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MAHWAH HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION



MARCH 13, 2003 MINUTES



The meeting was called to order at 7:38 p.m.



SUNSHINE STATEMENT: The secretary read the Sunshine Statement.



ROLL CALL



PRESENT ABSENT

John Bristow, Historian Marthajean Drago Chair (excused)

Colleen Kennedy Barbara Shanley (excused)

Carol Greene Mark Nichols (excused)

Kenneth Cerullo (late)

Paul Gioni, Alternate I (excused)

Thomas Thornton

Gus Vasiliadis

Donna Tamayne, Attorney

Wayne McCabe, Tech Asst.





Salute to the Flag:



Sunshine Statement: The secretary read the Sunshine Statement



PUBLIC SESSION: Ms. Kennedy made a motion to open the Public Session and Mr. Gioni seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. The Public Session was opened at 7:41 p.m. There was no public present. Mr. Bristow made a motion to close the Public Session and Mr. Vasiliadis seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. The Public Session was closed at 7:45 p.m.



MINUTES:

July 11, 2002: Ms. Kennedy made a motion to approve the July 11, 2002 minutes pending confirmation that this is a quorum. Mr. Bristow seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 5 yes and 0 no.





Kennedy yes

Gioni yes

Bristow yes

Greene yes

Vasiliadis yes





January 9, 2003 minutes: Mr. Bristow made a motion to approve the January 9, 2003 minutes as read and Ms. Kennedy seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 5 yes and 0 no.





Kennedy yes

Gioni yes

Bristow yes

Greene yes

Vasiliadis yes







The February 13, 2003 meeting was cancelled due to lack of a quorum, therefore, there were no minutes to approve.



SECRETARY’S REPORT: The secretary reported that the Township Municipal Building will be moving on April 16, 2003, therefore, the April 10, 2003 will be the last MHPC meeting at 300B Route 17 S. All future meetings will be held at 475 Corporate Drive. The secretary also asked for a volunteer to go through the MHPC files and weed out the files before the Township move. Mr. Bristow volunteered.





NEW BUSINESS



TECHNICAL ASSISTANT:

CHAIR’S REPORT: None at this time



LEGAL:

Ms. Tamayne explained voting procedure when there is no quorum. If there is no quorum for an application that will expire, the present members can send a memo to the Planning Board with their recommendations stating that an official vote approving the recommendations will take place at the next meeting.



The secretary reported that she had found out by accident that the Mahwah Fire Department has asked permission to use the 122 Fardale Avenue farmhouse as a drill house. She notified the Fire Department Chief that the outer buildings were not to be disturbed and he agreed.



Ms. Tamayne also explained the necessity of a MHPC representative to attend the Planning Board meetings to answer any questions that the Planning Board may have on MHPC application recommendations and to be able to report back to the MHPC members the results of the recommendations. Ms. Tamayne gave 122 Fardale Avenue as an example that not all the Commission’s recommendations were approved; however, the Commission was not aware of this until they received a copy of the approved minutes, which are usually two weeks old. Ms. Tamayne will write the Planning Board a letter addressing the Commission’s concerns regarding the well house, bank barn foundation and rock wall and ask if the Planning Board resolution can be altered. Ms. Tamayne will report back to the Commission at the April meeting. The secretary will send Mr. McCabe a copy of the construction plans for 122 Fardale Avenue.



Mrs. Greene reported that she didn’t feel that the well house could be saved because of the close proximately to the proposed construction; however, it might be moved to an alternate location.



TECHNICAL ADVISOR:

Mr. McCabe reported that he sent a copy of his Ramsey Tower report to the secretary and she forwarded it to the members. Basically the finding was that there was no impact on the area and that the State Historic Preservation office has already signed off on it.



STREET NAME: Franklin Tpke. Constr. Docket 445F (off Franklin Tpke.)

Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough discussion, Mr. Vasiliadis made a motion to name the street after Margarite Edwards, a long time resident of Mahwah, “Edwards Court”. Mr. Bristow seconded the motion.

The motion was unanimously approved:





Kennedy yes

Gioni yes

Bristow yes

Greene yes

Vasiliadis yes

Cerullo yes













APPLICATIONS:

The following Dockets were approved with one vote as a Consent Agenda:

*Frasco Homes Inc. Docket 452, Block 63, Lots 101.01 & 17, Minor Subdivision, Island Road.



*Woodcliff Lake Devl., Oc., Inc., Docket 455, Block 145, Lot 2, Prel. Subdivision, Fike Road and Campgaw.



*Brian & Judith Mitchler, Docket 453, Block 152 Lot 34 & 35, Revised Sub-Division



*Franklin Shuart, Docket 107603-50, Block 120, Lot 107 Sub-Division.



Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough discussion, Mr. Bristow made a motion to approve, Dockets 452, 455, 453, and 107603-50 as per the recommendations of Technical Advisor, Wayne McCabe & Associates, LLC. and Ms. Kennedy seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.





Kennedy yes

Gioni yes

Bristow yes

Greene yes

Vasiliadis yes

Cerullo yes







Christopher Tremblay, Docket 456, Block 152, Lot 95, 08, 96, 97 (Donner Court)



Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough discussion Ms. Kennedy made a motion to approve Docket #456 as per the recommendations of Technical Advisor, Wayne McCabe & Associates, LLC. asking owner to pay for professional photographer to take photo’s of house for Historic Archives (at least a dozen from all angles). Mr. Vasiliadis seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.





Kennedy yes

Gioni yes

Bristow yes

Greene yes

Vasiliadis yes

Cerullo yes





DEMOLITION APPLICATIONS:

182 Myrtle Avenue, Block 139 Lot 11



Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough discussion it was decided that Technical Advisor Wayne McCabe will review the site with the Construction Code Official and email his findings to the secretary and base their recommendation based on Mr. McCabe’s recommendation. Mr. Bristow made a motion to approve Mr. McCabe’s recommendations regarding 182 Myrtle Avenue, only if there are no objections from the Commission members. Mr. McCabe will email the Commission with his recommendations and members must express their objects to the secretary by March 31, 2003. Ms. Kennedy seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. The.





Kennedy yes

Gioni yes

Bristow yes

Greene yes

Vasiliadis yes

Cerullo yes





OLD BUSINESS:

Isaac Bogert House Restoration: The secretary reported that this project is completed and it was recommended by several Commission members to delete this item from the agenda. The Commission explained the history of the project to Ms. Tamayne. Ms. Tamayne suggested that in the future an escrow account is set up for completion of the project.



Ms. Kennedy made a motion to remove the Isaac Bogert House Restoration from the agenda and Mr. Bristow seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.



Historic Property Variance Sub-Committee: Mr. Cerullo asked to meet with the Technical Advisor for a presentation to the Planning Board for alternatives to variances. Mr. McCabe agreed.



2002 Ornament: No report at this time.



Historic Plaques: No report at this time.



Quackenbush Barn: No report at this time.



Public Relations: No report at this time.



Mahwah Museum: Mrs. Greene reported that the Museum conducts 10-12 tours a week with school, and scouting groups and have had over 1000 visitors so far. The next exhibit is scheduled for this spring “Business & Industry in Mahwah”.



Moffatt Road Cemetery: No report at this time.



BILLS: None at this time.



GENERAL DISCUSSION: Mr. Bristow reported that he had attended a meeting at the Hermitage regarding the arts and historic cuts from the State budget. It was suggested that the Commission write letters in protest. Mr. Vasiliadis volunteered to write an informative letter for the upcoming Township newsletter.



Mr. Bristow made a motion to close the MHPC meeting and Mr. Gioni seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. The meeting closed at 9:25 p.m.



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



/dms




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