A small section of decking on a new wide turn at Fifth Street was part of the work done in the first phase of an Ocean City Boardwalk replacement project.Ocean City Council will vote Thursday on an ordinance that would authorize spending $1,825,000 to continue a project to replace the entire Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth Street and 12th Street.The appropriation would cover a complete replacement of the substructure and decking between Sixth Street and Plaza Place (just north of Seventh Street). The first phase of the multiyear project (between Fifth and Sixth streets) was completed in April.As with the first phase, an existing stock of southern yellow pine will be used as decking with work likely to begin in the fall. A separate resolution on Thursday’s council agenda authorizes advertising for bids from potential contractors.The red line marks the project area for phase 2 of an Ocean City Boardwalk replacement project.The project will include reconfiguring the boardwalk ramp at Sixth Street, eliminating the north ramp and doubling the width of the south ramp to 24 feet. It also will include a redesign of the public restrooms there — with the building facing the ocean.The appropriation is part of an ordinance that authorizes $1.9 million in spending and $1.8 million in borrowing. The appropriation also includes $80,000 for self-contained breathing apparatus for the Ocean City Fire Department.The ordinance would require a second reading and vote from council before it could take effect.A separate ordinance asks council to appropriate $160,000 from a capital improvement fund broken down as follows:$43,000 for police technology upgrades$43,000 for police equipment, including ATVs, weapons, bicycles and mobile computers$74,000 for fire department equipment including fire hose, ATVs, personal watercraft with trailer and rescue boards.The ordinances are part of the City Council meeting, open to the public, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday (May 22) at Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall. See complete agenda.Agenda items include advertising for bids to fix repair the historic Transportation Center at 10th Street and Haven Avenue, which was damaged by 24 inches of floodwater during Superstorm Sandy.Council also will vote on awarding a professional services contract for a study of West Avenue traffic and bike configurations between 34th Street and North Street.For complete documentation on all agenda items, see the City Council agenda packet or read below.Download (PDF, 3.58MB)__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook
Asmir Begović hinted that he won’t leave Stoke in January transitional period, reports FENA.This 25 year old BiH goalkeeper is wanted by several English clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal Liverpool, but said that he will remain on Britannia Stadium.”As far as I know, I’m staying in Stoke” – said Begović for Sky Sports News.‘I don’t see anything happening now. I think that time’s passed. I’m just concentrating on what I need to do here.’Coach Tony Pulis is allegedly planning to bring another goalkeeper, 19 year old Jack Butland from Birmingham, and Begović said that his coming would be good for the team, because it would bring a healthy dose of competition.”If he come, I’ll welcome him, because he’s a very talented man, and I’m certain that he’ll be a good addition to our team”, said Begović.