Ocean City OKs Two Paths to Jump Start Bayside Dredging

first_imgA proposed temporary roadway would connect Roosevelt Boulevard in Ocean City (34th Street) with Site 83, the mound in the marshes where the city is permitted to deposit material dredged from the bottom of Ocean City’s lagoons and bayside channels. ALSO ON COUNCIL AGENDAThe dredging-related resolutions were part of a full council agenda that included the following actions:$2.1 MILLION FOR ROADS: Council unanimously approved the first reading of a bond ordinance that authorizes the spending of $2.1 million ($1,995,000 of it borrowed) to continue the next phases of Ocean City’s ongoing plan for road and drainage improvements. Finance Director Frank Donato said most of the work will be between 14th and 16th Streets from West Avenue to the bay (including side streets). Utility companies are finishing work in the area, and paving could begin in late winter. Second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Dec. 17.SHEDS: City Council gave final approval to an ordinance that eliminates a duplicate ordinance governing sheds.RENTAL UNIT FEES: City Council gave final approval to an ordinance eliminating mercantile license fees on units rented for more than 175 days. The fees will continue to exist for short-term rental units.EXTRA COSTS FOR DREDGING PLAN: City Council approved a resolution that adds $190,750 to a $787,500 contract for ACT Engineering to provide a comprehensive strategy to dredge Ocean City’s bayfront from tip to tip.EARLY MEETING ON DEC. 17: Council agreed to move the start time of its Dec. 17 meeting from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. to avoid conflicts with various holiday celebrations.CRS RATING: Ocean City property owners can expect some savings on their flood insurance policies this spring as the island has moved up a level in the Community Rating System that governs premiums, according to Business Administrator Jim Mallon. City Council on Thursday (Dec. 3) unanimously approved two measures that could help restart Ocean City’s long-stalled efforts to dredge bayfront lagoons and channels that are too shallow for boat traffic at low tide.Both measures address the same problem: Ocean City is willing to spend money to dredge the bay, but it has no place to put the material it dredges.Council passed a resolution to spend $849,227 to build a temporary road across the marshes to help truck away material from one disposal site that is filled to capacity. Council also approved spending another $226,000 for an engineering company to design experimental plans to spray a thin layer of dredged material across a wide area of marshes.The road construction contract goes to Command Co Inc. of Egg Harbor City to provide truck access to a “confined disposal facility” (Site 83) in the marshes near Roosevelt Boulevard (34th Street). Work on the road possibly could begin early in the new year.Command Co Inc. was the lowest of nine bidders and any potential contract would be contingent on approval of a pending Army Corps of Engineers permit for the project. Clearing material from Site 83 would make room for new dredging projects to resume, because the site already is approved by environmental regulators.Council awarded a design contract to ACT Engineering Inc. to draft a wetlands restoration plan that would take advantage of a $2.6 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to experiment with a new technique to “create and stabilize wetlands” — essentially to spread a thin layer of dredged material over a wide area of the marshes.Dredging engineer Ram Mohan of Anchor QEA, LLC, an ACT Engineering subcontractor, told Ocean City residents in a presentation this summer that spraying a thin layer of material (6 to 12 inches) like rain across the marshes would increase the island’s ability to withstand storms and improve wildlife habitat at the same time.Part of the firm’s work will be to look at historic maps and images of the marshes to determine what can be restored. Three potential areas include the area south of Site 83 (potentially providing a better barrier to flooding along Roosevelt Boulevard), an area east of the Ocean City Municipal Airport, and Garrett’s Island (where the Route 52 Welcome Center is located).Plans would be the first step in a process subject to extensive environmental permitting studies, and on Thursday Councilman Mike DeVlieger asked for assurance that any potential work would not affect ecotourism in Ocean City. He acknowledged that any project involving wetlands would receive “ridiculous amounts” of oversight from regulators.Mayor Jay Gillian said the planning process would make sure “we get our facts straight and know exactly what’s going out there.” But he said experts are confident that the process can be beneficial to both wetlands and wildlife.“While expensive, it’s money well-spent,” DeVlieger said.last_img read more

