Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees 
Minutes from the 9/14/19 Trustees Meeting 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
September 14, 2019

TRUSTEES PRESENT:  Julie Cocozza, Tom DeLorenzo, Janice Gaswind, Cara Macksoud, Bennie O’Grady, John O'Grady, Mary Ryan, Al Sauer, Heather Schofield, Linda Sims, Bette Worth, Helen Young and Bob Young 

Mary Ryan opened the meeting at 8:30 am.  

The minutes of the 7/13/19 meeting were approved via the internet.  

Old Business:
Thank you, check-in crew, for Inlet Celebration antique car show that John led
Thank you, tattoo artists, for delighting children with application of temporary tattoos. A thank you had been sent to the volunteers after Big Sea Day. John who oversaw the activity recognized Megan Young for her assistance as well.
Summer party success. Mary to inform Ron Jacobsen the museum room was open when we arrived this morning. A summary of the party is below.
COA donation. Beach Sweep on 10/26/19 unfortunately conflicts with Breakfast with the Candidates. But the Breakfast date will remain the same.

John – Tattoos. Applied about 158 tattoos. John restocked for next year.
Pat/Mary - Summer party. Pat is on a cruise and provided Mary with the details on the party. The weather cooperated and we were able to put tables outside. A total of 83 people attended including 9 guests. Revenues were $2,165 and expenses were $3,076 for a net cost of $911 to the MBIA. Two servers were hired and Megan Young again agreed to be a volunteer bartender. The food from the Capsized Café was very good. While the restaurant is not a Manasquan business the owners live in the Borough. Leftover food was donated in Asbury Park.
Julie - MHS Surf Team contest shirts/MBIA shirt orders. Julie showed us one of the surf contest shirts including the MBIA logo. Julie displayed the MBIA Trustee shirt which will be $22. Those who need a shirt will see Julie after the meeting. A minimum order of 12 shirts is required.
Cara - Reusable bags/Chamber of Commerce bags. Cara stated the quantity and when we would want the bags will determine the price. We all saw the picture Julie sent of the Chamber bags. Helen indicated she liked the foldable bag Cara brought to the last meeting since it is different from the usual bags. Mary questioned if we should distribute bags via stores or to our members. Heather suggested we distribute to members when they respond to the annual membership drive as a thank you. Al expressed concern about the cost of mailing so it was suggested we have a pick-up for members. Bob thought we could distribute to our members in conjunction with the Annual Meeting with the remaining members able to pick up. We agreed to procure the re-usable bag. Cara will investigate the pricing on various quantities. We will need to decide on colors, etc. to order in February. Mary and Cara will investigate with the Chamber on what they are doing with reusable bags.  
Mary - Membership update/last reminder letter. Currently at 283 members with the reminder letter going out soon.
Al - Finance report/party expenses. Spreadsheets were provided.
Bob/Tom Cara - Media and Membership database. Bob mentioned the Aug 17 meeting was initially designed to review our social media and the database activities performed by Art Ryan. Attendees were Mary & Art Ryan, Cara Macksoud, Tom DeLorenzo, Rosemary Bertinelli as well as Megan & Bob Young. The meeting quickly became a brainstorming session with the majority of the input from Rosemary, Cara and Megan. Bob described the meeting as looking toward the MBIA's 2nd Hundred Year with some far reaching concepts. Tom had volunteered to meet with Bob after the meeting to strategize. They are suggesting a multi pronged theme but in bite sized increments. The first recommendation is to send out a brief survey (5-7 questions) to members to gauge their satisfaction with the MBIA, e-mail communication and the website as well as interest in a Facebook &/or Instagram page. It would also solicit input on paying dues electronically and ask the respondents if they have attended or volunteered for any of our activities in the past 2 years. The committee proposed a slightly different survey to those who opted not to renew their membership. They also asked for approval to procure $50 ($25 each for the member and non-member surveys) in Squan bucks as an incentive for those who complete the survey. Conducting the survey and procuring the Squan bucks was approved. Rosemary Bertinelli volunteered to develop an MBIA Facebook &/or Instagram page but we feel it is prudent to first obtain survey results. Also discussed was sprucing up the webpage which Bob was able to do with the assistance of his daughter, Megan. Cara asked if we should collect information from non-members at some of our events and/or have a one page info brochure to educate people. At the August meeting they also discussed what our membership goal should be and thought it prudent to obtain a consensus of the Trustees. Do we want to strive to increase membership? They also discussed whether we should push for all Manasquan residents to join or focus primarily on the beach area. A concern was discussed that the beach and town people won't always agree on issues and the MBIA was founded to promote beach issues. Tom said we have approximately 5,000 people in town compared to approximately 1,500 east of the bridge and whether significantly increasing membership would be ideal. Al said even with 300 member Borough officials do pay attention to the MBIA's point of view. Cara added we would need to increase the number of volunteers. Mary said the difficulty is getting some of the younger, new residents to join. She doesn’t think people who would join might be as active as our older members. Janice liked the idea of a brochure of MBIA benefits. Cara reiterated we need to engage the newer, younger owners to become involved with the MBIA to ensure as we lose members we don’t have a gap. Heather stated the younger generation has a different mindset of what they want to do with their time. Younger people are more selfish with their time and have other priorities. We need to figure out how to capture the younger residents and make the MBIA more of a priority. John stated it goes back to social media to attract newer members. Heather said social media has to be funny and memorable or it would be ignored. Tom brought up the idea of paying electronically and Cara said we can very easily set up PayPal or Venmo. Trustees agreed to move forward with the survey and brochure as a first step.

