Artificial Turf Field and New Track Clear First Hurdle in Ocean City

first_imgAn artificial turf field and a resurfaced track could be part of Carey Stadium behind Ocean City High School by spring if City Council gives final OK to a bond ordinance on Sept. 25. City Council on Thursday evening unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that authorizes spending $1.25 million to install an artificial turf field and to resurface the track at Carey Stadium, the home field for Ocean City High School teams and location for a mix of non-school events.The property, located between Ocean City High School and the Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth and Sixth streets, is owned and maintained by the City of Ocean City.A public hearing and second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Sept. 25. If the ordinance passes, work on the track and field could begin later this fall and be ready for the spring sports seasons, according to Jim Mallon, assistant to Mayor Jay Gillian.In a separate vote Thursday, City Council approved advertising for bids from contractors to complete the job.Finance Director Frank Donato said the project is consistent with an approved plan for capital improvements in the city, and with $500,000 in supplementary funds available, the city would have $1.75 million “on hand” for the project as a whole.Mallon said the city spends $90,000 every other year to resod the existing grass field unless weather or floods force them to do it every year. He said the city spends $10,000 annually for water, $7,500 for fertilizer and seed, and $6,500 to paint lines. He said those costs would go away if an artificial turf field were installed.He also said maintenance of the field requires the equivalent of one or two seasonal employees per year at a savings of $10,000 to $20,000.But Councilman Pete Guinosso and Councilman Antwan McClellan pressed Mallon on the potential costs of maintaining a turf field.Mallon said the city is estimating a life of 10 to 12 years and a replacement cost of $400,000 to $430,000. Much of the cost of the initial project is based on preparation of drainage and the substructure for the field.The facility is used for many non-school events that range in scope from Ocean City Nor’easter amateur soccer games, to the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life, to preseason exhibition games for Rowan University football.The turf field is seen by council as an opportunity to attract new events and new Ocean City visitors.Guinosso asked if the city had estimates of what revenue the city anticipates from new events. Mallon said the city does not have specific projections.“We have not been out soliciting business for a turf field that does not exist,” he said.In public comment, Ocean City resident, business owner and parent Dave Allegretto cited studies that indicate the new turf fields cause fewer injuries than traditional grass fields. He touted the merits of the project for businesses, visitors and year-round residents.Ocean City High School boys’ track coach Matt Purdue spoke in favor of the project, and Ocean City resident Drew Fasy asked council to “go big or go home.” He encouraged council to consider making the stadium a true destination with better refreshment stands, smart boards, changing rooms for teams and other amenities.A drawing of the proposed facility indicates the field could be striped and used for football, soccer, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, and field hockey. See the council agenda packet for details.The potential spending on the field is part of a larger bond ordinance that calls for $1.44 million in appropriations and $1.36 million in borrowing. The proposed ordinance would include a $150,000 appropriation for purchase of a new Ocean City Fire Department truck and a $35,000 appropriation for installation of a generator at the fire department’s 46th Street station.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Erik Thun Takes Delivery of Third 18,000 Dwt LNG-Fueled Tanker

first_imgSwedish Erik Thun Group has taken delivery of M/V Thun Venern, a product/chemical tanker newbuilding. The 17,999 dwt ship was handed over to the company at China’s AVIC Dingheng Shipbuilding on September 27 after completing sea trials in August this year. Thun Venern is the third vessel being delivered in a series of six 18,000 dwt dual fueled tankers ordered by Thun Tankers together with the alliance partners Furetank Rederi AB and Rederi AB Älvtank.The design was developed by FKAB together with Furetank Rederi AB and special attention was paid on minimal impact on the environment, with close to 50% reduction of CO2 emissions. This also includes full Tier III, dual fuel/LNG propulsion including LNG in port consumption, LNG for IG-boiler, battery backup (UPS) for all vital functions and special ballast water cleaning system and Ice class 1A.Featuring a length of 149.9 meters and a width of 22.8 meters, the ship has a capacity of 19,900 cbm.It will be commercially managed by Furetank Chartering, which is part of the Gothia Tanker Alliance.last_img read more

Eaglets shove aside Korea, ready for World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts NSCDC dismisses officer over alleged murder Korea issues 1,424 visas to Nigerians in two years Korea, Nigeria trade volume decreases Golden Eaglets of Nigeria showed class as they defeated South Korea 4-2 in their second friendly game played at HWT Sports Academy in Sao Paulo on Wednesday evening.Samson Tijani’s shot outside the box was headed into goal by Divine Nwachukwu in the 6th minute. It was an early goal, but the South Koreans were not rattled by the goal. Rather, they attacked their more illustrious opponents and were rewarded by a penalty three minutes later after Usman Mohammed fouled Hong Sungwook inside the box.Steven Sunday in goal for Nigeria streched full lenght in an attempt to stop the low drive penalty taken by Oh Jaehyeok, but he could not stop the kick from.It was 1-1 after 10 minutes. The Koreas were all over the Eaglets, piling pressure, winning the balls in the midfield tussle and launching attack after attack, but their efforts only yielded some corner kicks and some shots on goal, which failed to beat Sunday. The Koreans were rewarded with another corner kick in the 40th minute and this time around, it was well taken by Lee Taeseok and Choi Minseo rose highest to nod the ball into the net and give the Asians the lead 2-1. The lead only lasted for a minute as the Golden Eaglets equalized through a goal mouth scramble. Olakunle Olusegun was well positioned to hit a low drive into the net.Monsur Abdulsalam and Divine Nwachukwu gave way for Akinkunmi Amoo and Jabaar Ibraheem at the begining of second half. The fresh legs gave the Eaglets fresh initiatives in the attack. When it appeared that the game was headed for a draw with five minutes remaining, Jabaar set up Olusegun again with a defence splitting pass and the attacker dribbled both the defender and the goalkeeper to make it 3-2 for Nigeria in the 86th minute.Eaglets saved the best goal for the last when Jabaar laid a pass for Charles Etim at the edge of the box and the defender hit the ball with a curly shot that sailed into the net to give Nigeria a 4-2 victory. Tags: Korealast_img read more