City Council adopted a five-year plan for capital improvements last night. The plan continues our aggressive approach to tackling the infrastructure work requested and demanded by our taxpayers. The biggest part dedicates $32 million to paving and drainage, including $6 million for new neighborhood drainage projects. A copy of the capital plan presentation and related documents are available at www.ocnj.us/projects.
Council also heard a presentation from Brittany Battle, an Ocean City High School graduate who is helping to organize a Juneteenth celebration to educate families on the contributions of the black community to our town and region. She is also working with the Ocean City Historical Museum on an exhibit revisiting the history of our African American community. A reception at the museum is planned for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 23, and I encourage everybody to come out and see the new exhibit.
Ocean City’s Adopt-A-Beach program is seeking new volunteers. Many of our beaches are now open for adoption. The Adopt-A-Beach program asks participants to commit to two beach cleanups each year and to walking the “adopted” beach whenever possible to pick up litter. Your group, company or family name will appear on a sign posted at your designated beach. This program is funded by a Clean Communities grant. See more information on registering for the program.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Jay A. Gillian