By DONALD WITTKOWSKIOcean City will have to wait longer to undertake a multimillion-dollar renovation of the Sports & Civic Center after bids for the project came in much higher than the estimate and were rejected.Four competitive bids from companies seeking the construction contract ranged from about $4 million to $4.6 million, well over the $2.5 million estimate by the city engineer. City Council voted Thursday to reject the bids.City officials intend to seek new bids, but the process could be lengthy. For instance, it took three months from the time the city advertised for the first set of bids and opened them in late November.“The length of the public bidding process can vary, but it’s never quick,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said in an email Friday.In the meantime, the city will consider ways to speed up the project and reduce the cost, including changing the bid specifications. It remains unclear exactly when the project will get underway.“Because the facility gets so much usage, one spec called for a pretty tight timeframe for completing the job. Relaxing time parameters, for instance, is one way costs could be reduced without sacrificing amenities,” Bergen explained. “But the process of revising the specs is just beginning. Timeframes will stem from that.”The Sports & Civic Center overlooks the Carey Field high school track and stadium complex.Hoping to turn the Sports & Civic Center into a bigger, more functional facility, the city is planning to renovate and expand the aging building. It is one of the big-ticket items in the city’s capital plan, a blueprint for road, drainage and dredging projects as well as other infrastructure improvements.In all, the capital plan calls for a total of nearly $33.3 million in spending in 2019. City Council approved a $6.5 million bond ordinance in October to finance a beach replenishment project and the Sports & Civic Center’s facelift.New locker rooms, bathrooms and a concession area are planned for the building, located at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. An overhang will be added to the entryway to protect people from the rain and also to improve the building’s drab appearance.The building plays an important role in the city’s sports scene and as the venue for special events, including festivities for the family-friendly First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve.However, Mayor Jay Gillian noted during a Council meeting in March that the city hasn’t done any upgrades to the facility “for a lot of years.”He envisions the Sports & Civic Center becoming a money-maker. Gillian said by expanding and improving the facility, it will make it more attractive to the sports teams that use the building during their workouts at the adjacent Carey Stadium high school athletic complex.The sports complex is already rented by some college athletic programs for their workouts. Villanova University’s football team practices at the stadium each year. The mayor believes the renovation project will lead to college teams using the building and Carey Stadium even more, which would produce additional rental revenue for the city.The Villanova University football team has used Carey Stadium for practices. An architectural rendering depicts the new overhang that was just added to the Sports & Civic Center’s entrance as part of a major renovation. (Courtesy of City of Ocean City)
Summer Camp Music Festival has become a beloved staple of the summer festival circuit. Taking place at the end of May over Memorial Day weekend, each year, the festival taps one of the strongest lineups of the summer. In 2018, the festival will return to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois, across May 25th through 27th. Today, Summer Camp revealed a handful of bands that will be performing the 2018 edition of the festival via a hilarious video featuring a number of friendly faces.Watch Matt Butler Conduct moe., EOTO, The Shook Twins, & More At Summer CampGrateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh first emerges, before the camera pans to Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico of moe., who are loading up the back of a van. After a silly exchange, Phil Lesh asks to come along with the members of moe. to Summer Camp, and Grahame Lesh pops up asking to tag along. After the festival reveals that Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will serve as one of the headliners alongside moe. and Umphrey’s McGee, the camera cuts to Matt Butler sneaking into the vehicle, hinting that Everyone Orchestra will also make an appearance at the festival.Primus Rocks Classics And Previews New Tune At Summer Camp [Videos]You can check out the video for yourself below![Photo: Phierce Photo]
Today, Tedeschi Trucks Band announced their “final shows of 2018”, which will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, during a three-night run at the Orpheum Theatre. The twelve-piece band headed by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks will hit Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on November 29th, November 30th, and December 1st. The first night will feature “a great supporting act” that will be announced soon, with the final two nights scheduled as “An Evening With TTB”, where the band will perform two full sets of music without any supporting act.Pre-sale tickets for the upcoming Boston shows will be available on the band’s website on Tuesday, September 25th, at 10 a.m. ET with the code TRUCKS. Public on-sale begins on Friday, September 28th, at 12 p.m. ET.Up next for TTB, ahead of their three-night run in Boston, is the band’s annual residency at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. The six-show run spanning across October 5th to 13th will feature special guests Steve Earle and JJ Grey on October 9th and 10th, respectively.From there, Tedeschi Trucks Band will hit Kansas City’s Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland on October 30th, then Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre on November 1st and 2nd, with the latter shows billed as “An Evening With TTB”. Also on the schedule are Salina, Kansas’ Stiefel Theatre on November 3rd with Sam Lewis; Madison, Wisconsin’s Overture Hall on November 5th with Todd Snider; Louisville, KY’s Palace Theatre of Louisville on November 8th with Todd Snider; “An Evening With TTB” at Columbus, OH’s Palace Theatre of Columbus on November 9th; and Akron, OH’s Akron Civic Theater on November 10th.Last week, Tedeschi Trucks Band announced that they’re heading across the pond for a three-week European/U.K. tour in April of 2019. Earlier in the month, the band’s Sunshine Music Festival announced that it will be going on hiatus in 2019, though the band “has some special plans for St. Pete/Tampa Bay/Gulf Coast and South Florida fans for next year!”. Head to the band’s website for a full list of upcoming dates.
