Mayor's Update - Jan. 12, 2018

Date: January 12, 2018
Dear Friends,
The temperature extremes and the extensive plowing during last week’s blizzard have been hard on our roads. I’ve instructed our Public Works team to set up a hotline for citizens to report potholes or Ocean City streets in need of immediate repair. Call 609-525-9271 any time 24 hours a day or visit to let us know what work needs to be done.
Crews are back at work on the boardwalk reconstruction project between 10th Street and 12th Street and remain on schedule. Work on the neighborhood drainage project in the Fourth Ward will resume on Monday. We’ve awarded a $7.9 million contract for another neighborhood drainage project in the First Ward in the area between First Street and Eighth Street, and work there is expected to begin in February. A separate project to improve surrounding streets in the First Ward began today.
South Jersey Gas contractors will begin work on a natural gas main renewal project in Ocean City on Jan. 24, weather permitting. The project will begin near where Roosevelt Boulevard meets Bay Avenue and will continue up 34th Street. The right lane of inbound traffic will be closed during construction work. See maps and more detail on this project and its later stages on nearby streets.
It’s a lot of work on every part of the island, and as always, I thank you for your patience as we tackle these multiple projects over the off-season.
Finally, I want to remind everybody of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School. The event brings together the entire community to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. If you’ve never attended, I absolutely encourage you to do so. The program is always inspirational and a reminder that all great things come from working together. I also invite everybody to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday. Volunteers can meet at the Senior Center (18th Street and Simpson Avenue) at 9 a.m. Jan. 15 to get supplies and assignments.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Warm regards,
Jay A. Gillian