Regular Meeting of the Board of Director's
August 12, 2002
Henry Hudson Regional High School
Carla Braswell, HBP President, called the non-public portion of the
meeting to order at 7:19 p.m. There was a meeting quorum for action.
In attendance were the following: K. Armstrong, C. Braswell, B. Duncan,
L. Bodnar-Nolan, K. James, J. Koenig, M. Kovic, R. Mumford, J. Tedesco,
Bayshore Development Office contract will be expiring on September 30,
2002. An advertisement appeared in the Non-Profit Times and the Chronicles
of Philanthropy seeking an individual for management of HBP. As of today
HBP has received 6 responses. Anyone interested in the interview process
please let Carla know and she will try to coordinate all the interviews
for one day. C. Braswell offered space at ShoreGrafx for the new management
person and a phone line. Prior to now HBP did not have to pay for office
space. J. Koenig stated that HBP office should be independent from ShoreGrafx.
B. Duncan stated that the office should definitely be in Highlands so
there is a physical presence to walk people through the process. He
also felt not is someone’s business possibly municipal complex.
J. Tedesco thinks office should be in Borough Hall. He and the mayor
have been working to decrease the negative vision of Borough Hall. C.
Braswell, M. Kovic, K. Armstrong and S. Ruby do not agree, as it is
not a Government thing. K. James doesn’t think HBP should pay
for office space. M. Kovic & J. Tedesco suggested possible sites
in Town that might be available. They will look into it.
There was consensus from everyone present that for the time being HBP
should accept C. Braswell’s offer for office space and at least
e line there. Wiss & Company terminated their services June 30,
2002. There is a new group The Curchin Group, LLC who replaced them
effective July 1, 2002. Dave Ferullo is still the same contact person.
Robert Goldsmith, Attorney, from Greenbaum Rowe is handling the appeal
from the Monmouth County Court decision on behalf of HBP and the Borough.
The brief was filed December 2001. As of today there is no date scheduled
yet as they do not hear cases during the summer. R. Goldsmith is looking
toward September or October 2002 for the case to be heard.
Session was closed by a motion by C. Braswell, second by S. Ruby with
all in favor the session was closed at 7:50 p.m.
Carla Braswell, President, called the public session of the HBP Board
of Directors to order at 7:51 p.m.
||K. Lustig X
||M. Kovic O
||S. Ruby O
||H. Moyer X
||F. Rosiak X
||K. James O
8/16 - 50% plus one = quorum (9/16)
Also in attendance:
Presentation by Sylvia Allen, ACI, HBP Marketing Consultant
Sylvia Allen presented a report to the HBP Board of Directors. It included
Seaport Craft Show Vendor Fees breakdown totaling $1,430.00. Clamfest
Vendor fees totaling $9,885.00. Harbor Sounds Concert Series vendor
fees totaling $100.00. Oktoberfest vendor fees totaling $1030.00. Sponsorship
dollars totaling $17,475.00 which include Werner Dodge $2000.00, Comcast
$4,975.00, Seastreak America $5,000.00, Travel and Tourism Grant $5,000.00
and the Farmer’s Market Grant of $500.00. The Banner Program is
under way. To date $5,335.00 has been raised through banner sales. The
Banner Program is being offered to Highlands businesses first and then
to outside corporate sponsors. There are over 30 locations for banner
placement along Bay Avenue. ACI reports that future revenue is anticipated
to produce $4,225.00 from Oktoberfest & the House Tour. The barter
revenue committed includes $5,000 COMCAST, $5,000 BarterPays! And WJLK
$5,000. The total value of revenue raised/committed plus barter totals
Sylvia also discussed the Twin Lights Bike Tour, which will be held
9/29/02. There are an estimated 2000 cyclists already. She is trying
to get some National PR for this event. Approximately 150 volunteers
will be needed to work the event.
Upcoming events including Rediscover and the House Tour were discussed.
The House Tour will have 10 units. All details need to be finalized
by the end of t he month.
Minutes of the March 11, 2002 Annual Meeting of HBP
Minutes were provided to the Board in advance the week of May 16,2002.
