Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees 
Minutes from the 11/10/18 Trustees Meeting 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
November 10, 2018

TRUSTEES PRESENT:  Julie Cocozza, Sue Federico, Janice Gaswind, Joan Harriman, Pat Merz, Bennie O’Grady, John O’Grady, Rob Richardi, Mary Ryan, Al Sauer, Heather Schofield, Bette Worth, Helen Young and Bob Young.

Mary Ryan opened the meeting at 8:30 am.

The minutes of the 9/8/18 meeting were approved via the internet.  

Old Business:
Thank you, Al, for written report on North Beach Ramp which Helen distributed with the minutes on 11/9.
Thank you, everyone, for assistance with Breakfast with the Candidates. Appreciation to all who helped with the setup and Bob for MC'ing the questioning.
Channel 77 video of the Breakfast was not broadcast because Rob was not sure if turned out okay. There was discussion concerning whether we should obtain a copy of the video and put it on YouTube. Mary will file an OPRA request so we can evaluate the quality of the video.  
Meeting with Tom Flarity on 11/15/18 to discuss summer issues. Bob, Heather and Mary will meet with Tom. Issues discussed at this and subsequent meetings will be sent out to members so they are aware that their concerns have been addressed.
Recycling meeting for the public. Donna Phelps had given Mary the name of a contact in Monmouth County. Bob had approached Greg Love, Chair of Manasquan Environmental Commission, to see if he would partner with us. He responded they would. Bob followed-up a couple of weeks ago and Greg said the EC was going to host a meeting in November without our assistance. Bob indicated a spring meeting would be for MBIA. Subsequent discussion with Greg indicated other groups including the Woman’s Club and Sea Lavender Club had also requested a meeting.
Bob contacted Jeff Lee after our last meeting. It turns out the Code Department not DPW is responsible for the DeLisa contract for garbage and recycling collection. Jeff and Tom Flarity thanked us for expressing our concerns. Tom told Bob Frank DiRoma would be contacting him after his meeting with DeLisa. Al suggested Mary issue a OPRA request to get a copy of the contract.
Tattoo Report – John indicated we used 138 tattoos in spite of the poor weather. We have 1,639 tattoos in stock but we need to find some more popular ones.  
Missing swings on 2 of the beachfront swing sets which was raised by Al. Mary contacted Pip who contacted Brett on the issue. He is going to investigate.  

Bob – website. The hits continue to be down slightly over last year.
Mary – Memberships 299

New Business:
Trustee Vote for Cara Macksoud. Approved unanimously. Mary will inform Cara.
Storage for Inlet Mural. The Beach Department will remove the mural, store it and put it back up before Memorial Day. At that time, we will have a plaque installed indicating that the MBIA, as well as MHS, was involved in the production of the mural.
Request for $200 Candy Cane Hunt donation – 11/30/18. Trustees approved expenditure via e-mail. Janice and Benny will distribute at Dietrich’s. Mary to send out e-mail to members to see if one or two people are interested in assisting with gift distribution. Bob will also put request on website.  
Proposed meeting dates for 2019: January 12, March 9, May 11, July 13, September 14, and November 9. Helen will prepare and submit paperwork to the Borough for use of the Life Saving Station for the meetings in 2019.

Items from the Floor:
Julie mentioned the MHS surf team won their 5th straight title in Spring Lake. Fifteen schools from NJ and NY competed.  
Volunteer Day 2019 – Bob asked if we wanted to pursue. Trustees agreed. Bob will send Mary a message to distribute to the membership soliciting input for activities in January.  

The meeting was adjourned.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on January 12 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)