Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
July 9, 2022

 John Casey, Julie Cocozza, Janice Gaswind, Lisa Haas, Carol Kirkman, Pat Merz, Bennie O’Grady, John O’Grady, Mary Ryan, Al Sauer, Bette Worth, Helen Young and Bob Young. Guest - Jane Swiggert. 

Mary Ryan opened the meeting at 8:30 am. and welcomed Jane Swiggett who may be interested in joining the board.

The minutes of the 05/14/22 meeting were approved via the internet.  

Old Business:
Thank you to all who helped with the Annual Meeting. Although there was a good response to the meeting, Mary asked if anyone had comments. Bob was not happy with the response on the answer to flood valves in relation to flooding. Lisa mentioned the issue of pop-up parties and the chief's response. If we see a significant number of kids showing up we should notify the police.
Nadia Jaworiw thanked Mary for the Ukraine Fundraiser notice that was sent out through the MBIA email. They generated enough money for a $3000 wound vac.
4th of July Bike Parade acknowledgement, cancellation. Rec is taking over the bike parade/contest. They still have our contribution from previous years since the contest was again cancelled because of rain.

Julie Cocozza – Big Sea Day, tattoos, location, volunteers. Jessica has the supplies from last year but she is currently quarantined so Julie has not been able to get them to decide if more supplies are needed. She can get tattoos via Amazon quickly. Julie suggested we relocate to Ocean Ave but Mary stated 2 groups were already there. Al said we would be better at Riddle. Bob said Tourism is at the Riddle gazebo and they have the wiffle ball tournament south of the gazebo. Al suggested we talk to Pip on the location. The intention is to have a spot closer to where the most children are located. Mary will contact Pip, the head of Rec, to get a new location.
Al Sauer - Finances, PO Box rental, swing set. Swing set is supposed to arrive next week and be installed at Softball beach near Riddle Way. We are at $9,774, with some additional dues and expenses just received. We had a big expense with the mural renovation. Tom did a wonderful job with the mural. The Trustees voted to send an appreciation gift to Tom for all the work he did. 
Bob Young – MBIA Trustee recruits. We were surprised to lose 4 Trustees in 8 months. Please let Bob know if you have anyone who might be interested in joining the Board. He will share names with the nominating committee.
Mary – Membership to date. Mary thinks we are about where we were last year at this time which is approximately 200.  
John – Membership Committee. John has been working for a monthly social at the Salty Whale although they have been slow to reply. Although it is taking some time, John feels we will get there. Leggett’s is not interested in hosting us because they are so busy during the summer and beyond. We were going to hand out the business cards at the parade but it was cancelled. Lisa will distribute some in her neighborhood and Bob at Thirsty Thursday.

New Business:
Sue Federico. She will remain a member but has too many other things going on to continue as a Trustee.
Refreshments - Linda will take over for the refreshments for the Annual Meeting and Breakfast.
Big Sea Day application. Mary to submit
Beach Garage garden budget – Lisa and Barbara DeLorenzo. Al suggested the team think about what they would like to purchase for next year so the Board has an idea about the cost. Lisa said the DeLorenzo’s purchased and planted sea grass, privet and hydrangea. A neighbor is watering. They had to continually weed as the crab grass is very difficult to remove. Al suggested to look at Gasko’s for plantings. Lisa has continued to weed the garden area. The retaining wall along the garden has loose stones and could be considered a liability for the town. Lisa welcomes any member to weed. It is an ongoing project and is "very therapeutic." Bob has been weeding at the beach chapel except the area where the St. Vincent DePaul Society planted hydrangeas.
$150 donation to the First Aid Squad Date for building use? Motion carried unanimously
Donate CPR kits to First Aid. One of our members who is responsible for airline education received some extra kits and donated them to the Squad.
Date for Breakfast with the Candidates. The date has been confirmed for October 29. Mary will contact Barbara to see what the requirements and deadline are for a write-in candidate to get on the ballot. She will also approach the candidates to see if they are interested in attending the event since as far as we know the Council seats are uncontested.
Trustee meetings in January & March via Zoom. The Trustees are in agreement to continue using Zoom for the winter Trustee meetings. 
Volunteer Day Committee for 2023. We will discuss at the next meeting. Bob to send out a list of the tasks he has done in the past since he will not be available to chair the event next year. The Trustees agreed that we should continue with Volunteer Day.
Pink Pineapple Surf Camp – They agreed to only hold the camp on Saturday for a low tide make-up date. They are not blocking access to the water. The camp is held weekdays 9 – 5:30 p.m. Mon – Thu they can start at 7:30 if a lifeguard is present. When not in the water they do arts and crafts. This is offered via the Rec Dept. and Pink Pineapple owner pays 25% of her revenue to Rec.  
Lifeguard uniforms. We have received complaints about the attire of our female guards. As John said this has unfortunately become the standard for the young girls.

Items from the Floor:
John Casey Contacted Rich Reed about the rusty bolts protruding from the old jetty at Riddle Way are very sharp and is concerned some child may get injured. They just need to cut the tips off.  
Helen – Do we want to have an annual party? It is one of the things our members know we do. It was suggested we do a BYOB since we are starting this planning late and may not be able to get a liquor license in time. Al will need to ask the insurance company if we do can do a BYOB. Tentative date is Sep 17 with 9/10 as the back-up date. Helen will contact Ron Jacobson to see if the dates are available at the Life Saving Station, then send in the paperwork to the Council for approval.
John asked if a CO was needed for an AirBNB. The answer is yes and there is a $500 fine if they didn’t get approval.  
Drawbridge – Al. The County Engineering Department is currently reviewing the alternatives analysis which is required when a structure is on the historic registry. The consultant has returned the report which is 1,100 pages. If they are satisfied it is sent to the NJ DOT who would submit to the Federal government. When approved it would be sent to the NJ DEP. This is a timely process so we will not have a final decision anytime in the near future.
Al had a meeting with Tom Flarity and the Borough engineer on the Ocean Ave. bathrooms. If you increase the value of a building by more than 40% it must be elevated. If they want to expand the existing restrooms they would need DEP approval. The Council agrees the ladies room needs to be expanded. Al suggested they get a trailer or expand into the lifeguard area which is not being used. Now that all of the toilets and sinks work there has not been a back-up this year. Carol said there has been a huge improvement over last year. There was a meeting yesterday on the layout a prospective restaurant vendor would want at Sea Watch. Potential vendors suggested a walk in refrigeration unit.  
Bob mentioned he is disheartened that many of the group homes put out trash and recycling on Tuesday, July 5. The recycling is still sitting at the curb.
Helen will reach out to Jane to see if she wants to become a Trustee. The Trustees informally agreed that she would be a good addition. We will have a formal vote at the next meeting if Jane is interested.

The meeting was adjourned.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on September 10 at 8:30 a.m. 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
Front row: Bob Young, Heather Schofield, Al Sauer (left to right): Second row: Julie Cocozza, Pat Merz, Janice Gaswind,  Sue Federico, Linda Sims, Carol Kirkman, Bennie O'Grady, Lisa Haas, John O'Grady, Helen Young, Bette Worth, Mary Ryan.  Not pictured John Casey.

​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)