Fish Tales Canal

Ocean City Council members opened bids to dredge a canal located behind Fish Tales near 21st Street.

The Ocean City Mayor and City Council held its regularly scheduled work session on Aug. 31 and discussed the following items:

Canal dredging

Two bids to dredge approximately 8,400 cubic yards of sand from a canal behind Fish Tales at 22nd Street were opened during Tuesday’s work session.

City Engineer Terry McGean told City Council members that the capital improvement project is estimated to cost $435,000 of which half, or $258,000, will be covered with a grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 

The first bid opened by City Manager Doug Miller and Councilman Tony DeLuca was from Salisbury-based Murtech Marine Division, for $407, 714. The second bid, from Brittingham Construction & Landscape in Berlin was for $387,175.

Both grants were recognized by City Council members and forwarded to staff for review.

Convention center zoo

City Council members approved a request from the Autumn Home and Condo Show promoter, Jeannette Trimper, to allow non-domesticated animals to be on display outside of the Roland D. Powell Convention Center, during the event.

Funny Farm petting zoo in Salisbury wants to bring animals like bunnies, chicks, and other animals that people can find at local pet stores and tractor supply shops, as well as pony rides for people less than 50 pounds.

Trimper assured the council that the Condo show, and Funny Farm would have the appropriate insurance.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Councilman Mark Paddack told Trimper, before the council voted 6-0 to approve it.

Bike festival

Final revisions of the memorandum of understanding for the Ocean City Bike Festival, scheduled for Sept. 15-19, were approved by City Council on Tuesday.

The event, which will feature national recording artists like Kid Rock, Brett Michaels, and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, is expected to attract between 150,000 and 175,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to Ocean City.

Also, the event will include a Boardwalk parade in the afternoon.

Mayor Rick Meehan had just a few minor tweaks before the MOU was approved, that included making sure burnout marks are not left in the inlet parking lot or Boardwalk, and if any are made, the party that created the mark be charged for repairs. He also asked that bicycle companies be notified that the Boardwalk rides are taking place at a time when they typically rent bikes.

The council voted 6-0 to approve the MOU.

Citywide elevators

City Council members agreed to award a contract to Action Elevator to maintain the city’s 16 elevators and escalators in buildings across town, though it was not the lowest bid.

Action Elevator submitted a bid for the contract in early August for $146,680 – the project was budgeted at $102,000. A lower bid from Otis Elevator in the amount of $129,240 was also submitted at the time, but according to Procurement Manager Catrice Parsons, the city has had fairly recent issues with the company.

Parsons explained that the issues eventually lead the city to file a vendor complaint form.

As far as where the additional $44,680 would come from, Parson said she would work with Budget Manager Jennie Knapp.

Parsons added that the contract is for the next three years.

This story appears in the print version of Ocean City Today on Sept. 3, 2021.

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