zoning Staff Franklin Township Clerk’s Office Franklin Township Manager’s Office