Manasquan Beach Improvement Association

MBIA Trustees Attending our 2017 Annual Meeting
Minutes from the 3/10/18 Trustees Meeting 

MBIA Trustees Meeting Minutes
March 10, 2018

TRUSTEES PRESENT:  Julie Cocozza, Sue Federico, Janice Gaswind, Pat Merz, Bennie O’Grady, John O’Grady, Mary Ryan, Heather Schofield, Linda Sims, Bette Worth, Helen Young and Bob Young.

Mary Ryan opened the meeting at 8:30 am.  

The minutes of the 01/13/18 meeting were approved via the internet.  

Old Business:
Update on dog signs, police presence, tickets/OPRA. We agreed to have Mary submit an OPRA to see how many tickets have been issued.
Summer 2018 party at SBLSS. Pat met with Lia Trench on 2/15 and reviewed the available space. There are 2 rooms available: the meeting room and the museum room which is air conditioned. Lia recommended we have a party on Friday or Saturday. The trustees felt parking would be easier on a Sunday. Lia indicated opening the doors is difficult because they are very heavy. We realized someone from the SBLSS organization needs to be present. There are 6 long tables and 50 chairs locked in a closet. We need to request from the Borough garbage and recycling containers. There is a janitor’s sink but no kitchen. Proposed date(s) Sat. August 25 or Sunday August 26 from 5:30 – 7:30. There will be a limit of 75 guests with a reservation deadline of 8/15. Bob will investigate Center Food Market, Esposito’s, Max Devros and Main Street Kitchen for finger food only. Pat will chair the endeavor. Additional volunteers: Linda, Julie, Sue, Bette, Heather & Janice, Bob (food & beverages). Pat will get the paperwork for use of the SBLSS and a liquor license. The Party Committee agreed on a date to meet for planning purposes.

Helen – Inlet Mural Project (Alexis Herman, Nicole Caravella, Carolyn Treney). Alexis on 3/9 provided a prototype. They are still working on how the paint will adhere to the Azek. Helen will follow-up with Rich Read on whether we need to formalize approval by the Manasquan Council to proceed.  
Julie – MHS Surf Team fundraiser. Spoke to Leslie Norton who indicated they have an annual fundraiser at Bar A. It’s a coed team of 45 that plans on participating in the Nationals in CA in June. Leslie suggests we sponsor the Big Sea Day surfing contest that the MHS Surf team runs. We voted for a $250 contribution to become a sponsor for the event. This allows the MBIA name and logo to be on tee shirts and signs.  
Bennie – Beachwalk lighting. Lights can be leased or purchased. Every surrounding town handles their beach lighting differently. Bennie suggests we provide her report to the Borough since she does not know the town’s finances. Mary asked to table the discussion until the next meeting so that she may review the package.  
Bob – MBIA Volunteer Day. Bob indicated he was surprised no homeowners asked for assistance due to physical or financial reason. A list of suggested areas was shared with Jeff Lee and Joe Bossone. The Beach Dept. indicated they preferred to have their employees work on their items. We have agreed to focus our attention in 3 areas: the Life Saving Station – replacing the missing cedar shingles on the wall at the corner of Ocean and 1st, as well as scrapping and repainting the non-Azek trim. We would also clean-up the pine straw and cones. The other 2 areas involve repainting the street markers and hydrants. Bob has already plotted out the location of each and submitted with our application to the Borough for their approval. Kevin Thompson will provide all of the necessary supplies. He asked that we treat the markers with a solution to remove mold and mildew. Also, gently brush the hydrants. Bob decided to enlist a small group of volunteers to perform the prep work prior to May 19 to ensure we complete the tasks. We still need a half dozen or so energetic volunteers for full staffing. The plan is to use the Life Saving Station as our headquarters during the day. Bagels/pastries and coffee in the morning and pizza at lunch would be provided.
Meeting with Jeff Lee attended by Mary, Helen & Bob. It was a follow-up on our meeting from December. Plans for Sea Watch were discussed. Also, the MBIA Volunteer Day, dogs on the beach and problems with the beach office were reviewed.
Group mailing problem - Gmail is not accepting group lists and there is no human contact. Bob friend’s suggested we use Constant Contact for under $20 per month. Bob made a motion we procure Constant Contact for 6 months that was unanimously approved.
Bob website – 2018 stats in line with prior years.
Mary – 332 members have enrolled for this year. Since the tax rolls were reviewed last year, they will not be reviewed for the 2018 membership drive.

New Business:
Thank you from SBLSS for donation
Cameras (Jeff) and numbers (Pip) on light poles. The beach staff is replacing some of the lifeguard stands. They will also put numbers on the light poles to assist emergency personnel in locating situations.
Glimmer Glass Bridge decision. The County recommends a complete replacement.  
Welcome to Heather Schofield our new Trustee.  
Offshore drilling/Contribution to COA. Mary made a presentation to the Manasquan Seniors and the attendees were all very supportive. Mary and Art attended a rally in Hamilton. The trustees agreed to make a $100 donation to COA.
Date for Annual Meeting, Venue and Speakers. We will shoot for Sat. June 16 with a fallback of June 23. John will see if the First Aid Building is available. Sue will handle refreshments. Invitees will be Chris Tucker, Ed Donovan, Tom Flarity, Joe Bossone, Mike Bauer and Pip Ertle.

The meeting was adjourned.

The next Trustee’s Meeting will be on May 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the 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.