Minutes: May 21, 2009

Mr. Bates called the meeting to order at 7:19 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 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


April 16, 2009

Mr. Hanke made a motion to accept the minutes of the April 16, 2009, HPC meeting. Mr. Cantaldi seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public

Old Business

Denton-Wallace (Labar House) Sign

Mr. Bates asked that Ms. Davis inquire from Kerrie Scott how to go about advertising in the newspapers (AIM Vernon, NJ Herald and Advertiser News) and having a reporter and photographer present at the sign dedication ceremony to be held at the LaBar house on June 6, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. Also, she will send an email inviting township employees and officers, etc., after the ceremony is noticed (48 hour notice).

High Breeze Farm

Mr. Bates passed out a copy of the application of the High Breeze Farm to each member which was prepared by Mr. Ron DuPont. Mr. Hanke advised that the landowner of the property (State of New Jersey) needs to be informed that the HPC is preparing to memorialize the property. He provided the letter template to Mr. Bates so that he may prepare the letter to the state.

Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC)

Mr. Wetzel advised that the EDAC meets 2 times per month. Melinda can no longer be on the committee as it is a conflict. They continue to work on their brochures and grand openings. They are working on a farmer’s market and developing a website. Mr. Wetzel is pleased with their progress.

Status of Historical Preservation of Cemeteries in Vernon Township

Tabled to the June meeting. Mr. Hanke provided Ms. Cheadle and Mr. Cantaldi with a list of cemetery locations in Vernon.

Presentation and Discussion of a Farming District (Jamie Rickey)

Tabled to the June meeting.

Application for Sea Captain’s House

Mr. Bates advised that he is “striking out” on this matter. However, he has not given up. After speaking with Mr. Zaretsky, he feels the best possible result may be a historic marker placed on the property. Ms. Cheadle suggested that the HPC write a letter to Mr. Zaretsky explaining the fact that a historic designation does not mean that there are any restrictions place on the property. Mr. Bates agreed to prepare a letter to the landowner.

Board of Education Building

Mr. Bates advised that Mayor Carew advised him that he will fast track the application through the Town Council.

Brown Farm Cleanup

Mr. Hanke suggested asking the Vernon DPW to spray and defoliate the poison ivy at the site before a fall 2009, clean up date.

New Applications


New Business

HPC Brochure

Mr. Bates would like to have approximately 200 copies printed of the brochure. A discussion ensued whether the HPC would need to get three quotes to have this done.


How Are We Doing?

Mr. Hanke said that he is pleased with the HPC progress this year so far. He suggested that the HPC approach Mountain Creek again about the Stewart House.

Mr. Bates asked the members to suggest memorialized properties where they might want to see a historic marker so that budget money will be used this year.

Mr. Bates advised the members about how far back the HPC needs to keep the cassette tapes of old meetings. Ms. Davis will email the Township Clerk for guidance.

Mr. Bates advised that he provided Jessi Paladini and the Vernon Historical Society with a recommendation for a grant that they are applying for for educational purposes regarding the Black Creek site.


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

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on May 22, 2009.