September 2016

A regular meeting of the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association (the “Association”) was held on Saturday, September 24, 2016,at the Ocean Grove Community Room.  Barbara Burns chaired the meeting and Theresa Checki served as Secretary.

The meeting was called to order by Barbara Burns, President of the Association, at 10:02 am.  Welcome remarks were followed by the Flag salute.

The focus of the meeting was the Candidates Forum for Monmouth County Freeholder.  Three of the four candidates running for two seats participated—Thomas Arnone, Republican incumbent, and Democratic challengers Matthew Doherty and Brenda Sue Fulton. Republican Incumbent, Serena DiMaso was unable to attend. Following a brief presentation by each of the candidates, a lively discussion  on a broad range of topics raised by the membership  ensued.  Each of the candidates concluded with a closing statement.

President Burns resumed the business portion of the meeting.

Treasurer’s Report:  Expenses are up this year due to the increase in  liability and E & O insurance premium costs and the Association’s contribution to the Ground Rent defense.  Current Income to date is $7,278 and membership is just under 400.

Police Liaison: Captain Michael J. McGhee presented an update to the group—street sweeping is in progress, update on some parking and speeding issues; but on balance, he reported that it was a quiet summer.

Parking Task Force:  Vice President Richard Williams presented a report on the recently convened parking task force.  Three meetings have been held with 12/31/16 as the deadline for recommendations.  The group is making progress.

Ground Rent:  President Burns reported that not much progress has been made.  There have been a number of meetings with the Ad Hoc Committee and CMA. It is necessary that a response from the CMA  be received by 9/26/16.  If one is not received, then appropriate further action will be determined. A discussion ensued.

North EndJoan Venezia reported that no progress has been made.

Dues:  As a result of increased costs, a proposal was made to increase homeowner association dues to $20 annually. This will be brought to the membership for a vote at the October meeting.

It was reported that action would be taken by the Township Committee at its next meeting on an ordinance that would require building compliance complaints to go to the Zoning Board.  The Ordinance would mandate that service of summonses be made by the Sheriff.

October 8, 2016 is the Fall Festival.  A request was made for  two volunteers to man the OGHOA table.

The meeting adjourned at 11:50 am.

Respectfully submitted,


Theresa Checki
Secretary of the Association