City Council Honors Student Reps, Appoints Housing Authority Members, Expands Tourism Commission

City Council Honors Student Reps, Appoints Housing Authority Members, Expands Tourism Commission

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Aine Boyle (left) and Lauren Vetter are honored by (from left) Councilman Keith Hartzell, Environmental Commission Chairman Pete Ault and Ocean City Communications Manager Laurie Howey.

At its public meeting Thursday (July 24) at City Hall in Ocean City, City Council moved to rezone Palermo’s Family Market for duplexes and approved a $1-a-year lease for the American Legion to use city-owned property, but here are five other things that might be of interest:

  • Student Reps on Environmental Commission: City Council honored Aine Boyle and Lauren Vetter for the service as student representatives on the Ocean City Environmental Commission. Chairman Pete Ault said the two were exceptionally active and valuable members of the commission during their service in the past year.
  • Housing Authority appointments: City Council voted to appoint Bob Barr, Scott Halliday and Edmond Speitel to the Ocean City Housing Authority to replace three members who resigned in May. Read more about the resignations. Council also voted to appoint Mike Hyson, Theresa Ifkovits and Robert McNeill to the Utility Advisory Commission; and Marjorie Brooks and Sara Allison Maas as alternate members of the Environmental Commission.
  • Tourist Development Commission: In a 6-1 vote (with Councilman Pete Guinosso dissenting), City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance that adds two non-voting members to the city’s Tourist Development Commission. The city administration said the change gives different segments of the business community better representation on the board. Guinosso said he’d like to see the new members have voting privileges and be subject to financial disclosure as full members are.
  • Beach Replenishment: City Council passed the second reading of an ordinance that grants easements on city-owned property in advance of a fall beach replenishment project for the south end. In the process of gathering easements from private landowners, the city obtained new parcels, making the ordinance necessary.
  • Christian Brothers Retreat: Council OKed a resolution accepting a $15,000 payment in exchange for the use of an ADA accessible ramp at 27th Street during construction of duplexes at the demolished seaside retreat on the beachfront at 31st Street.