OCEAN CITY MAINTENANCE
Maintenance Manager: Thomas B. Dy – 410-524-0391
Administrative Office Associate I: Maryann Johnson – 410-524-0391
Public Works Maintenance Division is one of nine divisions in the Ocean City Public Works Department. It has 34 employees: a manager; an administrative office associate; 4 maintenance supervisors; 3 crew leaders; 7 heavy equipment operators; 9 maintenance employees; 2 sign technicians; 3 meter technicians; janitorial service employees and 69 seasonal summer employees. Responsibilities cover a variety of jobs, which come under 5 subdivisions. It is because of this that the Public Works Maintenance Division is so diverse.
This Sub-Division has the largest budget. It covers all 10 miles of Ocean City, cleaning streets, painting curbs, striping parking spots and double yellow lines, painting fire hydrants, operating street brooms, cleaning storm drains and cleaning by the “litter gitter” crews. Weather permitting; streets are swept daily year round.
During the summer, three Elgin brooms cover the city daily, followed by three litter gitter crews who sweep corners and hard-to-get spots missed by the street sweepers. Trashcans are placed throughout town and bus stops are steam cleaned.
Our sign department makes most signs in-house, and is responsible for installing and maintaining them.
The Street Division is also responsible for several special jobs. The weed-spraying program consists of crews who spray curb lines to prevent weeds. The mosquito-spraying program has crews spraying as needed. These jobs require specialized training and certification.
The Street Division is responsible for the logistics of 120+ special events, for example: St. Patrick’s Day, Easter Sunrise Service, Boardwalk Walk for MS, Kite Festival Spring/Fall, Festival of Music, Springfest, White Marlin Parade, Citywide Spring Clean-up, volleyball series, Ravens Parade, Eastern Surfing competitions, Play It Safe, puppet shows, Fireman’s Parade, Christmas Parade, American Legion Parade, Jesus on the Beach, Caine Keys II Block Party, Corvette Weekend, Coastal Clean-up Assateague, Sunfest, Elks Montego Bay Party, Seaside 10, Winterfest, Open House, spring and fall car cruises, Winefest, Flag Day, July 4th.
The new Cale pay stations have replaced the mechanical parking meters that were once installed on the streets throughout the town. These pay stations are in operation from 7am to midnight at a rate of $1.50 per hour and are in effect from April to mid October. These pay stations are fully automated and accept credit cards and quarters and are maintained by the Public Works Maintenance Division.
The operation uses three street brooms, 14 trucks, four arrow boards, forklift, mosquito sprayer, two paint stripers, Kango hammer drill, two augers, air compressor, utility trailer, two judges stands, 40’ stage, one bleacher unit.
This Sub-Division takes great pride in maintaining the beach. The process begins in March with removal of the sand fence and filter cloth that was installed in the fall to prevent sand from blowing on the streets and boardwalk. Six-beach tractors level, drag and rake the beach to prepare the sand for sanitizing. Five large beach sanitizers are pulled behind the tractors to sift the sand and pick up debris. This process to get the beach ready for summer takes about two months. Also, a crew installs signs and repairs any sand fence damaged over the winter
In mid-May, handicap beach ramps are placed on the south end of town, along with 800 trashcans and 250 recycling cans.
Two staff members work with specialized equipment, removing sand that has built up on the vehicle and pedestrian crossovers, an on-going job due to the weather. The summer operation is seven days a week starting mid-May.
A typical day: 5 a.m., two Broyhill barrel dumpers empty 800 trashcans. 6 a.m., two men in 4×4 trucks ride the beach to pick up debris by hand that the beach machine and Broyhill cannot pick up, i.e. broken beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, etc. One person on the beach tractor with a specially made 14-foot rake, cleans the water’s edge that beach sanitizers cannot do at night. Another person fine cleans the beach on Boardwalk’s east side where equipment cannot reach. These tasks are completed in the early hours before tourists arrive.
