March 2017

A regular meeting of the Ocean Grove Homeowners’ Association was held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Ocean Grove Community Room.  Barbara Burns, President, chaired the meeting and Theresa Checki served as secretary.

The meeting was called to order by Barbara Burns, President, at 10:05 am. The meeting opened with a prayer followed by the flag salute.

Barbara welcomed Eric Houghtaling  and Joann Downey, Monmouth County State Assembly members and  Carol Rizzo and Robert Lane, members of the Neptune Township Committee who were in attendance.  She also reminded everyone that the April Homeowners’ meeting would be held in Thornley Chapel .

A report was made by Officer John Jackson.  He indicated that all was well in Ocean Grove but reminded residents to keep house and car doors locked.  He also indicated that both the police and fire departments’ responses to the March 3 fire were excellent.

Treasurer’s Report   George Germann, Treasurer, presented a financial report covering the period January 1 – March 25, 2017.  The opening balance was $11,243; income $6,559; expenses $3342 resulting in a closing balance of $14,460.   Expenses included fees for website maintenance, meeting room rental and the order of hats and tote bags, which will be sold this Spring.

CLG  Nancy Clark reported that Neptune Township has agreed to apply for Certified Local Government standing, allowing Ocean Grove to access historic preservation resources and potential grant funding.

Neptune Township is undertaking efforts to revise HPC guidelines.  It plans to engage an architect and attorney who specialize in historic preservation for this effort.  The HPC will be included in this process.  No timeline has been set.

NJ Assembly Representatives   Joanne Downey and Eric Houghtaling reported on legislation that would temporarily remove properties damaged in the March 3 fire from tax rolls.  The extraordinary response of all involved in fighting the fire was noted.

ProgramBob McEwan, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Fire District 2, addressed the group.  His presentation included an overview of the organizational structure of the Fire Department and the Board of Commissioners.  He discussed fire prevention and some of the difficulties that uniquely apply to Ocean Grove.  He also mentioned that the state fire bureau does not have authority over single family homes.

He then discussed the March 3 fire. There were 26 pieces of fire-fighting equipment on site, with water pumping at the rate of 150,000 gallons per minute.  Fire companies from Manasquan to Middletown responded; an outstanding effort.  He also reported that by year end replacement of all  fire hydrants  in Ocean Grove will be completed.

Questions from the audience followed.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa R. Checki, Secretary of the Association