REORGANIZATION: The annual reorganization was held and W. Jay Wanczyk was named Chairman, Bob Safarik, Vice Chairman, Jane Costello, Recording Secretary, and Chris Lotito, Corresponding Secretary.
Meeting dates for the year will be the first Wednesday of each month and Open House at the museum will continue to be the last Sunday of the month from 12 to 4 p.m. Our meetings will be subject to relocation to the library when the restoration work begins.
STATION RESTORATION: Ed Englebart reported that Tom Fenniman, our restoration architect, will present plans to the county shortly, when they are approved by that board and the Township, the bids will be advertised for and the contract awarded, after which the actual work will begin.
Storage for our artifacts will be available in the attic at town hall and in the new storage shed next to Senior House. Large items such as the glass display case, Pompton Plains School Oak Desk, Morris County map and the iron stoves will present the most challenges to move and store.
Station Historical Registration status...nothing new. Ed Kaminski says it just takes time to get official notification.
Chris Lotito had done some excellent computer generated renderings of the station with the ocher color and no railing. We did not like the rail removal that Architect requested we consider, nor the color (too drab). Chris will do some other choices.
We also discussed possibly getting an old Wrigleys gum sign as part of a cooperative effort. Chris L. will send a letter to Wrigley's to ask if they would provide a vintage sign. He will send them a copy of the picture of the station with the sign in place. We will also look into other vintage signs.
Council has passed an ordinance to prevent parking along our station property now that the new block curbing has been installed. This should be in place Feb. 1. We discussed careful placement of signs so as to not block the door and lines of sight and possibly getting vintage type signs that would comply with the "Uniform Manual of Traffic Control Devices."
Councilman Nick Kapotes visited and reported that the Pequannock Township Historical Society has been discouraged by the turnout at meetings. He will not have time to continue as the head of this group due to time constraints and meeting conflicts. We will make some suggestions to revamp this organization, such as using our sign-in book as a basis for a possible reorganization meeting mailing notification.
PRESS RELEASES: Ed told us that the town website wants a release from each department and Ed suggested releases should also some from commissions and boards. We suggested putting in an article requesting anyone with artifacts or historical information to contact any member of the commission. Jay will draft it.
ONGOING PROJECTS: Dave Wisneski is still working on the walking tour booklets. They are excellent as we noted at our last meeting. He also had copied excerpts from 11 years worth of old newspapers from Morristown with some railroad history references and information on the Township's division in the post Civil War era.
Ed also reported that he was able to finally open the lock on the display case in the library without using the services of a professional locksmith.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.