Council Passes Ordinance to Limit Parking Lifts in Ocean City

first_imgUnder the measure, hotels, motels and the multi-family triplexes and quadruplexes can no longer have lifts to satisfy their parking requirements within a section of the downtown area known as the hospitality zone. Bergen said the biggest concern is that vacationers staying at triplexes and quadruplexes would be unfamiliar with how the mechanical lifts are operated. Previously, hotels, motels, triplexes and quadruplexes had the option of using lifts to satisfy their parking requirements within the hospitality zone. Gillian, though, bluntly said, “They did not work.” The hospitality zone is the only place where parking lifts are allowed on the island, according to City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson.Mayor Jay Gillian, center, who supported the partial ban on parking lifts, said they can be dangerous.City spokesman Doug Bergen said the lifts are relatively rare. He said he has heard of a small number of single-family homeowners having them to protect their cars from rising flood waters. The city plans to announce more details about the pumping station in a press release Friday. Check back with for a separate story about the project. “Do you want one-week vacationers to try to lift their cars and have children underneath them?” Bergen said. “Safety is definitely an issue.” The lifts were conceived as a way to help alleviate downtown parking shortages when the hospitality zone — so named because it is where hotels and motels are clustered — was created in November 2013. The zone roughly runs between Sixth and 14th streets, from the Boardwalk to Ocean Avenue. In other business Thursday night, City Business Administrator Jim Mallon announced that Sixth Street has been selected as the location for a new pumping station that will help alleviate tidal flooding in the north end of town during coastal storms. By Donald WittkowskiCity Council unanimously approved a zoning ordinance Thursday night that bans hotels, motels and multi-family residences from having mechanical parking lifts in Ocean City’s hospitality zone.center_img McCrosson said she knew of only one place in town, a triplex, having a parking lift. The owner of the triplex has refused to allow tenants to use the lift because of safety and liability concerns, she notedMayor Jay Gillian, center, who supported the partial ban on parking lifts, said they can be dangerous.. “They can be dangerous,” the mayor told City Council. “These are not toys.” Although the ordinance severely restricts the parking lifts, it does not ban them outright. The owners of single-family homes and duplexes within the hospitality zone may have lifts as long as they are kept inside a garage. Flood waters collected by the pumping station will be funneled to an outfall pipe located on the bayside of Sixth Street, Mallon said. City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to ban mechanical parking lifts at hotels, motels and multi-family residences in Ocean City’s hospitality zone. Despite the small number of lifts, city officials believe the potential for accidents outweighed any possible benefits. Mayor Jay Gillian, who supported the measure, said mechanical lifts are a potential safety hazard. He also said he feared that parts of Ocean City would “look like New York,” with cars stacked high up on parking lifts throughout the downtown area.last_img read more

EDF Opens Blyth Offshore Demo Farm

first_imgEDF Group officially opened the 41.5MW Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm on Friday, 22 June.The wind farm comprises five MHI Vestas 8.3MW wind turbines installed on hybrid gravity based foundations some six kilometres off the coast of Blyth.The individual turbines have been connected to around 11 kilometres of buried 66kV offshore cables, which will bring the electricity onshore.A further 1.5 kilometre of onshore cable links directly to a new substation built on part of the site of the former Blyth power station.The turbines are producing enough electricity to power around 34,000 average UK households, according to EDF.last_img read more

Phivolcs bats for template of quake-resistant houses

first_imgThe three October quakes had a combineddeath toll of 29 and damaged some 36,000 structures, according to a report bythe national disaster council.  MANILA – Local governments and engineersshould give the public templates of houses that can withstand earthquakes,state seismology office Phivolcs said after a string of deadly quakes destroyedthousands of structures in Mindanao.  Structures that followed the BuildingCode should have withstood intensity 8 shaking, a notch higher than theintensity 7 shaking generated by last month’s quakes, noted Phivolcs DirectorRenato Solidum.  Many residents, however, cannot affordto pay engineers to ensure that their homes follow the Building code, hesaid. center_img “Bakanaman puwede na ang local government patimga professional engineering society at DPWH, gumawa ng mga disenyo ng mga ordinaryong bahay na mapagpipilian ngating mga kababayan, na may kasamang listahan ng mga materyales,” Solidumtold radio DZMM.  “Parasa mga di maka-afford ngengineers, gagayahin na lang nila iyongdesign na iyon at masgurado po tayongmagiging mas matibay,” he added. (ABS-CBNNews/PN)last_img read more

