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City Council Briefs 09/29/2017

By Katie Tabeling | Sep 28, 2017

(Sept. 29, 2017) The Ocean City mayor and council discussed the following items during the Sept. 26 meeting:

Retirement

Lt. Todd Wood retired after he received a proclamation from Mayor Rick Meehan to honor his 28 years of service with the Ocean City Police Department.

Wood was brought on as a seasonal officer in 1989, and worked his way to a full-time police officer in 1991. Ultimately, he was promoted to police officer first class in 1996, sergeant in 2004, and lieutenant in 2012.

Wood was also assigned several specialty units, like Patrol Division, Traffic Safety Unit, Criminal Investigation Division and Special Projects & Events. His final role with the department was the

Services Management commander where he is responsible for managing the fleet, maintenance of the entire Public Safety Building, and the Arrest & Detention Section.

“Twenty-eight years is a long time. I had a lot of great experiences and I’ve been fortunate in my career,” Wood said. “I learned a lot and the department and city treated me well. I thank everyone I learned from.”

Water mains

The council voted unanimously to spend an additional $286,000 on water main improvements for four downtown streets that are scheduled for repaving. The city already budgeted $114,000 for such repairs out of the fiscal year 2017 water fund reserve.

“Some cases, the water mains are the oldest systems we have with leaded joints and they have a tendency to leak,” Public Works Director Hal Adkins said. “Normally, we have it covered [in the budget] but we have discovered a shortfall in what we feel would be due diligence to replace.”

The appropriated monies will be used to replace the water mains and water laterals on the following streets: Second Street (Philadelphia Avenue to the Boardwalk), Fourth Street (Baltimore Avenue to the Boardwalk), Fifth Street (St. Louis Avenue to Philadelphia Avenue) and 14th Street (between Baltimore Avenue and the Boardwalk).

Winterfest spending

The council voted unanimously to allow Special Events Superintendent Frank Miller to use $33,250 leftover funds in the Winterfest budget.

Miller was allocated $79,250 in the FY18 budget to improve the annual winter celebration for its 25th year this December. The Old Gift Shop, Santa House and the hot chocolate stand were scrapped last year.

Miller hired Riehl Quality Storage Barns, LLC to build seven new cottages for the entertainment tent at roughly $46,000.

The remaining $33,250 would be used on other decorations, such as retail displays, poinsettia trees, audio and Christmas trees.

Tram Bids

The council recognized two bid proposals to replace the Boardwalk trams.

Bus Service of Bow Garden, California and Specialty Vehicles of Henderson, Nevada entered a bid each, and they were remanded to staff for review. The expected cost to replace the eight Boardwalk trams, which have been in service the last 13 years, is between $2 million and $4 million.

Parking system proposals

The council recognized 11 proposals to upgrade Ocean City’s parking management system. These bids will give city officials an idea of what improvements could be made to the multi-space CALE parking meters on the streets and the municipal lots.

The vendors that bid include: Brekford Safety of Hanover, Maryland, COMPLUS Data Innovations Inc. of Tarrytown, New York, Emma Record of Charlotte, North Carolina, Park Mobile of Atlanta, Georgia, Republic Parking System of Chattanooga, Tennessee, OST Converging Mission and Innovation Technology, T2 Systems of British Columbia, Canada, J.J. MacKay Canada Limited of Nova Scotia, Hectronic of Brookfield, Connecticut, Parkeon Inc., and IPS Group of Kenmore, Connecticut.

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