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Minutes: March 18, 2010

Mr. Bates called the meeting to order at 7:10 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 HankeP
Kevin CantaldiP
Sharon CheadleP
Richard Wetzel (arrived at 7:15 p.m.)P
Rev. Robert SolonP
Andrew BorisukNP
Carol Gunn KadishP

Meeting Opened to the Public

Mr. and Mrs. Kadish

Note: Carol Gunn Kadish recused herself from the commission and joined her husband before the members.

Mr. Dan Kadish and Mrs. Carol Gunn Kadish came forward and advised that their home (circa 1850) located on Prices Switch Road was up for historic designation at some time during 1998-1999 and they would like to continue with the application now.

Mr. Bates advised the Kadishes that after the new application is completed the commission would then review and vote on it. Mr. Kadish advised that the application had already been voted on by the HPC. Ms. Paladini and Mr. Hanke believes the prior application could be resubmitted to the Land Use Board.

Ms. Jessi Paladini—Historic Element to the Master Plan

Ms. Paladini came forward to discuss the Historic Element of the Master Plan. She advised that she, Ms. Gunn Kadish and Mr. Bates had met and identified about a dozen sites that have already been historically designated by the Town. Ms. Paladini compiled a summary of these sites along with 3 or 4 more sites including the cemeteries, Wawayanda Iron Furnace and High Breeze Farm to give to the Land Use Board to attach to the Historic element of the Master Plan.

Mr. Hanke advised Ms. Paladini that the following historic sites had already been designated by resolution: Mastodon Lake, Meadowburn Farm, Simonson House, St. Thomas Church, Ring Quarry, LaBar House, Pleasant Valley Quarry, Vernon Twp. Board of Education building, Longwell Creek site.

The list that was compiled of approximately 200 potential historic sites was discussed. Ms. Paladini said these sites can be added to the Master Plan as they are completed. Ms. Paladini summarized the memorialization process as follows: 1) Public Hearing, 2) Land Use Board approval and; 3) Town Council approval. She volunteered to complete the applications for Black Creek, Prices Switch Schoolhouse and the Iron Furnace. Mr. Hanke subsequently found the application for Prices Switch Schoolhouse completed by Mr. DuPont and gave it to Ms. Paladini.

Closed Meeting to the Public

Minutes

February 18, 2010, Regular Meeting Minutes

Motion: Mr. Hanke made a motion to approve of the minutes. Rev. Solon seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Old Business

Status of Scenic Byway

Mr. Bates told the members that he spoke with Mr. Miranda, the EC Chair, who told him that the EC wants to go forward, combining with the HPC, to talk about property from Route 23 in Hardyston to the Warwick line to be designated a Scenic Byway. Mr. Bates has the feeling that grant writing will need to take place which the Township Clerk advised him would be the responsibility of each commission.

Mr. Hanke asked if the scenic byway would require a historic district designation. Mr. Bates did not know for sure. Ms. Gunn Kadish commented that she and Ms. Paladini had gone on a tour with Mr. Miranda from Route 23 and there are specific sites that seemed to jump from historic to environmentally sensitive. She didn’t get a sense of “historic district” during the tour.

Report from the March 10, 2010, LUB Meeting Regarding the Master Plan

Mr. Bates said that he went to the referenced LUB meeting and he felt that the Planner, Jessica Caldwell, was less than enthusiastic about what the HPC wants to do to contribute to the Master Plan. He indicated to her that he had sites to be included in the Master Plan and that the HPC does exist. He has not heard back from Ms. Caldwell since their discussion. However, Mr. Bates commented that the reception on his presentation from the LUB members was favorable. Mr. Hanke said that if Vernon is a certified local government, there are annual grants to be applied for through SHPO for historic preservation.

Economic Development Advisory Committee

Mr. Wetzel reported that that the budget for the EDAC is not good. The restaurant Friendly’s is not moving to the RJ Mars space due to there not being sewer service on the premises, which Friendly’s requires. The committee is also working on setting up a structure for standardized fees for building permits, etc.

Continuing Status of Preservation of Cemeteries

Ms. Cheadle advised that she and Kevin haven’t gone out again to work on the cemetery project due to bad weather.

Mr. Bates advised that there is a tree stump near the Episcopal Church which is the dividing line between the two church cemeteries. Ms. Gunn Kadish suggested calling the cemetery “the Vernon church yard,” which is what Mr. DuPont has been calling it. Mr. Cantaldi advised that if this cemetery is consolidated into one, then there are approximately 6 completed cemeteries for applications. Mr. Hanke said that for the Public Hearing, the HPC must get the lots and blocks for the properties and find out who the owners of record are so that the Public Hearing form letter can be sent to them. Also, a Public Notice will need to be advertised in the newspaper. Ms. Gunn Kadish volunteered to complete the applications for Williamsville and McCainley cemeteries.

Status of Mastodon Lake Marker

Mr. Bates has spoken with the property owner, Karen Driscoll, and she is ecstatic about putting a marker at the site. Mr. Bates is in the process of coordinating this effort with DPW to determine the location of where to install the sign.

High Breeze Farm Update

Mr. Hanke advised that the application has been submitted to the Land Use Board.

Status of Burnt House Hill Application

Ms. Gunn Kadish advised that the only person she knows for sure that lived on the property is John Rutherford, II, and she will continue researching.

Wordage for Board of Education Building

Mr. Wetzel advised that he spoke with Cindy of the School Board and she indicated that she would like the marker placed away from the road near the building to deter vandals. Mr. Wetzel will compose the wordage for the sign, email it to Mr. Cantaldi to see if it will fit on the marker. Mr. Bates will check with Kerry Scott regarding the charge for the Historical Society markers vs. the HPC markers.

New Business

Discussion of How to Go Forward with the Approximately 250 Sites That the HPC Has Established as Historic in Nature

Mr. Bates suggested the HPC start considering submitting applications for 6 or 7 sites per year. Mr. Bates asked Kevin Cantaldi to provide him with the flash drive containing the list of proposed sites so that he can meet with Ms. Paladini to determine if they are viable historic sites.

NJ Herald Article Regarding McEwan Property

The article states there is a cave on the property which was used by Indians for shelter. Mr. Bates suggested considering this as another historic site. Rev. Solon volunteered to do the application for this site.

Closed Session

Mr. Bates stated he needs to close the regular meeting to discuss with the members what is coming up in the near future.

Motion: Rev. Solon made a motion to close the regular HPC meeting and go into closed session. Mr. Wetzel seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Open Session

Motion: Mr. Wetzel made a motion to open the regular HPC meeting at 8:49 p.m. Rev. Solon seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Applications to Review

LU #2-10-3: Market Square Management

The HPC members reviewed the plans and determined that there is no historical significance connected with the subject premises.

Adjournment

Ms. Cheadle made a motion to adjourn the HPC Regular Meeting at 8:53 p.m. Mr. Hanke seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on April 11, 2010.