Minutes: February 18, 2010

Mr. Bates called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.

Nomination of Recording Secretary

Motion: Mr. Wetzel made a motion to nominate Cynthia Davis as the HPC Recording Secretary for the year 2010. Ms. Cheadle seconded the motion. All were in favor.

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 21, 2010, and published on February 10, 2010. 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 CheadleP
Richard Wetzel (arrived at 7:15 p.m.)P
Rev. Robert SolonP
Andrew BorisukNP
Carol Gunn KadishP

Attendance Policy

Mr. Bates advised the HPC members that there is an attendance policy for all commissions and boards and asked that all members attend most meetings and, if unable, call or email to advise that they will not be in attendance.


January 21, 2010, Reorganization Meeting Minutes

Motion: Mr.Hanke made a motion to approve of the minutes. Ms. Cheadle seconded the motion. All were in favor.

January 21, 2010, Regular Meeting Minutes

Motion: Ms. Cheadle made a motion to approve of the minutes, as revised. Ms. Kadish seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Meeting Opened to the Public

Closed Meeting to the Public

Old Business

Wordage for Board of Education Building

Mr. Hanke suggested that since Mr. Wetzel and Mr. Bates spearheaded the application for this site, Mr. Wetzel should have the privilege to develop the marker wordage. Mr. Bates asked Mr. Wetzel to find out from the Board of Education Chair, Cindy, where the marker should be placed. Mr. Bates suggested that it might be placed right in front of the building in the flower garden that splits the parking area.

Economic Development Advisory Committee

Mr. Wetzel reported that that Mr. Rickey is considering turning his farm into an official Welcome Center for Vernon. There is a moratorium on signs at this time. However, the Nordic House may keep their sign. A new member has been appointed to the Committee—John Bozma. The Grant Writers have been let go and are now suing the Town. RJ Mars has closed and there is an attempt to bring in Friendly’s Restaurant.

Mr. Bates commented that Robin Kline had indicated to him that she would like to see every organization pick up the responsibility for any grant writing that might be required.

Motion: Ms. Cheadle made a motion to state on the record that the HPC supports the Vernon Township Historical Society and the Environmental Commission on the idea of the development of a scenic byway from the Route 515 corridor (from Route 23 in Hardyston) to Route 94, North, to the Warwick border. Ms. Kadish seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Mr. Bates will call the Township Clerk, Robin Kline, to discuss the above motion and see how to move forward with the statement of support.

Status of Historical Preservation of Cemeteries in Vernon Township

Ms. Cheadle reported that she and Kevin found the DeKay cemetery. Mr. Cantaldi added that they tried to find as much information as possible and took pictures of the sites. Three of the seven cemeteries are in one common area. The Episcopal Church and United Methodist Church cemeteries overlap. Ms. Kadish will speak with Ron DuPont about the Vernon and Episcopal Cemeteries. Mr. Wetzel will speak with the caretaker of the Glenwood Cemetery. Mr. Bates will do some research on the Glenwood Baptist Church Cemetery. A long discussion took place regarding all issues on this matter.

Status of Mastodon Lake Marker

Mr. Bates stated that further exploration will continue on this topic.

Application for High Breeze Farm Designation

Mr. Bates stated that there is no further update on this application. It has not been listed on the Agenda for the Land Use Board, as of this date. Ms. Cheadle suggested resubmitting the application.

New Business

Burnt House Hill

Ms. Kadish showed a picture from an old deed book depicting where the Burnt House Hill structure stood. The house was a mansion with 37 rooms which burned in 1873. Several significant families owned the property including Joseph Barton, who was a loyalist who lost his Vernon land after the Revolution. Mr. Barton’s daughter married Dr. Hinchman who was the first physician in Vernon and served in the Revolution. Then the Hinchmans married into the Rickey family. The property then went into John Rutherford’s hands who was the largest landowner in New Jersey. This home is where John Rutherford spent his summers and lived the rest of the year in Newark. There is a slave cemetery on this site. The site is historically significant because of the people who lived in the house. “Washington slept here” too!

Motion: Ms. Cheadle made a motion to go forward with an application for historical memorialization for the Burnt House Hill to be completed by April or May. Mr. Hanke seconded the motion. All were in favor.


Mr. Hanke read the Master Plan Amendment, written by Masur Consulting, adopted in July 2004, where it states that there is not a Historical Preservation Commission. Mr. Bates agreed to attend the next Land Use Board meeting when the Master Plan will be discussed so that this information can be corrected from this date forward.

Applications to Review

LU #2-10-2: United Water

The HPC members reviewed the plans and determined that there is no historical significance connected with the subject premises.

LU #1-10-1: Wayne & Norma Vaughn - Lot Line Adjustment

The HPC members reviewed the plans and determined that there is no historical significance connected with the subject premises.


Mr. Hanke made a motion to adjourn the HPC Regular Meeting at 9:00 p.m. Mr. Wetzel seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on March 16, 2010.