New Business:
First Aid Building for Breakfast with the Candidates on 10/26/19 at 9 a.m. Janice will coordinate refreshments. John will moderate and Bob will fill in for Mary as MC if needed. Helen tried to order an additional wireless microphone but we are maxed out with our current system. Helen suggested a plug in and John said it would have to connect directly to the speaker. Helen will procure a plug in microphone to see if it would work.  
Candidates on the ballot - Ed Donovan for mayor. Rich Read, Gregg Olivera and Sara Jane Millard for 2 council seats. There is some contention about whether another write-in candidate received more votes than Sara Jane, but unless that is resolved before the breakfast, Sara Jane will be the invitee.
Glimmer Glass Bridge - We have all received yellow postcards, plus there was a the display at Brielle Day and coverage in the Coast Star by the group that wishes to retain the current bridge. They are also holding a contest in Monmouth County for students to build a model of the bridge with a $1,000 prize. From the MBIA prospective, Mary asked us to focus on the safety issue. She would like Bette to write a poem to be published in the Coast Star. Mary asked Al to write a letter to the editor of the Coast Star which he has already started. The Coast Guard needed to provide their okay for a clearance that we did not need a fixed bridge which triggered the postcard. A response from the Coast Guard that a fixed bridge is not needed is expected shortly. The postcard states the narrow lanes are a calming effect – current standards are for 11-12’ to be safe vs. 9.75’ currently. It also indicated the cost of $6M for repair vs. $20-30M for a new bridge. Over 100 years the lifecycle cost for a restored bridge is estimated at $23.7M vs. a new bridge for $19.7M. Restoration would take 12-15 months and the bridge would have to be taken out of service more frequently making the inconvenience greater over 100 years. There was one fatal accident decades ago and numerous side view mirrors are destroyed as vehicles pass on the bridge. The bridge is not handicapped and bicycle accessible as required by the government. Al's letter will rebut the misleading information included on the post card. Mary asked Trustees to think about other ways to get our message across that a new bridge is needed, with a catchy slogan as well.
MBIA 100th Anniversary – Tom stated we would have a committee meeting to do some brainstorming. Al will find out the actual anniversary date. We will meet in the next month. The Trustees along with Tom as the chairperson on the committee are Bob, Helen, Linda, Julie, Mary, Bette and Joan.

Items from the Floors:
Bob will review his meeting with Tom Flarity in November.
John said if police question people about a dog on the beach or beachwalk and the dog is a service animal nothing can be done about it. This is part of the American Disability Act.

The meeting was adjourned.

Breakfast with the Candidates will be held on Saturday, October 26 - 9:00 at the Manasquan First Aid Squad,, 50 Broad St.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on Nov. 9 - 8:30 a.m. at the Squan Life Saving Station.

MBIA Bridge Committee Presentation to Manasquan Borough Council - 10/01/12
Council Presentation October 1, 2012

