Allendale August 26, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 5 Council acts to form Historic Preservation Commission by John Koster The Allendale Borough Council has introduced an ordinance that would formalize the organization of a Historic Preservation Commission. The measure will be considered for adoption on Aug. 27. Commissioners would serve without compensation. However, members of the commission would be empowered to compensate experts hired with the council’s approval to maintain historical structures in Allendale. The group would be asked to prepare a survey of historical sites and make recommendations to the Allendale Planning Board about the inclusion of these properties in the capital improvement program. Sites may be designated as significant if they were associated with historic events, were associated with the lives of people significant in Allendale’s past, or embody methods of construction, architecture, or engineering with the distinctive characteristics of a type or period. Sites that are expected to yield prehistoric or historic material of importance are also covered in the mandate for designation and potential protection. All requests brought before the Allendale Planning Board or Allendale Zoning Board of Adjustment would be brought before the Historic Preservation Commission for evaluation before action could be approved. The suggestion that a Historic Preservation Board be formed came after a Fort Lee-based developer attempted to win approval to raze the historical John Fell House on the Franklin Turnpike and replace the venerable 1750s-era house and its outbuildings with condominiums. Residents who wanted to save the house mounted a protest campaign and retained an attorney, George Cotz, who showed that the destruction of the house violated the agreement under which an adjoining tract of condominiums had been constructed unless all owners of the existing condominiums had approved in advance. When borough officials learned that the condominium residents had not been contacted, the Allendale Planning Board rejected the application without prejudice. John Fell, a member of the Second Continental Congress and helped ratify the United States Constitution, belonged to the same family who donated some of the money to build the wall that gave Wall Street its name. An ardent Patriot and supporter of George Washington during the American Revolution, he was imprisoned by the British in New York City during that war, released through family influence, and ultimately left New Jersey for New York State, reduced in circumstances but not impoverished. 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