Minutes: June 21, 2012

Mr. Bates, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:13 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 CheadleP
Stephen SokolewiczP
Ted LaabsP
Andrew BorisukP
Carol Gunn KadishP

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public


April 19, 2012

Motion: Mr. Laabs made a motion to approve of the above minutes. Ms. Gunn Kadish seconded the motion. Ms. Cheadle abstained from voting. All were in favor. (Note: There were no minutes for May 2012, as there was no quorum on May 17, 2012.)

New Business

Discussion of Quorum

Mr. Bates said that he was disturbed with regard to last month’s attendance and the lack of communication thereof. He said he asked the mayor for the definition of a quorum. Mr. Bates reported that “no action can be taken without a simple majority.” He also said “you can have an action, if there is a simple majority which is one more than half,” and added that this is for voting, not for the number of people constituting a quorum.

Ms. Gunn Kadish asked that with the current HPC board totaling 7 members with 2 alternates; wouldn’t the quorum then be 4? Mr. Hanke answered, no, because there are supposed to be 9 members. Mr. Bates disagreed and said that 2 members are alternates and do not have voting rights unless one or two of the regular members are not present, so, in effect, the HPC is 7 members. Mr. Hanke disagreed and said the ordinance states that with the HPC having 9 members, 5 would be a quorum.

Mr. Bates asked that the definition be sent to the land use board attorney so that a quorum can be defined for the HPC.

Mr. Hanke suggested that the high school be contacted to see if there may be a senior interested in history and civics who would want to sit on the board during their senior year. Mr. Laabs suggested also contacting the community college for this same purpose. Mr. Borisuk suggested contacting the senior citizen groups in town.

It was decided that until further notice the HPC will meet with a quorum of 5 members.

Old Business

Cemetery Status

Ms. Gunn Kadish said that she met a mother and daughter whose ancestors (Mann, Predmore and Utters) are buried in the Cherry Ridge Cemetery and that they were glad to hear that the cemetery is up for designation. They suggested having the cemetery cleaned up because two trees have fallen and the trail sign is down. Ms. Kadish suggested that the HPC contact Bob Longcore with the SLAP program for help in the late fall or winter with regard to doing this project. Ms. Gunn Kadish advised that she and Sharon will be working on the historic designation applications for McCamly, Canistear and Cherry Ridge cemeteries. Mr. Bates said he would like to include a slave cemetery. Ms. Kadish said she could include the Edsall slave cemetery located on her property. Ms. Kadish and Ms. Cheadle will try to complete the 4 applications by October 2012.

Parker House Application

Mr. Bates advised that he went to submit this application to the land use board. However, the application is on hold until the letter from the homeowner can be written approving/notifying of the historic designation. Mr. Hanke commented that according to the ordinance, the homeowner does not have to approve of the town designation. He went on to say that it was the HPC decision not to do anything until the homeowner was notified and approved.

Kadish Farm

Ms. Kadish advised that she will be providing pictures of the property.

Letter to Homeowners

Mr. Bates asked the HPC members to compose a letter to homeowners describing the advantages to memorializing their historic property. In that letter, he asked that the history and purpose of the HPC be mentioned in the initial statement. Mr. Bates will then take all of the paragraphs and combine them into one letter that the clerk’s office can give out to homeowners.

Glenwood Historic District

Mr. Bates advised that he met with the town manager, Jerry Giaimis. He indicated that he would be willing to follow through on whether or not the HPC would be able to establish the Glenwood area as a historic “area” by specifying on a sign those areas that would be specifically memorialized such as the blacksmith shop, railroad station, the post office and the Glenwood mill.

Applications Reviewed

  • LU # 5-12-10: T-Mobile
  • LU # 5-12-9: Mitelin Motors
  • LU # 5-12-11: DiMichele

The HPC members reviewed the above applications and determined that these sites hold no historical significance.


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

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on June 26, 2012.