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(Oct. 11, 2019) The following took place during Monday night’s City Council meeting:

Land parcel

On April 30, the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company requested permission to absorb a parcel of government-owned land for Station No. 5 in West Ocean City. 

Public Works Director Hal Adkins explained that the request had been made to expand the fire company’s live-in program, storage space and office space. 

The council had voted to approve the request on the basis that Worcester County also gave its approval, which it did, Adkins said. 

Members of the council voted unanimously to move the request to convey the land parcel to first reading on Oct. 21.

Ordinance 2019-15

Members of City Council voted unanimously to adopt on second reading ordinance 2019-15, which amends and restates the Ocean City, Maryland, Public Employees’ Pension Plan and Trust and Employees of Ocean City, Maryland, Pension Plan and Trust. 

“Over time, ordinances are passed as amendments to the plan(s) to change benefits, participant eligibility, etc., however, the ‘master copies’ are not automatically updated each time …” said Heather Stansbury, Office of City Solicitor. “Ordinance 2019-15 simply acknowledges that the language of previously passed ordinances amending the plan(s) have now been incorporated into the ‘master copies.’” 

Fire Prevention Week

Mayor Rick Meehan began Monday’s meeting by proclaiming Oct. 6-12 as Fire Prevention Week. 

“We couldn’t … protect our citizens without the services of our fire company,” Meehan said. “They are the unsung heroes of our community.”

Meehan said it was important for residents to do their part, and create fire safety plans and teach young children how to call 911, to reduce potential harm and death. 

“Our overarching goal is to prevent the 911 call,” Fire Chief Richie Bowers said. “We are here for you, if you need your smoke alarm checked, contact us, we will come and check your smoke alarm. 

As a matter of fact, if you need a new smoke alarm or battery, we will replace it at no charge,” he added. 

Future meetings 

Transportation Committee — Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m. in the Public Works conference room located on 204 65th Street. Building E. 

Agenda items include scheduled versus actual deployment, Uber/Lyft ridership impacts and updates on tram revenue, deployment and ridership. 

Police Commission — Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 9 a.m. in the Public Safety Building. Agenda items include updates on seasonal officer and public safety aide recruitment, bike light distribution, sleeping at transit facilities, overnight sleeping at the inlet parking lot and pier, a false alarm appeal and a taxi permit appeal. 

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