By Teja Anderson
Pink Beach Pass
This year the MB committee for Paint the Town Pink has decided to take a year off from the event due to the trials and tribulations of Sandy.
“With so many people not back in their homes and dealing with so many issues and with our local businesses not all back up and running yet, we thought it would be best to not do Pink Beach this year” committee member Monica Levy tells me, “Meridian Health has been just wonderful and understands completely and they are letting us stay on as an honorary town” she adds. For seven years now Paint the Town Pink has raised awareness of the importance of annual mammography across Monmouth County by getting surrounding towns awash in pink. This year 15 towns will be participating with MB and SB taking the year off. But if you still would like to be involved and show your support this May which is Breast Cancer Awareness month the theme this year is “Pink Your Ride” so if your pink goodies from years past weren’t stolen from your garage by Sandy feel free to decorate your car with pink items and washable pink paints. Luckily, my pink boas were in the attic and that faint pink line down Beach road is still discernible because my mother and many, many of my girlfriends are breast cancer survivors and I intend to be proud and pink! A special treat this year from Meridian; breast cancer survivor and TV personality Giuliana Rancic of E! News fame (and her own reality show) along with her husband Bill will be at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 8:30 PM to share her inspirational story. The VIP Pink Carpet Event starts at 7PM for more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-855-PINK411.
Wizard of Oz
The meeting was called to order at 6 PM and after the Pledge of Allegiance the meeting was closed to the public so that the administrators could meet with two gentlemen from the TRWRA. We all stood outside in the Parish Center hallway wondering what they were meeting about since the meetings are usually only closed to the public when there are litigation or personnel issues and contracts to be discussed. When the two men came out I tried to find out and it was conveyed to me that some upgrades are going to be made at the treatment plant on Highland Ave and that for a week or so while they switch over to the new system things might be a little smelly in town so brace yourselves. It is not known if JDR Construction who is currently working on Phase 2 of the rehabilitation for their Administration Building will be doing the work. We were ushered back into the room at 6:32 PM and a Motion was made and passed to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the previous meetings held on February 5 and February 25 and that they stand as recorded as well as a Motion that bills totaling $1,053,932.60 be approved for payment. Consent Agenda items were enacted with a single motion after Mayor Sue Howard addressed the people applying for construction variances on their homes to let them know why the town had adopted the V zone construction and plus 3 feet rules in the first place. They were made aware that the town was looking out for their best interest and could not promise them that FEMA would not require them to do the same down the road but that the town fully understood the burden it placed on them and so granted them all the following variances;
1) Resolution Construction Variance, 2 Woolley Street 2) Resolution Construction Variance, 16 Robbins Street 3) Resolution Construction Variance, 29 Mann Court 4) Resolution Construction Variance, 32A Riverdale Avenue 5) Resolution Construction Variance, 37 Columbus Drive 6) Resolution Authorizing the Monmouth County Mosquito Commission to Conduct Aerial Spraying 7) Resolution Granting a Raffle License to the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County 8) Resolution Award of the Monmouth Parkway Drainage Improvement contract to Precise Construction, Inc. in the amount of $13,500.00 9)Resolution Approving Change Order No. 3 for the 2011 Capital Improvement Program (causes no monetary adjustment to original contract)
10) Resolution Approving Change Order No. 2 for the Bathing Pavilion – Repair and Reconstruction of Deck and Snack Bar Area Project (causes no monetary adjustment to original contract) 11) Resolution Appointing Matthew Cadott as a Special II Police Officer 12) Resolution Appointing Sean McDonald as a Seasonal Special I Police Officer13) Resolution Appointing Kyle McCartney as a Seasonal Special I Police Officer