- Studies show bridge falling apart and MUST be replaced; Childs independent? study; Cycle 14 draft report.
- Originally built as a wooden trestle bridge (without a draw) over 100 years ago before cars; 16 feet wide, 585 feet long.
- Draw span (20 feet wide) built over 100 years ago for spanning Pt. Pleasant Canal (before cars).
- Draw span installed in wooden trestle in 1938; originally hand operated.
- Completely rebuilt in 1950; entire bridge raised 5 feet; shortened to 279 feet; motorized; more counterweights added.
- Numerous repairs and replacements to date; only original parts are two sheaves (wheels at to
- Placed on State and Federal Historic Registers in 2008.
- Historic significance is technology (rolling counterweight design) and aesthetics being preserved by County compromise.
- Bridge is in such bad condition, none of the structure can be salvaged; all piles, supports, bridge deck will be thrown away.
- Estimated life of a new wooden bridge is 35-50 years; estimated life of the proposed bridge is 75 years.
- County traffic count July 9-15, 2007: 6,480 average daily vehicles; 5,905 average weekday vehicles; 7,726 average weekend vehicles.
- MBIA traffic count May 26, 2012 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.: 4,138 vehicles; 688 bicycles; 21 skateboards; 372 pedestrians; traffic stopped 4:24 hours;     open 5:36 hours; 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m., traffic stopped 3:30 hours; open 2:30 hours.
- Road is almost becoming impassable in summer due to opening/closing taking so long; long lines of cars.
- Safety is most important issue for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. Complete Streets.
- Current standards: two 12 foot width lanes; two 4 foot wide shoulders.
- Main access for residents living south of Brielle Road and for Brielle and Point Pleasant emergency response.
- The County has been working out a plan for the bridge since the early 1990 Asbury Park Press, 8-17-07.
- Project authorized 4-14-94 for $1,000,000.00; studies to date over $700,000.00.
- Wooden bridge would have CCA and AZCA (arsenic).
- Brielle Resolution 8-18-03 (#111-03) and Manasquan Resolution 9-8-03 (#03-70-A) call for complete replacement of bridge.
- Manasquan Resolution 5-19-08 (#69-08) to repair, rehabilitate or replace bridge ASAP; provide for pedestrians and bicycles; preserve character; 
- Issues of public safety should be treated as paramount to other considerations.
- No more delays; we must act NOW.

Please see the MBIA Bridge Committee Presentation to Manasquan Borough Counctil on below
First row (left to right):  Linda Sims, Cara Macksoud, Bennie O'Grady, Jancie Gaswind, Julie Cocozza.  Second row:  Bette Worthe,  Bob Young, Helen Young, Heather Schofield.  Third row:  Pat Merz, Tom DeLorenzo, Mary Ryan, Al Sauer, Sue Federico, Joan Harruam, Rob Richardi.   Not pictured  Diana Carroll and John O'Grady

​Report on North Beach Ramp

Mary was previously given surveys by Tom Flarity of the properties on both sides of the North Beach Ramp. Upon review of them, they were not in agreement as to the location of the improvements along and on the 4 foot ramp. However, actual measurements between improvements on each side of the ramp indicated that the useable area was mostly 42 inches but in some places as narrow as 38 inches.

Consequently we were asked to set-up a meeting with Tom Flarity and to try to get the Borough to order its own survey to determine who was encroaching on the 4 foot width and by how much. Bob Young and I attended a meeting on September 7, 2018 with Tom Flarity, Councilman Jim Walsh, and Frank DeRomo from the Building Department.  

We were surprised to see that the Borough had done a survey of the ramp property in 2017. In addition to the 4 foot width of the Borough property for the ramp, in 1968 the Borough was granted an easement by the owner of the property on the north side of the ramp to build an 8 inch wide masonry wall on that owner’s property. Therefore, we had always assumed that the wall was properly located and that would meant that the owner on the south was the one that was encroaching into the easement. However, this survey showed that most of the wall was built within the 4 foot ramp area and not where it was supposed to have been built. Therefore, when the owner on the south fenced in his property, his fence was put mostly on his own property. The survey did show that the fence, at one point, encroaches at most .13 of a foot (which is about an inch and a half) into the ramp area. Consequently, there is no gripe as to the owner on the south. This was pointed out to the Borough in 2017 by the attorney for the owner on the north. The attorney also pointed out that it was the Borough’s obligation to maintain that wall but that the Borough had not done so since it has many cracks and deficiencies in it. The Borough advised that once they were aware of this and of what sort of cost the Borough would have to expend in order to remove and replace the wall in its proper location, they did not feel it was economically feasible for them to take any further action.

The Borough’s 2017 survey was too large for them to make a copy for us at the meeting. However, they did agree to send it out for copying and would send us a copy of it.

We did point out that the painted crosswalk at the corner of Stockton Lake Boulevard and First Avenue goes directly across the street at right angles to First Avenue and ends up misleading pedestrians that this is the place where the public ramp is located. In fact, the public ramp is several doors to the south. While MBIA has previously requested the Borough on several occasions to relocate the painted crosswalk, the Borough has never done anything about it. However, this time they agreed that they should either angle the crosswalk from the corner to the public ramp or move the crosswalk south so that it goes from the west side of First Avenue directly to the public ramp.

Alfred H. Sauer


MBIA Report - Potter's Beach Access (9/12/18)