Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees 
Minutes from the 9/08/18 Trustees Meeting 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
September 8, 2018

TRUSTEES PRESENT:   Julie Cocozza, Janice Gaswind, 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 07/14/18 meeting were approved via the internet.  

Old Business:
Thank you for volunteer services over the summer.  
Manasquan Maritime Memories. Mary read Judy Richardson’s letter in connection with the party that was published in the Coast Star. Pat Merz dropped off her report to Mary prior to the meeting Attendees: 50 members, 14 guests, 3 walk-ins and 6 no-shows. Total expenses $2,093. Receipts: $1,845. Pat and the Trustees felt the event was a success. Pat felt the reasons for the success of the event were good weather, good food from Max Devros, having the food served which eliminated a bottleneck in the conference room, the two hour timeframe, limited seating so people mingled, good music and a good committee. Mary Ware and her committee mulched prior to the event and it looked very nice.
Inlet Mural installation and dedication report – Helen. With Janice's help, the ceremony went very well. We had excellent attendance including the 3 art teachers and 3 of the 6 students. Helen had a picture framed and will deliver it to MHS. The mayor as well as Councilmen Read & Mangan attended. The public reaction has been very positive. The mural will be removed in the Fall and reinstalled in the Spring because of concerns about vandalism. The plaque is outstanding and will be ordered before the mural is reinstalled next Spring. Helen and Janice never heard anything back from B&B trophies after arranging to have a draft produced for approval, although a number of follow-ups have been attempted. Helen will find another vendor. Brent Nielson expressed concern vandals would pull any plaque off the wall but the Trustees feel it is necessary so people know MHS and the MBIA were involved.  
Potter’s Beach Ramp report – Al and Bob met with Tom Flarity, Jim Walsh and Frank DiRoma. On the conference room table they had a survey from last year of the walkway. This is what we were going to request. It turns out the town built the wall in the right of way even though they had an easement to build onto the north property by 8”. The owner to the south is encroaching by about 2”. Bottom line is the town looked at it and decided they don’t want to spend the money to construct a new wall where it should have been. Al mentioned the crosswalk from Stockton across First Ave. should be put in the right place vs. directing pedestrians to a garage. The town officials agreed to make the change.

Bob – Website hits are down slightly vs. 2017. A member suggested he should be able to pay through the website, but we do not have the functionality.  
Mary – membership – 298. Last year we had 332.  
Julie - We were one of the sponsors of the MHS surfing event on Big Sea Day. Julie displayed the tee shirt from the event and our logo was prominently displayed on the back.

New Business:
New signs along Beachfront indicating there is no swimming. Bob indicated they are putting them out each day. Linda mentioned during the summer, the lifeguards did not blow their whistles when they were leaving the beach as we were told they would at the MBIA Annual Meeting.  
Summer overview. Bob said there was a lack of enforcement on the beach and walk. People walking with alcohol on the beach walk. Last Sunday there was a group of 100+ young people at the Inlet at 10 p.m. A couple of the kids had removed metal signs and were banging them into the gazebo with the other kids cheering them on. The police were called and the kids disbursed. Earlier that day at 4 p.m., Bob observed 5 young men on the beach carrying a 13 gallon plastic bag half full of beer cans and bottles. The golf cart at night during the summer is parked at the beach office and not going up and down the walk. There is little enforcement of bikes, skate boards and dogs on the walk between 9 a.m. – 6 a.m. After discussion it was agreed we would come up with a list of issues to review with Borough officials. Bob suggested after the meeting we send our members an e-mail to make them aware of the issues we discussed with the Borough. Another issue raised was about the fence at the bridge on Main Street. The fence is owned by the county via an agreement with the owner of the property. The county and owner would have to agree to have the fence removed. So there is nothing the town officials can do.
Comments/complaints/suggestions from residents. It seems the Borough is reactive vs. proactive. The Tuesday after Labor Day is an embarrassment. Does the Borough have a contract with DeLisa to pick-up the Tuesday after Memorial and Labor Days?  
Breakfast with the Candidates date. Saturday, October 13 at 9 a.m. Linda to try to book the Woman’s Club. (Following the meeting, the Woman's Club has been booked.)
MBIA hosting a Monmouth County Recycle presentation for community. We discussed the confusion in connection with what to recycle. Mary suggested the MBIA have someone from Monmouth County address the requirements as a community service. Mary to contact the County and Bob will contact Greg Love, Environment Commission chair, to see if they want to participate. (Following the meeting Greg agreed to have the EC partner with the MBIA). Heather questioned why Code is not checking the recycling on Sunday night or early Monday morning. Many people are putting all of their recycling in black bags. We discussed an OPRA request on trash and recycling summons issued this year. We will request a meeting with the Mayor and Council reps for DPW and Code. Mary, Bob and Heather to participate in this meeting to review recycling and issues from the summer.

Items from the Floor:
A question was raised on why the Borough has not replaced missing swings on the beach. Also, we offered to paint the rusting bathroom doors at the Brielle Road Comfort Station as part of our Volunteer Day, but the borough officials wanted to do it with their workforce. The painting has not occurred.

The meeting was adjourned.

Breakfast with the Candidates will take place on Saturday, October 13 at 9 a.m. at the Manasquan Woman’s Club on 62 Main St.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on November 10 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 Richard, Diana Carroll and Heather Schofield,