Ocean City Council Briefs

Ocean City Council Briefs

(May 3, 2013) Ocean City Council discussed the following matters during its April 30, 2013 session:


PW inventors thanked

City Risk Manager Eric Lagstrom wished to publicly acknowledge a group of city maintenance employees for their innovative efforts to reduce injuries by creating a hoist for Boardwalk benches.

“As you know, we’ve had an increased number of worker’s compensation claims,” Lagstrom said, adding that several recent injuries have resulted from moving of Boardwalk benches, which weigh roughly 200 pounds each.

In response, employees Vince Holloway, John Morole, Terry Steimer, and Fred Wimbrow designed and fabricated a trailer-mounted hoist that allows a single person to load and transport the benches with ease.

The city’s Boardwalk bench program has been highly successful since its inception, allowing private parties to buy benches and dedicate them in appreciation or memoriam. However, the 690 benches currently on the boards have become an increasing logistical burden for the city’s Public Works department, which must relocate them for special events, construction, and after many were washed about the Boardwalk by Hurricane Sandy.

“I’ve probably lifted all 690 at one time or another,” Steimer said. “The constant aggravation of doing that day after day just wears on a person.”


Webcast grant OKd

Council approved a request form the city’s Tourism Advisory Board to use $4,000 of the board’s discretionary funds to finance a webcast of the Eastern Surfing Association’s mid-Atlantic regional championship competition, which will take place in the resort on May 9-12.

TAB Chairman Greg Shockley said the webcast would hope to generate considerable buzz and publicity for the resort and its surfing.

“It’ll enable surfers around the world to watch the regionals on their computers at home,” he said. “They’re expecting in the neighborhood of 600 surfers to compete.”

The competition will likely be able to sell enough of its own advertising and sponsorship opportunities to cover broadcasting costs in the future, Shockley said.


Banners on bridge

Council approved a proposal by city Public Works Director Hal Adkins to place promotional banners for events on the Route 50 bridge, in response to the city having to close its banner program on Baltimore Avenue.

“We started getting inquiries from special event promoters about other opportunities after we stopped the program,” Adkins said. The city discovered recently that its practice of hanging promotional banners between utility poles across Baltimore Avenue was a serious safety hazard and had been disallowed by Delmarva Power some years ago.

The bridge, according to Adkins, has 13 fixtures for welcome banners, as well as 16 fixtures to hang lighted snowflakes during the Winterfest and Light Up Downtown events. These could be easily used for other events as well, and Delmarva Power saw no problem with doing so.

“We may already have interest from groups such as the Dew Tour and the air show, and I know for a fact that we already have interest from the gentleman sitting behind me, Mr. Motsko,” Adkins said.

White Marlin Open organizer Jim Motsko attended the meeting in support of the proposal.

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