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Minutes: November 18, 2010

Mr. Charles Bates, HPC Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:09 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 21, 2010, and published on February 10, 2010. 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 CantaldiNP
Sharon CheadleP
Richard WetzelP
Rev. Robert SolonNP
Andrew BorisukNP
Carol Gunn KadishP

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public

Applications to Review

None

Old Business

Economic Development Advisory Committee

Mr. Wetzel reported that there have been 2 Grand Openings—Aspen on Route 94 and Vernon Counseling Services located in the Lakeland Bank building on Route 515. Also, there’s a new senior citizen shuttle bus service in town—State Shuttle. Mr. Wetzel advised that the banner sponsorship has 17 poles with banners (20 x 30). He said that 4 or 5 businesses have expressed interest in purchasing a banner. And finally, a new bakery will be opening in the A&P Shopping Center.

Cemeteries

Mr. Bates reported that some of the cemeteries being considered for memorialization are privately owned. The HPC can’t go forward with these applications without approval from the landowners. Mr. Bates wrote a certified letter to each landowner requesting that they meet with the HPC on December 16, 2010. He offered, in the letter, that the landowner could “opt out” of coming to the meeting by sending back the letter with their written wishes. Mr. Bates went on to say that if the HPC doesn’t receive a response from the various landowners, the HPC could then move forward with that application.

Board of Education Building—Marker Language

Mr. Bates was informed by Kerrie Scott that the marker is in the works and should be delivered soon. He would like to have the sign installed and dedicated in December.

Discussion on Prioritizing the 250 Other Structures for Application for Memorialization

Mr. Cantaldi provided a list of the prioritized sites to the HPC members. Mr. Bates asked the members to review the list and come back with at least 5 sites that they would like to memorialize and/or put a marker on. Mr. Bates would like to take that list to Jessica Caldwell to be included in the Master Plan.

Mr. Bates advised that the Baxter homestead, on the list, had already been memorialized by the HPC in October 2006. He asked the members if they would like a marker at that site. Mr. Hanke advised that 41 Meadowburn Road, on the list, had already been memorialized since at least 1999. Mr. Hanke suggested choosing one of these two sites for a marker.

The members discussed that there will be no markers put up at cemetery sites due to the possibility of vandalism.

Motion: Carol Gunn Kadish made a motion that a letter be sent to the owners of the Baxter Homestead and the Simonson House proposing that a historic marker be placed at the site. Ms. Cheadle seconded the motion. Mr. Bates will compose the letter. All were in favor.

Ms. Kadish stated that the stream at Canal Road, which is not privately owned, is a canal from the mid-1800s and not a natural stream. She suggested that people hiking the Appalachian Trail might like to know the history of the canal. The landowners decided to drain the marshy area so they would have more farmland. Also the Williamsville mines/ruins on Route 515 are a possibility for memorializing. She will work on those applications.

Mr. Bates provided new pictures to the members for the structure at 1512 Route 565, built 1780.

Minutes

HPC October 21, 2010 Regular Meeting Minutes

Motion: Ms. Gunn Kadish made a motion to approve of the minutes of the HPC meeting on October 21, 2010. Mr. Bates seconded the motion. All were in favor.

New Business

HPC Member Reappointment

Mr. Bates advised that he is withdrawing his earlier comments about continuing as Chairperson. If the members choose Mr. Bates, he will continue as Chairperson. He went on to explain that in May, when the elections come for the new government, all HPC members will need to resign.

Applications to Review

LUB #11-10-10: Robert Baldwin - Lot Line Relocation

The members reviewed the plans and did not find any historic significance connected to this application.

Adjournment

Ms. Kadish made a motion to adjourn the HPC meeting at 8:20 p.m. Mr. Hanke seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on February 10, 2011