Tower Shores Beach Association
Board Meeting Minutes – 11/14/22
Meeting held via Zoom called to order at 8:02 pm by Elizabeth Frazee, President.
Attendees (Board): Megan Breslin, Mike Stang, Pierce Bates, Carey Horchler, Brad Newcomer, Karen Castle, Elizabeth Frazee, Tom Seamon. Absent: Tony Nerlinger
Community Members: Rory Schick, Ellen Collins, Miles Weigold, Shelly VanPelt, Ric Cuming, Debbie Starobinsky-Jezyk, Michael Drudy, Dan Cohen, Rob Van Hoek, Debbie Schick, Tim Collins, Karen Newcomer, Matt Krafft, Robert Fries, Nancy Rashidi, Dennis O’Brien, Thomas Valuck, Ken Adams
President’s Message: Elizabeth Frazee
Welcomed all and thanked the community for doing a good job.
Approval of October Minutes: Megan Breslin
Motion to approve by Brad Newcomer, second by Mike Stang. Approved unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report: Carey Horchler
All FY’23 dues are in but 3 homeowners. See TSBA website for monthly P & L.
Liability and Officers & Directors insurance premiums were paid.
Umbrella insurance coverage has been increased and is $400 more annually in fees.
Landscaping: Brad Newcomer
Tree trimming will be done, homeowners are doing improvements in the off season. Signage and tree trimming will be done over the winter.
Signage- possible discussion at future board meeting. Elizabeth went through old minutes and there was no approval of crossover signs by the Board. Miles agreed to review video files to determine if crossover sign format was previously approved.
Tom Seamon recommended replacement of damaged street signs and installation of a “no fishing” sign at the beach pilings. He also recommended re-installation of the Rip Current signs which were removed prior to the recent N’oreaster.
Trash & Recycling: Mike Stang
Contract with Republic Services will end on 5/31/23. Mike will contact Republic to begin discussions of renewal for the next 3 years.
Communications: Miles Weigold/ Dan Cohen
Mediacom is working to bring in a new cable node to feed our neighborhood. Once that is up to date they will continue improving individual feeds in our area. Community members are still having issues with the internet. Discussion of reaching out to Comcast to determine if they plan to offer service in Tower Shores.Board discussed not moving forward with the Mediacom “Bulk Service” proposals at the present time and waiting to see if community internet service improves by Spring ‘23.
Elizabeth reported she has received 11 owner responses to the 11/11 email to owners regarding “bulk” internet service with Mediacom. Many suggested they shut off service during the “off-season”. She suggested newly approved IIJA federal legislation could help to fund infrastructure improvement by ISP’s. She also reported that Stephanie Wagner, TSBA owner and a practicing DE attorney, suggested that the TSBA might not be legally able to contract for services on behalf of owners.
Mike Stang offered thanks to Dan and Miles for their efforts with Mediacom to improve community service.
Contracts: Pierce Bates
Drafted contract for winter maintenance security to be done by Mike Emmett based upon the budget approved in May.. Currently awaiting Board approval.
Dunes: Tom Seamon
Dunes are higher post-storm. The committee will discuss plans for planting dune grass at a future Board meeting. Grass is doing well and should come back through the sand.
Update on Speed Bump: Megan Breslin
Plans for addition of a third speed bump on Bay Road were discussed. The Board unanimously approved sending an email to residents of Bay Road asking for a Y/N vote on a third speed bump. The Communications Committee agreed to draft and send the email to Bay Road owners.
Karen Newcomer requested that directional arrows be repainted yearly on all speed bumps.
Wind Farms Project: Elizabeth Frazee
Developers are not moving forward with projects until they get additional funding. This will delay wind farm construction for now.
Discussion of renovation at 39589 #58 Dune Road Plan: Elizabeth Frazee
Revised plans submitted to the Board will not require any change to set backs.
Owner renovations will retain the existing footprint. As a result, Board approval is not required.
Question from Miles Weigold whether liability insurance was increased.
Wilgus recommended increasing umbrella policy but not Officers and Directors coverage. There was an increase in umbrella coverage to 2 million dollars..
Meeting ended at 9:20 pm. Next meeting will be Monday December, 12 at 8 pm.
Megan Breslin, Secretary