After a sunny day and the rush of the beachgoers, the night shift begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 3:30 a.m. – or longer if needed. Five employees use tractors with specially made sanitizers to sift the 10 miles of beach each night. They keep the beach clean, leveled and looking great. However, in the past it is has been difficult to keep the wet sand clean since our present equipment could not handle that type of detailing. Therefore, to aid in the cleaning of the beach, the department has added a Barber machine that will clean the wet sand such as the water’s edge. Together, this will insure that when everyone wakes up, the beach will be ready for another busy day. The beach operation uses six Case tractors, five beach sanitizers, two Broyhill barrel dumpers, a Posi Track, a Bobcat, a Barber walk behind sand cleaner, two 14-foot beach rakes, two 12-foot beach levelers, four 12-foot beach wagons and two 4×4 trucks.
The Boardwalk Sub-Division maintains the two and one-half miles of Boardwalk which is a seven-day-a-week, 365-day-a-year job.
In November, many benches and trashcans are removed from 4th St. south to prevent damage from winter storms. They are cleaned and painted for next season. During the winter it is a daily job to keep the Boardwalk clean from blowing sand.
In mid-March, we start getting ready for summer. We stripe the train lane and reinstall benches, trashcans and signs. The Beach walkways are cleaned as well. Once summer begins, crews start at 5 a.m. removing trash with a mini broom and specialized scrubbers clean the Boardwalk and train lane.
Starting at 6 a.m. a crew fine cleans the Boardwalk where the equipment cannot reach. A three-member crew empties 280 trashcans. Twice a week a crew uses two pressure washers to steam clean the benches, trashcans and areas the machines cannot reach. At 4 p.m. a three-man crew empties all trashcans until 12:30 a.m., seven nights a week. They also handle emergency calls from police, i.e. accident clean up, etc.
The Boardwalk operation uses two scrubbers, two mini brooms, one Green machine, two steam cleaners, a tractor broom, and a mini garbage truck.
In 2005, the boardwalk received a facelift with the installation of the new boardwalk benches and new trash cans. Gone are the old wooden benches and the painted barrels on the boardwalk.
Each winter, we replace the old, worn-out boards on the boardwalk. This project is completed in phases and thus, the location changes each year. However, any broken or damaged board that is not part of the current phase is replaced to ensure our visitor’s safety.
This Sub-Division is divided into two categories — Night Janitorial Crew and Comfort Station Attendants. The Night Janitorial Crew has 4 employees who are responsible for cleaning the Town’s office buildings. They sweep, vacuum, dust, empty trashcans, clean windows, strip and wax floors and handle any special requests.
The Comfort Station crew has 3 year-round employees who take care of eight comfort stations: Park-n-Ride West Ocean City, Transit Center, Worcester St., Caroline St., 9th St. and Boardwalk, 27th St. and Boardwalk, 3rd St., St. Louis Ave. and the new transit center on 144th Street. During summer we add 22 seasonal staff. This ensures residents and visitors a clean and safe comfort station.
Equipment used includes two vans and various other small pieces of equipment.
PARKING LOTS SUB-DIVISION
There are 10 parking lots owned and operated by the Town. The largest, the Hugh T. Cropper Inlet Parking Lot, has 1,200 parking spaces and is a ticketed system. It is cleaned daily by the street broom and by hand. Each year the lot is striped, signs installed and ticket booths readied for summer. This is a seven-day-a-week, 24-hour-a-day operation. It involves hiring 14 seasonal employees to operate 4 ticket booths. The Inlet Lot generates an estimated $2.7 million per season.
In 2006, we replaced the mechanical parking meters with the new Cale pay stations in all City owned parking lots. These pay stations are fully automated and they accept credit cards or quarters. They are in effect 24 hours a day, seven-days a week starting the third week in October each year and are installed and maintained by our Division. However, this installation starts prior to the season with our meter technician preparing the pay stations, which includes cleaning and testing them to insure they are functioning properly.
The 100th Street Parking Lot also has the Cale pay stations installed and a special area for boats, trailers and other watercraft parking. The cost for vehicles will be $10.00 per day and/or $40.00 per week. The cost for boat/trailer parking is $10.00 per day and/or $50.00 per week. This parking lot will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week starting April 15 – October 15 each year.