Harvey Cedars Taxpayers Association

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JCTA Meeting Minutes- Oct 2011

JCTA of LBI Meeting of 10/03/11

Attendees:

Steve Rabbit              Barnegat Light        Bill Kunz                         Brant  Beach

Barbara Lehman     Harvey Cedars         John Cadmus                 Harvey Cedars

Pat Moran                 North Beach             Dawn Kennedy-Little   Long Beach Township

Ken Martell               Seaview Beach

Burt Nemroff             Loveladies H.O.

Meeting was called to order at 7:09 PM, President Pat Moran presiding.

The Pledge of Allegiance followed.

There being a quorum present; the minutes of the June meeting were presented and approved.

Bob Monaco reported we have a balance of $5173.32.

The following Taxpayer Association dues have not been received:

Barnegat Light        Beach Haven         Brant Beach          Seaview Beach        Surf City LBT-10.

Old Business:

LBI Consolidated:

The school board has hired a new superintendent, Karen McKeon, and a temporary business administrator. They have also hired an architect, Dicara Rubio, of Wayne for the design and expansion of EJ. In addition, all the “choice slots” (slots available for tuition paying students who choose to attend the LBI district) were filled for the 2011-2012 school year. (Some slots were taken by Beach Haven Residents). The school district also authorized the sale of the Long Beach Island Grade School property in Ship Bottom.

Southern Regional:

There is still an on-going discussion about having Attorney Vito Gagliardi come and speak to the group regarding the feasibility of a lawsuit which would change the LBI school tax burden at SR.

The BEACH PROJECT will begin this winter in Long Beach Township. Great Lakes Dredge received the contract.  The project is scheduled to be completed by June 15, 2012.

Since the JCT would like more involvement and participation from the community taxpayer organizations, elections will be held on November 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the library. Please send a representative from your association to the next meeting as community involvement is necessary to make the JCT a success!

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Albu Lehman

JCTA Meeting Minutes/June 2011

JCTA of LBI Meeting of 6/06/11 -personnel changes

Attendees:

Mary Schwartz    Barnegat Light             Bill Kunz           Brant  Beach

Charlie Gaver       Harvey Cedars              Bob Mubar        Loveladies H. O.

Bob Monaco         Loveladies P.O.            Pat Moran        North Beach

Ken Martell           Seaview Beach             Jane O’Brien     Barnegat Light

Burt Nemroff         Loveladies H.O.

Meeting was called to order at 7:06 PM, President Pat Moran presiding.

The Pledge of Allegiance followed. There being a quorum present; the minutes of the last two meetings were presented and approved.

Bob Monaco reported we have a balance of $5002.32 plus $200.00 received but not .yet deposited.  Due to the personnel changes, a motion was presented, seconded and approved to allow the JCTA President as well as the Treasurer to sign checks as required.

The following Taxpayer Association dues have not been received:  Barnegat Light , Beach Haven,  Brant Beach,  Harvey Cedars,  Seaview Beach,  Surf City & LBT-10.

Bill Kunz attended the DEP hosted “Beach Access” public meeting in Long Beach Township.  He guessed it was attended by about 200 people:

Fishermen-don’t restrict us further

Marinas – made a summary presentation of their previous, emphasizing the liabilities a

24/7 access requirement would impose on them (and perhaps other businesses with Bay locations.  It is probable that the DEP will recognize these problems,

provide some exemptions.

Surfriders – made a presentation emphasizing the “No  Access”, and “Private

Property”  signage through North Beach and Loveladies.No recognition

of access provided in other parts of LBT.

Next step is for the DEP to issue their final report, including the rules and regulations, probably in the next several months (no time frame indicated).

Old Business:

LBI Consolidated:   Have hired an architect for the expansion of EJ, as well as a financial advisor for the project.

Expect to have a new Business Administrator by the end of June; a new Superintendent sometime.

Southern Regional:  Little activity of late.

Ken Martell suggested we follow up on Peter Trainor’s letters to the editors, and consider inviting Attorney Vito A. Gagliardi who handled the North Haledon/Manchester Regional District

lawsuit, and who had offered to represent LBI several years ago (for a fee) for a meeting and briefing of the current status and possible strategies that might apply to LBI’s situation.  This was made into a motion, seconded and passed.  President Pat Moran will attempt to make contact.

Due to a number of situations, including room scheduling conflicts, it was decided to cancel the July meeting, and to move the elections to the September 12th Meeting.

Meeting was adjourned by motion at 7:54PM.

Charlie Gaver

NEXT MEETING:  August 1, 2011 ELECTIONS:  September 12, 2011

May JCTA Meeting Minutes

JCTA of LBI Meeting of 5/2/11

Attendees:

Steve Rabbitt         Barnegat Light        Charlie Gaver       Harvey Cedars

Pat Moran              North Beach            Richard Jeffries   Surf City

Barbara Lehman  Harvey Cedars

Meeting was called to order by President Pat Moran at 7:08 PM.

Since there was not a quorum present, no official business could be conducted.

