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MAHWAH HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

December 12, 2002 MINUTES



The meeting was called to order at 7:35 p.m.



SUNSHINE STATEMENT: The secretary read the Sunshine Statement.



ROLL CALL

PRESENT ABSENT

Marthajean Drago Chair Barbara Shanley (excused)

John Bristow, Historian Carol Greene (excused)

Kenneth Cerullo Colleen Kennedy (excused)

Mark Nichols Paul Gioni, Alternate I (excused)

Thomas Thornton

Gus Vasiliadis





Salute to the Flag:



PUBLIC SESSION: At 7:37 p.m., Mr. Bristow 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 7:37 p.m. There was no public present. Mr. Thornton made a motion to close the Public Session and Mr. Bristow seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. The Public Session was closed at 7:38 p.m.



MINUTES: There were not enough members present from the July 11, 2002 Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC) meeting to make up a quorum, therefore, the July 11, 2002 were not voted on. The secretary apologized for not having the November 14, 2002 minutes ready.



NEW BUSINESS

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT: Mrs. Drago introduced The Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC) Technical Assistant, Mr. Wayne McCabe. Mr. McCabe reported that there are three projects that he will be responsible for:

1st: Technical Assistance; Mr. McCabe will review and comment on monthly agenda applications as they pertain to the MHPC element of the Planning Board Ordinance and the guidelines to the Secretary of the Interior. Mr. McCabe will look at the applications ahead of time and if need be write the resolutions. Mr. McCabe will also provide assistance to the community.

2nd: Limited Inventory: Identify and catalog over 225 historic structures consisting mostly from the Cragmere section. Sites will be identified by the Chair.

3rd: Produce and develop a Technical Manual for design guidelines for the MHPC that will help provide historic technical information to the public. Mr. McCabe will develop a technical manual in booklet form.

This is all funded by the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office.

Mr. McCabe will need all agenda item documents ten working days prior to the meeting for a thorough review.

CHAIR’S REPORT:

Ackerman/Pulis Grist Mills: Mrs. Drago reported that she had written a letter to the EPA regarding the Ackerman/Pulis Grist Mills application and the stone wall and well at the Ackerman Farmhouse and had included that the MHPC recommends that the State send someone for a technical review of the area, in case there are some unidentified structures that had some industrial archaeological significance.

R.S. Webb & Associates, FCC Telecommunications Tower Project: Mrs. Drago made a motion to table this application until the January 9, 2003 meeting and Mr. Bristow seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. The secretary will give Mr. McCabe a copy of the letter for his review and comments.

Vista Bahn: Mrs. Drago reported that she received a letter from Mr. Richard Greene regarding the Vista Bahn application and referred the letter to MHPC attorney, Ms. Tamayne. Mrs. Tamayne responded to the letter that the MHPC had forwarded all correspondence regarding Vista Bahn to the Greene’s (along with the Commissions recommendations to the Planning Board). Mr. Thornton suggested that MHPC request from the Planning Board copies of any missing documentation from application. Ms. Tamayne reported that this information is available to the public for review and the Greene’s have access to this information. Mr. Thornton reported that the MHPC came from a position that everything was to go, to a compromise of saving the main structure and demolishing the barn. Mrs. Drago added that there is a possibility of also saving the barn.

Masonicus Chapel: Mrs. Drago reported that she and Mr. McCabe visited the Masonicus Chapel. Mr. McCabe reported that the novelty siding of the Chapel was very unique and something that he had never seen before and recommends not changing the siding. Mr. Vasiliadis asked that Mr. McCabe put this in writing. Mr. McCabe will research this technique further before writing his report. Mr. McCabe believes that siding is original to building.



LEGAL:

MHPC Ordinance Amendment: Mrs. Tamayne reported that she is working on the MHPC resolution to the 122 Fardale Avenue property. Mrs. Tamayne reported that a Consent Agenda would allow the MHPC to vote on items without discussion on a Consent Agenda, since the MHPC now has a Technical Assistant who will review applications ahead of time. Those recommendations could be read ahead of time and could be listed as a Consent Agenda and not be included for review and approval at the monthly agenda applications. Having a Consent Agenda does not require an amendment to the MHPC Ordinance. Mr. McCabe reported that none of his other boards use a Consent Agenda. Mrs. Drago reported that all applications are sent to the MHPC for review and comment.

Application Guidelines: Mrs. Drago reported that Mr. McCabe will meet with the Construction Official to set up application guidelines. Mr. Thornton asked to review the building materials to be used for the expansion of Firehouse #1 with Mr. McCabe. Mr. McCabe agreed, but stated that any changes at this time would require a Change Order.

STREET NAME: None at this time

DEMOLITION APPLICATIONS: None at this time.

APPLICATIONS:

C.V.S. Docket #449 45 Franklin Tpke., Site Plan:

Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough discussion Mr. Vasiliadis made a motion to approve Docket #449 Site Plan with no comments and Mr. Bristow seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 6 yes and 0 no.

Mr. Bristow yes Mr. Nichols yes Mrs. Drago yes Mr. Cerullo yes

Mr. Thornton yes Mr. Vasiliadis yes

Macarthur Ridge, LLC, Docket #451: Let the minutes reflect that after a thorough discussion Mr. Bristow made a motion to approve Docket #449 Site Plan with no comments and Mr. Vasiliadis seconded the motion. The motion was approved with a vote of 6 yes and 0 no.

Mr. Bristow yes Mr. Nichols yes Mrs. Drago yes Mr. Cerullo yes

Mr. Thornton yes Mr. Vasiliadis yes

OLD BUSINESS:
Issac Bogert House Restoration: Mr. Thornton asked if this item needs to be on the agenda since the deadline May 2, 2002 for compliance has passed and there is no application for a building permit for the fifth property. The Chair will meet with the Construction Official and Mr. McCabe before pulling this item from the agenda.



Historic Property Variance Sub-Committee: The Chair reported that there is no activity with this committee since the Technical Assistant, Mr. McCabe, is on board.

2002 Ornament: The Chair thanked Mrs. Shanley for all her work. The ornaments are here, however, the inserts still need to be completed.


Historic Plaques: No report at this time.

Quackenbush Barn: Mrs. Drago will meet with the Mayor next week because the $6000.00 for the barn restoration needed to be used for something else and needs to be put in the 2003 budget.

Public Relations: Mrs. Drago reported PR for the ornaments will be in the local papers along with a write up about the Eagle Scout project.

Mahwah Museum: The Farm Exhibit is extended until March, 2003. The museum has been visited by the schools.

Moffatt Road Cemetery: Mr. Bristow reported that he spoke to the DPW regarding removing fallen trees.



BILLS: None at this time.



GENERAL DISCUSSION: Mr. Bristow asked Mr. McCabe to look at the steeple at the Reformed Church for his restoration advice. Mr. McCabe agreed. Mr. Thornton reported that several small businesses in town agreed to display the ornament at their facilities. Mrs. Drago will let Mrs. Shanley know.

Mrs. Drago questioned the Planning Board November 4, 2002 minutes regarding the Ten Acres application (122 Fardale Avenue) stating that some existing buildings will be removed. Mrs. Tamayne recommended that Mrs. Drago follow up with the Construction Official for the specifics.

Mr. Bristow made a motion to close the MHPC meeting and Mr. Thornton seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved. The meeting closed at 8:50 p.m.

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

/dms



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