Meetings

Brant Beach Homeowners Association

P.O.  BOX 2316

BRANT BEACH, NJ  08008

www.BrantBeachHomeowners.com    BB.HomeownersLBI@gmail.com

 

Meeting Minutes of Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pledge of Allegiance

Board Attendees Present:   Pat Prout, Eileen Girten, Steve Havelka, Bob Innocenzi, John Fiore, Tony Bakum;  Absent:  Bill Strasser and Frank Santiago

We would like to have the Mayor address you at this time.

Mayor Mancini: 

  • Beach replenishment update from Liberty: work will continue in Brant Beach from the 52nd street pump to 46th street and then move south. The south part of the replenishment will be finished up by the other 2 dredges. The Mayor is awaiting confirmation of the Dodge and Padre pumping north from 84th street to the subline in 60th street area. Seventy-second street has been reopened.
  • The Mayor reflected on the last 4 years, including the response to Superstorm Sandy,

o   Beach replenishment: We have acquired 4 access locations through eminent domain plus 2 parking lots (in north end of the island).  These will cost money, but Long Beach Township budgeted for it.

o   Mayor and Commissioners followed up with Congress to get funding post-Superstorm Sandy.

o   The island shuttle buses had 80,000 riders this year.

o   Shuttle buses:  There will be a referendum on the ballot. If approved, the Township would be able to charge riders of the bus, if needed. The $300K grant approved for buses has not been available because that grant money is part of the transportation trust fund, which has been frozen.

o   Long Beach Township Gators helped 3900 people access the beach this summer. There are plans to increase the number of Gators (possibly 2 more) and the Township is encouraging other island towns to do the same.

o   Other accomplishments include the ACME and the addition of public parks, 3 tennis courts near the ACME, a bathroom, and gazebo.

o   The Mayor explained the 3-person form of government (Commission) and how the Commissioners’ campaign is self-funded.

 

  • Q&A with Mayor

o   The remainder of railings on beach will be installed with an estimated completion in the spring. Work was suspended during Summer 2016 to focus on getting people to the beach (eg, Gators).

o   Depending on the FEMA reimbursement, the gazebo in the southwest corner of Bayview park will be expanded as well as adding another platform on top of the observation deck (oceanfront across the Township building) for beach entertainment.

o   The Township has no say in the beach replenishment schedule.

 Commissioner Lattanzi:

  • Reflected on the post-Superstorm Sandy accomplishments.
  • The Township budget is approximately $27 million of which $17 million goes toward school, employee, and healthcare costs. Current tax rate is 23 cents per hundred.
  • We hope to receive a $600K refund from the government.
  • The island shuttle is almost fully funded from ads and grants. The Township plans to develop a long-term funding strategy. Island shuttle service for 2016 will end with the Kite Fest.
  • Q&A with Commissioner Lattanzi

o   Bay dredging:  The Township applied for a permit to put sand from the bay on the beach in Holgate, but was denied. The Township is hoping to obtain a permit in the future for beach replenishment.

 Commissioner Bayard:

  • In early spring 2017, the Brant Beach water treatment plant will be upgraded.
  • Road projects on Long Beach Boulevard will begin in late fall 2016 and in early spring 2017
  • A winter project will involve clearing the sand off beach entrances.
  • Winter schedule for trash/recycling – 1 pickup per week
  • Q&A with Commissioner Bayard:

o   If you are disposing of metal umbrellas and beach chairs, please call the Public Works Garage to schedule a pickup.

o   The Township garage will no longer accept old televisions and laptops for disposal. Please call the Public Works Garage to schedule a pickup or drop off your old televisions and laptops at the Southern Ocean Recycling Center in Manahawkin.

o   Keep checking the Long Beach Township Web site for updates (http://www.longbeachtownship.com/departments/publicworks.html)

o   New water mains will be installed on 70th and 71st streets

 Joni Bakum:  (Bayview Park)

  • Was a very successful season at Bayview Park. Joni thanks the Commissioners and the sponsors for their support.
  • The free concerts and entertainments may be a way of promoting the island as a destination.
  • Nearly all bands are booked for next year

Q & A:  One attendee suggested posting a few signs around the bocce and pickleball courts to discourage dogs from walking across the courts. Another attendee asked about the possibility of adding a peg board to the bocce court so participants could keep score.

