Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees 
Minutes from the 5/11/19 Trustees Meeting 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
May 11, 2019

TRUSTEES PRESENT:  Diana Carroll, Julie Cocozza, Tom DeLorenzo, Sue Federico, Janice Gaswind, Pat Merz, Cara Macksoud, Bennie O’Grady, John O’Grady, Rob Richardi, Mary Ryan, Al Sauer, Linda Sims, Bette Worth, Helen Young and Bob Young.

Mary Ryan opened the meeting at 8:30 am. She mentioned there is a lot going on in town in connection with the 6/4 primary which will decide the mayoral race since the Republicans do not have a candidate.

The minutes of the 3/9/19 meeting were approved via the internet.  

Old Business:
Annual Meeting on June 15, 2019 at First Aid Building. Attendees include: Ed Donovan, Mike Mangan, Pip Ertle, Mike Bauer and Chris Tucker. Mary asked if we should invite Tom Flarity and the Trustees agreed. Our usual set-up committee will assist beginning at 8 p.m. Bette Worth has gotten the sound system from Alex and will bring it to the meeting. Al will store the sound system. Bob interjected that we have 7 Trustees with expiring terms who all wish to be re-nominated. There are 6 Trustees with terms expiring in 2020 and 5 in 2021. For load balancing we will nominate our newest Trustee (Tom DeLorenzo) to a 2 year term so we have 6 Trustees whose terms are expiring each year from 2020 – 2022.  
Recycling Presentation Recap with representatives from Monmouth County. Unfortunately, attendees left as confused as when they arrived. There was too much history and there wasn’t a clear picture of what should be recycled. In a change occurring after the meeting, the Recycling Center can no longer take shredder paper since it can jam up the machines. Rumor is eventually we may not be able to recycle glass. The County is exploring the option of creating their own recycling plant which would be at least 2 years away. The town has requested homeowners use blue recycling cans. Bob and Mary also attended a meeting town officials held with realtors that spelled out many of the recycling rules.

Volunteer Day – Bob. We have thirty volunteers and plan to paint all fire hydrants and most street markers from the creek to the railroad tracks. Also paint the doors of the Brielle Road restrooms, power wash the ramp at the back of the SBLSS and touch up the hydrants east of the creek. Yesterday Mary and Bob got a e-mail from Pip asking if we could paint a new shed at Mallard Park. Bob thinks it is no better than 50/50 given the number of available volunteers. Unfortunately the supplies are on back order according to Kevin Thompson which includes the spray we need to apply all of the street markers to remove mold & mildew. This has to be done prior to next Saturday weather permitting. Brett Nielsen gave Bob paint for the bathroom doors which Bob later realized was latex. He went to Moran’s and had Brian Moran mix Rustoleum to match the existing color since it didn’t make sense to paint rusting doors with latex paint. Brian has been refusing to take money on numerous occasions for supplies because our projects are town related and done by volunteers. Al made a motion that we purchase a $100 gift card for Brian which was passed unanimously.  
Mural Plaque – Helen. Pip told Mary he would like to move the mural to the base of the Inlet restrooms. Mary said we received Council approval to locate it on the drab concrete wall. A plaque was procured from Kiefer Trophy Awards in Wall and given to Brett. He is opposed to putting the plaque to the left of the mural and would prefer to put it on a post to the right of the mural assuming it remains in the original position. We all agreed the plaque should be located on the left. Helen pointed out the people stand behind the wall for pictures and that option would not be available in the proposed location. Plus the whole project was done to cover that particular wall because it was unattractive and occasionally painted with graffiti.  
Summer Party – Pat. There was a meeting on Thursday night to begin planning for the party. The team decided to stick with the same cost with people looking at food, music, etc. Pat mentioned we will need to procure insurance for the event. Al is aware. Pat mentioned we have our ABC license and Council approval. The proposed theme is "Manasquan Beach Is Awesome" (MBIA). They will have another meeting at the end of June. There was a Kentucky Derby party last weekend at the Life Saving Station that was very well done although it was very crowded with card tables in the main room. It was suggested we have fewer tables at the MBIA party and restrict the number of attendees to around 75. Helen mentioned at the Kentucky Derby party each person got two tickets for drinks and suggested the committee give that some thought in order to control the amount of wine and beer they would need.  
MHS Surf Team Donation – Julie. Al gave Julie a check for $250. We will get a nice spot for our logo on the tee shirts that will be distributed during the 8/10 event.
Cost of Tables for First Aid Squad – John. From Costco they are $250 each. Bob mentioned we failed to make a donation to the Squad last year after our annual meeting. Bob made a motion we authorize John to purchase and donate 2 tables which was approved unanimously.
MBIA swing set donation money/current funds – Al. Mary questioned the use of the funds we collected to purchase swings. We had raised about $5k and each set cost approximately $3k. Al mentioned to the mayor in at the dedication the remaining funds would be a down payment for another set. The check was made payable to the Manasquan Beach Restoration Fund. The extra money was used for other purposes. Al spoke to Mark Kittrick and he stated he would take the issue up with mayor and Council since there should be enough money in the beach budget to purchase another set.
Drawbridge Update – Al. The County representative reported the Coast Guard now has to have a navigation study to ensure a movable bridge will not interfere with navigation. The County must now find the money for the study.  
Membership Update/Reminder Letter – Mary. Last year we had a final total of 299 members. So far this year we have 183 active members including 5 that are brand new. The membership letter just went out a couple of weeks ago, so this number will increase. Cara volunteered to assist in growing the number. Mary said Cara could assist for next year's drive. Bob mentioned we need new trustee shirts for Cara, Tom and Heather. 

New Business:
Tourism Request for July 4th donation - $300. Bob made a motion that was unanimously approved.
Relocation of the Inlet Mural. We want to keep it where it is and mount the plaque on the wall to the left side of the mural as discussed above.
Summer Kick-off Cocktail Party/Memorial Day Weekend Activities. Mary distributed via e-mail details on all of the holiday activities. Bob mentioned he added the 2019 beach calendar to the MBIA website.
MBIA 100th Anniversary. The MBIA was founded on May 7,1921. Al mentioned to Mary we might want to have a special event to commemorate it. Mary thinks we might want to make a special gift to the Borough. She asked the Trustees to think about both possibilities. Tom suggested a town wide event which could also serve to stimulate membership. Al suggested we include this in our correspondence with the membership.
Plastic Bag Ban/Environmental Commission. The Borough has banned Styrofoam. Mary was wondering if we want to get involved in banning plastic bags. Mary said straws are really a small problem and she wants to know if we should ask the Borough to ban one use plastic bags in line with Belmar, Bradley, Monmouth Beach and Point Pleasant Beach among others. Mary wants the Trustees to think about it and discuss at the next meeting. Al said we could just present to the Council. Cara suggested we encourage merchants to use reusable bags. Linda said she has a number of friends who were members and question what the MBIA does, so it would be helpful if we do something visible. Giving out reusable bags with the MBIA logo at Big Sea Day would work well. Cara will get pricing for 500 or 1000 bags and also on a variety of items. Bennie said we could also incorporate this in the 100th year celebration.  
Vote on June 4
Bennie asked if the information on the lighting was presented to the Council. Mary stated it was but we have not heard any feedback. Mary can bring it up again.

The meeting was adjourned.

Dates of interest:
Our Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, June 15 at 9 a.m. at the Manasquan First Aid Squad at 65 Broad St.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on July 13 at 8:30 a.m. at the Squan Beach Life Saving Station. Remaining dates are 9/14 & 11/9.

MBIA Volunteer Day 5/18/19 meeting at SBLSS beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Summer Party – Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 at SBLSS

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)