Moving Ahead, Ocean City Prepares for Next Phase of $20 Million Dredging Program

first_imgSite 83, a disposal facility in the marshlands, has been emptied out to make room for more dredge spoils as the city moves ahead with plans to deepen the shallow back bays. By Donald WittkowskiIn a major development that will boost its $20 million dredging program, Ocean City has finally emptied out a disposal site where it has been taking muddy sediment removed from its shallow back bays for decades, representatives of a consulting firm told local residents during a town meeting Saturday organized by Councilman Bob Barr.Site 83, as it is known, had to be cleaned out before the city could move ahead with the next phase of the dredging program to deepen silt-choked lagoons and channels from one end of the barrier island to the other.“Without that facility, you cannot do dredging in Ocean City,” Carol Beske, an executive with the city’s dredging consultant, ACT Engineers Inc., told the approximately 50 residents who attended the meeting at the public library.Site 83, located in the marshlands off Roosevelt Boulevard in the south end of town, has a capacity of about 300,000 cubic yards of dredge spoils. It has served as the city’s dredge disposal site since the 1970s or 1960s, Beske noted. However, the site had to be emptied out before it begins accepting new sediment from the next round of dredging projects scheduled in the fall.Now that Site 83 has been cleaned out, the convoys of noisy trucks that had been hauling the dredge spoils out of the facility have stopped. Up to 100 trucks per day had been pulling in and out of the site, kicking up dust and dirt in the process and making it unpleasant for the surrounding neighborhoods, officials said.From left, Carol Beske, of the consulting firm ACT Engineers Inc., and Councilmen Keith Hartzell and Bob Barr address the audience at Saturday’s town meeting.One resident who spoke during the town meeting, Dave Bereeden, of Victoria Lane in the Merion Park section, said the lack of truck traffic will be a relief to the neighborhoods next to the Roosevelt Boulevard corridor.“It’s nice not having 100 trucks on that road every day,” said Bereeden, who credited the city with doing a good job of overseeing the project and securing the permits.Bereeden suggested that the city should take this opportunity to beautify the Roosevelt Boulevard corridor, making it a more inviting gateway for the tourists who vacation in the beach town.“Curb appeal is very important for a tourist community,” said Bereeden, who formerly served as the city’s Public Works manager and was also an official in the business administrator’s office.Beske said the entryway to Site 83 off Roosevelt Boulevard will be landscaped to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Among other improvements, an orange mesh construction fence will be removed and replaced with something more attractive, she added.The city, meanwhile, is preparing to resume its dredging program in September. Environmental permits are already in place for dredging of Carnival Bayou, between 16th and 17th streets, South Harbor, between Tennessee Avenue and Spruce Road, and Sunny Harbor, between Arkansas Avenue and Walnut Road.Last December, the city applied for a permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct dredging along the entire length of the island. Beske said the city expects to receive word by year’s end whether the permit has been approved.Among other things, the permit application seeks permission to convert what is now a temporary access road serving Site 83 into a permanent one.Landscaping improvements planned for the entryway of Site 83 off Roosevelt Boulevard include removing an unsightly orange mesh construction fence.Having a permanent road would speed up the process of having trucks haul away the dredge spoils pumped to Site 83 through pipes. However, in the future there would only be a need to run trucks to the site perhaps two months during the year, most likely January and February, during the city’s quiet off-season, officials said.The soup-like sediment must be “de-watered” before it can be removed from the disposal site. The water makes the dredge spoils too gooey and heavy to haul away, so the muck must stay at the site until it essentially dries out.Councilman Barr, who represents the Fourth Ward neighborhoods that surround Site 83, stressed during Saturday’s meeting that Ocean City will not accept dredge spoils from other towns now that the disposal facility has been emptied out. It will be used exclusively for Ocean City’s dredging projects, he said.Barr, who was joined by four other Council members at the town meeting, called dredging the “most challenging issue” the city has dealt with for a number of years. On and off, the city has been confronted with legal fights, regulatory hurdles and the high costs of the dredging projects.“It’s been a really challenging issue for a lot of different reasons,” Barr said.Councilman Keith Hartzell said city officials have been frustrated by the regulatory restrictions and conflicts that have delayed the dredging program. In some cases, one department within a regulatory agency will give Ocean City its approval, but another department of the same agency will object, Hartzell explained.“It’s frustrating for us and at times it’s going to be frustrating for you folks,” Hartzell told the audience at the meeting.Audience members listen to a presentation on the city’s $20 million dredging program during the town meeting at the public library.The city began the first round of dredging last year as part of a $20 million program proposed by Mayor Jay Gillian for 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2017, the municipality plans to spend $7.5 million for dredging projects, said Frank Donato, the city’s chief financial officer.Some of the silt-clogged lagoons are so shallow that boat owners are trapped at their slips or must wait until high tide to gain access to the water. The city’s marinas are also threatened by the thick sediment.Hartzell said there are “many, many people” who simply can’t use the back bays because of the silting problem.To deepen the lagoons, the city is planning a comprehensive dredging program that would span the island from “tip to tip.” An estimated 1 million cubic yards of sediment must be cleared out of the lagoons and channels, enough muck to fill about 15 football stadiums.Eric Migala, another resident who spoke during Saturday’s meeting, said the shallow lagoons are preventing residents from enjoying their boats and bayfront homes. He said his boat remains stuck in mud.Migala, who lives on Waterway Road, urged city officials to begin dredging work on the adjacent channel as soon as possible to clear it out for boat traffic. The Waterway Road channel is not yet on the list of dredging projects, but city officials assured Migala they are aware of the problem and hope to address it.In a related issue, Migala objected to plans for disposing of dredge spoils at Site 83, arguing that the spill pipe used for the project will threaten the Waterway Road channel.“Site 83 is being overworked and is putting spillage into a natural waterway. I care about the well-being of a channel that is being destroyed,” Migala said in an interview after the meeting.last_img read more

