Minutes: January 17, 2013

Mr. Hanke, Vice Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:18 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 March 1, 2012. 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
Sharon CheadleNP
Stephen SokolewiczP
Ted LaabsP
Andrew BorisukP
Carol Gunn KadishP

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public


December 13, 2012

Motion: Mr. Borisuk made a motion to approve of the above minutes. Mr. Laabs seconded the motion. All were in favor.


Ms. Gunn Kadish asked the board when the HPC members reviewed the plans for the demolition of the Saxony Bakery. She commented that the house taken down next to the bakery may have been historical. She said the HPC should have been notified so that the members could have taken a look at the structure prior to demolition. Mr. Bates will research this matter.

Mr. Bates welcomed Mr. Sokolewicz as his vice chair. He went on to say that his working position with Mr. Hanke had been comfortable and it had been a pleasure working with him. He said he is a wealth of information on Vernon’s history and thanked him for his service. He asked if he would continue as an advisor to the HPC on archival review. Mr. Hanke confirmed that he wasn’t going anywhere.

Old Business

Review Cemeteries and Kadish Home Applications with Any Public Present

Mr. Bates informed the board that invitations had gone out to the owners of the Cherry Ridge, Canistear and McKanly cemeteries for the meeting tonight. No one was present. The HPC will move forward with the applications to the Land Use Board secretary on Monday.

Mr. Bates asked Ms. Kadish if the HPC has her permission to go forward with the applications for the Edsall Slave Cemetery and the Edsall Kadish farm, to which she replied, “Yes.” Mr. Bates will submit these applications on Monday to the Land Use Board.

Discuss Glenwood Historic Area Sign

Mr. Bates reported that the mayor suggested that he come up with a date for a meeting to invite the residents of Glenwood to discuss a historic area marker. He went on to say that the mayor would like three (3) signs, fabricated in-house, to be placed at the high school, coming in from New York and one at Pochuck Farms.

The proposed boundaries for the Glenwood historic area were discussed. Ms. Kadish suggested one sign that is easily read placed near the heart of Glenwood, possibly at Pochuck Farms where a lot of visitors park, listing the industries in the area. Mr. Borisuk suggested having a bigger sign at Pochuck Farms listing the sites with a map designating their locations.

Mr. Bates asked Steve to design a sign listing the historic sites for the February meeting.

Discuss Potential Application for Vernon Inn

Mr. Bates said that the owners are reticent about an application for historic memorialization. However, further discussion will continue. Mr. Bates reported that he has asked the owner of the Mixing Bowl restaurant several times to apply for historic designation. The owner has never agreed.

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

Mr. Sokolewicz said that he visited the site again and no one was there for the second time. Mr. Bates asked him for the address so that he can check with the zoning department.

Cedar Crest Farm Sign and Post

Mr. Bates reported that the sign is in and looks good. He said that the DPW will probably install the post near the water trough next week. The unveiling is tentatively scheduled for March 1, 2013.

Small Markers for Cemeteries

Mr. Bates said that he is working on getting (6) 6x12 or 6x9 metal markers to be installed on ground level which will say something to the effect of “The Vernon Twp. HPC recognizes this cemetery as being historically significant.”

Historic Districts

Mr. Bates asked if there were other districts other than Glenwood and McAfee that should be considered. Ms. Gunn Kadish said that the Iron Mining District in Wawayanda State Park is in the process of getting state historic designation and she suggested that Vernon could give it local designation too. She also suggested that there could be a Highland Lakes District near where the Brushy Meadow Sawmill was located. Mr. Hanke commented that if the old clubhouse was still there he would consider a historic district in that area. He went on to say that the little lake was used for ice for the ice houses during the summers.

Discussion Regarding Demolitions

The members discussed requesting that the HPC be notified when a demolition application is made with the building department. Mr. Bates said that he will speak with the department on Monday.

New Business

Mr. Hanke said that Ron DuPont has been at the HPC’s beck and call for historic information when it’s been requested and his work has essentially gone thankless. Mr. Hanke suggested giving him a plaque recognizing him for his service over the years. He said that Mr. DuPont has written a lot of the applications over the years. Mr. Hanke suggested the wordage to be: “This award is given to Ron DuPont for his community service in providing invaluable historical reference and knowledge of Vernon Township.” Ms. Kadish suggested changing “this award” to “recognition is given.” It was discussed that the plaque would mention that it is from the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission, without listing the members’ names but listing the current year.

Motion: A motion was made by Mr. Laabs to recognize Mr. DuPont’s service to the community by granting an award from the HPC. Ms. Kadish seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Mr. Hanke reported that he will speak with an award fabricator regarding this project.

Mr. Bates made an announcement that the Vernon Township Historical Society will present the history of St. Thomas Episcopal Church on January 27, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the new building and everyone is invited.

Mr. Laabs recognized the service of Mr. Hanke as Vice Chair and the good job he has done.


Mr. Borisuk made a motion to adjourn the HPC meeting at 8:30 p.m. Mr. Hanke seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on January 24, 2013.