Common Sense For Belmar Liberty Begins At Home

December 31, 2015

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New year

South End Reader Writes Rible

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As you all know, Christie wants to extend the length of seasonal liquor licenses in the state to 9 months of the year and is working on getting the change through the New Jersey Legislature.

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One of my readers from Belmar’s south end is unhappy about the change and wrote to State Assemblyman David Rible asking him to oppose it.

Below is Rible’s reply:

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From: Dave Rible <>
Date: Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 4:09 PM
Subject: Seasonal Liquor License Bill

Thank you for reaching out to me on the seasonal license issue.
I’m attaching a list of senators and other people that I suggest you write or call to let them know of your opposition. It’s important that as many people make calls or letters more sooner than later.
This is very time sensitive.
If there is anything I can do to help you with this or any other matter please don’t hesitate to call or email me. My personal cell is 732-XXX-XXXX. Or my legislative office 732-974-1719

Thank you again for reaching out and I hope you find this helpful.


And the list of people to contact:

Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney

935 Kings Highway, Suite 400

West Deptford, NJ 08086

P: (856) 339-0808

F: (856) 339-9626


Senator Jennifer Beck

32 Monmouth Street, 3rd Floor

Red Bank, NJ 07701

P: (732) 933-1591

F: (732) 933-1598


Senator Samuel D. Thompson

2501 Highway 516, Suite 101

Old Bridge, NJ 08857

P: (732) 607-7580

F: (732) 607-7879

Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr.

10 Highway 35, 2nd Floor

Middletown, NJ 07701

P: (732) 671-3206

F: (732) 706-9140


Senator Robert W. Singer

1771 Madison Avenue, Suite 2

Lakewood, NJ 08701

P: (732) 987-5669

F: (732) 987-5672


Senator James W. Holzapfel

852 Highway 70

Brick, NJ 08742

P: (732) 840-9028

F: (732) 840-9757

Senator Christopher J. Connors

620 West Lacey Road

Forked River, NJ 08731

P: (609) 693-6700

F: (609) 693-2469

December 30, 2015

Why DIY?

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Could it be because we can’t afford to pay Epic?

A reader brought this problem to my attention.  The amount appropriated to build the pavilions doesn’t seem to be enough to cover the cost of building them if we use Epic.  Let’s look at the numbers:

Ordinance 2015-23 for the 10th Ave pavilion authorized the borough to spend $2 million and to borrow $1.9 million of it.  Ordinance 2015-25 authorized us to spend $4.1 million for the 5th Ave pavilion and to borrow $3.9 million of it.  The total amount allocated for the twin projects is $6.1 million and the funding made available by the bonds comes to a total of $5.8 million.

But how much do we need to spend?

Well we already spent part of it.  As soon as the bond ordinances were passed we paid off the Maser design and engineering bills that we’ve owed for a couple of years now:

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The total is $332,534.76

Now what do we have to pay Epic?  Here is the bid:

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Bid 1 is for the construction of the 5th Ave pavilion.  Bid 2 is for the construction of the 10th Ave pavilion.  Bid 1A is for the decking, railings and ramps.  It’s worth noting that because of the high elevation of the buildings we need to have all these deckings and railings for the public to access them.

I believe alternate bids 2A and 3A are for upgrades that we can forgo so let’s forgo them.

The total amount we would need to pay Epic, the total of bids 1, 2 and 1A  comes to $6,145,000.  Add in the $332,534.76 we already paid Maser and we’re up to $6,477,534.76.  We don’t know how much Maser will end up charging to oversee Epic’s work but I’m pretty sure it’s going to run into six figures.  And then there’s going to be change orders.  In the end, having Epic build the pavilions is going to cost $6.6 to $6.7 million.

But we only borrowed $5.8 million and only planned to spend $6.1 million.

So why are we going to build the pavilions ourselves and hopefully save 10%?  Maybe it’s because we have no other choice!

December 29, 2015

Council Meeting Of December 28, 2015

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Belmar to build pavilions ourselves,

act as our own contractor.

Borough administrator and Maser Consulting to manage project.

Projected savings “at least 10%”

Magovern has doubts

The change of plan is discussed in the workshop session starting at the 5:20 mark.

Will we borrow 10% less or just spend the savings on other things?  I couldn’t be there for this meeting but I wish I had been there to ask!

And by the way, thank you to my volunteer videographer. Great job!

December 28, 2015

Signs Of Decay

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Submitted by a reader.  Thank you reader!





December 27, 2015

Littoral Society: Don’t Trust Towns On Public Trust Issues

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Fuzzy Logic On Balmy Weather

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For some reason Belmar seems to be the New York media’s favorite backdrop to do their weird weather stories from and this current warm spell is no exception:

I’m glad the surfers and all the boardwalk walkers are enjoying it and I’m glad to see that the mayor is enjoying it.  I’m sure enjoying it.  And we’re saving a lot of money!

But not everybody is as sanguine about it.  I heard a guy on the radio say that the fact that we broke a temperature record that was over a hundred years  old was to him pretty strong evidence of global warming.  Huh?  If we broke a record that was set last year, and that record broke the record that was set the year before or the year before that, that might mean something.  But breaking a record that was set over a hundred years ago tells me that a hundred years ago it was almost as warm as it is now.  (Mankind’s 19th century “carbon footprint” was basically non existent.)

I thought it might be instructive to see how many record temperatures were set in the last decade or two.  I tried to find a list of the record temperatures for New York for each day of the year and the years they were set.  I wasn’t able to find it for New York but I did find the data for Albany N.Y. organized the way I wanted it.  For our purposes it really doesn’t matter which city is used.


I see just as many record temperatures that are over a hundred years old, or close to a hundred years old, as I do records that were set in the last twenty years or so.  I also find it interesting that the most recent year that had a month with the warmest average temperature in Albany was 1932. Nine of the twelve record high monthly averages occurred in the 19th century.

Personally I wish global warming was real because a: I plan to move to New Hampshire soon and would like for it to be a little warmer up there and b: the next ice age will be here before we know it and any warming can can do now would be to our advantage.

Last Week

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December 26, 2015

Monday’s Agenda

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December 25, 2015

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