Minutes: February 23, 2012

Note: Meeting recorded by Sharon Cheadle. Cynthia Davis not present.

Mr. Chris Hanke, HPC Vice Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:07 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 January 29, 2011. 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 BorisukNP
Carol Gunn KadishP


January 19, 2012 Reorganization Meeting

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

January 19, 2012 Regular Meeting

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

New Business

Meeting Dates Resolution

The only change was the December 20, 2012, meeting being changed to December 13, 2012.

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

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public

Old Business


Ms. Gunn Kadish reported that she and Ms. Cheadle found Cherry Ridge cemetery and it is in relatively good shape. The cemetery is about a one mile hike and is marked by a sign. They will be returning with clippers to clean up the area. Some stones are in better shape than others. Mr. Laabs asked if there was any history online regarding this cemetery. Ms. Kadish advised that sussexcountyhistory.org shows a listing of the graves and the families. Ms. Kadish added that there are 3 cemeteries ready for historic designation—McKanely, Cherry Ridge, and Canistear.

Parker House Application

Mr. Hanke and Ron DuPont met with the owner of the Parker house to go over the history of the house. Mr. DuPont is currently working on the paperwork for the application for historic designation. The house is important to the development of the Township of Vernon as it was the Town Clerk’s house/office. Ms. Kadish added that the Parker family ran Vernon for many years. The outhouse is still there and contains a “child’s seat.” The main part of the house dates back to the late 1700s and several additions were added, one in the late 1800s doubling the size of the home. Ms. Kadish said that the DeKays were in Vernon in 1740, so this is not one of the first homes in Vernon. Mr. Hanke said the doorways are about 5'10" and one of the Parkers was 6'4" so one of the rooms that were added has a vaulted ceiling. The front of the house is original and originally had an open porch across it. There are 6-8 stations for milking cows in the barn for the dairy farm which was active until the 1940s. There is an icehouse on the back of the barn.


Glenwood Cemetery is expected to be memorialized by March 1, 2012, by the Town Council.

Discussion of Edsall/Kadish Farm Application

Mr. and Mrs. Kadish will give a presentation on the application in the near future when Charlie is present.

Board of Education Building

A discussion ensued regarding the plaque with the words “high” school at the Board of Education Building. Mr. Hanke said that the term high school was taken from “the book” (by Ron DuPont) and an old postcard which depicts the school. Mr. Hanke said that a sign has been printed and laminated with a copy of the postcard which has been placed at the location of the plaque explaining the word “high.” Replacing the plaque would cost too much money.

Meeting Opened to the Public

Mr. Kadish commented that there should be a total history of all the schools in Vernon including their dates of operation. Mr. Kadish said that Vernon High School reunions go back to 1903. He said that back when he was going to school he had a choice of going to either to Hamburg or to Sussex if you were learning agriculture. Mr. Kadish believes this is how the higher education was handled in this area for a long time.

Incentives for Historic Designation

Mr. Hanke said that getting a property historically designated by the town is one step closer to getting the property recognized by the State with subsequent eligibility for possible grants. Mr. Hanke said that if historically designated, the town has no control over what is done on the interior and the exterior would require the use of “like materials” in any renovation. Mr. Hanke asked the HPC members to do some research on other possible incentives for designation.

Applications Reviewed



Ms. Gunn Kadish made a motion to adjourn the HPC meeting at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Sokolowicz seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on March 13, 2012.