Showstopping goal by Carlson highlights senior’s star game

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoMILWAUKEE — There are several morale-boosting banners in the Wisconsin locker room here at the Bradley Center this weekend, but a few stick out.One says, “Success doesn’t come to you … you go get it.” Another states, “You are judged by your character, not by your stats.”Nobody has ever questioned junior forward Ross Carlson’s character. Thursday night he brought the statistics with him, scoring the biggest goal of his career and adding an assist on another that proved to be the dagger in a 5-2 victory over Maine.”We were talking before the game, and I [asked if he was ready], and you could just tell he was focused,” said senior Nick Licari, Carlson’s roommate on the road. “He played a great game and was out there hitting guys and making plays. A couple bounces here and there, and he could have had a couple more goals.”A couple more goals couldn’t have hurt the junior from Duluth, Minn., but the one he scored may have been the biggest of the game.With the game tied 1-1 early in the second period and the Black Bears on a power play, Carlson wowed the crowd with the highlight of the Frozen Four thus far. He poked the puck into the neutral zone and chased after it, entering the zone one-on-one with Maine defenseman Bret Tyler.The sophomore blue-liner may have nightmares about what occurred from there. Carlson tipped the puck toward the middle, leapt into the air over and around Tyler, regained his balance, spun and fired the shot through the legs of netminder Ben Bishop.”I knew I was cutting to the middle, but I didn’t know when or how,” Carlson said. “The guy went flying and I flipped the puck up, knocked it down and shot it. It went in for me.”Success did not just come to him. He went and got it.”He just plays with so much energy,” Carlson’s linemate Ben Street said. “It was a huge goal on their power play when it’s still a tight game. That just sums up the type of player he is. He has been so instrumental lately.”Licari, who played for Duluth East High School with Carlson, said it had been awhile since he saw his roommate make a play like he did Thursday.”I’ve seen some pretty crazy things out of him because I’ve known him so long, but it was a pretty unbelievable move,” Licari said.”I played in a state tournament and I scored a game-winning goal there, but this one is up there for us,” Carlson said.The goal not only helped the Badgers regain the lead, it gave them all the momentum they needed at that point. It got the mostly home crowd of 17,691 fans on their feet, and Wisconsin would hold the Black Bears without a shot for the rest of their power play.”Anytime you score a goal shorthanded, the biggest thing is you have to bear down because you know they are going to come right back at you,” UW captain Adam Burish said. “You know they’re going to be ticked off.””That was a good shift for them,” Maine head coach Tim Whitehead said. “The shorthanded goal plus their next shift, that was a good swing.”Carlson helped create another big swing in the third frame.Maine had just killed off nearly a minute of action where it was down two players in the penalty box and had gained a bit of steam. They cut the deficit to 3-2 at 11:29, and it looked like it could be a whole new ballgame.Instead, Carlson helped out again. Jack Skille flung the puck up the boards in the neutral zone to his linemates, Carlson and Street. Street blasted a shot and Carlson tried to corral the rebound.He got the puck but fanned on his shot attempt, which sent him spinning. Somehow he got the puck to Street, who followed the play in and, on his second try, scored with Bishop sprawled out flat on the ice.”The rebound came right out, and he hit it and it laid there right by the post, and it was mine to shovel in on the backhand,” Street said.”I was just spinning like a little top, and then I accidentally hit the puck and it worked out,” Carlson said.The goal put the Badgers back up by two and got the crowd roaring. Maine would not recover.”I think it kind of broke their backs a bit,” Street said. “It was good to have a cushion — a little room to breathe.”In the playoffs, teams expect their stars to shine. The Badgers’ top players did that again — Elliott had 32 saves and Robbie Earl had two goals and an assist.But Thursday was Carlson’s time to shine.last_img read more