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Mayor Touts Savings for Boardwalk Project in Latest Open Message

He also addressed recent broken pipes due to cold weather.

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian (File photo)
Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian (File photo)
Modular sections of deck began being added to the Ocean City Boardwalk last week as part of the boardwalk replacement project on the 500 block, Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian reported in an open message posted on the city’s website.

The sections, which measure 12 feet x 42 feet, began being lifted into place after being assembled elsewhere and transported into Ocean City, Gillian said.

“This approach is a new one and provides cost savings to the overall project,” Gillian said in his message. “As future phases of the project progress to the south this construction method will minimize the amount of time that the businesses in each particular block are impacted.”

The project is being handled by Fred M. Schiavone Construction of Malaga, and involves replacing the substructure and redecking the boardwalk with an existing stock of southern yellow pine.

Construction is expected to be complete and the boardwalk is expected to be open by the early spring.

“Walkers, runners and bikers will notice a more sturdy deck than the older sections of the boardwalk due to the materials used and the improved design,” Gillian said.

Several residents have reported their pipes are freezing and breaking this winter, an issue Gillian also addressed in his message. Although Ocean City wasn’t hit with snow the way other portions of the region were on Monday, it isn’t escaping the frigid cold of the winter.

“I ask local residents to continue to be alert for any problems in your neighborhood,” Gillian said. “Second homeowners should take steps to make certain that their properties are safe."

He added: “Hopefully February will be a milder month!”

Eric Sauder February 04, 2014 at 01:42 AM
Someone asked me if this project was bid out. If it was I missed it. Anyone know?
Jim Kolea February 04, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Maybe we can use the savings to dredge the waterways so we can use our boats?
Eric Sauder February 04, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Not to ruffle any feathers (but I probably will anyway) I can well imagine its cheaper to bid out work like this than have the City do it. People in the private sector aren't compensated the way city employees are. I really don't know what our Public Works department does so I shouldn't comment on it, but they don't maintain our sewer lines and they don't do projects like this; things a PW does do in other municipalities. They did rebuild some of the ramps. There were 4 PW vehicles there and two workers and two supervisors. I really think we need to look at these departments. I believe its Avalon that requires its own PW department to competitively bid on any job. Most of the major work is contracted out.
Eric Sauder February 04, 2014 at 12:20 PM
I'm told it was in fact bid.
propertywatcher February 04, 2014 at 03:35 PM
I'm sure if you do an online search "boardwalk bids received or approval of ......" will pop up and lead us to who, how much and when. Have you tried that? I'll try right now (it must be part of some Council Mtg.).
George February 05, 2014 at 12:42 PM
I am always bewildered that there are rarely any local contracts from Ocean City Contractors or suppliers made. It would seem to me that the tax payers would be supportive of a paying slightly more (if that were true) to have local businesses supported during these trying times. I know there isnt any on shore cement company, but there is on shore builders and lumber suppliers.
George February 05, 2014 at 12:43 PM
James. We've been assured the money is there for the dredging, the issue is the political BS and the stop everything EPA. I believe Roger Rink will get this done, but he's up against all odds with this one.

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