Ocean City Today

City Council Briefs 08/25/2017

The City Council discussed the following items during a public meeting at city hall on Monday, Aug. 21:
Aug 24, 2017

The City Council discussed the following items during a public meeting at city hall on Monday, Aug. 21.:

OCCC phase II

The council unanimously passed a memorandum of understanding that allows the Maryland Stadium Authority to continue managing the design and construction of the convention center’s third expansion.

The third and final expansion includes adding a 30,000-square foot hall that would attach to Exhibit Hall A and B on the first floor, where the general area where trade shows and competitive sports take place. A bayfront walkway would also be installed.

The fiscal impact to the resort would be $1 million, which would to be reimbursed through a future bond issue per mayor and council resolution and a state grant, according to the agenda.

Rip current award

The Beach Patrol was recognized for rip current awareness and prevention efforts by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As the first organization to start reporting rip currents to the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Virginia, the Beach Patrol contributed to building the national model for the program.

“We deal with six different lifeguard groups in three different states. Ocean City lifeguarding group by far is the most organized and accurate that help us help the citizens,” said Scott Schumann, National Weather Service Information Technology Officer and Rip Current Program Coordinator.

Budget amendment

The council unanimously passed a budget amendment on second reading that recognizes an additional $9.84 million in last year’s financial plan.

Highlights of expenses include land purchases at $3.3 million, which required a bond, and a capital lease for new emergency radio equipment at $5.8 million. Budget Manager Jennie Knapp previously said the loan for the radios will be covered through the water tower cell antennae monthly fees paid by users.

142nd Street traffic

Big-rig trucks will no longer be able to use 142nd Street as a shortcut to Coastal Highway, as the City Council unanimously agreed to amend the traffic regulations.

A new sign reading ‘‘thru trucks prohibited on 142nd Street St. Use Rt. 54” will be installed at 142nd Street’s entrance from Coastal Highway. The existing trucks prohibited sign on Dukes Avenue will be replaced with a sign with a similar message.

The traffic regulation was recommended by the Police Commission, after Councilman Dennis Dare heard complaints from residents in that area.

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