Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees Attending our 2017 Annual Meeting
Minutes from the 7/8/17 Trustees Meeting 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
July 8, 2017

TRUSTEES PRESENT:  Diana Carroll, Julie Cocozza, Sue Federico, Janice Gaswind, Joan Harriman, Pat Merz, Bennie O’Grady, John O’Grady, Rob Richardi, Mary Ryan, Al Sauer, Helen Young and Bob Young 

Mary Ryan opened the meeting at 8:30 am. 

The minutes of the 05/14/17 meeting were approved via the internet.  

Old Business:
Recap Annual Meeting: thank you for sound system, set-up, clean-up, etc; comments. Thank you to Alex and John for the sound system. We have to ensure everyone speaking uses the microphone going forward. Also, remind folks to hold the microphone close to their mouths. Mary thanked everyone for the set-up and clean-up. Bob mentioned we are missing most of the pedestrian crossing signs on First Ave. Jeff Lee said at the annual meeting they were ordering new signs but they had not come in. Mary said she would discuss with Jeff. Julie suggested also discussing with Greg Oliviera as well since he is the liaison with the police. Mary will send an email to both Jeff and Greg.  
Coast Star coverage of Annual Meeting and Bike Parade. There were a couple of minor discrepancies including the misspelling of Bennie’s name. Pat suggested that we spread out the bikes more in the parade. The Coast Star mentioned the MBIA for our support and had several pictures of the decorated bikes and riders.  
Summer Party at Life Saving Station. Joan & Mary visit, date, program, committee. We will go with Sunday August 27 from 4-6. We need to procure a tent, tables, chairs, wine, beer and finger food including fruit. Committee to determine if entertainment is warranted. An event liquor license is also required. Sue to head committee which includes Mary, Julie, Pat and Bennie. Mary will submit the paperwork required for the venue and liquor license. There was discussion on Fran Drew giving a talk on her personal history of Manasquan. We voted to suggest Fran procure the room at the Algonquin for such a talk on her own and the MBIA would send out information to members as a courtesy.  
Mural Painting Project – official name, special paint (Rob), local support. Joan suggested Manasquan Inlet Mural as the official name. Rob provided material on anti-graffiti paint. He suggested we use the clear coating. Any graffiti can be power washed off. Rob will be the liaison with the MHS Art Department. Julie offered to assist if needed. The anti-graffiti coating may require special handling of a professional. Rob will investigate this.
Potter’s Beach access. The homeowner’s lawyers are meeting with the Borough attorney on the issue. On the one side the wall has been there a long time. Pat believes any changes on either side are going to be very extensive.
After discussion we are going to compile a list of houses in disrepair. Diana to coordinate list and forward to Mary. Trustees agreed to provide the addresses to Diana within two weeks. Mary will discuss with Jim Walsh.  
Meeting schedule for 2017: September 9; November 11.  

Al – Finances. The bank balance is looking good. We currently have $15.8K.
Mary – Membership Data. We have 308 members with 47 from last year who have not renewed. New members: 89 from our letter and 15 with the newspaper advertisement.
Bennie – Beachwalk Lighting. A discussion took place at our last Trustee Meeting about possibly suggesting to the town replacing the beachwalk lighting with more attractive lights. Bennie contacted 7 towns concerning the lights on the boardwalks north of Manasquan. Two towns own, two lease and we are awaiting responses from 3 other towns. Bennie has information on the purchase cost vs. leasing. We will review at the Sept. meeting after getting responses from the other towns. Rob suggested we determine the distance between the poles in each of the other towns because of safety issues of properly lighting the beachwalk. Al suggested we meet with the JCP&L contact to get more information before bringing up the issue to the town. Bennie, Al and Rob would participate in the meeting. Bennie will follow up.

New Business:
Trustee Vicki Buonomo death, contribution. Vicki was a devoted trustee who resigned several years ago because of health issues. We voted to make a $100 donation to the American Cancer Society.
Voted to donate $150 to the Manasquan First Aid Squad for use of the building in connection with our Annual Meeting.
Volunteers for Inlet Celebration car check-in on 7/18/17. John, Rob, Sue and Julie will work on it.  
Volunteers for Tattoo Table & House Contest on Big Sea Day, 8/12/17. John suggested that we send an e-mail to all members asking for volunteers for the Tattoo Table. We will need to procure tattoos if we are going to continue to do this in the future.
Planning for House Decorating Contest east of Watson’s Creek to be run by the MBIA:
    oAdvertising: Coast Star ad and article, fliers, MBIA Website, etc. 
    oContestants must register via e-mail, name, address and phone number.
    oDecorating completed on Friday, August 11th at 3 p.m.
    oPrizes awarded at Saturday night beach event
    oJanice will head the judging committee. Mary, Julie, Helen and Bob will help.
Meet with Fran & Jack Drew for 3 minutes. Fran Drew would like to meet with the Board on the Bridge. Al offered to personally meet with her as head of our bridge committee but has not heard back. He will represent the Board if there is a discussion and report to the whole Board if there is any new pertinent information.  
Breakfast with the Candidates – 10/21 at the Woman’s Club with 10/14 as the back-up date. (Sue was able to reserve the building for 10/21.)
Items from the Floors:
Diana brought up Alex’s issue concerning the Inlet rocks. She said there are many teenagers walking out to the end of the jetty with their backpacks and suggested individuals keep an eye on what is going on. Mary said we can’t control but if we see anything unusual to contact the police.
Diana indicated that Algonquin Arts camp was excellent.
Janice indicated there are a number of bikes on the boardwalk at night with the lights out. Bob mentioned a number of people were changing their clothes on the beach around 4:30 p.m. on 7/4.

The meeting was adjourned.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on Sept 9 at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Chamber at Borough Hall. 

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
Kneeling (left to right):  Bob Young, Julie Cocozza, Standing: Alex Worth, Linda Sims, Janice Gaswind, Joan Harriman, Helen Young, Bette Worth, Sue Federico, Mary Ryan, Bennee O'Grady, John O'Grady, Pat Merz, Al Sauer.  Not pictured Rob Richard & Diana Carroll.