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MAHWAH HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

November 14, 2002 MINUTES

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

SUNSHINE STATEMENT: The secretary read the Sunshine Statement.

ROLL CALL

PRESENT ABSENT

Marthajean Drago Chair Mark Nichols (excused)
John Bristow, Historian Carol Greene (excused)
Kenneth Cerullo(late) Colleen Kennedy (excused)
Barbara Shanley Gus Vasiliadis (excused)
Thomas Thornton
Paul Gioni, Alternate I

*Salute to the Flag:

*PUBLIC SESSION:

Mrs. Shanley made a motion to open the Public Session and Mr. Thornton seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. The Public Session was opened at 7:39 p.m. There was no public present. Mr. Bristow made a motion to close the Public Session and Mrs. Shanley seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. The Public Session was closed at 7:40 p.m.

*MINUTES:
July 11, 2002: There were not enough members present from the that July 11, 2002 Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC) meeting to make up a quorum, therefore, the July 11, 2002 were not voted on.

October 10, 2002: Mrs. Shanley made the following corrections to the October 10, 2002 minutes: Under Chair’s report- US Department of the Interior Survey Request, second sentence change that will be comprised of only any threantened Nationally…. To that will be comprised only of any threatened Nationally….. Under Applications, Danza Group Final Subdivision Docket #395F second sentence change We request a presentation by the applicant to showing…. to We request a presentation by the applicant showing…. Mr. Bristow made a motion to approve the October 10, 2002 minutes as corrected and Mrs. Shanley seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

CHAIR’S REPORT:
Ackerman/Pulis Grist Mill: Mrs. Drago reported that she had received several phone calls from Boswell McClave Engineering regarding the proposed road work on Wyckoff Avenue and Forest Road and its impact with regards to the Ackerman House on Wyckoff Avenue and Forest Road and the Ackerman Pond and Pulis Avenue Grist Mill. Mrs. Drago responded that she needed further information and needed to bring this issue in front of the Commission. Mrs. Drago also called the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Bergen County Cultural Historic Affairs (BCHA) for more details. Township Business Administrator, Brian Campion gave Mrs. Drago a detailed report on the project which Mrs. Drago shared with the Commission members. Mrs. Drago informed the SHPO that the Commission would be concerned with the impact the road widening would have on the Ackerman House since it is a significant local historic farmhouse that pre dates 1861 and is eligible for State and National Register. After a thorough discussion, the Commission decided to send the State a letter expressing the Commission’s concern regarding the impact the road widening would have on the Ackerman House and state that the road wall should be reconstructed with the original stone and that the existing well be saved and relocated on the property.

At this time (7:55 p.m.) Mrs. Shanley made a motion to adjourn the meeting so the MHPC could make the presentation of the Mahwah Historic Awards at the Township Council meeting and Mr. Bristow seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

At 8:25 p.m. Mrs. Bristow made a motion to re-open the MHPC meeting and continue with the applications and then return to the Ackerman House discussion and Mr. Thornton seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

APPLICATIONS:

Ten Acres, Docket #448, 122 Fardale Avenue: Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough review of the application Mr. Thornton made a motion to approve the application with conditions that the buildings that had been agreed to remain by the developer in order to receive his demolition permit and that they be placed on the Ordinance in order to enable that the developers commitment be carried out, and that every effort be made to preserve the stone wall by relocating it as opposed to demolishing it for the proposed road widening and clarification on the structures on the applications. Mr. Bristow seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 6 yes and 0 no: Mr. Thornton, yes; Mrs. Shanley, yes; Mr. Cerullo, yes; Mr. Gioni, yes; Mrs. Drago, yes; Mr. Bristow, yes. MHPC attorney, Ms. Tamanye will write the resolution and the secretary will submit the resolution and application to the Planning Board.

Park Avenue Ford, Docket #1049, Franklin Turnpike: Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough review of the application Mr. Bristow made a motion to approve the application with no recommendations and Mr. Cerullo seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 6 yes and 0 no: Mr. Thornton, yes; Mrs. Shanley, yes; Mr. Cerullo, yes; Mr. Gioni, yes; Mrs. Drago, yes; Mr. Bristow, yes. MHPC attorney, Ms. Tamayne will write the resolution and the secretary will submit the resolution and application to the Planning Board.

