Ocean City bonds $2.3 million for Sandy recovery costs
OCEAN CITY — City Council approved bonding $2.3 million Thursday afternoon to fund the ongoing Hurricane Sandy cleanup.
The brief council meeting held at noon in the public library had a number of measures on the agenda to fund restoring the city’s buildings and infrastructure following the storm.
The bond ordinance appropriates $2.4 million, with the city paying $121,000 as the down payment on planned improvements.
The largest expense of that funding will be $840,000 to replace the destroyed contents of city buildings. Another half-million will go to repairing the buildings themselves, including the Music Pier, the municipal golf course pro shop, beach patrol facilities and the 46th Street fire department building.
Other improvements and repairs to be funded by the bond money will be to the Boardwalk, bulkheads, parks, traffic signals, parking facilities and the municipal airport.
The council also approved a $34,370 contract with Capri Construction Co. to repair the windows and floors in the Music Pier, which were damaged during the storm.
“The completed restoration efforts will permit the building staff to continue to advance plans to host previously scheduled stage performances and the annual First Night celebration,” said Steven Longo, the city’s manager of building and grounds, in a letter to the city purchasing manager.
Council awarded another contract to Chester A. Asher Inc. for about $55,000 to restore the 46th Street firehouse’s kitchen, living quarters, restrooms and offices. Firefighters at that station have been displaced and working out of rental properties since the storm.
The administration briefly discussed plans to expand its previously planned beach replenishment farther south to areas eroded by Sandy’s storm surge. The city has not yet received a decision from the Army Corps of Engineers about its request.
City Finance Director Frank Donato said he expects more expenses to repair other city structures to be finalized in 2013. He previously said the storm could easily cost the city more than $3 million.
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