Minutes: May 7, 2015

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, 2015. Notice is also posted on the bulletin board and filed with the office of the Township Clerk.

Roll Call of Members

Nancy AdamA
Charles BatesP
Dee FranklinP
Michael FurreyA
Christopher HankeP
Ted LaabsP
Lisaann PermunianP
Laura PettinatoP
Valerie SeufertP

Charles Bates called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

1. Open the Meeting to the Public

Charles Bates opened the meeting to the public and kept it open throughout the duration of the meeting.

2. Old Business

A. Glenwood Presentation

The commission is moving forward with the Glenwood project and will present the PowerPoint to the mayor. There will be no further editing of the presentation. Approval of the Glenwood historic area is not needed from the land use board since it is considered an area and not a district. This project has been in the works for one-and-a-half years, and Chairman Charles Bates said he wants it completed right away. He wants the endorsement of the Glenwood community first, so it will be presented to the community, possibly at the Glenwood Baptist Church on a Sunday afternoon in June or July. Commission members requested a copy of the final presentation for their review. The recording secretary will obtain it from Michael Furrey, who revised and expanded the presentation, and she will forward it to the other HPC members.

B. Walker Farm Landmark Designation

Charles Bates and Jessi Paladini will meet with Liz Walker to discuss this further and set up a date for the formal hearing on the landmark designation.

3. New Business

A. HPC Landmark Designation Process

Charles Bates went over the official landmark designation process for the HPC. New members got a copy of a sample landmark. The recording secretary also gave the new members a copy of the township’s ordinance that governs the HPC.

B. Discussion of Landmarks Listed in the Township Master Plan

The recording secretary forwarded by email to the new members the list of already designated landmarks in the township that are listed in the master plan. The commission discussed these landmarks.

4. Applications for Review

There were no applications for review.

5. Approval of Minutes

April 2, 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes

Ilene Franklin moved to adopt the minutes as written. Chris Hanke seconded the motion.

Discussion: None

Ayes: Charles Bates, Ilene Franklin, Chris Hanke, Ted Laabs, Lisaann Permunian, and Laura Pettinato
Nays: None

6. Commissioner Comments

Chairman Charles Bates said he stood to be corrected. There were no artifacts reburied from the Stewart House site investigation. The artifacts are/were displayed in the lobby at Mountain Creek. The artifacts were uncovered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation when it conducted a Phase 1 archaeological investigation when roadwork was being done on Route 94 and Sandhill Road. The NJDOT turned the artifacts over to the owners of Mountain Creek.

Commissioner Chris Hanke mentioned the Park Log Cabin, possibly the oldest cabin in the township. The Vernon Township Historical Society, when Joan Magura was president, had carefully dismantled the cabin when a developer was going to construct a house on the site, and the society had labeled all of the parts to reassemble the cabin at a later time. The cabin parts were stored in the backyard of Joan Magura’s house, where they were ultimately left to rot by age and weather over a number of years and they no longer exist in any manner in which the cabin could be reassembled and restored.

Commissioner Ted Laabs discussed a site in Pleasant Valley Lake where a house or two might be constructed in an area in which he believes is a historic mine, known as the Pochuck Mine. It is in the area near the Pochuck Valley Quarry, which is already a designated landmark in the township. Mr. Laabs asked recording secretary Jessi Paladini, who is the president of the Vernon Township Historical Society, if she knew about the Pochuck Mine and its exact location and if it was the same location as the quarry landmark. Ms. Paladini said she did not think it was the same site but would look into it. The site to which Mr. Laabs referred is near the Pleasant Valley Lake Clubhouse on East Shore Drive.


Laura Pettinato moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.
Chris Hanke seconded the motion.
All commissioners were in favor.

The next meeting of the Vernon Township Historic Preservation Commission will be on July 2, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Transcribed by Jessica Paladini
Recording Secretary