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Spending on Boardwalk Project, Public Safety Equipment Under Consideration for Thursday's Council Meeting

Ocean City Council will consider an ordinance that would authorize $1,905,000 in spending and $1,809,750 in bonds and notes for improvement projects.

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Ocean City Council will consider an ordinance to authorize spending for continued reconstruction of the boardwalk and acquisition of equipment for the fire department when it meets Thursday night at city hall, 7 p.m.

Council will consider an ordinance that would authorize $1,905,000 in spending and $1,809,750 in bonds and notes for improvement projects.

A total of $1,825,000 would go toward boardwalk construction or reconstruction, according to the agenda packet.

This includes boardwalk, ramp, stair, and railing work, and covers associated professional services, all related work and any necessary items. A maximum of $1,733,50 may be borrowed for this project.

A total of $80,000 would be set aside for the acquisition of a self contained breathing apparatus and cascade air filling station for the fire department. A total of $76,000 may be borrowed for this project.

Another ordinance up for first reading includes using $160,000 from the capital improvement fund for police and fire costs.

This includes setting $43,000 aside for technological improvements for the Ocean City Police Department’s GIS server replacement, workstation replacements, software upgrades, patrol bicycles and mobile data computers.

Another $43,000 would go toward the acquisition of an ATV, weapons, patrol bicycles and mobile data computers for the police department.

Finally, $74,000 would b earmarked for a fire hose, firefighting foam, ATVs, a personal watercraft with a trailer and rescue boards for the fire department.

There are 19 items on the Consent Agenda, including the advertisement for a reconstruction project on the Boardwalk from 6th Street to Plaza Place, and an advertisement for a restoration project for the Historical Transportation Center.

A resolution rejecting a city contract and re-advertising for bids for the installation of a synthetic track surface at Carey Field is also on the Consent Agenda.

Bill Hartranft May 22, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Might be a neat way to spend Thursday night... I'll bring the popcorn.
Michael Hamilton May 22, 2014 at 09:02 PM
So why would the OCFD need "a personal watercraft with a trailer and rescue boards" when they could just tow one of the beach patrol surf boats behind a truck. After all, everyone knows just how valuable the boat is in ocean rescues-NOT (: Just ask OCBP historian Fred Miller.
Michael Hamilton May 22, 2014 at 09:09 PM
Many OCFD members were formally on the beach patrol. I am sure the old rowing skills would come back to them and they could use all those boat rescue experiences as needed. Has anyone ever witnessed an actual ocean rescue when the boat was used as the primary method???
Bill Hartranft May 22, 2014 at 09:22 PM
Michael brings another sense of this idea...after a few years of sitting on the beach at North St...reading my books and sipping a cold drink, I never saw a rescue. But saw the guards at their posts...so..they need to be there but are they best utilized and do they have the right equipment...and are the rescue boats right? I'm underwhelmed by tradition and look to the best practices.. and equipment. Thought runs to the cost and value of the old rehab of the building on Atlantic Ave.. Lot of feel goods about the rehab...but...who pays and why? And who really cares? Iconoclastic, maybe...but it's a building...and that's all it is.
Michael Hamilton May 22, 2014 at 09:40 PM
ps. Miller was on the OCBP, and he developed his "award-winning rowing technique in the summer of 1969. He said so on p.101 of his book "Ocean City Beach Patrol" an incomplete history. Apparently, Miller gave himself the award!

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