Five Things to Know From City Council's Meeting on Thursday
Yianni's Cafe, bulkhead repairs, dumpster at 2nd Street, new union contract and Schilling estate.
At its public meeting on Thursday, City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance raising fees for parking meters that accept credit cards and gave final approval for some minor zoning relief for owners elevating homes. But here are five other things that might be of interest:
- City Council approved a two-year lease extension for the Yianni's Cafe location at the Ocean City Community Center. SoHoRo LLC will pay the city $22,508 over two years for a lease that runs from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2015.
- City Council awarded a contract of up to $1.37 million to Walters Marine Construction of Ocean View for bayside bulkhead repairs in Ocean City. Work will include bulkheads at Marcus Harbor, 16th Street, Battersea Road and dock improvements at the public park at Second Street and Bay Avenue.
- Business Administrator Mike Dattilo reported to City Council that a trash dumpster that had been placed in the parking lot during a cleanup of the park at Second Street and Bay Avenue will be removed on Friday. The city had experienced problems with contractors and property owners using the dumpster.
- City Council approved a new three-year contract with Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO, Local No. 1032. The union represents about 15 middle-management employees in the City of Ocean City's operating departments. The union contract includes salary increases identical to those in new contracts with the police and fire unions: no increase for 2012, 1.5 percent in 2013 and 2 percent in 2014.
- City Council also met in executive session to discuss ongoing legal proceedings related to the beachfront Schilling estate lots between 19th and 20th streets. Representatives of the estate are seeking permission to build a luxury home on the land, while the city is interested in preserving the undeveloped land. (Read more.)