Minutes: January 24, 2008 (R)

Reorganization Meeting Minutes

Meeting was called to order at 7:25 p.m. by Chris Hanke.

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 has been forwarded to the New Jersey Herald and published on February 5, 2007. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call of Members

Members in attendance were Charles Bates, Charles Blessing, Christopher Hanke, Sharon Cheadle and Dick Wetzel.

Nomination of Chairperson

Charles Blessing nominated Charles Bates for the position of chairperson; Dick Wetzel seconded the nomination. All present were in favor except Charles Bates.

Nomination of Vice Chairperson

Charles Blessing nominated Christopher Hanke for the position of vice chairperson; Dick Wetzel seconded the nomination. All present were in favor.

Nomination of Secretary

Charles Blessing nominated Kerrie Scott for the position of secretary; Dick Wetzel seconded the nomination. All present were in favor.

Meeting Schedule

The HPC agreed that the meetings would be changed to the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

February 21, 2008
March 13, 2008
April 17, 2008
May 15, 2008
June 19, 2008
July 17, 2008
August 21, 2008
September 18, 2008
October 16, 2008
November 20, 2008
December 18, 2008
January 15, 2009

Christopher Hanke made a motion to approve the 2008 meeting schedule; Charles Blessing seconded the motion. All present were in favor.

Official Newspaper

Christopher Hanke made a motion for the New Jersey Herald to be the HPC’s official newspaper; Charles Blessing seconded the motion. All present were in favor.

Member Statements

Charles Bates

Suggested having a buddy this year; for reminders of meetings, etc.

Unsure of how long he will remain as a member; upset with who the organization is and the way it is going. He feels as if they have no power and treated as second class citizens.

Unless he is able to see a real commitment by the council, planning board, and the members he doesn’t know if he wants to be the chairperson.

He is concerned with the issue of places not being able to be conserved, except cemeteries.

He and Dick tried to save the Board of Education building on Rt. 515, but the planning board didn’t bring it up to a vote.

There had been another issue with a lady in town that wanted to save her house; the planning board went right through.

He will be the chairperson for one year; he wants to get the jobs done.

Dick Wetzel

Spoke to Austin Carew and he is looking for a new face and to keep moving forward.

Sharon Cheadle

Suggested confirming via e-mail meeting information.

Had expected to do more last year and would like to see more get done this year.

Christopher Hanke

Noted that chairperson, Donna Wilson has stepped down and is no longer a member.

The ordinance in regards to what can be conserved has changed over his time on the board. They lost the places such as the Weichert House and the last Stage Coach Inn on Warwick Turnpike.

Historically know structures were photographed and named in the Township.

Charlie Blessing

Noted that if there is changed in the design or the exterior of a building then the plans come to the HPC; if in a residential community the plans come to them but if in the Town Center area, no.

Stated that Glenn McLaughlin had been the liaison from the township council; he will attend the next meeting to bring up to the council.


There being no further items of business for the Reorganization Meeting, a motion was made by Christopher Hanke to adjourn the meeting; Charles Blessing seconded the motion. The Reorganization Meeting of the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.