(Sept. 4, 2020) The Ocean City Council on Tuesday agreed to hold a public hearing for the potential sale of city property on Judlee Avenue to adjacent property owner Del. Wayne Hartman.
“I was approached by the owner of 2600 Judlee Ave., Wayne Hartman, about the possibility of acquiring the city parcel that is immediately adjacent to his lot,” City Engineer Terry McGean said.
McGean said once such a request is made, he and other departments, such as public works and recreation and parks, evaluate the land and see if it is needed for any present or future projects.
“Neither myself, public works or recreation and parks have such a need for the parcel, so the next step then is to come to you all and ask you if you want to consider selling the parcel,” McGean said.
If a sale was desired, the council would have to hold a public hearing to declare the property as surplus and initiate the sale process.
Hartman would then be required to pay for an appraiser, chosen by city officials, to estimate the value of the property, which he would then present to the council for negotiations.
After seconding a motion to get the process going, Councilman Mark Paddack asked McGean and Public Works Director Hal Adkins to provide the mayor and council a list of similar unused properties for future sales.
“Councilman, I have already had a conversation with Mr. Adkins and we will provide that list,” City Manager Doug Miller said.
The council approved the request.