Minutes: January 9, 2020

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 6, 2020. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call

Nancy Adam
Will Brown
Ilene Dee Franklin
Barbara Kostenko
Shawn MaZur
Jessi Paladini
Ann Ross
Dick Wetzel

Jessi Paladini called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

1. New Business

A. Oath of Office

Mayor Howard Burrell administered the oath of office to the new historic preservation commission. Taking the oath of office were Nancy Adam, Will Brown, Ilene Dee Franklin, Barbra Kostenko, Shawn MaZur, Jessi Paladini, Ann Ross, and Dick Wetzel. Shawn MaZur is the commission’s Class A member knowledgeable in building design and architectural history.

B. Selection of Chairperson

Dee Franklin moved to nominate Jessi Paladini chairperson of the historic preservation commission. A roll call vote was taken. All were in favor of Jessi Paladini for chairperson of the commission for 2020.

C. Selection of Vice-Chairperson

Jessi Paladini moved to name Dee Franklin vice-chairperson of the commission. Dick Wetzel and Nancy Adam both seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken. All were in favor of Dee Franklin for vice-chairman of the commission for 2020.

D. Appointment of Recording Secretary

There were no candidates at this time. Jessi Paladini will ask the business administrator to place an ad for a recording secretary on the township website. At the February meeting the commission will interview candidates who come forward and hopefully appoint someone at that time.

E. Designation Of Official Newspaper

Nancy Adam moved to adopt Resolution 20-02 Designation of Newspapers. Dee Franklin seconded the motion. The commission unanimously approved Resolution 20-02.

Resolution 20-02: Designation of Newspapers
Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission Designation of Official Newspapers for 2020

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 2020 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.

F. Schedule of Meetings for 2020

Barbara Kostenko moved to approve Resolution 20-01. Dick Wetzel seconded the motion. The commission unanimously approved Resolution 20-01 for 2020 meeting dates.

Resolution 20-01: 2015 Meeting Dates
Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission 2020 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 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Courtroom on the following dates.

Regular Meetings
January 9, 2020 (Reorganization)
February 6, 2020
March 5, 2020
April 2, 2020
May 7, 2020
June 4, 2020
July 2, 2020
August 6, 2020
September 3, 2020
October 1, 2020
November 5, 2020
December 3, 2020
January 7, 2021 (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.

2. Introduction of New Members

As all commission members were new, they introduced themselves to one another and told a little about themselves.

3. Open the Meeting to the Public

Jessi Paladini opened the meeting. No one came forward.

4. 2020 Budget

The mayor has not yet given the HPC its 2020 budget. Jessi Paladini said it is typically around $2,000 to $2,500. She said that due to the fact that in prior years the HPC was supposed to purchase markers for historic sites but did not do so and gave the budgeted money back to the township, she will ask the mayor if they could have some extra funds, perhaps from the hotel tax, to purchase those historic markers.

5. HPC Statutory Mission and Responsibilities

The chair briefly discussed the statutory roles and responsibilities of the HPC members and gave out handouts from the MLUL section on state laws concerning New Jersey historic preservation commissions.

6. New Business

A. Historic Glenwood Signage

Jessi Paladini explained that prior HPCs in Vernon for the past 8 years have been talking about putting up interpretive signage in Glenwood and designating it a “historic area.” Despite much talk, constant revision of a PowerPoint presentation on the project over 7-8 years, and talk of scheduling a meeting with the Glenwood community this has never been accomplished. Ms. Paladini said she wants the commission to get it done by spring and will order the signage. All commissioners agreed.

B. Historic Vernon United Methodist Church Cemetery Signage

This cemetery has already been designated a historic landmark several years ago, but the former HPC never erected the marker to commemorate the historic cemetery. Jessi Paladini will look onto this and report back to the commission in February. All agreed to move forward with it and get it done by spring. Dick Wetzel moved to forward the purchase of the historic marker. Shawn MaZur seconded the motion, commissioners unanimously agreed in a roll call vote. The chairperson will put in the order immediately.

C. Historic Farming District

This is a project Jessi Paladini brought up to the prior commission 5-6 years ago, but it was never initiated despite discussion for a number of years. Discussion was tabled until the February 2020 meeting to determine if this is something the commissioners want to follow though with. This historic farming district would run only along Route 94 from the Van Dokkenberg farm area to the NY state line. This area is also on the Western Highlands Scenic Byway.

D. Landmark Designation

The chairwoman briefly discussed the state and township landmark nomination process for historic sites and their inclusion on the township master plan if approved by the land use board and the township council. This will be further discussed at the February meeting.

7. Review of Land Use Board Applications

There were no applications to review.

Adjournment

Will Brown moved to adjourn the meeting. Ann Ross seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

The next meeting of the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission will be on February 6, 2020. Starting February 6, 2020, the meeting time for the HPC will begin at 7 p.m.

Transcribed by Jessica Paladini
Chairperson