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Five Things to Know About Thursday's Council Agenda

Ocean City to consider SID budget, Ninth Street bike crossing and a handful of lawsuits.

City Council has a full agenda for its public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 12) at the Ocean City Free Public Library, but here are five things that might be of special interest.

  • SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT BUDGET: City Council will vote on a $343,588 budget for the for the Special Improvement District (the retail section of the Ocean City Boardwalk, the downtown section of Asbury Avenue and the gateway section of Ninth Street). In 2013, Council approved an approximately $260,000 budget that did not include funding for a full-time executive director of Main Street Ocean City. The meeting will include a report on a restructured merchants group.
  • 15TH STREET PLAYGROUND: City Council will vote to advertise for bids on replacing the playground equipment and play surface at the 15th Street playground. The request also calls for replacing the basketball courts and adding a portable bathroom building.
  • NINTH STREET BIKE CROSSING: City Council will vote to advertise for bids on a user-activated crossing signal that will allow bicyclists to cross Ninth Street at Aldrich Road — along the route of the safe-cycling corridor under development from end-to-end of the island. The signal would be coordinated with the full traffic signal at the nearby intersection of West Avenue.
  • PUMP STATION TO DRAIN NORTH-END STREETS: City Council will vote to use the services of a firm that has done work in Mantoloking and Seaside Heights to design a pump station that would help drain flooded streets on the north end of Ocean City.
  • LAWSUITS AGAINST THE CITY: City Council will vote to go into closed executive session to discuss the following lawsuits: Petrozzi, et als. v. Ocean City; Myers v. Ocean City Zoning Board of Adjustment and City of Ocean City; McCracken v. Ocean City, et als (related to Ocean City Beach Patrol).; Petnick v. Ocean City, et als.; Fox Chase Bank v. Ocean City v. Terra Technical, LLC, and Anticipated Litigation regarding Eminent Domain actions to acquire beach lots.
For the full text of all agenda items and supporting documentation, see the City Council  Agenda Packet.
Eric Sauder December 11, 2013 at 03:36 AM
There's also a new HVAC system for the Music Pier. It was stated at a council meeting that the rooftop condenser needs to be replaced every 3 or so years because of the salt air. The Music Pier constantly operates in the red, and this is an ongoing expense. So my question is, is air conditioning really necessary? That building was designed for cross flow ventilation and sits on the beach. The boardwalk isn't air conditioned and it gets mobbed in the summer. How about ceiling fans instead?
Eric Sauder December 11, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Lets see there's the second lawsuit related to the K-9 unit and yet another lawsuit coming out of the beach patrol. What's this one about? As for suing to overturn the zoning on beach front properties and dunes blocking the view if we settle now we'll have to settle similar suits time and again.
Sam stclair December 11, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Lawsuits against CoOC should not be discussed in closed session; as tax payers foot the bill, we are entitled too all the details.
Eric Sauder December 11, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Yes well if you're going to use taxpayer money as hush money it defeats the purpose to make that information public. I agree with you. I'm just trying to explain why. The people in power are very image conscious. They don't want their indiscretions aired in public.
OCnjOC December 11, 2013 at 09:45 PM
As for closed session, they have to provide an estimated time when the information will be released to the public. They almost never do that and just make some vague statement without giving an estimated date. They also shut the cameras off even though they eventually are supposed to release the information to the public.
Bill McDonnell December 11, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Eric, and the Public Safety know it all's ...... Here are some facts about Police and Fire/Rescue costs ..... DARE you to read them. http://cliffviewpilot.com/me-first-heres-how-much-you-really-pay-for-police-fire-in-nj/ Cut and paste and read.
Eric Sauder December 12, 2013 at 03:25 PM
I'll look at it Bill but the statistics say what the statistics say. I don't know that we can afford to pay almost twice as much for those services. Or in the case of the PD twice as many fulltime policemen as the average town our size. So far the justification I heard for it hasn't moved me.

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