Minutes: April 19, 2012

Mr. Bates, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:13 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 March 1, 2012. 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
Sharon CheadleNP
Stephen SokolewiczP
Ted LaabsP
Andrew BorisukP
Carol Gunn KadishP


March 15, 2012

Motion: Mr. Hanke made a motion to approve of the above minutes with the corrections discussed. Mr. Borisuk seconded the motion. All were in favor.

New Business


Old Business

Simonson House

Mr. Bates made an announcement that on Saturday, April 21, 2012, the historical marker will be installed at 58 Sand Hill Road in front of the old Simonson site—Fields of Green School. He asked that the HPC members attend the presentation at 10:00 a.m.

Board of Education Building

Mr. Bates announced that he has given a framed period picture which also contains an explanation of the word “high” on the historical marker to the board of education. They will install the frame in the window adjacent to the plaque.

Parker House Application

Mr. Hanke provided the HPC members with the completed application for “Cedar Crest Farm” which is located on Route 515. Mr. Hanke reported that the current owner of the property, Marlene Ford, a descendant of the Parker family, would like to memorialize the property. He also stated that the upper ridge of the property is covered with cedar trees, hence the name. The foundation of the old dairy barn is still on the property. Ms. Ford advised that she would like a historical marker placed on the property. Ms. Ford commented that she does not want the house “bulldozed” as it is a significant historical property in Vernon.

Motion: Mr. Borisuk made a motion to approve of the application for historic designation and to recommend memorialization of this property to the land use board. Ms. Kadish seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Cemetery Status

Ms. Kadish advised that there is no status at this time.

Incentives for Historic Designation

Mr. Sokolewicz advised that there is a 20% tax credit (1976) for federally preserved historic properties. However, the tax credit cannot be applied to private residences unless a portion of the private residence is used for business or contains a rental apartment. In some of these instances, the amount of rehabilitation costs spent on that portion of the residence may be eligible for the credit.

Mr. Sokolewicz reported that there is a 2012 NJ Historical Preservation Conference scheduled in July at Rider University.

Mr. Hanke asked what the land use board expects from the HPC with respect to the historic element of the master plan. Ms. Kadish suggested that the HPC get a copy of the historic element to review.

Kadish Farm

Ms. Kadish advised that she will be providing pictures of the property after seeing Mr. DuPont’s report on the application.

Applications Reviewed



Mr. Borisuk made a motion to adjourn the HPC meeting at 8:35 p.m. Mr. Hanke seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on May 16, 2012.