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Minutes: March 3, 2016

Call to Order

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 15, 2016. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the township clerk.

Salute to the Flag

Roll Call

Nancy AdamA
Charles BatesP
Ilene FranklinP
Christopher HankeP
Ted LaabsP
Valerie SeufertP
Lisaann PermunianP
Laura PettinatoP
Ron DupontP

Chairperson Dee Franklin called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

1. Open the Meeting to the Public

Dee Franklin opened the meeting to the public and kept it open throughout the duration of the meeting.

2. Introduction of Ron Dupont newest member to the historic preservation commission. Lauren Kirkman swore him in.

3. Dee stated that we are required by law to follow Robert’s Rules and we are sure we will not have a problem.

4. Vote on Gail Russell as HPC recording secretary. Motion was made by Charles Bates and seconded by Ted Laabs.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Charles Bates, Dee Franklin, Chris Hanke, Ted Laabs, Valerie Seufert, Lisaann Permunian, Laura Pettinato, Ron Dupont

5. Our main duties as commission we are to nominate structures for landmark designation that will go to the land use board and the town council. Charles stated to be aware that after the town council approves us it goes back to the land use board for the master plan. So it goes from land use, town council, and land use board. Ted Laabs stated that according to our ordinance we are involved in historic districts and sites and structures or anything that is constructed on the site. It does not have to have a structure on it to be considered a historic site. We examine variances for different locations and Dee spoke about one for the high school where they want to put up another tower for cell use because of dead zones. Dee also stated that we are supposed to be educating the public regarding local history and in terms of educating the public Dee suggested we have an education commissioner within our group. Dee suggested Ted and Ron be our education team commission. Charles made a motion and Valerie seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Charles Bates, Dee Franklin, Chris Hanke, Ted Laabs, Valerie Seufert, Lisaann Permunian, Laura Pettinato, Ron Dupont

Dee stated that we should be attending a state workshop at least once a year and stated that we can have them come speak to the commission. Ted stated that Dorothy Guzzo who is with the state historical group who said she can come to one of our meetings and conduct the workshop.

6. Certified Local Government application—Dee suggested it will make us more visible as a group and allow us to get funding for some of the things that we want to do. Some of the questions Dee will get help filling out.

Charles suggested that we have a commissioner for certified local government and stated that Dee would be the commissioner in charge of that. Ted seconded the motion. Dee accepted.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Charles Bates, Dee Franklin, Chris Hanke, Ted Laabs, Valerie Seufert, Lisaann Permunian, Laura Pettinato, Ron Dupont

Dee stated if anyone is interested in working with her on it she would be happy to have the help with it.

7. Dee stated that she wanted to step down as the chairperson of the HPC that she is not up to the task and that this kind of position for her is too stressful. She took a break for a few minutes for the commissioners to speak amongst themselves to see who might want to take the position. She is looking for a motion.

Valerie Seufert made a motion for Charles Bates to take the chairperson position and it was seconded by Christopher Hanke. Dee asked if there were any other motions and Ted Laabs volunteered for the position. Laura Pettinato also volunteered for the position. Charles stated that in order for Laura to run she would have to be a full time member and not an alternate. Dee also stated that she wanted to take the alternate position and give Laura her position.

Jessie Paladini stated that she said to Dee if this was her wish she would have to give it to the governing body in order to make the switch. Being that the governing body does the appointing they would need to be notified.

Charles Bates made a motion that the HPC Commission accepts Dee’s verbal resignation on March 3, 2016 as chairperson. Valerie Seufert seconded. Discussion by Ted Laabs stated that her resignation that quickly would cause confusion. He said that several commissioners like Charles and Chris did not want to be chairperson anymore. He stated that you have introduced new conditions that we will be operating beginning with Robert’s Rules. He thought that with the chaos that will follow she should structure her step down and take a year. Dee thought a year would be too long of a time to remain in the position she said she thought maybe a couple of months. Laura stated that we have a co-chair that can help burden some of the transition after Dee’s resignation. We don’t want someone to stay in the position if they will be miserable.

Dee rescinded her last motion that she step down effective at the March 3, 2016 meeting and tabling it till our next meeting in April.

Dee made a motion that we table her resignation and getting a new chairperson for one month, in order for everyone to think about the chairperson’s position and whom they might want in the position.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Charles Bates, Dee Franklin, Chris Hanke, Ted Laabs, Valerie Seufert, Lisaann Permunian, Laura Pettinato, Ron Dupont

Chris said we should take a few minutes to go over minutes and Dee said we needed to go over them and made a motion that we table going over the minutes until the next meeting because they were six pages long. Seconded by Ted Laabs.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Charles Bates, Dee Franklin, Chris Hanke, Ted Laabs, Valerie Seufert, Lisaann Permunian, Laura Pettinato
Abstained: Ron Dupont (since he was not at the last meeting)

Land Use application for antenna up at the high school—the HPC has deemed that it does not interfere with anything.

Jessie Paladini wanted to mention that she is sorry to see Dee step down. She welcomed Ron Dupont and stated that he was a worthy person to have on the commission. At the last council meeting about the resolution they were adding and stated that they should table the information until it is correct and they adopted resolution that anyway with incorrect terms. Terms are supposed to be staggered after checking the website before the meeting she noticed that everyone expires in 2018. She stated that Ron was appointed to replace Michael Furrey and since that he should be expiring in December 2018. Charles stated that Lauren Kirkman said that he was not fulfilling Michael’s spot that he is a new appointment and since then he term is until 2019 and that his class was a B classification. Jessie wanted to know who filled Michael’s term? On the website the classifications are correct. The other commissioners were not appointed to fill anyone else’s terms they were just brought in under the wrong classification.

Dee stated that if we went with the CLG status we need to have a certain number of classifications for our commission. Jessie stated that the municipal land use law says that you have to have at least 1 A and at least 1 B for classification. She also stated that it is not about Ron but holding our government to the law.

Jessie asked about Glenwood project and Charles stated that he talked to the mayor and that Mike has the folder and they are working on getting the folder back from Mike and give it back to the HPC. Charlie stated that at the September meeting that Mike was making some fine corrections. Jessie stated that she believes that it was a picture and Charlie said it was wording.

Charles made a motion that the HPC accept the application for the preservation of the Vernon United Methodist Church’s Cemetery. Charles will request that the land use board place it on their agenda. Valerie seconded.

Roll Call Vote:
Ayes: Charles Bates, Dee Franklin, Ron Dupont, Chris Hanke, Ted Laabs, Valerie Seufert, Lisaann Permunian, Laura Pettinato


Charles made a motion to adjourn, Valerie seconded—all commissioners are in favor.

Transcribed by Gail Russell
Recording Secretary