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Letter From Mayor: Updates on 2014 Budget and Improvement Projects

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian provides updates on Merion Park, City Hall, Boardwalk reconstruction, skate park, south end beach project, dredging and more.

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian
Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian

January 17, 2014

Dear Friends:

A few quick updates:

  1. I will present the Administration’s recommended 2014 operating budget to City Council on January 23, 2014.  I plan to present a lean but responsible budget that maintains the level of services that our residents, property owners and visitors expect.
  2. The Administration will present City Council with our recommended Capital Improvement Plan on February 13, 2014, along with a funding ordinance for their consideration.  The plan will continue an aggressive approach to much needed infrastructure improvements.
  3. The Administration will ask City Council to authorize going to bid for the Merion Park road and drainage improvements at the same meeting on February 13th.
  4. The boardwalk replacement project in the 500 block remains on schedule for a spring completion.  Sections of decking that have been constructed off site will begin to be installed shortly.
  5. The restoration of the ground floor of City Hall remains on schedule for a March completion.
  6. The repaving of 7th and 8th Streets and associated drainage improvements remains significantly behind schedule.  We are doing everything we can to expedite the completion of this project.
  7. I continue to discuss the possible location of the new skate park with a committee from City Council.  I believe we will reach a consensus on the location shortly.
  8. We continue to explore every viable option for further bayfront / lagoon dredging, including the work that was not completed last year and Snug Harbor.  Accomplishing this will require the disposal site under Route 52 to be enlarged.  Permitting for this is underway.
  9. We continue to attempt to clarify the Army Corps’ schedule for beach replenishment in the south end

Warm regards,

Jay A. Gillian
Mayor

Shawn January 17, 2014 at 07:30 PM
When will the problem of street flooding on Haven Ave near 30th addressed? After 8 yrs of ownership its getting irritating as hell
ocpfan January 17, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Welcome to Ocean City! Unless your a resident and can vote - Good Luck. Second home owners have no voice in how the city is run.
Oceancity Resident January 18, 2014 at 06:46 AM
Shawn, You are built on a swamp there. You should have known it always has and always will flood there.
wendy smith January 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM
#9. Attempting to clarify. That sounds promising. The Army Corp has told numerous residents this project is NOT happening until after the summer at the earliest. Why is there such disconnect between them and city officials?
Eric Sauder January 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Oh boy ... another "lean but responsible budget that maintains the level of services that our residents, property owners and visitors expect." After everyone get's theirs there won't be much of anything left. Fortunately we can still borrow money. If it wasn't for that we wouldn't be able to make any improvements.
Eric Sauder January 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I don't know about the rest of you but I have different expectations.
Eric Sauder January 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM
I think its good that we're starting to address infrastructure but boy do we have a long way to go and I don't know that we can borrow enough money to meet the need.
Frank Brady January 18, 2014 at 12:33 PM
The discussions on the skatepark are very interesting It appears every couple months for the last year or two with no progress . Talk about politics. Just pick a spot and build it already. The stall tactics are getting old. The kids need a place to skate other than traveling to other towns for the last two years. Let's do it!!!
CleanOC January 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM
I support kids programs but this park is a lot of money. For who and why. Is it needed? Could this money be better spent reaching more kids? It reminds me of the pickle ball court request. Who are they and do they live in town? Why do we entertain everyone's wants? Why not improve what we have. Ex. Turf field at high school.
Eric Sauder January 18, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Perhaps but I do see the need. I've had to shoe skate boarders off of a private parking lot. Whatever the case may be I'm hearing from families that there's little for kids to do here. I think they should be included in our plans. As for Frank's comment this is an election year when what the voters want suddenly matters. So have faith. I'll bet we'll soon have that skate board park.
OCnjOC January 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM
I want an ice skating rink, I am tired of driving to Atlantic City. AC has one, WW has one, where is mine! waaaah! waaaah! waaah! You people are mean and grumpy if you don't put in a rink.

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