US House passes green school bill, VT to get $14 million

first_imgUS House passed a bill today that would invest $6.4 billion in school modernization, renovation and repairs in fiscal year 2010. The vote was 275-155. The bill authorizes $14 million in funding to Vermont schools.HR 2187, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Act, would require that the majority of funds be used for projects that meet green building standards.US Rep Peter Welch and several other northeastern lawmakers successfully amended the bill during the last Congress to allow schools to use the funding for renewable energy and heating systems including biomass, wind, solar and geothermal. This investment in public education will support Vermont students, make-much needed improvements in their schools and save taxpayers money by reducing energy costs, Welch said. Vermont s schools have already taken the lead in converting their heating systems to woodchip and wood pellet burners. This bill will help continue that process and ensure our schools have the resources they need to thrive.Welch worked with Reps. Carol Shea-Porter, Michael Arcuri and Paul Hodes on the amendment.Source: Congressman Welch’s officelast_img read more

Mets legend Tom Seaver dies at 75

first_imgThe Mets released the following statement: Known as “The Franchise” and “Tom Terrific,” Seaver pitched in the big leagues for 20 seasons. He won 311 games and was an All-Star 12 times. Seaver is known as one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball and the Mets’ greatest player of all time. His all-time strikeouts (3,640) rank sixth in baseball. center_img (WBNG) — Mets legend and Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has passed away at the age of 75. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame website, Seaver passed away in his sleep due to complications from Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.last_img

