February Board Minutes
Harvey Cedars Taxpayers Association
Board of Trustees Meeting
2/18/11 Lewis Home, 7:30pm
Present: Kathleen Ries, Susan Lewis, Bryan Lewis, Phil Kunz, Saul Ellman, Barbara Lehman, Charlie Gaver, John Cadmus, John Imperiale.
Not present: Michael Pasnick, Barbara Frank, Jim Loudon.
HC Volunteer Fire Company:
HC’s new Fire truck is coming from South Dakota; arriving mid-March.
Working on handicapped ramp at Mercer.
HC Boro budget “workshop” 2/23/11; Phil to attend for HCTA.
New Class 2 officer hired from Beach Haven.
HC completed all paperwork for maintenance permit to keep dunes at 22’. Trying to change rules for HC only. The paperwork for this has now been completed & submitted to DEP.
There is a shortfall w/ lifeguard & beach workers, as always; alignment w/ LBT & BH (likely $5, seasonal add-on). Surf City & Barnegat Light are not in agreement. Ship Bottom not mentioned by Mayor Jon Oldham in this discussion. Typically, taxpayers buy seasonal badges; weekly & dailies usually purchased by visitors, the feeling seems to be that they should endure the higher-priced badges. HCTA is of the opinion that there’s no big benefit to promoting reciprocity for HC; passive reciprocity will promote a pleasant vacation experience.
Town-wide Yard Sale:
Jon Oldham approved the plan (verbally) Yard Sale plans for Memorial Day weekend -Saturday. Need to follow up w/ Boro in writing.
We have new listing of residents & businesses. It will be $1,000 to do the Membership mailing. Discussed the idea of offering businesses the opportunity to stuff the mailer & support the organization. Generally approved.
Handed out at the meeting.
Charlie: The Board is restructuring report… refused to release report ‘til mtg. General recommendation to close SB, expand EJ ($9 million). Have not addressed staffing & other issues; history shows that if these issues are never dealt with the change will never happen. 4% increases every year, avg teacher salary here $75k.
County Meeting re: Blvd. moved to 3/2; HCTA is not invited
Mayor Jon O.ldham wants meeting w/ HCTA board members after that.
Sandpaper article re: lights appeared. Mayor Oldham talked about misconception.
Mayor Mancini was supposed to be getting a meeting together w/ Barnegat Light & one or both Loveladies organizations. Mancini reported to not want the mtg. Doubt Jon O‘s actually pushed for the mtg. Ocean County Commissioner Jack Kelly called for a meeting w/ Mancini, Jon O. & Barnegat Light Mayor Kirk Larson. Jon O. says he met w/ Mancini, Frank Scarantino-OC Engineer- and that Mancini’s comment was “I can understand why you want this”. Larson’s concerns supposedly are about travel time to get to Barnegat Light. Larson & Mancini, evidently, aren’t communicating w/ their taxpayers.
1.) Bryan to address Mancini issue in a letter to the editor to convince folks north of us:
o There will be change one way to the other, the alternative (Larson argument) is worse than the proposed.
o Fallacy of Larson argument
o Transit time will be worse
2.) Susan to double check current website content.
o Get the software available to produce a video to post on our website (Phil)
o Draw attention to article online
o Want to support the safety? Join.
Traffic light scenario:
o Target people in Barnegat Light – to make them award this could happen.
o Make three flashers fully functional and delay traffic by even more time-won’t help pedestrians on shoulders, but could slow cars for those crossing.
o Every week a letter from a different person to the Sandpaper: FACTUAL STUFF… “Good Old Boy Network putting public safety at risk.”
o JD. (member) may be interested in staging a protest, HCTA will be aware but not endorse: One mile walk… 3-abreast, every Saturday in season.
o Charlie recommends letter from HCTA to JCTA as well (next JCTA mtg 3/7/11)
Next trustee meeting: 4/1, 8pm at home of John Cadmus