Minutes: April 16, 2009

Mr. Bates called the meeting to order at 7:27 p.m.

Statement of Compliance

Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 adequate notice as defined in Section 3D of Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 had been forwarded to the New Jersey Herald on January 26, 2009, and published on January 28, 2009. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call of Members

Charles BatesP
Christopher HankeP
Kevin CantaldiP
Sharon CheadleNP
Richard WetzelP
Rev. Robert SolonNP
Andrew BorisukNP


March 19, 2009

Mr. Borisuk abstained from this vote.

Mr. Hanke made a motion to accept the minutes of the March 19, 2009, HPC meeting. Mr. Wetzel seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public

Old Business

Mr. Bates advised that he has not yet accomplished scheduling a date and time with the Boy Scouts to clean up the Brown Farm.

Denton-Wallace (Labar House) Sign

Mr. Bates advised that he has not been able to contact the homeowner but he will continue to pursue contacting her.

High Breeze Farm

Mr. Bates advised that he and Ms. Paladini are working on this.

Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC)

Mr. Wetzel advised that the EDAC is working on a brochure for Earth Day for their table. Everday Gourmet has been bought and will remain the similar use as a deli. There is a new owner for Dairy Queen, the McAfee Diner had its grand opening. He listed several groups that will have tables at Earthfest.

Status of Historical Preservation of Cemeteries in Vernon Township

Tabled to the next meeting.

Presentation and Discussion of a Farming District (Jamie Rickey)

Mr. Bates advised that Mr. Rickey was scheduled to present this idea to the commission this evening. He was not present. Mr. Hanke advised that the HPC is required to designate districts per the ordinance. He suggested that the corridor from Route 515, from above Break Neck Road to the New York State border, as it is “peppered” with historic structures, be designated as the historic district or historic farming district. This matter will be further explored with Mr. Rickey.

Application for Sea Captain’s House

Mr. Bates asked if Mr. Borisuk would set up an informal meeting between the two of them with Mr. Zaretsky, the landowner. Mr. Bates feels that it is important to recognize the fact that the railroad truck was invented in that structure. At the least, Mr. Bates suggested that placing a historic marker on the property, depicting the history of the structure, be discussed with the landowner.

Workday to Clean Out Files

Mr. Bates advised that he is unable to attend the clean up day for April 18, 2009. It was agreed to reschedule the clean up for May 9, 2009. (Ms. Davis advised the Township Clerk and Township Manager by email on April 16, 2009, and left a message for Angie Bates, Deputy Clerk, on May 7, 2009.)

Board of Education Building

Mr. Hanke asked what the status is of the memorialization for the Board of Education building. Mr. Bates advised that the application has not been reviewed by the town planner yet. Mr. Hanke explained that the application needs to be amended and approved to the Master Plan by the town planner and then it would to go on to the Town Council for the final step in the process.

New Applications

PB #5-07-7: Vernon Center, LLC, Block 142, Lot 1—Amended Preliminary Major Site Plan

Mr. Borisuk advised the members what the changes were to this application. The members agreed that there is no historical significance to this site as there are no structures on the site.

New Business

HPC Brochure

Mr. Cantaldi presented the mockup of the HPC brochure. It was well received by all. Mr. Wetzel agreed to see if the high school would help out printing the HPC brochures along with the EDAC brochures. Mr. Cantaldi asked the members to mark up their sample brochure with any suggested changes. Several changes were discussed. Ms. Davis inquired from Kerrie Scott whether the HPC has a telephone extension at this time. Ms. Scott advised that presently there is not an extension. However, if the HPC would like one, they will need to request it from the Township Manager.

Legislative Updates

Mr. Bates explained that with everything that is happening in the country with going green, this didn’t necessarily effect the HPC directly. However, regarding the New Jersey Register of Historic Places Act, the HPC has been empowered from the state level to be able to go forward and recommend historical sites with another level added that any property contiguous to a state registered historic property cannot be encroached upon, damaged or destroyed.


Mr. Hanke made a motion to adjourn the HPC Regular Meeting at 9:46 p.m. Mr. Borisuk seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on May 9, 2009.