Minutes: March 21, 2013

Note: There is no recording for this meeting. The minutes were prepared using hand-written notes taken by Mr. Bates.

Mr. Bates, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:00 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 February 1, 2013. 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
Stephen SokolewiczNP
Ted LaabsP
Andrew BorisukP
Carol Gunn KadishP

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public


February 21, 2013

The minutes were reviewed and approved by a motion. All were in favor.

Old Business

Canistear Cemetery

The Land Use Board accepted the application for memorialization at their meeting on February 27, 2013. The application will now be sent to the town council for the first reading.

Glenwood Historic Area Sign

The commission members discussed what “points” should appear on the sign. When all was said, most people agreed that Pochuck Farms, Apple Valley Inn, Glenwood Grist Mill, Glenwood Blacksmith Shop and Captain Bailey’s Homestead site should be eliminated. Most agreed that there should be a brass sign with the following statement: “Welcome to Glenwood (North Vernon), a historic area.”

Mr. Laabs indicated that he had attended a meeting in Byram, NJ. regarding historic renovation. He indicated that while in attendance historic commissions do not need to be concerned over what windows, doors, or style of architecture a homeowner needs to address in the restoration of his/her home. This needs further research as this does not match the Vernon Township ordinance for historic preservation.

Status of Old Post Office Building on Canistear Road–Steve Sokolewicz

Tabled until next meeting.

Cedar Crest Farm Site

Mr. Bates met with Marlene Ford, owner, to discuss location of marker. She agreed to the location on March 19, 2013. This location was subsequently passed to the DPW for installation. Hopefully, this marker will be completed by the middle of April 2013.

Demolition Notice

Mr. Bates discussed the issue with the mayor in directing demolition notices to the HPC for review. At this moment, notices are not sent to the HPC for review. It was felt by the HPC at the February 21, 2013, meeting that since the township has lost many possible historic structures in the past, that the HPC would be a good resource for the township in helping to decide what structures to keep and/or demolish. The mayor said he would discuss this with the town council.

Commemorative Plaque for Ron DuPont

Mr. Hanke will pursue.

New Business



A motion was made to adjourn the HPC meeting at 8:45 p.m. It was seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on April 9, 2013.