Minutes were reviewed and a motion by J. Tedesco, second by K. Armstrong
to accept the minutes into corporate record. With all in favor the minutes
shall be included in corporate records and added to our Website for
The Treasurer’s Report as of August 12, 2002 reflects a Balance
of $5892.01 in the Shrewsbury State Bank checking account. The Prudential
Money Market account has a balance of $29,199.52 as of 7/31/02 and the
Prudential Farmers Market account has a balance of $1445.79. As of today
outstanding accounts payable total $10,530.32 which include BEDC $224.18
for out of pocket expenses, $7100.00 for Clamfest electric, 3,093. 74
Allen Consulting, $25 ShoreGrafx for the website and $301.80 for the
Highlands Garden Club. The Highlands Garden Club invoice was to be paid
for by the Borough. C. Braswell will call and have them bill the Borough.
The BID Ordinance amendment was adopted on June 27, 2002. The 2002 HBP
Budget will be retroactive to Jan 1, 2002. The annual audit was completed
March 15, 2002 through the professional services of Wiss and Co. Copies
are available upon request. A motion was made by M. Kovic to accept
the Treasurer’s Report (with revisions due to a refund issued
by ACI) second by K. James. With all in favor the Treasurer’s
Report shall be included in corporate records.
Executive Committee –C. Braswell
HBP can now put postings in the Public display case at Borough Hall.
The Board will need to review what types of items will be best to display.
Mayor & Council had requested all of HBP financial records. C. Braswell
gave them 2000 & 2001 and now has ready Jan-June of 2002. J. Tedesco
stated that the boroughs CFO and council would do an audit in September
on the HBP records provided to Bob Rauen at his request.
VIC - K. Armstrong, Committee Chair
Parking Design Maintenance Beautification Capital Improvements
HBP Banner Program is underway. Banners should be up in September. K.
Armstrong also stated that if a banner is not paid for is will not be
put up. K. Armstrong also reported that she would be resigning as VIC
chairman. She will see the banners through and will stay on the Board
to help out but she cannot be the chairperson.
Economic Development - R. Mumford/B. Duncan, Committee Co-Chairs
S. Ruby and C. Braswell both commented that they would like to see the
committee start to take an active role again. Would like to see a business
recruitment program initiated and a business friendly guide that could
be used for prospective business owners. J. Koenig brought up the fact
that there is Federal money available for Ferry Boat improvements but
the company cannot apply. The town of BID can apply. The money can be
used for improvements such as parking. J. Tedesco requested J. Koenig
to supply information so a letter can be given to the mayor about it.
B. Duncan commented that if there is money available in Economic Development
perhaps HBP could match the town in some grant writing efforts. S. Ruby
& C. Braswell both offered their services to help the committee.
Marketing/Special Events - C. Braswell
The Best Kept Secrets brochure is presently being distributed on the
thruway. The NMCC Concert Series was again held this year at the Seastreak
Ferry Landing. Attendance was down this year due to the weather. It
seemed it was either excessive heat or inclement. The Farmers Market
is being held again this year every Saturday 9 am- 2pm through October.
Weather was an issue for Clamfest this year. B. Duncan felt the Clamfest
didn’t get good coverage from the local newspapers. Discussion
was held to move the Clamfest back to a Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sun.
event for next year and also move it to August 7,8,9 &10 for 2003.
There were also some issues with the Electric bill from Clamfest which
is handling along with Sylvia Allen from ACI. For next year it was decided
it would be best to meet with the electrician in January to plan for
the events and check for any restrictions. Upcoming events include the
Twin Lights Bike Tour on 9/29/02, Oktoberfest on 10/5/02 and Rediscover
Highlands, which will be held in October and will be slightly different
than in previous years. HBP Business Advocate
A 6 month report was presented to Highlands Business Partnership. On
or before September 30, 2002 all records, files and signs will be available
for HBP to pick up from the Bayshore Development Office
NMCC Annual Clambake Luau will be held Thursday 8/15/02 6-9 pm at
Lorenzo’s Clam Hut Restaurant.
Three new businesses in town- Sandy Hook Cottage Bed & Breakfast
owned by Nick Evangelista & Eddy Sousa, Skateboard Shop owned
by John Nasti and Lorenzo’s Clam Hut Restaurant.
There was no public present at the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m. by a motion from J. Tedesco,
second by M. Kovic with all in favor the meeting was adjourned.
Next meeting of the HBP Board of Directors is:
Monday, November 25, 2002
by B. Vilanova, Bayshore Development Office 9/30/02