The improvements include beachfront improvements, fixing the city’s drainage system, repairing public buildings and repairing recreation facilities.
The spending includes:
· $795,000 for beachfront improvements;
· $5,000,000 for repairing roads and drainage systems;
· $905,000 for repairs to public buildings, including the Ocean City Music Pier and the library;
· $850,000 for public recreation facilities, including the 52nd Street Playground and Second Street and Bay;
· $335,000 for the downtown, including $200,000 for bike lane markings;
· $75,000 for the airport;
· $100,000 for general equipment;
· $328,000 for communications upgrades;
· $125,000 for heavy equipment rehabilitation; and
· $200,000 for ambulance rehabilitation.
There are parts of the city damaged by Superstorm Sandy that weren’t funded last year, including Second and Bay, and three piers along the bay. Business Administrator Michael Dattilo believes one pier to be used for fishing can be completed by the time summer rolls around. All three piers would have boat slips.
Additionally, Council passed two ordinances that paved the way for for the installation of four duplexes along Central Avenue.
The ordinances vacate rights to a non-existent alley and bestow the rights to an existing alley upon the city.
The duplexes would replace two buildings currently owned by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.
Council also passed three ordinances on first reading to acquire land from residents. All three pieces of land are in the wetlands and can’t be developed. They are all worth about $100, and the residents are paying less than $1 in taxes. Second reading and the public hearing is set for March 13.