Minutes: March 19, 2009

Mr. Bates 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 January 26, 2009, and published on February 15, 2009. 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 WetzelP
Rev. Robert SolonNP
Andrew BorisukNP


Mr. Cantaldi made a motion to accept the minutes of the February 19, 2009, HPC meeting. Mr. Hanke seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Owner’s Rights and Benefits of Preservation

Mr. Bates presented a rough draft of a tri-fold HPC brochure and asked the members for suggestions. Mr. Cantaldi volunteered to do a mockup of the brochure for the next meeting.

Old Business

Denton-Wallace (Labar House) Sign

Mr. Bates advised that the marker has been delivered and is being stored at the DPW. Mr. Bates has tried to meet with Mrs. LaBar, to inquire as to where she wants the sign placed. However, he has been unsuccessful. Mr. Bates asked who would be able to be present at the sign ceremony and asked for suggestions about who the HPC might invite to the ceremony. Mr. Bates suggested that a newspaper representative and the Vernon Historical Society be present. The following invitees were suggested: the mayor, town manager, Land Use Board members and Charles Blessing.

Mr. Wetzel advised that the HPC will need to speak with the Sign Committee for the rules and regulations of sign placement. Mr. Bates asked Cynthia to send an email to Lou Kneip to inquire about the rules and regulations governing the placement of historical markers on private properties. The address for the Denton-Wallace House is 309 Route 94. A date for the ceremony will be discussed later.

High Breeze Farm

Mr. Bates advised that Ms. Paladini said she would have the completed application at the next HPC meeting in April, 2009.

Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC)

Mr. Wetzel advised that the last meeting was held on March 9, 2009, and the members discussed several topics including having a farmers market, opening a museum and having medical facilities at Legends, to name a few. He said that the EDAC has developed a questionnaire for businesses to complete inquiring what the EDAC can do to promote their business.

Status of Historical Preservation of Cemeteries in Vernon Township

Mr. Wetzel advised that the Boy Scouts are looking for projects and may be able to help the HPC with this project. Mr. Bates said he will call or email the scout master, Dave DePietro, to inquire about how, and to what capacity, the Boy Scouts can help with this project. Mr. Hanke suggested that when Mr. Bates receives an answer, he could forward the information to the other members to keep the momentum going on this project. Mr. Bates advised that he is going on vacation and will be able to do this after he gets back on April 9, 2009.

Application for Sea Captain’s House

Mr. Bates advised that he has sought out Mr. Borisuk’s assistance to be the contact between the HPC and Mr. Zaretsky, the owner of the Sea Captain’s house, for the possibility of obtaining his permission to nominate this structure for historic designation. Even though, he stated, the HPC ordinance does not require permission, he feels this is the better process.

Brown/Bailey Farm

It is Mr. Bates feeling that it may be appropriate that the HPC discuss putting a marker on the site instead of designating the Brown Farm as there is not much left of the farm. The members agreed. Mr. Cantaldi advised that the cost for the marker would not have to include any artwork fee, as the artwork has already been done at the approximate cost of $200. Accordingly a marker would approximately cost $1,800.00. Mr. Bates asked the members for proposed verbiage for a marker that would consist of approximately two sentences. The 2009 HPC budget was discussed. Mr. Bates asked the secretary to inquire from Ms. Scott what the amount of the 2009 HPC budget is currently.

Mr. Bates suggested that the HPC may want to put a marker at the Board of Education building site. The 2009 HPC budget may only cover one marker. Mr. Wetzel will inquire from Mayor Carew what the status is, from the Town Council’s perspecitve, of the Board of Education building. Mr. Bates asked the secretary to inquire from Mr. Kneip what the rules and regulations are for installing a historical marker/sign.

New Applications

LUB #09-011-130: Cellco Partnership, d/b/a Verizon

The members reviewed the plans and agreed that there is no historical reference connected to this application.

LUB #09-021-231.01: Legends

The members reviewed the plans and agreed that there is no historical reference connected to this application.

New Business

Workday to Clean Out Files

Scheduling a workday to clean out the HPC files was discussed. April 18, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. is the tentative date and time for this workday. The secretary will email the Town Manager for permission to do this.

Next Structure for Preservation

Mr. Bates asked the members what structure in their mind should be nominated for preservation next. Mr. Bates suggested the Sea Captain’s house. Mr. Wetzel suggested the Drew Farm home.


Mr. Hanke made a motion to adjourn the HPC Regular Meeting at 9:00 p.m. Mr. Wetzel seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on March 24, 2009.