 Chief Anthony Deely:

  • Thanked former Chief Michael Bradley for his great leadership.
  • Reminded individuals to check the Long Beach Township Police Department Web site (https://www.lbtpd.org) and their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/lbtpd/)for information about storm preparedness and other helpful information (eg, alerts about scams and identity theft).
  • People with concerns or suggestions that benefit the Township may contact or e-mail Chief Deely.
  • Officer Megan Keller continues her work with the Brant Beach Neighborhood Watch and DARE. The Township Police Department also has specialized units that can speak at civic events.
  • Q&A for Chief Deely:

o   Some attendees expressed concerns about people running red lights and another individual asked about increasing the yellow light time to 6 seconds. Chief Deely has been in touch with the County about people running red lights. Long Beach Township police will monitor for offences. Chief Deely reminded individuals to wait, look left, right, and left again before proceeding through a green light.

o   Concerns were also expressed about drivers heading southbound at outbound causeway not yielding near the Oskar Huber store. Although it is a county issue, Chief Deely will speak with Ship Bottom Police Chief Sharkey.

o   Chief Deely also reminded individuals to please stop for school buses.

o   Township police recently gave out ice cream cards to children under 18 who were wearing bike helmets while biking. Chief Deely also asked individuals to remind their children and grandchildren to wear bike helmets.

 

Treasurer’s Report- Bob Innocenzi:

  • The balance in the Brant Beach Homeowners Association as of 02-Sep-2016 was $7383.
  • We will make our annual donations, on behalf of all our members, to the Beach Haven First Aid Squad, The Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company and the Food Pantry at St. Francis Community Center.

 Steve Havelka:

  • Brant Beach Homeowners Association has a Web site (http://www.brantbeachhomeowners.com)
  • The Web site contains the full calendar of events for Brant Beach, meeting notes, and Brant Beach Neighborhood Watch information. It also contains other helpful links (eg, Long Beach Township Web site); please bookmark the site and visit often.
  • LBI Chamber of Commerce has been busy with the Kite Fest and supporting the island shuttles. Check the Chamber of Commerce Web Site for information on other island-wide events including:

o   Triathlon in Bayview Park and the antique show Barnegat Light

o   21-Sep New Jersey Natural Gas program at St Francis (ways to save money)

o   24-Sep Bridge Walk followed by car show in Ship Bottom

o   01-Oct Chowderfest

o   08/09-Oct – Kite fest

o   09-Oct 18 Mile Run

 Tony Bakum: (LBI School Board)

  • Awaiting information concerning Ship Bottom’s offer to buy the LBI school
  • Will cost $60 million to renovate the Ethel Jacobson school
  • Expect a referendum in March 2017

 Pat Prout

  • The Joint Council of Taxpayer Associations have ongoing discussions about the possibility of shared services but without any visible improvements at this time.
  • The JCTA will be sponsoring a debate for candidates running for Long Beach Township Commissioner; I will send out a notice to everyone.
  • Election Info: Absentee ballots are scheduled to be mailed on September 24th.
  • Recycling: Ocean County put out a Recycling Directory this week.  If you did not get one, you can pick one up at the Municipal Building.
  • Attended a meeting regarding the best ways to protect our dunes through revegetation. If you would like to be involved in this upcoming project, please see me after the meeting.
  • We have a lot of projects coming up: The plaque for Kunz Park should be installed soon.  Also, I have requested that Christmas lights be installed on the Boulevard.  BBHO will be funding that so we will all have more Joy as we ride through Brant Beach.
  • By next summer, we hope to have a PA system in place for Bayview Park and Kunz Park.
  • The June 2017 Brant Beach Homeowners meeting will conclude with a picnic across the street in Bayview Park.

 

Meeting Adjourned at 11:45 am