The city continues to plan for a new public safety building to replace our century-old police station structure. I plan to hold a public town hall meeting this fall to share information on a potential concept and cost. Public safety is an important part of what defines “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” and it will always be a top priority for me.
We’re also planning a town hall meeting to share plans for new road and drainage projects and bayside dredging work. I will provide dates and details on these meetings as soon as they are available.
City crews continue to clear paths for storm drainage outfall pipes on the newly replenished beaches at the northern end of the island. Though they are marked, please use caution when walking or driving near the trenches at the end of the pipelines.
All registered voters should expect to receive a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 3 general election by Oct. 10. Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti prepared this 7-minute video explaining how the ballots should be completed and returned. Because the election process will be so different this year, it’s important to understand how to make sure your vote is counted. The video does a good job of providing step-by-step instructions and options for returning your ballot. More information on the election is available at capemaycountyvotes.com .
Registration is open for a new Halloween House Decorating Contest in Ocean City. This will be a safe and fun way to get in the spirit of the holiday. More information is available here.
Finally, I want to note the passing of Edwina Wagner, who died this week at age 91. Former Councilman Roy Wagner and “Winnie” are loved by many in town, and Winnie was a volunteer with St. Damien Parish, the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Clothes Closet, First Night Ocean City, the Ocean City Historical Museum and other local programs. I hope you will join Michele and me in extending deepest condolences to Roy and all of the Wagner family and friends.
Jay A. Gillian