On October 1, 2012, the State of Maryland enacted a new law with regards to towing of vehicles. This law affects the person or business that has a vehicle towed, as well as the tow company.
Tow sign owners are required to return their old sign and purchase a new tow sign and municipal tow sticker, which is to be placed on the right corner. Tow sign owners must select one tow company who will be called directly to tow vehicles and there must be one sign for every 7,500 square feet of parking space in the parking lot. Also, the tow company’s name must be provided on the sign, opposite the valid municipal tow sticker. Upon a tow violation, the person or business towing the vehicle will call the tow company direct and no longer call the Ocean City Police Department or Ocean City communications to have the vehicle towed.
In addition, tow companies are required to have stickers made with their tow company name. The tow company will give these stickers to the person/business that has an agreement with them to tow vehicles from their lot. Tow companies will not be allowed to tow from a property that does not display their sticker.
The Town of Ocean City will be providing new tow signs and stickers at City Hall. Those interested in obtaining a new tow sign or sticker can visit the Billing and Collections Department, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For questions or for more information, please contact Town of Ocean City License Inspector Mike Sherman at 410.289.8861.
Special Events Director John Sullivan has retired after over 14 years with the Town of Ocean City. Sullivan, who joined the Town in March of 1999, has spent his career working in the Recreation and Parks Department’s Special Events Division.
Since joining the Town of Ocean City, Sullivan, who is affectionately known as “Sully” by his colleagues, was responsible for the success of countless events in the resort town, including Sundaes in the Park, Concerts on the Beach, Arts Alive and numerous Springfests, Sunfests and Winterfests. While his formal responsibilities included planning, coordinating and executing the Town of Ocean City’s various special events, he was also responsible for managing hundreds of private events within Ocean City.
“I am most grateful for the opportunity to serve the residents and many guests in Ocean City,” said Sullivan. “I will miss the many wonderful and professional employees of the Town, but most of all I will miss the members of the Special Events Division.”
Sullivan has a bachelor and masters of education from the University of Delaware and a one year fellowship at Stanford University in National Security Strategy. Before joining the Town of Ocean City, he served 30 years in the United States Army, where he began his career in 1969. His plans after retirement include enjoying his children, grandchildren, playing golf and going to the beach. “I am going to miss my time as an employee of the Town of Ocean City but I am excited to enjoy every day being a Saturday.”
The Town of Ocean City is offering a mini-grant for the Bayscape Planting Program, which offers native plant material to homeowners to build a “Bayscape garden” on their property. Residents and property owners who would like to save time and money on their yard, while improving water quality and habitat for wildlife, are encouraged to plant a BayScape garden.
A BayScape garden is a beautiful landscape that is planted and maintained to benefit people, the local environment, and the Maryland Coastal Bays. Bayscapes use native plants to provide habitat for local and migratory animals, improve water quality, and reduce the need for chemical pesticides and herbicides. In addition, BayScaping is valuable for the gardener or landowner because it offers greater visual interest than lawn, reduces the time and expense of mowing, watering, fertilizing and treating lawn and garden areas.
The 2013 Bayscape Planting Program is available to all homeowners or condominium associations located within the corporate limits of the Town of Ocean City. The first 20 applicants to submit a complete grant application will be offered the plants. Applications will be accepted starting March 25, 2013 and the deadline for applicants is April 19, 2013.
Twenty grants, which are valued at $150 to pay for the plant material, will be offered. The Town will then order the requested plant and have them delivered at a predetermined date and location. Grant recipients will be responsible for the pick-up, installation and maintenance of these plants. This year, the Town of Ocean City offering trees and shrubs and the delivery date may be on a separate day.
If you have a project idea and would like an application, residents and property owners are encouraged to call Gail Blazer in the Engineering Department at (410) 289-8825 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town of Ocean City’s Public Works Department will begin conducting the spring hydrant flushing of the water system beginning March 24. The hydrant flushing, which is done bi-annually, is scheduled to be done during the early morning hours.
The project is expected to be completed by March 29. Residents and businesses are reminded that after flushing there may be a slight discoloration of the water. This is not harmful and will dissipate after a short time. If you wish to clear your pipes, run cold water for several minutes until the water runs clear.
For questions or concerns about the hydrant flushing in your area, please contact the Public Works Water Department at 410.524.8388.
Ocean City Emergency Services is continuing to monitor the path of a strong winter storm. The winter storm is currently impacting the Ocean City area and will continue to have heavy rain and sustained winds of 35 to 40 mph gusting in excess of 50 mph. Approximately two inches of rain are likely into the evening hours of Wednesday, March 6, and is projected to last through Thursday, March 7. The storm is forecasted to have the rain changing to snow sometime Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning. Snow accumulations in the coastal areas of one inch or less are expected. The next high tide for Ocean City is this afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. and Thursday morning at approximately 3:20 a.m. Due to high tide cycles and north east winds moderate flooding and some beach erosion is expected.
During the storm, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on various websites, social media outlets and through the GovDelivery system. In an effort to keep citizens informed with the most updated and accurate information, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on the following outlets:
- Town of Ocean City Alerts via GovDelivery: subscribe to GovDelivery, visit the “City Wide Alerts” tab on the Town of Ocean City’s website at http://oceancitymd.gov.
- Town of Ocean City Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TownOfOceanCity
- Town of Ocean City Twitter: @townofoceancity
- Town of Ocean City Access Channels 4 & 15
- Emergency Management Hotline: 410-723-6666
- Town of Ocean City website: www.oceancitymd.gov
- AM 1670 Advisory Radio Station
- Emergency Operation Center non-emergency number: 410-520-5281
Throughout the storm, the Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services personnel will be working closely with local and state representatives to provide citizens with timely, accurate and essential information. The Town of Ocean City encourages residents and business owners to begin to prepare for any impact the winter storm may have on Ocean City. For more information regarding winter storm preparedness, please visit: http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather