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Minutes: January 15, 2015

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 15, 2015. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call of Members

Charles BatesP
Michael FurreyP
Christopher HankeP
Ted LaabsP
Valerie SeufertP

Charles Bates called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

1. Oath of Office

Attorney Richard Wenner administered the oath of office to new historic preservation commission members Valerie Seufert and Michael Furrey and to reappointed members Charles Bates, Chris Hanke, and Ted Laabs. All terms are for three years, expiring on December 31, 2018. All of the members, with the exception of Chris Hanke, are Class B members. Chris Hanke is a Class A member.

2. Selection of Chairman

Chris Hanke moved to name Charles Bates chairman of the historic preservation commission. Valerie Seufert seconded the motion. All were in favor of Charles Bates for chairman of the commission for 2015.

3. Selection of Vice-Chairman

Michael Furrey moved to name Chris Hanke vice-chairman of the commission. Ted Laabs seconded the motion. All were in favor of Chris Hanke being vice-chairman of the commission for 2015.

4. Open the Meeting to the Public

Charles Bates opened the meeting to the public and kept it open throughout the duration of the meeting.

5. Resolutions

A. Resolution 15-01: 2015 Meeting Dates

The commission unanimously approved Resolution 15-01 for 2015 meeting dates.

WHEREAS, Open Public Meetings Act, Chapter 231, P.L. 1975 requires certain public bodies to comply with the provisions of Section 13 of said Act;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the historic preservation commission of the Township of Vernon as follows:

The regularly scheduled meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month in the municipal center located on Church Street, Vernon, New Jersey, at 7 p.m. in the municipal courtroom on the following dates.

Regular Meetings
January 15, 2015 (Reorganization)
February 5, 2015
March 5, 2015
April 2, 2015
May 7, 2015
June 4, 2015
July 2, 2015
September 3, 2015
October 1, 2015
November 5, 2015
December 3, 2015
January 7, 2016 (Reorganization)

A copy of this resolution shall be posted on the municipal center bulletin board reserved for that purpose. Copies of this resolution shall be forwarded to the official newspaper, The New Jersey Herald/Sunday Herald.

This resolution shall take effect immediately. A copy of this resolution shall also be filed with the township clerk and mailed to any person who requests it and has paid the fee established by the public body to cover the cost of providing that notice.

CERTIFICATION

I hereby certify that the above resolution is a true copy of the resolution adopted by the historic preservation commission of the Township of Vernon at its reorganization meeting held on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Vernon Municipal Center.

Jessica Paladini, Recording Secretary
Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission
DATE: January 15, 2015

B. Resolution 15-02: Designation of Newspapers

The commission unanimously approved Resolution 15-02 for designation of newspapers.

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40:53-1 et al. of the Open Public Meetings Act requires that the historic preservation commission of every municipality designate an official newspaper or newspapers for the publication of all advertisements and notices required by law to be published by the municipality; and

WHEREAS, the second newspaper designated by this body must be one which has the greatest likelihood of informing the public within the jurisdictional boundaries of this body of such meetings; and

WHEREAS, The New Jersey Herald and Sunday Herald are hereby designated to receive all notices of meetings as required under the Open Public Meetings Act; and

WHEREAS, It is the opinion of this public body that The New Jersey Herald and Sunday Herald have the greatest likelihood of informing the public within the jurisdictional area of this public body of such meetings;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, that The New Jersey Herald and Sunday Herald and hereby designated as the official newspapers for the 2015 calendar year and will receive all notices of meetings of the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission as required by the Open Public Meetings Act.

This resolution shall take effect immediately.

Jessica Paladini, Recording Secretary
Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission
DATE: January 15, 2015

6. Applications for Review

There were no applications for review.

7. Approval of Minutes

December 18, 2014

Chris Hanke, Ted Laabs, and Charles Bates voted in favor of adopting the minutes for December 18, 2014. Valerie Seufert and Michael Furrey were not present at the December meeting.

8. Old Business

A. Wayne McCabe

Charles Bates said he would contact Wayne McCabe to invite him to a future meeting of the HPC at a date yet undetermined.

B. Glenwood Presentation

Charles Bates said he was not successful in contacting former chairman HPC Stephen Sokolewicz to obtain the documentation and recordings for the Glenwood presentation as he had not heard back from Mr. Sokolewicz. Mr. Bates will work on new material for the presentation if he does not hear soon from Mr. Sokolewicz. The commission wants to move forward on this presentation to the Glenwood community.

C. Consideration of Sites for Landmark Designation in 2015

The commission discussed the Walker Farm, known as Vernon Valley Farm, for landmark designation. Liz Walker, an owner of the farm, is amenable to going forward with the designation and will work with the commission on it. No new buildings on the property will be included in the landmark designation. It will consist only of the original structures.

D. HPC Report for 2014

Charles Bates will meet with the mayor to ask if the HPC must compile a report of its work during 2014 and, if so, in what format the report should be. Mr. Bates will report the mayor’s recommendation back to the commission.

E. Stewart House

The commissioners decided they will not take any action, nor make any recommendations at this time concerning the Stewart House because they do not know what Mountain Creek’s plans are for the structure when the indoor water park and hotel are built. The HPC does not want the building to be demolished or to be moved. They believe that moving the structure would result in the losing of the provenance of the historical artifacts and attributes, and the structure would possibly lose its historical value. They would like to see the building remain where it is and continue to be used as an office building.

Currently, Mountain Creek has no definite plan for the Stewart House and has not filed an application for the project. The commission said it is premature to discuss the matter and will wait until there is a definite plan before making any recommendations regarding the Stewart House.

9. New Business

There was no new business for discussion at this time.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

The next meeting of the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission will be on February 5, 2015. Meetings from then on will be held on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the municipal courtroom.

Transcribed by Jessica Paladini
Recording Secretary