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Curtailed Public Safety Workshop to Resume Dec. 19

The Ocean City public will get a chance to comment on fire and police department budgets and proposals on Thursday.

A public workshop that ended last month without public comment will resume on Thursday, Dec. 19.

City Council held a workshop Nov. 14 to discuss public safety budgets and issues. But presentations by the police chief and fire chief used the entire two hours allotted for the meeting. A full house, including many firefighters, had no opportunity to provide feedback.

The continued workshop is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in the lecture hall at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

No official actions are taken at council workshops — instead they are devoted to gathering and sharing information, public input and planning. City Council and the city administration are in the early stages of creating a budget for the next fiscal year.

Public safety departments include the Ocean City Fire Department, Ocean City Police Department and Ocean City Beach Patrol.

In his presentation, Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Breunig proposed reallocating three firefighting positions to create three other positions: fire inspector, training officer and a community education coordinator.

See the full presentations:

Bob Booey December 16, 2013 at 08:42 AM
So let me get this correct. The fire department is moving personnel from protecting the city to inspections. What in the world is a community education coordinator going to do for me when I need an ambulance or fire truck? This new Chief seems to think he is running the FDNY. From what I have been told this fire chief does not have the support of his personnel. He is reducing the services to the city while increasing the cost of the fire department for the city.
vic December 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM
the meeting is conveniently scheduled for the same night that the ocean city colony club will be having their annual Christmas dinner. because of this conflict, many members of our community will not be able to attend the meeting.
Eric Sauder December 16, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Well I'm not going to the Colony Club and I don't think I'll go to the meeting either. I don't need the hear (once again) about how great Ocean City is and the great services we have. I'd like to hear how we're going to spend money responsibly but you know that ain't likely to happen. Maybe I'd be pleasantly surprised but I'm not willing to risk it.
BeachGirlOCNJ December 18, 2013 at 05:46 PM
The chief's "PLAN" has changed...AGAIN. If this is some importance to you, you should attend. Not only is the chief making a fool of himself, he is making the whole department look unprofessional and disorganized. The first meeting was over a month ago. Way to go, city, for scheduling the new meeting 6 days before Christmas. I seriously hope the chief can get his act together and present an easy-flowing, professional Power Point this time. Maybe this time he can look his fellow company in the eyes when he speaks, instead of being a coward. I know he is forced to make a decision, and is in between a rock and a hard place, but for god's sake...do it with your head held high and sound confident.

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