14) Resolution Appointing Brian Cahill as a Seasonal Special I Police Officer 15) Resolution Authorizing an Interlocal Agreement with Long Branch for Beach Raking Services16) Resolution Temporary Operating Budget Amendment 17)Resolution Award of Contract, 2013 Beach Access Stair Replacement, to Shorelands Construction, for $185,063.00 18) Resolution Approving the list of Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP)* participants for 2012. They were passed and then after some discussion; this is for four of the five staircases and the hope is that they will be completed by Memorial Day! Then the following was adopted; 19) AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND SUPPLEMENTING CHAPTER XI SECTION 4 TITLED “SEAWALL STAIRCASES” OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF MONMOUTH BEACH Motion That the hearing on the Ordinance be opened to the public. There were five members of the MB First Aid Squad present and they spoke; see asterix below. The Ordinance be passed and adopted after a second reading and a public hearing 20) Ordinance AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF MONMOUTH BEACH, COUNTY OF MONMOUTH, STATE OF NEW JERSEY AMENDING CHAPTER XI ENTITLED “BEACHES, DUNES, PAVILION AND WATERWAYS” SECTION 11-2.2 ENTITLED “FACILITY FEES, BEACH RATES AND BATHHOUSE CHARGES” Motion that the hearing on the Ordinance be opened to the public Motion to close the hearing Motion that the Ordinance be passed and adopted after a second reading and a public hearing. Then the Administrator’s Report and Borough Attorney’s Report were made and the meeting adjourned at 7:06PM
*LOSAP is an incentive program for any of the MB First Aid responders who log a certain number of hours to be rewarded with $1,000 each year they qualify to go into an IRA account for them. Currently there are 16 members and they are looking to recruit more from out of town to help cover calls. In addition to the new ordinance passed tonight which gives each volunteer member a free beach and pool badge for the MBBP this summer, the members present at the meeting requested the town also extend resident privileges and prices to out of town First Aider’s families. The request is being considered and if you know of anyone who is a skilled and dedicated First Aid Volunteer, enjoys the beach and would like to join the MB Squad, please contact Steve Adams at 732-859-2671.
“What goes around comes around . . . What’s old is new again . . . and the library is falling into step. It may not be up on the cherished balcony, you may not be taking a nostalgic walk up the stairway, but Borough Hall is home to the library once again!” They are tucked into a corner of the Great Room at Borough Hall,and are making themselves at home thanks to the graciousness of fellow borough employees. So please visit the “library” soon! Monday – Thursday, 1 pm- 4:30 pm for now, the library is not computerized, they are doing things the old fashioned way. Currently they have 170 new books and best sellers on the shelves waiting for their faithful patrons to “peruse and choose”. They will be expanding their book, DVD, and audio book collections as the spring and summer progress. Patrons, who request material from the county catalog on-line system, may pick up and return their selections to borough hall as well since the library has regular deliveries from the county. Miss Anne is looking forward to reading with the children at the bathing pavilion this summer, and is busy selecting some entertaining beach reads for everyone.
Ode to a Crane
I have already risked my marriage in this column before as my husband is Greek and can be a tad jealous, by admitting to my passion for cranes and other large machines. But when Nessie, the yellow Grove RT 700E Crane owned by Tarheel Enterprises at the Channel Club Marina slowly tipped over and partially fell off the pier while installing pilings on Dock A last Wednesday I was in tears and Frank let me run out of the house without question while the news helicopters circled overhead like vultures. Fortunately no one was hurt although several people were working on the dock at the time and one actually ended up in the water. The driver said that it happened very slowly so he had time to brace himself and then climb out once he was upside down. The crane which I personally nicknamed “Nessie” as I name all my favorite metal friends (Ziggy my former yellow VW bug, and Dory, my current blue VW bug) has a maximum capacity of 55 tons but somehow became unbalanced during the extensive repairs and upgrades her owner George Chrysanthopoulos has been making to the Marina in Sandy’s aftermath. I worry that he might be working her too hard while he prepares for the upcoming boating season; they are certainly going full steam ahead over there with150 new slips made out of Brazilian walnut and now all floating, all new electric, pedestals, gas station, hiring dive teams to comb the basin for debris, cleaning and refurbishing the Channel Club Banquet Hall itself with new everything and not a single whiff of Sandy’s perfume in the place as they ready for brides and party guest.