Minutes: July 15, 2010

Mr. Bates called the meeting to order at 7:15 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 January 21, 2010, and published on February 10, 2010. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call of Members

Charles BatesP
Christopher Hanke (arrived 7:25 p.m.)P
Kevin CantaldiP
Sharon CheadleP
Richard WetzelNP
Rev. Robert SolonP
Andrew BorisukP
Carol Gunn KadishP


June 17, 2010

Motion: Ms. Gunn Kadish made a motion to approve of the minutes from the HPC meeting of June 17, 2010. Mr. Borisuk seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Applications for 6 Cemeteries

Mr. Bates advised the HPC members that he has turned in the applications for the 6 cemeteries to Kim Decker in the Planning and Zoning department on June 22, 2010. She indicated that she would forward copies of the applications to the Land Use Board members.

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public

August Meeting Cancellation

Mr. Bates asked the members if they wanted to cancel the meeting for the month of August due to summer vacations.

Motion: Rev. Solon made a motion to cancel the HPC August meeting. The next meeting will be held, as scheduled, on September 16, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Gunn Kadish seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Old Business

Economic Development Advisory Committee

Mr. Wetzel was not in attendance to give his report tonight.

Master Plan—Tax Incentive Language

Mr. Bates asked the members how to approach proposing a tax incentive for residents who memorialize their property as historic. The members agreed that this matter should be suggested at a Town Council meeting. Mr. Bates advised that he would research the tax incentive language used in other towns—Ocean Grove and/or West Milford.

Board of Education Building—Marker Language

The HPC members discussed the proposed language prepared by Mr. Cantaldi. Many suggestions were made and discussed, including whether to use the word “high school” on the marker. Mr. Hanke read the proposed language as:

“Vernon ‘high’ school, circa 1904. The longest municipally occupied structure in the history of Vernon: 1904-1958 schoolhouse, 1958-1978 municipal offices, 1978 to ___ Board of Education.”

Mr. Bates commented that he didn’t feel the word “high” should be utilized in this sense as this may be confusing because the structure was not the first High School.

Motion: Ms. Gunn Kadish made a motion to approve of the above language for the Board of Education marker. Rev. Solon seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Mr. Bates advised Mr. Cantaldi to forward the approved language to Ms. Kerry Scott in the Manager’s office so that an application can be written.

New Applications

LU #6-10-4: Carol Giroux - Highland Lakes - Variance for Deck

Upon review of the plans, the HPC members agreed that there is no historical significance connected with this application.

Continued…New Business

The HPC members held a slide show of the possible other 250 historic structures in Vernon to memorialize in an effort to prioritize the properties into “Yes,” “Maybe,” and “No” files.


Mr. Borisuk made a motion to adjourn the HPC Regular Meeting at 9:10 p.m. Ms. Gunn Kadish seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on August 17, 2010.