PUBLIC WORKS 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 39 employees: a manager; an administrative office associate; 3 maintenance supervisors, 2 crew leaders, 9 heavy equipment operators, 13 maintenance employees; 2 sign technicians and 2 meter technicians; 6 janitorial service employees and 59 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 getter” crews. Weather permitting; streets are swept daily year round.
During the summer, two Elgin brooms cover the city daily, followed by three littler getter crews who sweep corners and hard-to-get spots missed by the street sweepers. Trashcans are placed throughout the town and bus stops are power washed.
Our sign department makes most signs in-house and is responsible for installing and maintaining them.
Special Events: The Street Division is responsible for the logistics of 200+ special events, for example: St. Patrick’s Day, Easter Sunrise service, Boardwalk for MS, Kite Festival (Spring & Fall), OC Air Show, White Marlin Parade, Citywide spring clean-up, Volleyball series, Ravens Parade, Eastern Surfing competitions, Play It Safe, Fireman’s Parade, Christmas Parade, American Legion Parade, Jesus on the Beach, Caine Keys II Block Party, Corvette Weekend, Coastal Clean-up Assateague, Springfest, SunFest, Bikefest, Elks Montego Bay party, Seaside 10, Winter Fest, Open House, Spring & Fall Car Cruising events, Wine Fest, Flag Day, July 4th.
For more information regarding Parking restrictions and Town Ordinances, Please visit the tab under the Towns web page for “Inlet Parking & West Ocean City Park & Ride” as well as “Additional Parking”.
The 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. Beach tractors level, drag and rake the beach to prepare the sand for sanitizing. Large beach sanitizing pieces of equipment 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. The summer operation is seven days a week starting mid-May and before the tourists arrive a 4×4 beach trash truck empties 800 trash cans daily.
Beginning at 6AM, two men in 4×4 trucks ride the beach to pick up debris by hand that the beach machine cannot pick up (i.e.-broken chairs, umbrellas, coolers, etc.). The beach is cleaned before our visiting tourists arrive.
In the evening after a sunny day and the rush of beach goers, our night shift begins. Five employees use Case tractors with specially made beach cleaning equipment to sift the 10 miles of beach each night. They keep the beach clean, leveled and looking great. All this is done to insure that when morning comes, the beach will be ready for another busy day.
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 Street south to prevent damage from winter storms. 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, reinstalling benches, trashcans and signs. The beach walkways are cleaned as well. Once summer begins, crews start at 6AM removing trash with a mini broom and specialized scrubbers to clean the Boardwalk and train lane.
Additional crews fine clean the Boardwalk where the equipment cannot reach. A three-member crew empties 280+ trashcans. Twice a week a crew uses two pressure washers to power wash the benches, trashcans and areas the machines cannot reach. At 3:30 PM a 6 man crew empties all trashcans until 12:00 midnight, seven days a week. They also handle emergency calls from police (i.e.-accident clean up, etc.)
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 2 Full Time 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, 27ths 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.
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. It is cleaned daily by the street broom and by hand. Lot is open 24 hours.
More information on our parking lots and current rates can be found on this page: https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/ocean-city-parking/