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(Dec. 21, 2018) The Ocean City Council awarded a contract for wastewater treatment plant concrete repairs, authorized purchasing property adjacent to the airport and resolved to reimburse more than $2 million for the Boardwalk access control project from future bond receipts during its meeting on Monday.

Concrete repairs

The council voted unanimously, with Councilman Dennis Dare absent, to award a contract for concrete repairs at the wastewater treatment plant to Maccari Companies, based in Wilmington, Delaware, for just over $30,000.

Public Works Director Hal Adkins said Maccari submitted the lowest bid among three received, coming in about $5,000 under one and more than $50,000 less than the other.

“For the record, we do have past experience with that company and they have an excellent record,” he said.

The council opened three sealed bids during its work session on Dec. 11. The repairs were budgeted at $40,000 as a wastewater department expense.

Airport property

The council approved on second reading spending $190,000, with all but 5 percent reimbursed, to purchase property adjacent to the Ocean City Municipal Airport on Sinepuxent Road by a 6-0 vote, with Councilman Dennis Dare absent. 

The council unanimously approved on first reading an ordinance to buy the six-acre parcel at 12327 Sinepuxent Road during its meeting on Dec. 3.

The property’s acquisition was required by the Federal Aviation Administration related to the required removal of off-site obstructions.

The airport master plan designated purchasing the land, which is located within an area reserved for airplane approaches, to perform tree removal. 

The city’s offer was recently accepted by the seller. The property was appraised for $170,000 on Oct. 26.

The parcel purchase price is $160,000, with $30,000 for appraisal and technical fees.

The project is eligible for grants with future FAA reimbursement of 90 percent, plus 5 percent from the Maryland Aviation Administration, with the city’s end cost tallying $9,500.

Boardwalk project

The council also unanimously passed a resolution intent to reimburse more than $2 million for the Boardwalk access control project’s second phase, which is scheduled for completion prior to Memorial Day Weekend in 2019.

City Solicitor Guy Ayres said for the city to reimburse funding from bonded projects there are federal guidelines.

Ayres said IRS regulations require the city to follow a strict process when it advances money to a project that will be subdivided and ultimately paid for through bond sales.

“In this particular project we expect the bonds not to exceed $2,053,239,” he said.

The council followed a comparable path when it adopted a resolution to reimburse $250,000 for the Boardwalk project design work during its meeting on Aug. 20.

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