Minutes: February 21, 2013

Note: There is no recording for this meeting. The minutes were prepared using handwritten notes taken by Mr. Bates.

Mr. Bates, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:00 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 February 1, 2013. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Note: A letter of resignation was received from Sharon Cheadle. She is unable to continue her work with the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission due to her move to Illinois. The board members thank her for her service to the community and commented that she will be missed.

In light of Ms. Cheadle’s resignation, Mr. Bates requested that Sue Nelson, Township Clerk, rule on the number of attendees to constitute a quorum. She reported that four (4) members were needed for this purpose.

Roll Call of Members

Charles BatesP
Christopher HankeP
Stephen SokolewiczP
Ted LaabsP
Andrew BorisukNP
Carol Gunn KadishNP

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public


January 17, 2013

The minutes were reviewed and approved by a motion.

Old Business

Review Cemeteries/Markers

The lot number for Canistear Cemetery was found to be incorrect. It was subsequently corrected and will be submitted to the Land Use Board on 2/27/13 for future review.

The Land Use Board will review the following cemetery applications at their next meeting on 2/27/13: McKanly, Cherry Ridge, Edsall and Edsall Farm.

The representatives for Canistear Cemetery were invited to review the application but were not in attendance tonight.

Discuss Glenwood Historic Area Sign

Mr. Sokolewicz submitted ideas for a sign to the board members. Some deletions and additions were made. Pochuck Valley Farms, Apple Valley Inn and Glenwood Grist Mill will be noted on a marker to be completed later. It was discussed that other historical sites can be listed in a booklet and placed appropriately around our community. Ms. Kadish may be a resource for the booklet on Glenwood. This discussion led to other historic areas in Vernon such as Vernon Crossroads, Main Street and McAfee.

Vernon Inn Update

Mr. Bates said that the owners are hesitant about moving forward with memorialization as it may impinge upon their desire to improve or change the property. They may be looking for us to recognize the site. Mr. Bates will present this idea to them.

Status of Old Post Office Building on Canistear Road - Steve Sokolewicz

Mr. Sokolewicz will continue to pursue.

Cedar Crest Farm Site

Mr. Bates will have the DPW install the post when the weather is better. It was noted by Mr. Hanke that Marlene Ford may want a different location for the post.

Demolition of Saxony Bakery Site

It was noted via e-mail by Ms. Kadish that the Saxony Bakery house may have been the old Episcopal Church’s parsonage. She will continue to research.

Mr. Bates will meet with the mayor about having all sites to be demolished passed by the HPC for input. Mr. Bates will discuss this with Mr. Borisuk and/or Mr. Bob Baldwin for their historical perspective.

Commemorative Plaque for Ron DuPont

It was discussed that this recognition is much deserved and hopefully within the budget. Mr. Bates will speak with the mayor for approval.

New Business

Mr. Hanke shared some old postcards depicting the following areas: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Place by the Tracks (deli), the Mixing Bowl and Vernon School.


A motion was made to adjourn the HPC meeting at 8:45 p.m. It was seconded. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on March 13, 2013.