Lothian Pension Fund has shied from divesting its fossil fuel holdings, citing the costs associated with such a move.Responding to calls from the City of Edinburgh Council to investigate the costs, benefits and feasibility of either partially or wholly divesting, the £5.1bn (€6.9bn) fund raised concerns over the cost of divestment and the potential loss of returns.It is not the first fund to consider divesting from carbon-heavy sectors – last year, the Environment Agency Pension Fund argued that divestment was neither industry-leading nor progressive.Despite this, the Government Pension Fund Global was recently ordered to sell all companies that derive more than 30% of earnings from coal. Lothian noted that, depending on how fossil fuel companies were defined, either 29 or 19 of its shareholdings – equivalent to £151m or £113m of its portfolio – could be subject to divestment.“While the precise impact of divestment from fossil fuel companies is unknown, certain costs are guaranteed, and the overall impact could be significant,” it said.It estimated that the one-off cost of selling its fossil fuel holdings would be as much as £2.5m.It also cited the additional ongoing compliance cost of ensuring no companies regarded as fossil fuel firms re-entered its portfolio.In the report ratified at its most recent pension committee meeting, which accompanied an annual review of its Statement of Investment Principles (SIP), the fund also noted that the recent review of fiduciary duties by the Law Commission had shown that financial returns should be the “predominant concern” of pension trustees, even if they were allowed to take account of non-financial matters.“To the extent that divestment reduces the fund’s investment return in the future as compared to one that retains the ability to invest in the shares of fossil fuel companies, there is risk to the employer contributions,” the report adds.“Such an occurrence could be challenged – for example, by employers and/or taxpayers – to whom the financial burden would fall. This is a significant risk for the funds.”However, the fund said it would continue to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns into its investment approach.It also noted its backing of the “Aiming for A” resolution, which saw BP, Shell and Statoil agree to disclose how they would adapt to a future low-carbon economy.It said divestment would remove its access to company management and fail to change the level of fossil fuels consumed on a global level.“Divestment results in shares being sold to other investors, who may be less concerned about climate change and less inclined to engage with management to change behaviour for the better,” it said.Lothian also stressed its commitment to low-carbon investments by highlighting both its exposure to sustainable timberlands and the growth of its renewable energy holdings, which account for more than one-quarter of its £268m infrastructure portfolio.
French President Francois Hollande is vowing to stamp out terrorism.Bombing ISIL in Syria and Iraq will be combined with new laws and greater cooperation between France and its European partners plus the US and Russia.Last Friday, terrorists succeeded in staging an attack in the French capital, Paris, despite new anti-terrorism and surveillance laws passed in the wake of the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine ten months ago.France is now considering stripping citizenship from suspected terrorists, extending the state of emergency for three months and will recruit 5,000 extra police and 1,000 more justice officials in trying to balance increased surveillance with trying not to alienate France’s large Muslim minority.
INDOT tow plows can cover two lanes at one time.INDIANAPOLIS – INDOT is introducing new tow plows to its winter arsenal for combating snow and ice on interstates, highways and state roads.A tow plow allows one plow truck to clear two lanes at once, providing more consistent driving conditions and optimizing fuel usage, equipment and labor.The tow plow and material spreader are pulled behind and to the side of an INDOT plow truck, and the driver can control its functions.Drivers traveling on I-74 between Greensburg and Indianapolis may see the tow plows if severe weather strikes the area this winter.Transportation officials say motorists should not attempt to pass a tow plow if all lanes are blocked, but stay a safe distance and speed behind the plows.
“With inclement weather on the way and drivers coming from a long distance, we needed to make the call early,” explained promoter Toby Kruse. “We will have information to follow regarding the make-up date as it becomes ready.” MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 9) – Wet weather will be the winner tonight at Marshalltown Speedway and the result is the postponement of the Dale DeFrance Memorial to Thursday, July 9. The 500th and final Summer Series event for IMCA Late Models will be part of that program, with other divisions to be announced. The Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour for IMCA Modifieds event will not be rescheduled to that evening.