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Minutes: February 3, 2011

Mr. Bates called the meeting to order at 7:21 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 12, 2011, and published on January 17, 2011. 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 WetzelP
Rev. Robert SolonNP
Andrew BorisukP
Carol Gunn KadishP

Note: Mr. Bates’ term of office ended on 12/31/10. He was approved by the Township Council and sworn in by Angie Bates, Acting Township Clerk, on 1/24/11.

Meeting Opened to the Public

Mr. Bates advised that he just received the letter from the Vernon United Methodist Church (“VUMC”) written by John Bischoff.

Mr. Bates recused himself from the discussion as he is a member of the Church. Mr. Cantaldi read the letter dated January 24, 2011, aloud. The letter states that before the VUMC will agree with the historic designation of the cemetery, they would like several questions answered.

Ms. Verlardi-Border came forward and advised that the UMC did not receive answers for their questions at the last HPC meeting. A discussion took place about their various questions.

Mr. Hanke stated that if the cemetery is memorialized it would not necessarily mean that the entire lot and block, including the church building, would be included in the memorialization.

Members of the UMC asked why the HPC is looking to memorialize their cemetery. Ms. Kadish commented that the UMC cemetery is Vernon’s 2nd cemetery besides the family lots (DeKay, etc.) and holds the remains of many pioneer families of Vernon. Also, it’s location is prime for memorialization as it is part of Vernon’s original town center. Mr. Cantaldi commented that there is a civil war soldier buried in the cemetery and the families buried there are significant to the Town of Vernon.

Mr. Gallagher came forward and asked if the designation of the cemetery would reflect in any way on the building itself. The HPC members confirmed that no, the building is not affected. Mr. Hanke stated that the HPC is only concerned with the exterior of a structure, not the interior.

A church member asked what the responsibility is of the church to maintain the period correctness if something were damaged such as the cemetery fence. Ms. Kadish commented that she would like to see the part replaced as closely as possible to the original style and suggested the possibility of getting funding for such a repair. Mr. Hanke stated that the church would only need to maintain the cemetery as they are currently doing.

Continuing Discussion: Mr. Hanke stated that when a structure is memorialized, only the structure is memorialized, not the property. The HPC members agreed not to include the UMC cemetery application in the resolution to be prepared and presented to the Land Use Board for their approval until the UMC is comfortable with memorializing the cemetery.

Mr. Bates stated that the following applications are completed: Glenwood Baptist Cemetery, The Glenwood Cemetery, DeKay Cemetery #1, DeKay Cemetery #2, Episcopal Church Cemetery and Williamsville Cemetery. These applications are ready to go before the Land Use Board. Cynthia Davis will prepare a Resolution for the next meeting.

Closed Meeting to the Public

Old Business

Economic Advisory Committee

Mr. Wetzel reported that the EAC will continue meeting as a committee until June 30, 2011. He reported that there is one grand opening scheduled for this Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for the new cookie shop in the A&P Shopping Center.

Cemeteries

Mr. Cantaldi and Ms. Cheadle will wait until the snow melts to continue with this project.

Board of Education Building Marker

Mr. Bates reported that the marker has been delivered and is being stored at the DPW. Mr. Bates suggested that it be installed sometime in April 2011.

Discussion on Prioritizing the 250 Other Structures for Application for Memorialization

The HPC members agreed that Mr. Bates should send a letter out to the owners of Mountain Creek suggesting that they consider memorializing the Stewart House locally.

With regard to the Baxter home, Mr. Hanke suggested sending a letter to the homeowner asking for their thoughts on having a historical marker installed on their property as it has already been memorialized. Ms. Kadish suggested putting a sign at the Judy Good home if the HPC wants to do something quickly. The home is memorialized and has plenty of traffic.

Applications to Review

LU #11-10-11: Choi Kyungkon - Minor Subdivision with Bulk Variance

The LUB members reviewed the plans and agreed that there is no historical significance.

PB #2-08-2: Mountain Creek - Day Lodge - Site Plan Amendment

The LUB members reviewed the plans and agreed that there is no historical significance.

Adjournment

Ms. Kadish made a motion to adjourn the HPC meeting at 9:00 p.m. Mr. Hanke seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on March 15, 2011.