MHA Public Meeting Minutes of Feb 15, 2020

WATCH VIDEO. The meeting was opened by MHA President Jay Weintraub at 11:00 A.M. Mr. Weintraub announced that MHA will, once again, be running a CPR program on June 14, 2020. The re-running of this program is based on the overwhelmingly positive response from many groups and individuals within the Margate community to our 2019 program. Mr. Weintraub also informed all present that much work has been done and continues to be done on the MHA website to make it more “User Friendly.” This will allow communication between Board members and all association members to be easier and more fluid.

Street Safety continues to be of major importance to Association members. Last spring, Jay I Weintraub and Marc Alch met with Commissioner Amodeo to discuss this problem. Of particular concern was Atlantic Avenue. Plans for a road diet on Atlantic were discussed and remain a serious consideration. There are grants for street work that must be completed first according to Commissioner Amodeo. He further said that the re-striping of Atlantic Ave to complete the road diet will most likely take place in two years. The street will have one lane in each direction with a center turning lane. They will also widen the bike lanes…Stay tuned ! Mr. Alch also announced that Lori Savitch has been announcing on our Face Book page and various other Face Book sites the dates and agendas of the Planning Board and Commissioners meetings. Those attending were also told that additional bike racks will be installed before the end of next summer.

Glenn Klotz was then introduced. He is the head of the Margate Boardwalk Committee. He announced that new petitions favoring bringing to a vote for or against a new boardwalk are currently being circulated. Unfortunately, only permanent residents who are eligible to vote in Margate can sign these petitions. However, the Boardwalk Committee has requested that a new poll be taken of all tax paying residents to see the extent of their support for rebuilding the boardwalk. A meeting attendee asked about the cost estimate for a new boardwalk as well as projected cost of maintenance. The Board responded that the projected cost of construction for a boardwalk is $19 million which will translate into a $220.00 increase in taxes annually for the average home valued at $527,000.00. This annual increase would be in place for 15 years. As far as maintenance costs are concerned, it was the opinion of the Boardwalk Committee that they would be negligible when compared to the benefits afforded to residents in health as well as safety.

Irv Schultz presented a Treasurers Report. We have over 300 plus members at this time. We also have business sponsors.
The Association remains on a solid footing in meeting our expenses.

Marc Alch 1st VP introduced Ed Berger, President of the Margate Business Association Mr. Berger talked about the many events that the Business Association vigorously supports including Fun Fest and several others. He announced that the dates for Fun Fest this coming September have been changed so they will not compete with observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The new dates will be moved one week further back to the next weekend preceding the holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement holiday. Many of our Association members were gratified with this change.

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