LEGAL:
Historic Technical Assistance Contract: Mrs. Tamayne reported that she had reviewed the MHPC contract with Mr. Wayne McCabe and recommended changes to the payment schedule, and meeting attendance. Mrs. Drago and Ms. Tamayne will refine the contract wording to include and clarify the survey of 225 sites including but not limited to the Cragmere section, payment schedule, and meeting attendance.

Consent Agenda: Mrs. Tamayne reported that a Consent Agenda is used when items are discussed at a Work Session. The applications are discussed at the Work Sessions and then put on a Consent Agenda for a vote at the Action Meeting. Discussion takes place during the Work Session not the Action Meeting. Mrs. Drago asked if you needed a quorum for a Work Session. Mrs. Tamayne will check and report back at the December 12, 2002 meeting.



Temple Beth Haverim: Mr. Thornton made a motion that Mrs. Tamayne draft a letter to the Mayor; coping Construction Official Gary Montroy, and the Planning Board, regarding the milk house on the Temple Beth Haverim property, explaining the true concept of the Beth Haverim agreement and Mr. Gioni, seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 6 yes and 0 no: MHPC attorney, Mr. Thornton, yes; Mrs. Shanley, yes; Mr. Cerullo, yes; Mr. Gioni, yes; Mrs. Drago, yes; Mr. Bristow, yes.

Mrs. Tamayne excused herself at 8:30 p.m.

PUBLIC SESSION:
Mrs. Shanley made a motion to open the Public Session and Mr. Bristow seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.

Mrs. Drago recognized Mr. Warren Storms of 764 Wyckoff Avenue, Mahwah. Mr. Storms gave testimony regarding the Ackerman Pond and Pulis Avenue Grist Mills that were questioned by the SHPO and BCHA. Mr. Storms reported that his grandmother, Kathrine Ackerman Storms, family home was located on the Franklin Lakes side of Ackerman Pond and operated the Grist Mill. The Mill ruins are on the Franklin Lakes side. Mr. Storms also reported that the Pulis Avenue Grist Mill ruins are more than 50 feet away from the Township of Mahwah/Bergen County road expansion and are also in Franklin Lakes.

Mrs. Drago will write a letter of recommendation to the SHPO and BCHA regarding the Commissions concerns for the Ackerman Pond and Pulis Avenue Grist Mills status and the Ackerman Farmhouse with the conditions that the movement and reconstruction of the Ackerman Farmhouse stone wall and the relocation of the stone well on the property be included in the road widening plans. She will copy the Bergen County Historic Preservation. Mr. Gioni made a motion to approve Mrs. Drago’s letter and Mr. Bristow seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved with a vote of 6 yes and 0 no. Mr. Thornton, yes; Mrs. Shanley, yes; Mr. Cerullo, yes; Mr. Gioni, yes; Mrs. Drago, yes; Mr. Bristow, yes.

Mrs. Drago closed this portion of the meeting.

NEW BUSINESS
Nextel Communications: Mrs. Drago reported that she walked the property with Pat Garvee Morillo and determined that it did not impact any historic sites in Mahwah.

Masonicus Chapel: Mrs. Drago reported that she had spoken to the minister at Masonicus Chapel and they agreed not to put up artificial siding on the chapel and they will be applying for a Bergen County Funding Application. Mrs. Drago also contacted the Bergen Record for a human interest story on their 150th anniversary.

GENERAL DISCUSSION: Mr.Thornton asked if the Commission could discuss the Ordinance Amendment and Renovation Guidelines at the December 12, 2002 meeting. Mr. Thornton made a motion to table this discussion until the December 12, 2002 meeting and Mrs. Shanley seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved with a vote of 6 yes and 0 no. Mr. Thornton, yes; Mrs. Shanley, yes; Mr. Cerullo, yes; Mr. Gioni, yes; Mrs. Drago, yes; Mr. Bristow, yes.

The secretary asked to confirm the meeting dates for 2003. Mr. Thornton asked if the Commission needs to advertise work sessions. Mrs. Drago replied that the Commission will not need a work session for every meeting, it would be just as needed and advertised prior to the meeting.

Mrs. Shanley reported that the 2002 ornament will be delivered on December 10, 2002. Mr. Thornton commented that the Commission sell the past ornaments at a reduced rate or special package deal. The secretary asked who is selling the ornaments. Mrs. Shanley replied the Town Hall, Mahwah Museum, and Mahwah Sunoco will sell them.

Mr. Thornton made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Mr. Bristow seconded the meeting. The motion was unanimously approved with a vote of 6 yes and 0 no. The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

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

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