Minutes: December 13, 2012

Mr. Hanke, Vice Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:11 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 BatesNP
Christopher HankeP
Sharon CheadleP
Stephen SokolewiczP
Ted LaabsP
Andrew Borisuk (arrived at 7:14 p.m.)P
Carol Gunn KadishP

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.


October 18, 2012

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

Old Business

Status of Old Highland Lakes Post Office Building (Canistear Road)

Mr. Sokolewicz reported that he had not made any headway on this project. When he visited the site, no one was there. He will visit again on another day.

Cedar Crest Farm

Mr. Hanke reported that the application has been accepted by the town council and Mr. Bates has ordered the sign.

New Business

New Chair and Vice Chair for 2013

Mr. Hanke advised that Mr. Bates and he would like the members to think about nominating a new chair and vice chair for next year. He said that he would continue in the role as vice chair if no one else wanted to fill the position.

Mr. Laabs suggested that when the chair retires, it may be in the best interest of the board that the vice chair then steps in as chair being that he would have more experience than anyone else. Mr. Hanke stated that he does not want the position of chair.

Mr. Sokolewicz said that he would consider the position of chair.

Wording For Glenwood Historic Area Sign

Mr. Hanke suggested placing a sign by the old post office designating the area as historically significant with a listing of the historically relevant structures with their historic name along with what they are now called. He also suggested creating a brochure of the area with a map. The HPC members suggested having a neighborhood meeting with the owners of the historic properties to propose this project to them.

Historic Property Review

Members discussed a possible historic marker for the Vernon Inn (Charlie), the quarries at McAfee, the camp house and the Drew Farm (Carol).

Mr. Sokolewicz and others agreed that Vernon could be broken down into historic districts first and then the significant historic structures could be memorialized.

Mr. Laabs said that at one time the population in McAfee exceeded that of Paterson, New Jersey.

The members will concentrate on the Glenwood historic area and then move onto McAfee.

It was agreed that the public needs to know more about what historic designation on the town level means in Vernon. This could be done through exposure on Vernon Day, etc.

Closed Meeting to the Public

LU# 5-12-9: Mitelin Motors, Inc. - Block 270, Lots 6.05 & 6.06 - Preliminary Major Site Plan to Construct a Single Story Retail Building and Bulk Variance for Parking and Signs

The HPC members reviewed the above plans and decided that neither property holds any historical significance.


Mr. Borisuk made a motion to adjourn the HPC meeting at 8:14 p.m. Ms. Cheadle seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on January 8, 2013.