Reinhold Brinkmann

first_imgReinhold Brinkmann, a distinguished scholar whose writings on music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries made an indelible mark on musicology in Germany and the United States, taught in the Department of Music at Harvard University from 1985 until his retirement in 2003, serving, after 1990, as James Edward Ditson Professor of Music and, from 1991-1994, as department Chair.His commitment to teaching and high standards for performance from students was clear in the way he ran his Core course, “The Symphonic Century.”  He told students that he assumed they could read music and had considerable experience with the repertory already.  But just in case there were students who felt that a little brushing up might help, he came an hour early to every class to give a sort of shadow course to anyone wise enough to realize what a gift they were being given.  In his Core course on fin-de-siècle Vienna, Reinhold, who did not like the word “interdisciplinary,” spoke with passion and immense erudition about the paintings of Kokoschka and Klimt, the plays of Hofmannsthal, the novels of Joseph Roth, and the architecture of Adolf Loos.  Most amazing of all, he inspired legions of undergraduates to delve into, appreciate, and, in some cases, even to love the atonal music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern.Reinhold was in his time at Harvard not only a remarkably warm and caring colleague, but a very effective Chair, in part thanks to his strong relationships with colleagues in composition, theory, and music history.  He was that rare figure of a music historian who was passionately curious about the newest music.  He worked closely with all his Harvard composer colleagues, and also enjoyed close friendships with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, and Luciano Berio, who dedicated his Sonata per pianoforte solo to him in 2001.Reinhold came to Harvard from West Berlin, where he had been a Professor at the Hochschule der Künste since 1980, and, prior to that, Professor of Musicology at the University of Marburg.  From 1976-1980, he directed the Institut für Neue Musik und Musikerziehung in Darmstadt.  He received his doctorate from the Universität Freiburg (with H. H. Eggebrecht) in 1967, and his Habilitation from the Freie Universität, Berlin (with Rudolf Stephan) in 1970.Born in 1934, in Wildeshausen, Germany, at a time when his country was ruled by an infamous regime that did not, fortunately, last one thousand years, but only twelve, Reinhold often spoke of one of his earliest memories: when he was four years old, experiencing the tumult and the smell of burning buildings on Kristallnacht, he could not understand why the firemen did not come.  These childhood traumas not only shaped Reinhold’s later left-wing political consciousness, but also underlay his acute awareness of the links between music, culture, and society.  At his death, he was working on a book called “The Distorted Sublime” about how the Nazi regime appropriated and misused the German classical musical tradition.His writings span a broad range of topics, including the Second Viennese School (especially Schoenberg), the Romantic Lied tradition, Wagner, Skryabin, Varèse, Eisler, and Ives.  Brinkmann’s work combines intimate knowledge of the music, often shown in detailed, painstaking analyses, with an awareness of its social and political backgrounds and ramifications.  His publications include his nuanced and thought-provoking study of Brahms’s Second Symphony, Late Idyll (Harvard University Press, 1995) and a volume on German musicians who fled Fascism, co-edited with Christoph Wolff, “Driven Into Paradise”: The Musical Migration from Nazi Germany to the United States (1999).  His edition of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire for the Schoenberg Gesamtausgabe, in particular his book-length critical report on the work’s sources and its historical and biographical position, was a groundbreaking contribution to the Schoenberg literature.  His choice of Arnold Schoenberg’s atonal music as a dissertation topic was highly unusual in Germany in the 1960s.  In his path-breaking study of Schoenberg’s Three Pieces for Piano, Op. 11, Brinkmann developed his own analytical method, rigorous yet contextual, which yielded major insights into Schoenberg’s aesthetic and historical position.  A lifelong interest in German Lieder and poetry was reflected in his monograph, Schumann und Eichendorff: Studien zum Liederkreis Op. 39 (1997) and in his substantial contribution on the nineteenth century Lied tradition in the volume Musikalische Lyrik (2004).  Reinhold was always fascinated with the frieze of famous composers’ names in Paine Hall, and his last publication, Harvard’s Paine Hall: Musical Canon and the New England Barn (2010), was a playful and learned essay on the origins of the building and its visible display of the musical canon, anno 1914.In 2001, Reinhold was the first musicologist to be awarded the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.  His acceptance speech was a visionary declaration of what musicology could be.  This “new musicology” imagined, first, the fundamental equality of all musical traditions as objects of study.  He also envisioned new ways of communicating about music that could include the general public: “I see musicologists learning from poets, speaking and writing in an understandable but richly nuanced language.”  His own work, with its lucid prose, forceful thinking, and deep humanity, exemplifies this vision.  In 2006 he was elected an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society, a major honor and a singular one for a scholar neither born nor trained in the United States. Conversations always branched out from music to art, literature, architecture, sports, and history, and he always had time to talk.  Reinhold had an absolutely penetrating gaze when he was looking for a certain answer—it sometimes terrified graduate students until they saw where he was going, said the right thing, and were rewarded with his thundering “yes!”  His colleagues sometimes felt the same terror and joy.He possessed a sartorial elegance that we may not see in our department again.  Most inspiring to his students was his conviction that musicology was not simply an academic discipline, but rather a deeply ethical undertaking that could have a real impact on the way we hear music and see the world.  Musicology has lost a scholar of great insight and integrity, and we will miss him.Reinhold Brinkmann died, after a long illness, in Eckernförde, Germany, at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Dorothea, and his brother, Richard. Respectfully submitted,Thomas Forrest KellyLewis LockwoodChristoph WolffAnne C. Shreffler, Chairlast_img read more