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MAHWAH HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

May 9, 2002 Minutes



The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m.



Sunshine Statement: The secretary read the Sunshine Statement.





ROLL CALL PRESENT ABSENT EXCUSED

Marthajean Drago, Chair X

John Bristow, Historian X

Kenneth Cerullo X

Carol Greene X

Colleen Kennedy X

Mark Nichols X

Barbara Shanley X

J. Thomas Thornton X

Gus Vasiliadis X (9:30 )

Paul Gioni, Alternate I X



Flag Salute:



Public Session: None at this time. Mr. Bristow made a motion to close the Public Session and Mrs. Drago seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. The Public Session was closed at 7:32 p.m.



Minutes: Under Public Session, Mrs. Drago corrected “tine” to “time”. John Bristow made a motion to accept the March 14, 2002 minutes as corrected and Ms. Kennedy seconded the motion. The minutes were unanimously approved as corrected.



New Business:

*Certified Local Government Grant (CLG): Mrs. Drago reported that she had been notified from the State that MHPC has been approved for a $39,117.00 Grant for the first application for Technical Assistance to help with design guideline and the Cragmere Survey, which will list about 150 homes. Mrs. Drago also reported that there are changes to the CLG Grant applications. Due to the changes, the MHPC must reapply for the second $39,000.00 grant. The first grant was 100% State funded, however, due to the changes, all future grants will now be a 60/40 split, with the exception of Educational Endeavors. The State will fund 60%, and the municipality must match the remaining 40%. Now in order to complete the survey, the Township needs to match 40% of the project.



*711 Ramapo Valley Road: Mrs. Drago reported that the secretary had received a phone call from a realtor or builder inquiring how to apply for a demolition permit. Mrs. Drago called the owner of the property and was told that the land was in the process of being sold and the builder was planning to sub-divide the property and build a house on the opposite side of the lake, and that the builder was going to restore the historic house. The MHPC will watch for any applications for the property.



*11 Fyke Road: The secretary reported that the Zoning Department has notified the MHPC that the owner of 11 Fyke Road had inquired about sub-dividing their property. The MHPC will watch for any applications for this property also.



*Beth Haverim Temple: Mrs. Drago reported that she had received a copy of a fax from Boswell McClave Engineering to Zoning Officer, Carol Wiley, regarding the demolition of the milk shed on the Beth Haverim Temple property. In the 1994 Resolution of the Township of Mahwah Planning Board Site Plan Approval Temple Beth Haverim, Docket #299, page 9, item (a) the milk house is to be preserved and maintained. Mr. Thornton suggested that the MHPC respond to the Temple as soon as possible. Mrs. Drago will send a copy of the Resolution to the Township Attorney and the Temple along with a letter stating the MHPC’s disapproval of the demolition and copy the Planning Board. The letter will also include the Temple’s responsibility to install an historic plaque on the site.



*2002 Historic Preservation Commendations Award: Mrs. Drago reported that on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. at the Meadowlands Environmental Center, the Township will receive an award for the cemetery project. Mayor Martel and Council President Spiech will receive the award for the Township. Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Drago plan to attend the presentation and encouraged all members to attend.



*Special Programs: Mrs. Drago reported that on May 20, 2002 the Mahwah Historical Society will present a program entitled “ Homeland Hunting Ground & Refuge”. On May 18, 2002 a seminar on “History of American Photography” will be held at the Bergen County Plaza at 9:30 am. The fee is $10.00, but the MHPC will pay for the members attending. Mr. Gioni will try to attend. There is also a Town Hall meeting at Fairleigh Dickinson University on May 16, 2002.



*Danza Group: Mrs. Drago reported that the Danza Group application has been denied by the Planning Board.



APPLICATIONS:

*Rick Marchesi, Minor Sub-division, Docket #438: Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough discussion Ms. Kennedy made a motion to approve Docket #438 stating that it has no historic significance and Mrs. Greene seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 9 yes 0 no. Mr. Vasiliadis was absent for this vote.



*Datascope docket #436: Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough discussion Ms. Kennedy made a motion to approve Docket #436 stating that it has no historic significance and Mrs. Shanley seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 9 yes and 0 no. Mr. Vasiliadis was absent for this vote.



*Franklin Turnpike Construction Co., Docket #429: Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough discussion Mr. Bristow made a motion to approve Docket #429 with a comment that the MHPC is concerned that the proposed sub-division abuts the historic Cragmere area and is not sympathetic to the neighborhood, the sub-division will also increase traffic on Maysenger Road and will have an impact on the wetlands. Mr. Gioni seconded the motion. The motion was not approved with a vote of 2 yes, 4 no. and 3 abstain. Mr. Vasiliadis was not present for this vote. Mrs. Drago made a motion to table this application until the June 13, 2002 meeting in order to allow the Chair to request further information on the variances required. Ms. Kennedy seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 7 yes, 0 no. and 2 abstains. Mr. Vasiliadis was not present for this vote. If the variances requested do not concern the MHPC, Mrs. Drago will notify the members and sign off on the application.



*C&S Acquisitions, LLC, Docket #439: Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough discussion Mr. Bristow made a motion to approve Docket #439 stating is has no historic significance and Mr. Thornton seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 9 yes and 0 no. Mr. Vasiliadis was not present for this vote.



*First Union Bank, Docket #429: Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough discussion Mrs. Drago made a motion to approve Docket #429 with the condition that the trees remain to keep the historic visual characteristic of the area. Ms. Kennedy seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved with a vote of 10 yes and 0 no.



Due to the late hour, Mrs. Drago suggested that the MHPC table Old Business items until the June 13, 2002 MHPC meeting. It was unanimously agreed.



General Discussion:



Mr. Thornton asked Mrs. Shanley if Phase IV of the Isaac Bogert sub-division has been completed yet. Mrs. Shanley reported that they have not broken ground yet for the fourth house.



Mr. Bristow reported that the faculty at Ramapo College wrote a protest letter to the Ramapo College Administration regarding the development of the college property. Mr. Bristow will give a copy of the letter to the secretary to include in the June 13, 2002 packet.



Mr. Bristow made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Mrs. Greene seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. The meeting adjourned at 10:50 p.m.



These minutes are a synopsis of the MHPC tapes, which are on file at the Township Hall.



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