Minutes: November 17, 2011

Mr. Charles Bates, HPC Chair, 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 June 22, 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
Stephen SokolewiczP
Ted LaabsP
Andrew BorisukP
Carol Gunn KadishP

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public


October 20, 2011 Reorganization Meeting

Motion: Ms. Gunn Kadish made a motion to approve of the above minutes. Mr. Hanke seconded the motion. Mr. Borisuk abstained from voting. All the rest were in favor.

Old Business

Mr. Hanke advised that he is working on a placard to be placed in the window at the entranceway of the Board of Education Building, next to the new historical marker, which will explain what the word “high” on the marker means—the school was on “high” ground, it was not a high school.

New Business

Glenwood Baptist Cemetery—Correct Lot and Block

Mr. Bates advised the HPC members that the Town Council had the first reading of the ordinance correcting the lot and block on this application along with moving the other cemetery applications. He went on to say that he will be attending the Land Use Board meeting on 11/23 for their approval of the ordinance. Also, on December 14, 2011, the Land Use Board will have a reading of the ordinance memorializing the Glenwood Cemetery. He suggested that this may be an important meeting for other HPC members to attend.

With regard to the cemetery project, Ms. Gunn Kadish advised that she and Sharon will be going to the Cherry Ridge cemetery to do a GPS. She suggested also doing the cemetery on Peter Martin’s property, and the cemetery at High Breeze. Possible future cemeteries for consideration are the Edsall Cemetery and the slave cemetery on her property.

The members had a discussion regarding cleaning up the Brown Farm again. Mr. Bates feels that the HPC should control the clean-up but not do the actual work. It was discussed that several groups and/or agencies could be contacted to help.

EAC Liaison

Mr. Bates advised that he spoke with the Mayor about this issue and the Mayor indicated that the HPC has the choice whether or not to have an EAC Liaison. It is not required.

Cherry Ridge Survey

Mr. Bates advised that he also spoke with the Mayor about Jennie Sweetman’s article on Cherry Ridge to make him aware that the HPC is interested in being a part of that archeological study. Mr. Bates said he has also contacted Jennie Sweetman to advise her that the HPC is interested in any of the information gleaned from this study.

Parker House

Mr. Hanke advised that the paperwork is “in the works” on the Parker property which includes a house and barn. Mr. Bates advised that the Mayor has spoken with Marlene Ford, who is the present owner of the Parker home site (1770s) on Route 515. Apparently, the County is making noise about taking a good portion of the property and/or the house, but keeping the barn and the original outhouse, in order to construct a truck brake run-off. Ms. Ford is in the process of restoring the house for the purpose of moving back into the house. She has been renting the house to tenants who have moved out. Ms. Ford would like to memorialize the property. Mr. Hanke said that Ms. Ford is a direct descendent of the original owners of the house and the barn is a 6-stall dairy barn. Mr. Borisuk would like to see the barn preserved and thinks the County wants to take some of the curve out of the road at that point. Ms. Kadish is confused because when the County was doing the road work for the A&P project, they were careful not to intrude on the property where Weichert Realtors is located because they knew the structure was historic. Mr. Bates will discuss with the Mayor attending the County meetings in Trenton himself on behalf of the Vernon HPC. Mr. Laabs suggested, if the HPC is going to object to this happening, it could be addressed based on practical concerns and historical preservation.

Mr. Hanke is working on the application to memorialize the Stehli property. He commented that Edgar Stehli bought the property around 1920. Edgar was an actor and appeared opposite Boris Karloff in the movie Arsenic and Old Lace.

Baxter House (across from Glenwood Post Office)

Mr. Bates reported that he has given the contact information to Sharon Cheadle. He has not received any response from anyone at the property.

Simonson House

Mr. Bates advised that since no purchase order was sent to the marker company, he had to fill out a P.O. to be sent. He has requested the stanchion.

Historic Property List

Mr. Bates commented that there are no dates on this list which need to be added. When asked if anyone had suggestions at this point about properties to memorialize Ms. Kadish suggested her home, 90 Prices Switch Road, which is from the 1700s and 1850s along with Ed Struble’s home, 77 Prices Switch Road, which is from the early 1800s, if not 1700s. She also suggested Doc Wiley’s home on DeKay Road, which was an old DeKay home.

Mr. Hanke suggested the Cherry Ridge home property which was one of the original post offices in Vernon.

Ms. Kadish said she is still researching the John Rutherford property and also suggested possibly putting a historical marker at the location where the Brown sawmill was once which now Highland Lakes Fire Dept. is Mr. Laabs asked if there is any detailed information on the sawmill which details, could in turn, spark the public’s interest.

Mr. Bates suggested putting a plaque in the historic section of Glenwood at the beginning of Route 565, which includes the railroad, the creamery and Daniel Bailey (Mr. Vernon). Ms. Kadish suggested proposing a plaque on Harry Vance’s property—Pochuck Farm to designate the Glenwood area. Mr. Vance’s property is historic itself.

Mr. Bates will try to add the dates onto the list of historic properties by the next meeting.

Applications to Review

LU #10-11-16: Guthrie Corner, Minor Site plan for an Addition on the Bank

LU #11-11-17: Market Square Management LLC, Bulk Variance for a Parking Addition

The HPC members reviewed the above applications and determined that there is no historical significance in connection with these sites.


Ms. Gunn Kadish made a motion to adjourn the HPC meeting at 8:44 p.m. Mr. Hanke seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on December 9, 2011.