Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees 
Minutes from the 11/9/19 Trustees Meeting 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
November 9, 2019

TRUSTEES PRESENT:  Tom DeLorenzo, Sue Federico, Janice Gaswind, Pat Merz, 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 09/14/19 meeting were approved via the internet.  

Old Business:
Review Breakfast with the Candidates. Sara Jane Millard was highly complementary of the MBIA volunteers and our organization. Al said we might want to provide candidates with questions in advance so they can obtain an understanding on the issues. Pat said it is difficult to vote on the Board of Education candidates since we don’t know many of them. She suggested we invite them in the future and they can answer questions after the formal Breakfast concludes.  
Thank you to everyone for your work on Breakfast with the Candidates
MBIA Shirt Orders – Tabled until the next meeting
Glimmer Glass Bridge – Bob mentioned there have been letters to the Editor in the Coast Star and Asbury Park Press for and against replacing the bridge. Bob and Al will collaborate on a letter on the MBIA's stand on the bridge.

Al – Finance Report. Our current bank balance as of the date of the meeting was $14.9K. Al distributed our Certificate of Incorporation dated 7/18/21.
Tom – 100th Anniversary Committee Meeting. We had a kickoff meeting last month to brainstorm. Tom, Art, Mary, Helen, Linda, Bob and Bette participated. We settled on an event probably right after the summer. If we want to promote this well we need to do it about a year out. Perhaps we could walk in a couple of the town parades. Also it was suggested an Easter Egg Hunt or attendance at a Blue Claws game would be a good idea in order to celebrate the entire year. We settled on getting the events nailed down so we could promote the events via a calendar. We are also hoping to come up with some historical documents and pictures. Al mentioned the July 4th parade would coincide almost exactly with our 100th anniversary so we should invite our members to walk with us. It was also suggested we get a banner commemorating the anniversary to use during any events during 2021.
Bob – Our survey received 96 member and 10 non-member responses. The member scores were as follows: satisfaction with the MBIA (4.7), communication (4.7) and website (4.4) on a scale of 1 – 5 with 5 being the highest. The non-member responses were approximately .6 lower across the board. 50% of all respondents would be interested in paying dues electronically. As for interest in a Facebook/Instagram page the responses were evenly split between 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. Tom Sims who was slated to brief us on how he accepts electronic payments with no administrative costs was unable to join the meeting but will join us in January. The winners of the $25 in Squan Bucks for completing the surveys were the Frank and Lafferty families.  
Bob – Brochure. Bob and Mary had agreed upon the information to be included which Bob forwarded to Rosemary. She informed Bob a few weeks ago that she had been tied up with business and would get back to him shortly.
Mary – 288 members with the last reminder letter. Rob asked if former members get Mary’s e-mail blast. Non-members get the information for 2 years after a non-renewal.

New Business:
Meeting dates for 2020 (Jan. 11, Mar. 7, May 9, July 11, Sep. 12 & Nov. 14). All meetings will be at the Life Saving Station.
Question from the Mayor about use of SBLSS. He asked if we pay to use the SBLSS and Mary indicated we make an annual donation to the Preservation Group. Pat suggested we should have pictures of every event we participate in and create a board for display. Bob said there are pictures on the website and he promised to send Pat pictures of each event.
Donation for use of First Aid Squad building for Breakfast - $150. Carried unanimously 
Donation request for Candy Cane Hunt - $200. Carried unanimously. Helen, Bob, Janice, Bennie, and Sue Sauer will give out the gifts.
Missing MBIA signs from boat launch sites. Mary will ask Pat Paulovich what happened to the MBIA signs at Stockton Lake and Perrine Blvd. Kevin Thompson doesn’t know what happened to the signs and the Borough may have to procure new ones.  
Bonfire relocation – The bonfire on the night before Thanksgiving will be at one of the parks east of the Creek. It has previously been held at Mallard Park which is currently undergoing renovation.
Parking lot kiosks – Probably coming in 2021 to the town beach area lots. Cost will be around $150k. This is in the beginning planning state.

Items from the Floor:
Bob reviewed his August meeting with Tom Flarity, Pip Ertle and Frank DiRoma.
Mural – Mary to contact Brett to have the mural removed for the winter.

The meeting was adjourned.

Candy Cane Hunt – 12/6/19; rain date 12/13/19

Christmas House Tour 12/14/19 4 – 8 p.m. Helen suggested getting tickets early because the Woman's Club president feels the event will sell out.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on January 11, 2020 at 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)