Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees 
Minutes from the 3/12/22 Trustees Meeting 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
March 12, 2022

TRUSTEES PRESENT:  Jessica Burke, John Casey, Julie Cocozza, Sue Federico, Janice Gaswind, Lisa Haas, Carol Kirkman, Pat Merz, Bennie O’Grady, John O’Grady, Mary Ryan, Al Sauer, Linda Sims, Helen Young and Bob Young

Mary Ryan opened the meeting at 8:30 am. She welcomed Carol Kirkman who did a tremendous amount of work on our 100th anniversary committee. Carol indicated her willingness to join the board. Carol was unanimously elected to the Trustees. Carol and Lisa asked about purchasing Trustee t-shirts which are $19. Julie will check to see what sizes we have available and let them know.
The minutes of the 1/8/22 meeting were approved via the internet.  

Old Business:
Pink Pineapple Surf Camp. Mary to contact Pip before the next meeting.
Meeting Locations for 2022 – Borough Hall. Helen received approval from Barbara Ilaria to use the Council Chamber for our remaining 2022 meetings.

Finances – Al Sauer. Current balance is $7,836.37. The Doug Anderson check has been cashed. 
Bathroom repairs at Ocean Ave & Brielle Rd. – Al Sauer. The Council agenda listed an approval to repair the Ocean Ave and Brielle Road bathrooms. Al inquired about what it was about and he was referred to Frank DiRoma to review the contracts which were both about $40k each. Al questioned why we would spend $40k to repair the Brielle Road trailer when we could buy a new one. It was initially leased but the town subsequently purchased the trailer. Frank indicated a new trailer would cost over $150k. They are installing new toilets, sinks and floors. DiRoma had gotten 2 bids for the work. The firm that performed the work on Main St. building was double the bid submitted by Mark Herrmann. The Borough removed the bathrooms from the Sea Watch development plans. Al had questioned why the ladies room is not larger than the men’s room. Helen will bring up this issue at the Citizen’s Advisory Committee later this month.  
Volunteer Day – Bob Young. 2022 projects, signs. SBLSS base. Bob indicated he has approximately 40 volunteers of which close to 40% are first time volunteers. March 18 is the registration deadline to ensure volunteers receive a Rich Leonard designed tee shirt. Bob has had a tough time getting the Borough to commit to additional tasks. DPW and Rec have nothing for us to work on. He is waiting to hear back from Doug Anderson and Ethan Kotar on the Sea Watch restrooms. Under Lisa’s direction we will be cleaning up and planting the area adjacent to the beach garage. Bob will power wash around the SBLSS. A member suggested a clean-up at the beach chapel. Mary and Bob agreed this was fine as long as the MBIA didn’t spend money on plants, shrubs, etc. Bob contacted Fr. Bill, the pastor, who enthusiastically accepted the offer. Bob also asked him if he knew of anyone in town who needed some help outside their house who couldn’t perform the work due to physical or financial reasons. The St. Denis youth group used to do this prior to the pandemic. Bob is waiting for his response. The bottom line is while we will have a number of folks who can assist with a beach clean-up Bob thinks we need a few more tasks because he knows some of the volunteers want something more physical. SBLSS will be the base on 5/21. Discussion took place on what Ethan told Bob in the fall that they planned to repurpose the badge collection booths to the 4 parking lots. Helen and Bob designed signs including the QR Code to be displayed where volunteer work is being performed 
Membership – John Casey. Update & Business Cards. John purchased 1000 cards for $80. John and his committee came up with a great design with the QR code on the back of the card. The committee is trying to narrow down a list of initiatives for this year: He encouraged all members to participate in the Clean Ocean 4/9 beach clean-up wearing their shirts. If we have enough volunteers on 5/21 we may conduct another beach clean-up or possibly around the Stockton Lake area. The committee suggested another mass mailing, monthly social hour at a local establishment for members, increasing dues, and Facebook postings. Committee would take responsibility for posting our activities on “Overheard in Manasquan” and via email. Trustees are okay with supporting the 4/9 Ocean Sweep, and our own 5/21 clean-up if we have enough volunteers. Bob will touch base with Council to see if the Borough would want us to clean up around Stockton Lake. In connection with a mass mailing Lisa proposed using postcards vs. letters. Al would be interested in seeing how the other activities aid in generating membership vs. an annual mass mailing. For renewals we will send out emails twice and then a letter if they don’t renew. The Membership Committee will use “Overheard In Manasquan”. We decided no mailing this spring but will revisit in spring on 2023. Julie suggested we send a letter to the Coast Star. Trustees voted we are okay with a monthly social event at a local bar. Al doesn’t think we need to have a fundraising event for additional income. Lisa and Helen said we could do a charity drive. John suggested we raise the dues from $20 to $25. Lisa stated folks have questioned what they get for their $20. Sue suggested we should hold the line on dues this year with rising prices which the Trustees supported.

New Business:
Tom DeLorenzo resignation letter. Tom has left a legacy with his organization skills on several projects. He interfaced with town officials. Tom is a calm and effective leader. He will be missed.
New swing set for beach. We are getting the swing set that we had provided ½ of the funds for a number of years ago.  
Carmen Triggiano – Will be made the acting DPW head
Increase dues for 2022? The Trustees decided not to increase at this time.
Annual meeting date & guests. John to check if June 18 is available at the First Aid Squad Building. 6/25 is the back-up date. Invitees will include Donovan, Flarity, Bauer, Read, Tucker, and Anderson.
Beach budget meeting today – Art Ryan attended. Art indicated they are proposing hiring additional people to keep the restrooms clean during the day.
Pre-season meeting with Tom Flarity and other town officials to continue discussing issues to the Borough and MBIA 
Pre-season meeting with Chief Bauer and members? Mike offered to do this with Inlet and 2nd Ave/Main residents. Mary will contact the Chief and he will decide if the groups should be combined or separate.
Volunteerism – this is our effort to improve our town. If it means we are working alongside people who are paid that is okay. Mary doesn’t want people to think that they have to volunteer. They need to be comfortable with what they are doing. Lisa thinks our members are looking for more opportunities to get involved.

New Business:
John mentioned the Council has allocated $100k+ for First Aid. They are contracting with Belmar to service Sea Girt and Manasquan. It includes having $95k a year employees with benefits. Belmar, which currently has a paid squad, wants to expand with other towns since they are currently losing money. Brielle, Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights are not going to get involved. The Sea Girt Council is opposed but their Business Administrator and Chief are in favor. Volunteers will still be in Manasquan. Currently the Manasquan Squad has no problem staffing from 6 pm - 6 am with volunteers. But the other daytime hours are an issue. There is a question of when patients will get billed. Currently, there is no billing occurring with the volunteer squad.

The meeting was adjourned.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on May 14 at 8:30 a.m. at Borough Hall

Future 2022 Trustee Meetings on 7/9, 9/10 & 11/12.

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: John Casey: Second row (left to right): Bennie O'Grady, Pat Merz, Heather Schofield; Third row:  Sue Federico, Janice Gaswind, Mary Ryan; Fourth row: Jessica Burke, Julie Cocozza, Al Sauer; Fifth row: Tom DeLorenzo, Rob Richardi, Helen Young; Sixth row: Bob Young, Bette Worth, Linda Sims.  Not pictured John O'Grady, Lisa Haas and Carol Kirkman.

​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)