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(Sept. 4, 2020) The following took place on Tuesday during the Ocean City Council work session:

Bids

The council voted to remand to staff five bids for a wastewater treatment plant secondary clarifier improvements: M2 Construction bid bond of $877,115; Bearing Construction bid bond of $3.6 million; Michael F. Ronca & Sons Contractors bid bond of $4.4 million; American Contracting and Environmental Services bid bond of $3.8 million; and Johnston Construction Corporation bid bond of $4.8 million. 

Nuisance flood plan

The nuisance flood plan work group, composed of Councilman Tony DeLuca, Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville, City Engineer Terry McGean, Environmental Engineer Gail Blazer and Assateague Coastal Trust Executive Director Kathy Phillips, met on Aug. 12 via Zoom. 

Neville said the final steps in the flood plan had been presented and a final draft will be presented to the mayor and council, before the state’s submissions deadline of Oct. 1. 

Neville said that Ocean City already was taking many of the steps recommended by the state, and future steps will be based on four conditions: 

1. Nuisance flooding exceeds 10 to 12 times a year.

2. Flood depths reach 2 feet deep.

3. Flooding lasts more than one tide cycle.

4. Area flooded doubles or exceeds 10 percent of the community buildable area.

If one of more of these conditions are exceeded, the flood plan group will meet to evaluate data and community concerns, which will then be presented to the mayor and council. 

Final edits will be made during the Sept. 9Ocean City Green Team meeting. 

Fund transfer

The council approved a fund transfer request made by Blazer. 

She explained that the city collects mitigation fees and fee-in-lieu for stormwater and critical area mitigation programs. 

Programs include tree rebates, rain barrels, rain gardens, beach and bay plants, retrofit grants, as well as cleanup projects and the city’s dune patrol. 

To access these funds, however, the council must approve it. 

Blazer asked to transfer $25,000 — $10,000 each from storm water mitigation and critical area mitigation and $5,000 afforestation mitigation.  

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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