Iraqi PM to visit Saudi, Iran in diplomatic balancing act

first_imgThey are set to stay in NEOM, an area in the kingdom’s northwest that is currently under development, and are scheduled to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with whom Kadhemi is known to have warm personal ties. Baghdad proposed a package of energy-focused development opportunities in Iraq to Saudi Arabia earlier this month, and the talks will likely focus on financing for those proposals, other infrastructure projects, and a reopening of the Arar border crossing between the two countries, the officials said.They said the delegation will then travel directly to Tehran late Tuesday, where Kadhemi is expected to meet Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Read also: Pandemic has silver lining for Iraq: food self-sufficiency Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi will travel to Saudi Arabia and Iran back-to-back next week, carefully balancing ties to regional rivals in his first foreign trip as premier, officials said Saturday.Baghdad has often found itself caught in the tug-of-war between Riyadh, Tehran and even Washington, which the premier is also set to visit within the next few weeks.On Sunday, Kadhemi will host Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad, before travelling with Iraq’s ministers of oil, electricity, planning and finance to Saudi Arabia the following day, Iraqi officials said. Kadhemi rose to the premiership in May after serving as the head of Iraq’s National Intelligence Service for nearly four years, which helped him form a close relationship with Prince Mohammed. He is also known to be respected by Iran’s intelligence services and government circles, which prompted speculation he could mediate between the two regional foes. And Kadhemi is well-liked in Washington, where he is expected later this month or in early August to pursue a strategic dialogue between Iraq and the US.It would be the first visit by an Iraqi premier to the White House in three years. US officials never extended an invitation to previous prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, whom they saw as too close to Iran.Tensions skyrocketed following a US drone strike on Baghdad in January that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.It appears Washington is now encouraging a rapprochement between Baghdad and Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia.Earlier this week, officials from Iraq, the US and the Gulf Cooperation Council discussed over teleconference an arrangement for Iraq to import electricity from Kuwait, a deal which was agreed last year but has yet to come into effect.Topics :last_img read more

Ronaldo: No plans to leave Juve anytime

first_img Loading… The 35-year-old made his 1000th career appearance last weekend, and made it clear he intends to get plenty more under his belt. “It’s a good achievement,” he added . “One thousand games means that dedication, hard work and talent pays off. “It is not easy to do 1000 games at 35 years old. I’m so happy. It’s nice but I hope to play hundreds of games more.” Despite no superstars within their ranks just yet, Inter Miami have been busy with their recruitment drive. The club splashed out £12m on highly-rated midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro from Monterrey, and have also landed former Celtic and Sunderland winger Lewis Morgan. Beckham said: “Have we got aspirations of bringing big-name players? Of course we do. Read Also:Ronaldo targets 100 more games after 1,000th career appearance “If we have the opportunity to do that then great, but we’re more than happy with the roster we have. “We have young players and a couple of experienced players. But going forward, who knows?” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he has no plans to leave Juventus anytime soon amid links with David Beckham’s new MLS franchise Inter Miami. Cristiano Ronaldo  The Portuguese striker and his long-term rival Lionel Messi were praised by Beckham last week, who claimed any team would love to sign them. Miami begin their inaugural season in the MLS on Sunday, but are yet to make a marquee signing. However any hopes Beckham had of tempting Ronaldo into a move in the near future have been dashed after the forward reaffirmed his commitment to Juve. “I’m happy,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports News. “I’m in the best club in Italy, I’m playing alongside the best players. “I’m happy we won trophies last year – and this year I hope to win as well. “As an individual I am happy. I went to Juventus to score goals and do my best and I am very happy.” Ronaldo is under contract at the Serie A giants until 2022, but is keen to prolong his playing career further.center_img Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Product That Have Wild Origin Storieslast_img read more

Temporary or emergency storage available for licensed grain facilities

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — In anticipation of higher yields this harvest season, the Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency wants to remind the state’s licensed grain facilities that they can apply for temporary or emergency storage by contacting the agency. Requests must be submitted in writing and approved by the agency’s director.“Anytime you’re looking at higher, potentially record, yields, storage space could be a challenge for some grain facilities, which is something we want to prepare for ahead of time,” said Bruce Kettler, Indiana State Department of Agriculture director. “We want every licensee to know that temporary and emergency storage is available and to contact our grain buyers agency for assistance.”To apply for temporary or emergency storage, the licensee must adhere to the following requirements, which are outlined in the Indiana Administrative Code.For temporary storage requests, the licensee must have:asphalt or concrete floor,rigid, self-supporting sidewalls,aeration,acceptable waterproof covering,access to the grain for the purpose of sampling; and,the grain must be removed by May 1, 2019, unless an extension is granted by the agency director.For emergency storage requests, the grain must be:paid in full and owned by the elevator,removed by Jan. 31, 2019, unless an extension has been granted by the agency director; and,no stored grain belonging to others is allowed.To apply for temporary or emergency storage, click here or call (317) 232-1360.last_img read more

