Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees 
Minutes from the 7/14/18 Trustees Meeting 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
July 14, 2018

TRUSTEES PRESENT:  Diana Carroll, Julie Cocozza, Janice Gaswind, Pat Merz, Bennie O’Grady, John O’Grady, Rob Richardi, Mary Ryan, Al Sauer, Heather Schofield, Linda Sims, Alex Worth, Bette Worth, Helen Young and Bob Young

GUESTS: Aaron Kehoe, Cara Macksoud

Mary Ryan opened the meeting at 8:30 am.

The minutes of the 5/12/18 meeting were approved via the internet.  

Old Business:

Thank you for the success of our Annual Meeting. Mary thanked the Trustees for their assistance with the meeting.
Annual Meeting feedback: MPD thank you for K-9 donation, a resignation from MBIA membership reviewed.
Beachwalk lighting report. The cover letter and report from Bennie was provided to the Council. We will follow-up with the Council after the summer.
July 4th Bike Parade – good public coverage, many entries, judge. The decorations were phenomenal. The preparation and line-up for the parade was very organized.
North Beach public access ramp. Borough Hall provided Mary with two surveys of the area. Al indicated the 2 surveys do not agree. The wall is not part of the path. Al stated the only way to resolve would be to have one surveyor map the entire area. The path is tighter than the 48” easement. Al made a motion to ask the Borough to resurvey the entire area. Motion carried unanimously. Al and Pat will approach the town for a meeting. (Mary & Bob will attend if available).


Helen – Inlet Mural Project; cost. The mural is done. Helen stated the teacher and students worked very hard to get it done before the end of the school year. Rich Reed is working with Mark Herrmann for the installation. We want to include the teacher and the students in a ceremony before they head to college. We would like the mural installed by 7/27. Helen will follow up with Rich Read to schedule a date. Janice volunteered to help Helen in setting up a ceremony.
Julie – MHS Surf Team Fundraiser. Julie displayed our revised logo for the shirts and the programs. We can put up a display table for membership. Mary is questioning if it were worthwhile since membership is only open to Manasquan residents. John suggested we hang one of our 2 banners rather than a table. The Trustees concurred and Julie will ask about putting up our banner. 
Pat - Summer 2018 party at SBLSS (theme, liquor license, cost, food, SBLSSPC). We currently have 22 registrations. Linda suggested we have more advertising for the party. Pat asked to send out another e-mail this week. Pat said we had a little glitch with the caterer since we need a copy of their insurance certificate. The liquor license is approved. The theme is Manasquan Maritime Memories. Decorations for the event were discussed.
Al - Glimmer Glass Bridge update. Al spoke to the County to determine the final plan. The proposal is for 2 -12 feet wide car ways, 2 - 5 feet wide shoulders as well as a walk 6 feet wide.
Diana – Derelict houses. Diana has spoken with Frank DiRoma. As long as the house is presentable on the outside (lawn cut, etc.) there is nothing the Borough can do. Interior remediation is not the concern of the Borough. Diana will send Mary her list of the houses.
Bob – Website hits. On track with the 2017 mid-year statistics.
Mary – Letters sent to new home owners, membership @ 283. We had 333 last year. In 2017 we had 93 new members and 36 did not renew in 2018. In August we will close out the 2018 membership.

New Business:

New Trustee candidate – Cara Macksoud
Flags on the beach walk light poles/white stripe down middle of beach walk. We received suggestions to put flags on the light poles and to put a white stripe down the middle of the walk.  
Installation and Dedication of inlet mural/inquiry from Pip Ertle with offer of help. See item above.
Inlet Celebration – thank you to car show check-in crew. John, Diana, Rob and Bette have again volunteered. John will check on the time volunteers need to be at the site.
Big Sea Day - Tattoo Table volunteers. Volunteers are Linda, Bette, Alex, Al, Janice, Diana, Bennie, Judy Richardson, Heather, Bill Buble. Bob will help John set-up. Mary gave Al the insurance paperwork for Big Sea Day. John will again coordinate this event for the MBIA. He discussed the difficulty of finding current tattoos.
Comments about Sea Watch development. Mary has been receiving a number of comments in connection with the redevelopment. We agree the MBIA will not comment until a plan is proposed.  
Inquire about MBIA and COAH settlement from non-member. We agree the MBIA should not have any involvement in this issue.

The meeting was adjourned.

Our Annual Summer Party will take Saturday, August 25 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Squan Beach Life Saving Station. Members $25 and Guests $35.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on September 8 at 8:30 a.m. at the Squan Beach 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,