Minutes: June 22, 2006

Meeting was called to order by Donna Wilson at 7:23 p.m.

Statement of Compliance

The following statement of compliance was read by Donna Wilson. 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 3, 2006. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call of Members

The roll call of members was called and Dolores Dobbs, Henry Capro, Charles Bates, Charles Blessing, Christopher Hanke, and Donna Wilson answered the call.

Approval of Minutes

Hank Capro made a motion to approve the May 25, 2006 minutes as amended; Charles Bates seconded the motion.

Meeting Opened to the Public

No members of the public were present.

Historical Society Liaison Report

Dolores Dobbs reported the Historic Society held a tour of the furnace and the opening of the dam at the state park.

A garage sale was held which was successful.

The Limecrest Quarry is celebrating its 100th anniversary and will be holding an historical day open to the public on July 22nd. The Historic Society will have a table at the event.

Christopher Hanke asked Dolores Dobbs to update the HPC about the Historic Society’s recent nomination of officers.

Dolores Dobbs reported Jesse Paladini has been appointed to run for the position of president, Dan Kadish was nominated for position of treasurer and Carol Gunn-Kadish was nominated for position of curator.

Dolores Dobbs reported that she is very concerned that there are no volunteers for the museum.

Old Business

Status of Denton-Wallace House Resolution

Donna Wilson reported the planning board reviewed the resolution and approved it for recommendation to the town council.

Status of Baxter Homestead Ordinance

Donna Wilson reported the ordinance could not be approved by the town council due to incorrect wording on the ordinance. Charles Blessing added that the ordinance as written stated, “...amend the historic element of the Master Plan.” The town council, however, cannot amend the Master Plan. Therefore, the ordinance was returned to the planning board. The planning board attorney and the township attorney will work together on the correct wording of the ordinance.

Budget Update

Donna Wilson reported the 2006 HPC budget is $1,000.00 which does not include the HPC secretary salary.

Status of Photo/Card Review

Dolores Dobbs, Charles Blessing, and Christopher Hanke will meet on Saturday, June 8th for a workshop session.

Status of County Sign at St. Thomas Church

Hank Capro reported the parishioners feel the current height of the county sign is too high. The county will lower the height as well as correct the spelling of the “Allen” family name.

New Business

Publishing Fees

The HPC discussed if the newspaper fee for publishing notices of application for historic designation should be paid by the HPC or the property owner. Each HPC stated their opinion.

Donna Wilson will speak with the township attorney for his interpretation of the HPC ordinance with regard to the publishing fees.

Board of Education Building

The HPC discussed the information required to be forwarded to an owner of property being considered for historic designation. (Page 6 of the HPC ordinance contains an outline of the information required to be forwarded to the owner via certified mail.)

Charles Bates provided the HPC members with a copy of the Historic Landmark Application for the Board of Education building.

The HPC agreed the reason for consideration of the Board of Education building is that it is the longest used municipal structure in Vernon and it is the first modern school in the township.

The HPC discussed the proper method of notifying the Board of Education of the HPC’s desire to designate the Board of Education building.

Donna Wilson will draft a letter to the Board of Education stating the HPC’s intention to be reviewed at the next HPC meeting.

Nominations Requested for 2006 Sussex County Planning Awards

Donna Wilson distributed copies of the nomination form to all HPC members to be completed if desired.

New Structure for Historic Designation Consideration

Charles Blessing reported that he contacted Elaine Cope, the homeowner who indicated interest in historic designation of her home located at 2 Jonas Evans Lane. He will meet with her and take photos of the home prior to the next HPC meeting. Charles Blessing invited any HPC member interested to join him.

Township Newsletter

Charles Blessing reported that as discussed at the last HPC meeting he prepared and submitted an HPC summary to the township newsletter.

Town Council Liaison

Charles Blessing questioned the absence of the town council liaison at the HPC meetings. The HPC discussed questioning the status of the liaison at the next town council meeting.

Public Archive of HPC Information

Donna Wilson will speak with Don Teolis about dedicating a space in the municipal building for the archive of HPC records and information.

Application Review

ZB #5-06-9: Tall Timbers Property Owners—Revised Plans for Preliminary & Final Site Plan, Stormwater Management Plan & Drainage Report

The HPC reviewed the original application on May 25, 2006 and agreed the application required further investigation because the master plan historic list contains a property with a similar lot and block.

After further investigation the HPC agreed this is not the lot and block with historic value, therefore, the application does not create historic impact.

PB #7-06-9: Andrew Borsiuk, Jr.—Lot Line Relocation

The HPC agreed the application does not create significant historic impact.


There being no further items of business for the Regular Meeting, a motion was made by Christopher Hanke to adjourn the meeting; Charles Blessing seconded the motion. The regular meeting of the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission was adjourned at 9:22 p.m.