Margate City News in Brief – Edition of Jan. 10, 2013

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The following business took place at the Margate City Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday, Jan. 3. The next work session is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in the multipurpose room of the UnionAvenueSchool, 9001 Winchester Ave. It will be followed at 5 p.m. by a regular meeting where action may be taken.

Special planning meeting scheduled

The Planning Board will have an emergency meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at UnionAvenueSchool to discuss amending building height elevations. Enter through door No. 2 on the Winchester Avenue side. Zoning officer Roger Rubin announced at the commission work session meeting that planner Stuart Wiser with Remington & Vernick Engineers will present a plan to the board at the meeting. The building elevation requirement is currently 11 feet above mean low water. Rubin said if anyone builds beneath the expected updated requirements laid out by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, they may pay a higher flood insurance premium, which would suppress property values.

He said if a proposal could be ironed out at the meeting, it would go before the commission and a second public hearing would be held with the second reading of the ordinance.

Pipe videotaping contract awarded

Video Pipe Services Inc. of Newfield was unanimously awarded a $125,640 contract for cleaning and videotaping the city sewer system for a one-year period.

Appointments made

The commissioners unanimously approved Dave Miller to serve as the city’s Joint Insurance Fund risk management consultant at an annual fee of $28,000.

Attorney James P. Swift was unanimously reappointed to serve as the city’s public defender for a one-year term.

Attorney Joseph Sayegh was reappointed unanimously to serve as city prosecutor for a one-year term.

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