Dear Friends:Last evening, the administration announced that we will be holding a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00 PM with representatives from Michael Baker International to discuss road and drainage improvements for the area of 26th Street to 34th Street, West to Bay Avenue. The meeting will be held at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center located at the Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue. The representatives from Michael Baker International will make a presentation on their findings and recommendations for this area. (Read more)Last night, City Council also approved on first reading a bond ordinance that puts money in place for a north end beach replenishment project. This replenishment project is expected to start as early as fall 2015. The bond ordinance also sets aside money for alley, drain pipe and bulkhead work and communications equipment. These projects were all part of the capital plan approved by Council earlier this year.On the south end beach replenishment project the dredge “Liberty Island” returned last week but had some issues upon its return. It is now expected to be back on or around July 31st and resume operations immediately.I hope everyone has a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor Barricades block access to Simpson and Haven avenues at 32nd Street in Ocean City — a common precaution in many storms each year.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, July 24.
We have made good progress towards getting payments to farmers this year with over 93 per cent now paid and we are working hard on the final seven per cent. The burden of EU rules continues to be a barrier to some of the remaining processing so we will ensure that, as we did last year, any farmer not paid by the end of March will receive a bridging Payment in April. As the Environment Secretary has made clear, when we leave the EU we will match the £3 billion that farmers currently receive in support from the CAP until 2022, and we intend to go on supporting farmers for years to come where the environmental benefits of that spending are clear. More than 93% of farmers in England signed up to the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) have now received their payment. While the RPA continue to pay farmers, those who haven’t received their money by the end of March will be offered a bridging payment of 75% in April, Farming Minister George Eustice said today (Friday 26 January).Payments made to date are worth more than £1.5 billion. The 79,000 farmers who have been paid include a range of claim types and sizes including cross-border, young farmer and common land claims.Farming Minister George Eustice said: