Minutes: January 15, 2009

Mr. Bates called the meeting to order at 7:34 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 and published on February 29, 2008. 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


Mr. Wetzel made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 18, 2008 meeting, as amended. Mr. Cantaldi seconded the motion. Mr. Borisuk abstained. All the rest were in favor.

Meeting Opened to the Public

Mayor Carew came forward. He asked Ms. Davis to email the meeting minutes to the Town Council (“TC”) members from this point forward. He also suggested that the HPC members come to a TC meeting and introduce themselves. He discussed the value of preserving Vernon properties for tourism and educational purposes. Mayor Carew thanked the commission members for their hard work. He discussed the status of the Town Center in that the taxpayer’s money and grant money has been spent on the infrastructure and now the Town Council is looking for developer’s money to do the commercial development. Proposals have gone out and at this point, nothing has come back. A Plan Endorsement/Implementation Committee has been formed and Charles Blessing is representing the Historical Commission on that committee which has been formed to resubmit information to the state to continue the process.

Mr. Hanke explained to the mayor that the HPC is in the process of re-forming a map depicting Vernon historical properties that the Land Use Board may use.

Mr. Bates explained to the mayor that there is communication between Lou Kneip and the HPC about potential issues with some historical properties.

Closed Meeting to the Public

Old Business

Economic Development Advisory Committee

Mr. Wetzel advised that the first meeting was held on January 12, 2009 where officers were elected. They will be meeting twice per month, the second and fourth Mondays at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The goal of the committee will be established at the next meeting of January 26, 2009. The main issue on the agenda will be Main Street.

Board of Education Building

Mr. Bates reviewed the Planning Board vote on the historical designation of the building. He was very appreciative for everyone’s help. A discussion ensued about how a lot of peoples’ beliefs that strong restrictions were assumed to be placed on historically designated properties were alleviated by the explanation of the Land Use Board attorney.

Prices Switch School Memorialization

Tabled to the next month’s meeting.

Denton-Wallace (Labar House) Sign

Mr. Cantaldi advised that the sign has been ordered and they are just waiting for the artwork. He agreed to call the company to get an estimate of completion and prototype of the marker.

Owner’s Rights and Benefits of Preservation

Tabled to the next meeting. Mr. Bates advised that he is personally against applying for historic designation without the owner’s permission. With regard to owner’s rights and benefits, Mr. Bates would like to work on preparing an informational brochure to give to the Planning Department for applicants and historic property owners. Ms. Cheadle will find her internet research on this topic.

Review Letter to Mr. Kneip—Block 31.01, Lot 25

Mr. Bates wrote a letter to Mr. Kneip indicating that this is part of the historic Brown Farm and provided him an alternate area across the street to use for a parking lot for the AT.

High Breeze Farm

Tabled to the next meeting. Mr. Hanke explained that if the site is memorialized by the Town, then he feels the HPC will have more leverage with the State to do something with the property. Mr. Bates asked Ms. Paladini to work on the application.

Sea Captain’s House

Mr. Bates suggested that the HPC pursue an application on the Sea Captain’s house as the building is associated with a famous person—Russ Winan invented the railroad truck in the attic. Mr. Hanke agreed that the HPC should pursue this property.

New Business

Mr. Bates suggested that the HPC have a “think tank” session at the next meeting regarding goals for 2009.

Plan Endorsement Committee

The members suggested that a current HPC representative should serve on this committee.

New Applications

ZB #11-08-16, Block 83.10, Lot 12—Glenn McLaughlin, 14 Valley Drive North, Glenwood, Lot Line Adjustment.

The members agreed there is no historical component to this application. No comment.


Mr. Borisuk made a motion to adjourn the HPC Regular Meeting at 9:24 p.m. Mr. Wetzel seconded the motion. All were in favor.