Minutes: December 3, 2015

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 15, 2015. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call

Nancy AdamP
Charles BatesA
Dee FranklinP
Michael FurreyA
Christopher HankeP
Ted LaabsP
Lisaann PermunianP
Laura PettinatoP
Valerie SeufertA

In Chairman Charles Bates’s absence, Vice-Chairman Chris Hanke called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

1. Open the Meeting to the Public

Chris Hanke opened the meeting to the public and kept it open throughout the duration of the meeting.

2. Old Business

A. Glenwood Presentation

Commission member Michael Furrey, who was revising the presentation for the Glenwood Historic Area for the HPC, has not been present at meetings for the past three months, so the HPC was not able to discuss it or schedule a date for the presentation. Chairman Charles Bates has said he has not heard from Mr. Furrey during that time. Mr. Bates was not present tonight due to recent surgery, but he reported he wanted to change the presentation to include more historical data and would bring it up for discussion at the January meeting.

B. Photos and Excavation of Campbell House

The commission wants to photograph this historic structure before it is destroyed. There will be a Taco Bell built on the property. Recording secretary Jessi Paladini reported that she had contacted the attorney for Taco Bell last month, but he said since they have not yet purchased the property he cannot give authorization to photograph it at this time. Ms. Paladini then called the property owner, and she will schedule a date in January for the HPC to photograph the inside and outside of the historic structure on the property. An archaeology study will not be possible until the spring, however, unless the Taco Bell project starts sooner. If the project starts before the spring, the commission could possibly do the study when Taco Bell breaks ground.

C. Historic Farming District

Jamie Rickey, who brought forth the idea of the historic farming district to the commission, was not present for the meeting. He had said he was going to contact some property owners along Route 94 in the area of the proposed district to see what their thoughts were on the designation. The HPC did not hear from Mr. Rickey. Mr. Rickey had suggested during the HPC’s November meeting that designation of a historic farming district could take place in conjunction with the creation of the management plan the Vernon Township Historical Society is creating for the Western Highlands Scenic Byway, the eighth scenic byway designated by the state Department of Transportation in the state of New Jersey. Commission chairman Charles Bates serves on the scenic byway management plan committee, as does the township planner.

3. New Business

HPC Year-End Report

The commission discussed some of its work and accomplishments during 2015 for inclusion in its required annual report to the mayor and township council. The matters the commission discussed for inclusion in the report were as follows.

  1. Glenwood Historic Area Presentation
  2. Communication with Walker Farm owner and affirmation of its future landmark designation
  3. The appointment of four new members to the HPC
  4. Worked towards getting the Iulo/Drew Farm preserved for landmark designation
  5. Met with Vernon United Methodist Church for reconsideration of historic cemetery landmark designation
  6. Joint effort with the Vernon Township Historical Society to erect a marker for the historic DeKay Cemetery
  7. Initiated discussion of the creation of a historic farming district along the Route 94 corridor to the New York border
  8. Reviewed all land use board applications and other applications forwarded by state and federal agencies, such as DEP and FCC, and forwarded recommendations to appropriate officials

4. Approval of Minutes

November 3, 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes

Dee Franklin moved to adopt the minutes.
Nancy Adam seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Nancy Adam, Chris Hanke, Ilene Franklin, Ted Laabs, Lisaann Permunian, and Laura Pettinato
Nays: None

5. Applications Under Review

LU 11-15-12: Expansion of Edsall Drive Satellite Facility

The commission reviewed an application to expand the Edsall Drive satellite communications facility by adding six new antennas to the existing site. The commission determined there is nothing historic in the area and it has no concerns or comments. The recording secretary will forward the discussion of the review to the land use board and state there are no concerns.

6. Commissioner Comments

Vice-Chairman Chris Hanke announced that 2016 would be his and Chairman Charlie Bates’s last year on the HPC. He also said neither wanted to serve as an officer in 2016 and suggested the commission consider a new chairperson and vice-chairperson for the coming year.

Ted Laabs reminded the HPC that they had wanted to invite Wayne McCabe to one of their meetings. He said he recently spoke with Mr. McCabe at a county meeting and said Mr. McCabe might be willing to attend the HPC’s January meeting. After a vote, the recording secretary was directed to send a letter to Mr. McCabe to invite him to the January HPC meeting. Dee Franklin moved to invite Wayne McCabe to the January meeting. Lisaann Permunian seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Nancy Adam, Chris Hanke, Ilene Franklin, Ted Laabs, Lisaann Permunian, and Laura Pettinato
Nays: None

There being no further comments or concerns, the chairman called for an adjournment.


Ted Laabs moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:58 p.m.
Nancy Adam seconded the motion.
All commissioners were in favor.

The next meeting of the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission will be on January 7, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Transcribed by Jessica Paladini
Recording Secretary