Ocean City Today

Council has full plate for strategic planning

Resort officials to finally address several items they put off for later discussions
By Katie Tabeling | Sep 14, 2017

(Sept. 15, 2017) In two weeks, the mayor, the City Council and department heads will be sequestered in the convention center to update resort government’s strategic plan and to address a growing list of other issues the council did not want to decide at the time they were introduced.

The strategic plan is an overall vision that outlines what city officials want to achieve in five, 10 and 15 years.

There are five goals in the 2016 plan: maintaining a first-class resort and tourist destination, a financially sound town government, a more livable community for residents, excellent service through a high performing town organization, and revitalizing the resort through development.

Since May, however, the council has voted or agreed to set aside discussions of several matters so they might be addressed instead during the strategic planning sessions. Those items include:

• Funding policy for nonprofit organizations, specifically those that serve Worcester County and benefit from both Ocean City and the county’s budget.

• The Life-Saving Station Museum’s request for Ocean City to commit to financial support for a proposed expansion. This expansion would include a two-story annex and bring the building to ADA compliance.

• The Baltimore Avenue right-of-way, 75-foot-wide city-owned swath on which property owners have built porches or installed signs over the last several decades.

• Plans to renovate or replace the 74th Street fire station.

• Third Street recreation complex, as the Second Street tram facility will require the relocation of the two tennis courts.

•  The Dew Tour Bowl, whether to sell it, keep it in storage or install it in the Third Street recreation complex.

• A master parks plan, which would be an overview of Ocean City’s 16 parks.

• Atlantic General Hospital’s donation request for $200,000.

•  How to increase retention of full-time Ocean City Police officers.

•  Whether to fund the general employee and public safety pension plans an additional $606,000. The pension was overbudgeted, based on actuarial assumptions that were adopted by the council in May.

Strategic planning sessions will be held Sept. 27-29.

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