(Aug. 9, 2019) The following took place during the Aug. 5 Ocean City Council meeting.
Moment of silence
Following the prayer and pledge, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan asked for a moment of silence for the victims of the recent mass shootings that took place in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
Council President Lloyd Martin updated members of the council about a vote that took place during a July 9 closed-session meeting.
In that meeting, the council voted to award a $40,000 beach photographer franchise contract to Jonathan Cameron.
The contract will expire on Nov. 30.
The council voted unanimously to approve three private events, one public event, session minutes and a wastewater treatment plant bid award.
The private affairs are the Surfers Healing Ocean City event on Sept. 14, the Sunfest Kite Festival, Sept. 19-22, and the Lyme Disease Awareness 5K on May 2, 2020.
The public event is the 15th Annual Bayshore Court Block Party on Aug. 31.
The Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection Phase 3 Project contract was awarded to Delmarva Veteran Builders LLC in the amount of $490,220.
The project was budgeted in the FY2020 budget for $540,000.
Councilman Mark Paddack asked City Manager Doug Miller to explain what the project would entail.
Miller said that he would look more into Paddack’s question later, as he did not want to hazard a misinformed response.
He did say, however, that essentially the project would use chemicals, such as sulfur dioxide, to treat wastewater so that pathogens do not enter the Atlantic Ocean.
Ocean City resident Tony Christ presented to the council an event called Brian’s Christmas Songbook Concert.
The event is a combination of holiday concert, performance and drug abuse lesson.
The event attempts to teach children the dangers of opioid abuse, and its goal is to help them resist the temptation of drugs.
The event is scheduled for Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Convention Center.