Minutes: May 19, 2011

Note: There is no recording for this meeting as the microphones were not turned on.

Mr. Bates called the meeting to order at 7:15 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 12, 2011, and published on January 17, 2011. 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
Sharon CheadleNP
Richard WetzelP
Rev. Robert SolonNP
Andrew BorisukP
Carol Gunn KadishP

Note: Mr. Cantaldi submitted his letter of resignation to the Township Clerk effective May17, 2011.

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public


March 17, 2011

Motion: Ms. Kadish made a motion to approve the minutes. Mr. Hanke seconded the motion and all were in favor.

New Business


Old Business

Economic Advisory Committee

Mr. Wetzel reported that there will be a flea market at the McAfee Ski Shop area; there is a possibility of a bank moving into the RJ Mars space and there may be some interest for a bakery moving into town.


Mr. Bates discussed his appearance before the Land Use Board. Below is an excerpt from the LUB minutes in connection with that appearance:

Mr. Bates came forward to present to the LUB five (5) cemetery sites (DeKay Cemeteries #1 and #2, Glenwood Baptist Cemetery, Episcopal Church Cemetery and Williamsville Cemetery) that the HPC would like to have historically memorialized. He said the trustees for each cemetery have been notified and are agreeable.

Mr. Bates advised that there are 45-50 cemeteries within Vernon Township and at this time the HPC is working on applications for an additional seven (7) cemetery sites.

Mr. Garofalo confirmed with Mr. Bates that the HPC has had Public Hearings concerning designating these particular cemeteries as historic landmarks. Mr. Garofalo made the recommendation that the LUB accept the HPC’s recommendations based upon the ordinance. Mr. Theobald asked if all the property owners were in agreement with the HPC recommendation. Mr. Bates said they all were in agreement except for Williamsville Cemetery as there are no land owners and all the correspondence to them has been returned.

Motion: Mr. Gornstein made a motion to accept the recommendations of the HPC with regard to the historic designation of the 5 cemeteries as listed above. Ms. Paladini seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Status of Next Cemetery Applications

Mr. Bates commended the job well done by Mr. Cantaldi and Ms. Cheadle on the work they performed for the cemetery applications. He asked the remaining members to think about if they would like to continue with Mr. Cantaldi’s work since he has resigned.

Cynthia Davis agreed to contact Dennis Kirwan to ask that he confirm, in writing, that there is no need for a subdivision when a portion of a block and lot are to be memorialized such as when only a cemetery and not the other buildings on the lot are considered for memorialization.

Judy Good House/Properties for Historic Markers

Mr. Bates reported that the owner operating the school out of the Judy Good house is in favor of having a historical marker placed on the property.

Ms. Kadish suggested that there be a historic marker placed at the bridge at Canal Road explaining the history of the canal which was hand dug around the year 1847. She feels this would be a high traffic area with all the hikers and bikers at the Appalachian Trail.

Board of Education Building Marker

Mr. Bates reported that the marker dedication went well. However, there were no newspapers present. None the less, the ceremony was well attended. He asked that anyone who wasn’t present to take a drive through to see the new marker. He commented that the new Superintendent was very pleased with the marker.

Applications to Review

LU #5-11-9: Alan and Nancy E. Saccente, Block 190.09, Lot 8—Use Variance, Minor Site Plan

The LUB members reviewed the plans and agreed that there is no historical significance.

LU #4-11-6: Market Square—Solar Panel Farm

The LUB members reviewed the plans and agreed that there is no historical significance.

LU #5-11-8: Elizabeth ___________

The LUB members reviewed the plans and agreed that there is no historical significance.

LU #5-11-10: Kass

LUB members reviewed the plans and agreed that there is no historical significance.


Mr. Borisuk made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m. Mr. Wetzel seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Cynthia Davis transcribed the minutes on May 25, 2011