Minutes: September 19, 2013

Note: There is no recording for this meeting. The minutes were prepared using hand-written notes taken by Cynthia Davis.

Mr. Bates, Chair, called the meeting to order at 7:05 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 and published in the New Jersey Herald on February 1, 2013. 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
Stephen SokolewiczNP
Ted LaabsP
Andrew Borisuk (arrived at 7:30 p.m.)P
Carol Gunn KadishP

Meeting Opened to the Public

No one came forward.

Closed Meeting to the Public


August 22, 2013

The minutes were reviewed, revised and approved by a motion made by Mr. Laabs and seconded by Mr. Hanke. All were in favor.

Old Business

Policy of Demolition of Buildings

Mr. Bates reported that he will meet with the mayor to compose an addendum to the demolition ordinance.

Glenwood Historic Area

Mr. Bates passed out the PowerPoint presentation, on paper, that Mr. Sokolewicz prepared. He asked for any suggestions with regard to the printed presentation. Ms. Kadish suggested mentioning some of the Glenwood area businesses (i.e., pencil-making business) and the cemeteries. She also suggested adding information with regard to what the sign will look like and where it will be placed.

The sign placement and whether or not there will be two different locations with signs was discussed. It was unanimous that the Vance Farm would be a perfect spot for a sign saying something like “Welcome to Glenwood, a Historic Area Significant to Vernon.” Mr. Hanke and the other members discussed and agreed that internet coding should be added to the sign so that visitors could access the historic information on the area via the internet. It was agreed by most that two signs are not needed.

The members discussed the presentation date and it was agreed that it would be best done before Thanksgiving 2013. But, of course, this would be based upon Mr. Sokolewicz’s schedule. It was suggested that the presentation be scheduled for a Sunday afternoon in early November and that it must be advertised in the newspaper. The HPC agreed that a sign noticing the meeting should be posted at Pochuck Farm. Mr. Bates said that he will discuss a date with Mr. Sokolewicz.

Walker Homestead, Drew Homestead

Ms. Kadish spoke with Liz Walker and she told her that she is not interested in applying for historic memorialization. Mr. Bates had a different impression. Mr. Borisuk said that he will stop by to speak with Liz further.

Applications to Review

LU #8-13-7: Mark & Suzanne Buruchian - Front Porch Re-Build Variance

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


A motion was made to adjourn the HPC meeting by Mr. Laabs and seconded by Ms. Kadish at 8:10 p.m. All were in favor.

Transcribed by Cynthia Davis on September 23, 2013.