Council OKs Zoning Incentive for Single-Family Homes

first_imgSea of duplexes at the south end of Ocean City.By Missy RittiFor OCNJ DailyCity Council on Thursday adopted a measure intended to encourage single-family home construction in areas otherwise dominated by duplexes — with the goal of growing Ocean City’s year-round population.Council adopted, on second reading, an ordinance that amends zoning to allow single family homes built on zoned-duplex lots to feature two-and-a-half stories.Homebuyers and builders who take advantage of the amended zoning ordinance must still conform to the height and setback requirements of neighboring duplex units, according to City Solicitor Dottie McCrosson.“This ordinance will not increase the size of the building in any way,” she told council members. “There is no additional mass or bulk. It adds habitable space in what would otherwise be the attic.”The ordinance passed 6-1, with Councilman Peter Guinosso casting the lone dissenting vote.Also Thursday, City Council introduced and approved a $513,448 budget for the Special Improvement Districts (SIDs) – the downtown section of Asbury Avenue, the gateway portion of Ninth Street and the retail section of the Ocean City Boardwalk.Chief Financial Officer Frank Donato III said the majority of the budget – which is funded by assessments on businesses within the SIDs – goes to the advertising and promotion of various events each year, including fall and spring block parties, fall fireworks, Mummers nights and more. The SIDs budget will be presented again to City Council for final adoption in January.City Council had an introduction and first reading of an ordinance that would reduce by half the number of bicycle-cart licenses that will be issued in 2016. McCrosson told council members that the decision to offer just 10 bicycle-cart licenses next year, instead of the 20 that were previously available, comes as a result of the recommendation by City Purchasing Manager Joseph Clark “based on historic demand.” Other changes recommended include allowing one vendor to bid on all 10 licenses, and specifying that bicycle-cart sales cease at 6 p.m. instead of sunset.City Council agreed to borrow $1,995,000 to put toward a planned $2.1 million road and drainage improvement project with work concentrated in the area of 14th to 17th Streets, from Bay Avenue to the bay and including side streets such as Sunset Place and Bayonne Place. City Council President Keith Hartzell was “particularly happy” about the project, which he called “overdue.”“It is excellent that it’s being attended to,” Hartzell added.Paving could begin as early as late winter, once utility companies complete work already underway in the area.last_img read more

The Mishawaka Schools are discussing their plans for reopening

first_img Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Facebook WhatsApp The Mishawaka Schools are discussing their plans for reopening Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied/School City of Mishawaka) The School City of Mishawaka is looking into their plans to reopen their schools.Looking ahead to the future reopening plan was one of several topics discussed during a virtual meeting on Wednesday. WNDU reports that board members were given a plan outlining how they can reopen while following the national, state and local guidelines.On Monday, May 18 all maintenance and custodial staff will resume working on-site with a modified schedule. Limited re-entry for teachers and support staff will follow on May 20.Discussions about future operations, including athletics, are still ongoing — but a physical graduation ceremony is planned for late July. Twitter By Tommie Lee – May 14, 2020 0 462 Google+ Previous articleAlyssa Shephard files formal appeal in deadly school bus stop collisionNext articleHow To Help Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s During COVID-19 Tommie Lee WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Laptop theft increases, NDSP alerts rectors

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) received reports of seven laptop thefts from residence halls — mostly girls’ dorms — on campus since the end of January, according to an e-mail sent to rectors Wednesday. NDSP Crime Prevention Officer Keri Kei Shibata sent the e-mail asking rectors to remind students to lock doors and be aware of suspicious activity. “In six of these cases the thefts occurred in female residence halls,” the e-mail stated. “These thefts have primarily occurred in the afternoon hours. Some of the thefts have occurred when a resident was in the room sleeping.” In the most recent case, NDSP reported a college-aged female was going door-to-door in the residence hall asking about lost headphones around the time of the theft. The incident may or may not be related to the theft, the e-mail stated. According to NDSP, the female was described between 20 and 22 years of age. She was black with black, shoulder-length hair and bangs. She is between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-7 tall and between 140 and 160 pounds. She may also have a beauty mark on her right cheek. NDSP asked rectors to remind residents to keep room doors locked and properly secure, especially if the residents have left the room, are asleep or are otherwise occupied so as not to notice someone enter the room. Students were advised not to let other people enter a residence hall or follow them through the door to a residence hall unless they are certain the person lives in the dorm. “Ask them to wait and contact the person they are visiting to let them in,” the e-mail said. The e-mail also asked students and rectors to report suspicious activity to NDSP immediately.last_img read more