Minutes: January 7, 2016

Call to Order

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, 2016. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the township clerk.

Salute to the Flag

Roll Call

Nancy AdamA
Charles BatesP
Ilene FranklinP
Christopher HankeP
Ted LaabsP
Valerie SeufertP
Lisaann PermunianP
Laura PettinatoP

Chairperson Dee Franklin called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

1. Open the Meeting to the Public

Dee Franklin opened the meeting to the public and kept it open throughout the duration of the meeting.

2. Introduction of Wayne McCabe

Dee Franklin introduced Wayne McCabe to the commission. Wayne stated that Ted Laabs had invited him to come and speak. He stated he had nothing specifically to speak about, but offered to pick his brain because he has had over 45 years of historical preservation and planning. He has served on 15 different commissions. He started out by asking a question, we know that there are three commissions in the county, ours, Hamburg and Newton, Hamburg and Newton are both certified local government participants with the state how come Vernon is not? This commission was formed more able to apply, in the years we haven’t been made aware that we should go forth with the application process. Wayne went over many benefits of joining the certified local government. He explained processes of applying for grants and talked about many ways of getting historical areas in the county by using the Hopkins 1860 map. Wayne also suggested that the commission sit with Ron Dupont and see what the differences are, he suggested to check the county historical society and their files, and to check the state archives in Trenton. He was very informative and Dee stated that she will be in contact with him to continuing learning how to become part of the certified local government.

3. Approval of Minutes

December 3, 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes

Charles Bates moved to adopt the minutes, Chris Hanke seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Chris Hanke, Ilene Franklin, Ted Laabs, Lisaann Permunian, Laura Pettinato, Charles Bates, Valerie Seufert

4. Applications Under Review

Referring to LU6-15-6 Hidden Valley Facility HPC finds no historic value on that site.

There being no further comments or concerns, the chairman called for an adjournment.


Christopher Hanke moved to adjourn the meeting.
Charles Bates seconded the motion.
All commissioners were in favor.

The next meeting of the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission will be on February 4, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Transcribed by Gail Russell
Recording Secretary