Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees 
Minutes from the 1/12/19 Trustees Meeting 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
January 12, 2019

TRUSTEES PRESENT:  Julie Cocozza, Sue Federico, Janice Gaswind, Pat Merz, 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 11/10/18 meeting were approved via the internet.  

Old Business:
Thank you Janice (Joe), Bennie and Diana (Bill) for handling out gifts for Candy Cane Hunt. 
Thank you from Chamber of Commerce for Candy Cane Hunt donations
Meeting with Tom Flarity on 11/1/6/18 to discuss summer issues. The following beach issues were discussed Absence of bike police and beach officers along beachfront, lack of bike officers and golf cart crews for beach walk enforcement of ordinances (dogs, bikes, skateboards, etc.) once beach closes at 5:30, alcohol consumption on the beach, lifeguards at quitting time leaving beach without whistle notice to people in the water (at MBIA Annual Meeting we were advised this would happen every day), taking down lifeguard stand and removing equipment 30-45 minutes before beach closing, single lifeguard chasing umbrella while leaving water unattended, deteriorating doors on public restrooms at Brielle Rd Comfort Station, who is responsible for weeding the plants on the wall adjacent to the 2nd Ave Beach garage? MBIA suggests pedestrian crossing signs at Third Ave & Brielle Rd as well as Second Ave at Stockton & Riddle next summer and given the Governor's smoking ban on beaches next year are there any plans on how this will be enforced and how the Borough will set-up no more than 15% of the beach for smoking. Police issues discussed were as follows: A resident calls police with a noise complaint, police arrive and music turned down and once police leave the music volume is turned up. Why can't bike police return in a few minutes to verify compliance vs. having homeowner call the dispatcher a second time? No police presence at Inlet for crowd control on 9/2 after Jenkinson's fireworks, are the cameras at the Inlet not working? people using cell phones while walking and/or cycling, absence of lights on bikes for night-time cycling, people jumping off bridges, vehicles on the east side of First Ave are overhanging the white line which we believe this is due to the fact vehicles are getting longer, and crossing guard walking children across Main St./Route 71 intersection when light is not red. Code issues included if you kick the trash bags at certain homes on a Sunday night you hear the glass and aluminum rattle, can the Code Department issue a summons if a resident never recycles? If code is notified of a recycling issue on Sunday night the material is picked up before Borough employees begin work at 8:30. Residents are not sure how to handle, An owner reported clean-up items blocking the sidewalk on 9/4, They were told a summons was issued but it does not appear on the Violations List, if a complaint is submitted via the website, should at a response &/or resolution be expected?
Bob to follow-up with Tom on the issues list before we notify our members of our interaction with Borough officials.
DeLisa contract – Bob. Bob initially contacted Jeff Lee after the September meeting on recycling and trash issues. We offered to advise members that the bulk pick-up is not Labor Day week and to have realtors advise renters of the latest rules. Later it was determined that Frank DiRoma was the Borough employee responsible for both contracts. Bob subsequently received a copy of the trash and recycling contracts from Tom Flarity. Bob sent Tom a message indicating there were a couple of things that were taking place that did not appear to be in the contract. Tom sent an e-mail that they needed to talk about recent trash/recycling developments. Bob to follow-up. Heather to follow-up with Frank DiRoma on the recycling rules. Al pointed out that the 2019 recycling documentation we just received needs to be updated for plastic and what is and is not accepted. Mary to pursue a meeting on this topic.
Swings. Mary to follow-up. We donated more money than was needed for the new swing sets after Sandy. We told the town to keep the extra money for an additional swing set they were going to purchase but never did. Mary to approach the Borough since she was told there is no money to repair the existing damaged swings. Where did the money go? Al to verify who he made the check payable to and the amount we donated.

Bob – website. Website hits were down a little vs. 2017. Bob discovered if you log into the website from the same device multiple times in a day it only counts as one hit which doesn’t seem right.
Al – finances. We currently have $14.7K in the treasury.
Glimmer Glass Bridge - Al to follow-up with a county engineer to obtain as update.

New Business:
Beach & Recreation Committee – Michael Mangan, Joe Bossone & Rich Read are on the committee with Mangan being the chairman.
Code & Zoning Committee – Jay Bryant, Jim Walsh & Joe Bossone are on the committee with Bryant being the chairman.
Recycling update/public meeting? Mary to touch base with county officials.
MBIA Volunteer Day – 5/18/19. Rich Leonard will be again be providing shirts to the volunteers. Bob has received a number of responses from people who have volunteered.
Summer Party – The trustees agreed that a repeat at the Life Saving Station worked well. We agreed to shoot for Saturday, August 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Pat will chair and get the date cleared with the Borough.
$100 donation to SBLSSPC for use of meeting room. Unanimously approved.  

Items from the Floor:
“Kindness Kits” from the MHS students through 2/9. Janice mentioned the endeavor to assist the homeless in NYC. Items included gloves, socks, feminine products, etc.
State Attorney General filed a suit to block the permits for deep water soundings off the coast.  
Bob added a link to the website for the Mid-Winter Run which benefits that First Aid Squad. John mentioned the Squad needs new 8’ tables. Bob to price out at Costco and we can discuss at the next meeting.  
Helen mentioned the Citizens Advisory Committee does not seem to have any people living at the beach area involved. Apparently there is one member already and Mary indicated Art Ryan has been asked to participate as well.  

The meeting was adjourned.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on March 9 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
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 Richardi, Diana Carroll, Heather Schofield and Cara Macksoud

​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)