Some general discussions ensued relative to the success of various school budgets, the removal of the Stafford mayor and Mayor Connors opposition to the announced  sc hool reorganization plan.

It was also suggested that the JCTA might consider taking a position, in light of the apparent conflict that may be developing over this issue.

The meeting adjourned at 7:38 PM.

Charlie Gaver

Next Meeting : June 6, 2011 at 7PM

Meeting dates Balance of the year:

7/11/11      8/1/11 9/12/11     10/3/11 11/7/11      12/5/11

It is suggested that each member organization consider appointing two representatives to the JCTA; so as ease the attendance situation, but to more readily assure a quorum.  Each organization would still only have one vote, but both appointees could participate in discussions, etc.

April JCTA Meeting Minutes

JCTA of LBI

Meeting of 4/4/11

Attendees:

Mary Schwartz                   Barnegat Light        Charlie Gaver           Harvey Cedars

Dawn Kennedy-Little        LBT 10                       Bob Monaco             Loveladies P. O.

Pat Moran                            North Beach             Jane O’Brien             Barnegat Light

Meeting was called to order at 7:03 PM; President Pat Moran presiding.

The Pledge of Allegiance followed.

Bob Irvine (LBT 10) presented his successor, Dawn Kennedy-Little to the group.

Lacking a quorum, the minutes of the last meeting could not be approved.

Treasurer Bob Monaco reported the funds on hand remain at $4902.32.

Old Business:

No response to President Pat Moran’s letter to the LBI Consolidated Business Administrator; although an issue of addresses may have contributed to the confusion.

Reportedly, the budget for Southern Regional is fairly flat for the coming year.

President Pat Moran announced that the JCTA will have at least two positions open; Treasurer and Secretary since both incumbents will be leaving their respective Boards.

Bob Monaco reported that the state DEP has published its revised recommendations for Beach Access; and that they seem a bit more reasonable; with more discretion left to the municipalities.

It was suggested that the JCTA should consider establishing its own website. It was agreed to investigate this.

Bob Monaco found a copy of the Mission Statement and the Bylaws for the JCTA.  While they need to be updated, it’s nice to have them.

Charlie Gaver also advised that the probable outcome of the “Boulevard Issue” through Harvey Cedars for this year will be that the “blinker lights” of last year will be full traffic lights this year.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM by motion.

Charlie Gaver

Next Meeting May 2, 2011 7:00 PM

March JCTA Meeting Minutes

JCTA of LBI Meeting of 3/7/11

Attendees:

Steve Rabbitt               Barnegat Light                      Bill Kunz               Brant Beach

Charlie Gaver               Harvey Cedars                       Pat Moran             North Beach

Susanne Gilbert           Surf City                                   Dick Jeffries         Surf City

Barbara Lehman         Harvey Cedars                       Jane O’Brien         Barnegat Light

Visitors from the LBI Consolidated Board of Education:

Allyn Kain: President & Surf City Representative

Jennifer Larkin:  Long Beach Township Representative

Terry Deakyne:  Harvey Cedars  Representative

Kristy Raber:  Surf City Representative

Additional party who did not identify herself.

The meeting opened at 7:06PM; V ice President Barbara Lehman presiding.

Pledge of Allegiance followed.

Since we had visitors from the LBI Consolidated Board of Education, the typical meeting format was suspended; and we moved into a question and answer/give and take format.

They requested a copy of our Budget and our Mission Statement.  C. Gaver advised that we did not have a formal budget, but dealt with fiscal matters on an as needed basis; also advised that he had not seen a mission statement.

The discussion then moved to the question of the Board’s forming a citizen’s committee, as had been suggested by the JCTA among others.   The Board has decided to form such a committee; interested residents can call Cathy Sheplin, Board Secretary @ 494-2341 to express their interest in serving on the committee.

Dick Jeffries indicated that he had received some negative comments regarding the consolidation into the Ethel Jacobsen School.  Jane O’Brien’s experience has been just the opposite.

A general discussion of the project, and the challenges and benefits followed including financing challenges, possible timing, establishing operating goals  etc. .A few included:

-The Board decided at the 3/8/11 meeting to proceed with the recommendation.

– The Architect’s bid package is out or will be shortly.

-The possibility of State aid (consolidation).

-The possibility that Federal aid (FEMA or other) might be available.

The primary reason for their attendance was to reach out to the JCTA in hopes that we would support the budget this year – (or at least remain neutral on it).  The JCTA agreed to review it, and to advise our position.  This led to a bit of review of what prompted our push to defeat last year’s budget; and particularly the effect of the contract negotiations last year.

Obviously, we can’t commit to support something wwe haven’t seen, but will keep an open mind.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as submitted.

The Treasurer’s report presented by C. Gaver in Bob’s absence is at $4902.32 including receipt of Loveladies Property Owner’s dues.  Bob will not be running for another term; we will need a replacement.  Please advise Pat Moran if interested.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45PM by motion.

Charlie Gaver

Next Meeting April 4, 2011