Daily Archives: March 3, 2014

Town of Ocean City Now Offering Online Services for Building Permits and Business Licenses

(March 3, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City is continuing to expand the online services offered to our citizens by allowing citizens, contractors and business owners the opportunity to apply for building permits (plumbing, electrical and mechanical) and business or rental licenses online.  Beginning March 3, the new online services will be available by visiting the town’s website.

By simply going online, contractors and citizens will now be able to complete the most common steps in the building permit process including applications, payments and scheduling inspections.  In addition, the online program will improve access to permit information by allowing citizens and contractors to perform inquiries directly from the Internet.
“We are very excited to offer an online option to our property owners and contractors,” said Ocean City Planning and Community Development Director, Matt Margotta.  “This will vastly improve the permit process, speed up the scheduling of inspections and will allow users to check the active permit review status.  Not only will this service be a large benefit to our customers, but it should reduce inquiry calls from the public and allow the resources of our building department personnel to be maximized.”

Along with the building permits, the new online services option allows for businesses to complete routine tasks associated with business licenses.  Citizens can search for licenses, renew licenses and pay for licenses, as well as perform “what if” scenarios to determine the impact of changes on a license.

“Having an online service for business and rental licenses is an exciting option to offer our community,” said Michael Sherman, Licensing Inspector for the Town of Ocean City.  “This will allow businesses and property owners to renew a license and pay any associated fees directly online. We hope that it will make their life a little bit easier and will be a more effective way to maintain the town’s business and rental licenses.”

While there is some limited functionality with the service, the town is confident that the new tools will be an extraordinary benefit to the citizens of Ocean City.  For questions or inquiries, citizens should visit www.oceancitymd.gov or email myocpermit@oceancitymd.gov for building permits or myoclicense@oceancitymd.gov for business or rental licenses.

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Think “Safety” While Staying Warm

As the temperatures drop below freezing and snow accumulation increases in the Ocean City area, the Ocean City Fire Department would like to remind citizens and visitors to consider fire safety when utilizing supplemental sources of heat in their homes.  According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), winter residential building fires result in an estimated average of 945 deaths, over 3,820 injuries, and $1.7 billion dollars in property loss each year.

“Usually, fires caused by heating sources occur because the devices weren’t cleaned regularly,” said Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley.  “If heating sources are placed or installed too close to combustible materials, has design or operational flaws, or were fueled improperly, they can easily become a fire hazard.  We want to citizens to be warm and be safe at the same time.”

To prevent the loss of life and property resulting from heating fires, the Ocean City Fire Department recommends a few tips to help identify potential hazards:

  • Make sure all heaters have space by keeping anything that can      burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
  • Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized      testing laboratory.
  • Make sure all fuel-burning heating equipment is vented to the      outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Only purchase portable space heaters with an automatic      shut-off so if they’re tipped over they will shut off.
  • Allow wood stove and fireplace ashes to cool before disposing      of them in a tightly covered metal container. Keep the container at least      10 feet away from your home.

For additional heating fire safety tips, visit: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/heating/hotspot.shtm.

 

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Snow Accumulating in Ocean City, As Winter Storm Travels Through the Area

(March 3, 2014) – The snow has started to cover the sand, and the roads, in Ocean City, as another winter storm travels through the lower eastern shore today, March 3. With freezing temperatures and a mixture of snow and sleet, the current weather, which began this morning, is expected to last into the evening hours. Ocean City is expected to accumulate approximately four inches of snow and experience sustained winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour, and gusts upward of 35 miles per hour.

The Town of Ocean City’s winter storm plan is in effect as crews and contractors continue cleanup efforts.  Liberal leave for Town of Ocean City employees has been authorized for today, Monday, March 3, and all Ocean City Recreation and Parks programs have been canceled. In addition, the regularly scheduled Mayor and City Council meeting set for tonight at 6 p.m. has been canceled.

“We are experiencing the expected wintery mix of ice, snow and sleet in Ocean City,” said Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services Director Joseph Theobald. “The State of Maryland has implemented the Snow Emergency Plan and we certainly encourage citizens to stay home and avoid traveling on the roads. Anyone who is on the roads today should be very cautious.”

The Ocean City Public Works Department is working diligently to clear roadways and parking lots, however; citizens are encouraged to limit travel.  If it is essential to travel, drivers should use extra caution and reduce speed if they must be on the road. For more winter driving tips, please use extra caution and follow these winter driving safety tips:  http://ocpdmdinfo.blogspot.com/2014/01/ocean-city-under-winter-storm-warning.html.

The Ocean City Fire Department is reminding citizens that ice on ponds, lakes and lagoons is unsafe.  “Each year hundreds of people are injured in ice water accidents,” said Ocean City Fire Department Lieutenant and Water Rescue Commander, Del Baker. “Many think that because the bay, pond or other body of water has been frozen for a few days, they can “skate” or play on the ice.  It is important to understand that even though the ice may look strong and safe, there is always the danger of falling through the ice and into frigid water.

The Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services Department is continue to monitor the storm and will continue to update residents and visitors as services change. Please follow @townofoceancity on twitter or visit https://www.facebook.com/TownOfOceanCity for updates.

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