Five Things to Know About City Council's Thursday Agenda
Council will vote on spending and contracts related to Superstorm Sandy, an ice-cream concession contract and various appointments.
City Council meets at noon Thursday at the Ocean City Free Public Library for its final public meeting of 2012.
The meeting was rescheduled from 7 p.m. to noon to accommodate vacation schedules.
Council has a full agenda (see attached PDF for agenda items and supporting documentation), but here are five things that might be of special interest:
- Council will vote on the second and potentially final reading of an ordinance authorizing $2.4 million in spending and $2.3 million in borrowing for repairs and improvements related to Superstorm Sandy damage— including beach replenishment, boardwalk repairs and public building repairs (Ocean City Music Pier, 46th Street Fire House, Ocean City Beach Patrol zone headquarters and the Ocean City Community Center among them). The city is seeking reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for this storm damage.
- Council will vote to authorize contracts for the repair of the Ocean City Music Pier ($34,000 to replace 20 windows and the solarium floor damaged by Superstorm Sandy) and the 46th Street firehouse ($55,000 to repair living quarters, bathroom and kitchen).
- Council will vote to extend a concession contract to sell ice cream at street ends near the beach for two years. Buster's Custard of Williamstown gets the extension. (See attached PDF for bids.)
- Council will vote to approve the reappointment of Sharon Russell and Michael Petrozza to the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the appointment of Patricia Miles-Jackson to the Ocean City Housing Authority.
- Council will vote to put a lien on the vacant property where the Bellevue Hotel stood at Eighth Street and Ocean Avenue. The city hopes to recover the $328,000 it spent to demolish and dispose of the condemned century-old hotel. The city will seek reimbursement for the costs of fighting a major fire there in a separate insurance claim.