Financial Aid Office hopes changes help

first_imgThe USC Financial Aid Office, which is preparing to send incoming freshmen their financial aid awards this week, is hoping that improvements to its process will help eliminate the confusion and concern that was prevalent last year.According to Noemi Garcia Tagorda, senior assistant dean of financial aid, the Financial Aid Office reviewed approximately 322,000 documents this year for approximately 22,000 financial aid applications. The office allocates a budget of more than $180 million dollars to more than 20,000 new and continuing students who require financial assistance.Under the direction of Katharine Harrington, dean of admission and financial aid, the Financial Aid Office has made several changes this year to speed up the process and help boost efficiency.At the beginning of this year, a number of students ran into problems with financial aid. Some students were notified that their documents had never been received, even though they had been sent. Other students had questions about their aid packages and had difficulty finding answers.To eliminate problems and confusion, Harrington initiated a dramatic redesign of the financial aid workflow.“In the past, it was mostly paper that was mailed in or faxed,” Garcia Tagorda said. “But we have this new feature called document upload. It gets information to where it needs to be so much more quickly than before.”The Financial Aid Office also redistributed staff to help process data more efficiently, even enlisting the aid of the admissions processing staff.“Things that used to take a couple of days or more are now only taking a day or two,” Garcia Tagorda said.The office also hired four new people in charge of analyzing each family’s need and two new staff members to help assemble the aid packages.“Because we have new staff, we’re really moving through it,” Garcia Tagorda said.She added that the Financial Aid Office works overtime during these weeks to ensure awards are prepared in a timely manner. USC students are hopeful that the process will indeed be more efficient this year.Monica Yap, a freshman majoring in business administration, recalled a particular incident last year that made her wonder if forms sometimes slip through the cracks.“I remember last year, for USC, we had to fax something, and it was about to be due in a couple days. And I remember USC sent this e-mail: ‘We’re sorry, there was a really high volume of faxes, and we just wanted to confirm that we got yours.’ And I thought, I guess that could definitely happen, where they just don’t get it, because so many people are turning theirs in,” she said.According to Garcia Tagorda, financial aid requires three core documents to determine awards for the majority of applications: the prior year’s tax forms, the College Scholarship Service Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.“Once we’re sure we have those three core documents, we use the documents to determine a family’s expected contribution,” she said.She did note that additional documentation might be required.“Sometimes everything we need is in [the core] documents, sometimes we need a little more,” she said.Some students said the number of documents needed for financial aid can create a lot of work.“It’s just a pain applying for USC financial aid,” said Chris Rayon, a freshman majoring in philosophy. “They tell you they need the FAFSA and the CSS Profile, but after you send that in they ask for W2s and all sorts of other stuff after the deadline they give you.”With USC’s annual cost of nearly $54,000, financial aid awards are critical to many.Garcia Tagorda said the university does its best to assist students.“We want to help families out; we want to help your situation as necessary,” she said. “In the end here, this is a partnership between parents, students and the university. I hope students know that every single person [in the Financial Aid Office] really cares that a student is dealt with in a fair, equitable and timely manner.”last_img read more

Harte names Tyrone side for Ulster semi final

first_imgTyrone manager Mickey Harte has named an unchanged side for Sunday’s Ulster semi final with Donegal.Sean Cavanagh captains the side from full forward.The lack of changes means the likes of Cathal McCarron, Justin McMahon and Darren McCurry must start on the bench.last_img

State Trooper says don’t swerve out of your lane to avoid an accident

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Two vehicles were involved in an accident today on Bagley St. in Alpena.One vehicle was turning left to go south from the Wolverine Credit Union but it did not yield to a vehicle heading north. The vehicle heading north tried to swerve and avoid contact but it was unavoidable. They collided, which sent the swerving vehicle into a ditch on the other side of the road.Tpr. Luke Simmons says that in situations like these, staying in your lane is the best action you can take. “No collision is ideal, but you have a better chance of avoiding injury or another collision by braking and staying in your lane rather than having a head on collision, which is typically what happens when cars swerve out of their lane,” he said.Both drivers were treated for their injuries on the scene and were released shortly afterwards.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, michigan state policeContinue ReadingPrevious Entries being accepted for the Besser Museums “Winter Blues” exhibitNext Alpena woman sentenced 10-20 years for sexually assaulting her sonlast_img read more