Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees Attending our 2017 Annual Meeting
Minutes from the 9/9/17 Trustees Meeting 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
September 9, 2017

TRUSTEES PRESENT:  Diana Carroll, Julie Cocozza, Sue Federico, Janice Gaswind, Joan Harriman, Pat Merz, Mary Ryan, Al Sauer, Linda Sims, Alex Worth, Bette Worth, Helen Young and Bob Young 

Mary Ryan opened the meeting at 8:30 am.  

The minutes of the 07/08/17 meeting were approved via the internet. Mary welcomed Heather Schofield who joined us for the meeting.  

Old Business:
Thank you to volunteers for the Inlet Celebration car check-in. John mentioned to Bob that next year we need to how many extra spots there are to ensure all registered vehicles have a spot. This year a number of unregistered vehicles came.
Thank you to Big Sea Day volunteers: Tattoo Table Artists (highest number ever of tattoos applied to children!). We had an initial inventory of 675, we applied 226 and have 449 remaining. We will need to replenish the stock for next year.  
Judges for the House Decorating Contest (two ads, only four entries). The event was advertised through a letter to the MBIA members, two ads in the Coast Star and a letter to the editor. Bob suggested we consider a theme if we do it next year and also consider judging at night since the lights at the O’Grady’s were outstanding. Bob gave out the awards at the podium in front of the beach office. The winners were delighted to receive Manasquan Bucks.
No Summer Party at SBLSS – refurbishment completion date was too late for us to hold our party there.
Party at Sea Watch property – too ambitious for time frame. Although Council was receptive, there were requirements that would have taken too much time to work out. Al volunteered to provide security in the future. Will be addressed in greater detail at the January meeting. Helen suggested the theme of "No Shoe Party" since the tent would be on the sand.  
Potter’s Beach access. There appears to be miscommunication between Borough Departments. There is a 4 ft. right of way and the neighbors on both sides have encroached.  
Fran & Jack Drew did not follow up on Al’s offer to meet on the Bridge for 3 minutes.
Thank you from Cancer Society for a donation in Vicki Buonomo's name.  
Meeting schedule for 2017: Nov. 11, Breakfast with the Candidates – October 21, 2017. Mary will notify the candidates of the date and invite them to the event.

Finances – Al. Donation to First Aid was made. Also, Al said we received a letter from the bank asking for our Federal Identification Number which he obtained. The current signers on the account are Al, 2 deceased people and a name Al did not recognize. We need to open a new account and name the signatories. We decided the signatories should be the President and Treasurer. We opted to only have the Treasurer bonded while Al investigates the incremental cost of bonding the President. After the meeting Al and Mary will go to Provident Bank to open the new account.
Membership – Mary. We have 313 members. We still have about 50-75 people from last year who did not renew. A final letter will go out this week.
Beachwalk lighting – Al. Bennie, Al and Rob met with JCPL on 8/31. They learned that the JCPL representative felt we probably will not like any of the lights they have available. Manasquan Borough does not own the lights on the beach. They are owned by JCPL. We pay $9 each month for the usage of each of the 27 poles. The decorative lights are 16’ high vs. the 30’ high lights we now have. Al and Rob are consulting with engineers to determine how much light may go into resident’s first floor. The other towns with decorative lighting don’t have houses close to the lights. Lights would cost about $2K each to install. If we don’t like the JCPL lights the Borough would have to buy lights from a different supplier. We need to determine if the 16’ lights will throw enough light so we would not have to install additional lights. On the topic of lights being out on the boardwalk, JCPL requires a call to have the lights fixed. The town or individuals may make the calls.  
Website hits – Bob. The year-to-date figures are in line with 2014 & 2016.

New Business:
Summer Recap. The Borough never added pedestrian walking signs to the locations we requested: Brielle & 3rd, Riddle & 2nd and Stockton & 2nd. Diana discussed the extended ramps at Whiting and Pompano which now have people dropping off in the middle of the road. We need to follow-up on the ramps they plan to work on for next summer. Bob, Mary and Helen plan to meet with Jeff Lee from the Borough Council to discuss these and additional issues in the October timeframe.  
Summer 2018 party - We will start planning at the January meeting.
Breakfast with the Candidates confirmed. Sue will coordinate refreshments. Also volunteering for set-up are Linda, Joan, Janice and Julie. Alex will bring and set-up the audio equipment.
MHS Art Department – Alexis Herman, Nicole Caravella, Carolyn Treney art teachers from Manasquan HS will work with us on the project. They will do the wall by the steps first. The wall along the inlet needs repairs before it can be painted. The teachers thought the wall would take a long time so our suggestion is to start with a background color. Mary, Joan, Alex and Julie to meet with the art teachers and possibly report on suggestions at the November meeting.
Catherine Ware “Planting Project” - Mary Ware’s daughter is working on getting her Girl Scout Gold Award and received help in beautifying the landscaping at the Life Saving Station. Several MBIA members assisted in the planting.
Confederate Flag, Dog petition. Mary spoke on both topics at different Council meetings. While the Coast Star identified her as president of the MBIA, she never mentioned this and was speaking on her own behalf. In the future, she will emphasize that she is speaking on her behalf when this occurs. Alex suggested we use Property Pilot to report pot holes. He felt we should be able to use it for code enforcement issues. Helen mentioned she has used the Borough website section called GovPilot to report issues and the town acknowledges receiving the complaint in 48 hours. She has been pleased with the quick response she received. On the dogs on the beach issue, Joan spoke with Jeff Lee and indicated many people do not want the dogs allowed on the beach for a longer period in spite of the fact there is a petition to do so. Jeff indicated they would possibly hire someone to enforce ordinances on the beach. Many Trustees felt enforcement of all ordinances is a problem.  
Joan talked about the woman advertising surfing lessons on a tent on the surfing beach. She felt this is commercializing the beach area. Also, we had an issue this year on extending the surf beach beyond the area allowed according to the agreement 2 years ago.
Hurricane Donation – Trustees agreed to donate to causes helping with hurricane relief. Several Trustees requested it be to organizations other than the Red Cross. Mary proposed we consider a place where we could donate either money or supplies at the November meeting since there will be a continuing need to help on an ongoing basis similar to what we experienced from Superstorm Sandy.  

The meeting was adjourned.

Breakfast with the Candidates will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 9 a.m. at the Manasquan Woman’s Club on 62 Main St.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on November 11 at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Chamber at Borough Hall. 

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.