Vacancies: Fill three termsMeetings: Bayside Center, 520 Bay Avenue at 6:30 p.m.Mail completed Citizen Leadership Forms to City Clerk Linda MacIntyre at:[email protected] mail/drop off at861 Asbury AvenueOcean City, NJ 08226 The City of Ocean City is seeking applicants for volunteers to fill three unexpired seats on the Ocean City Housing Authority and three seats on the Environmental Commission.Three Housing Authority commissioners resigned after the most recent Housing Authority meeting. See “City Gets $1 Million But Loses Three Housing Authority Commissioners.”Information on the positions is as follows:HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERSFiling deadline: Monday, June 9, 2014To apply: Complete a Citizen Leadership e-FORMPurpose: The Ocean City Housing Authority is an independent body responsible for the ownership and management of Public Housing in Ocean City in accordance with state and federal guidelines. The Board of Commissioners are responsible for the oversight of finances and policies. Housing authority commissioners must complete five courses within 18 months of appointment.Vacancy: Fill three unexpired termsMeetings: Six times per YearDuties: More on duties of commissionersENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONFiling deadline: Wednesday, June 11, 2014To apply: Complete a Citizen Leadership e-FORMPurpose: To protect, develop or promote use of natural resources, including water resources, located within territorial limits of the City of Ocean City.Conduct research into the use and possible use of open land areas of the City and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes, and may advertise, prepare, print, and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purpose;Keep an index of all open space areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshland, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such area and may from time to time recommend to the City’s Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan and the development and use of such areas;Under certain circumstances, review applications before the Planning Board and Zoning Board and provide input and recommendations to those Boards.To apply for applicable state grants.
Forty-four percent of UK food and drink manufacturers increased capital expenditure in the second quarter of 2013, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Business Confidence Survey.The number of respondents investing in R&D and training increased. Findings also revealed firms were confident of sales growth in the third quarter, due to improved weather and a reviving economy.UK sales grew in the second quarter in line with inflation, with 20% more businesses are expecting sales growth in Q3. Export sales are expected to remain strong in the third quarter.Of the respondents, 73% expected product prices to be broadly stable in the third quarter due to summer promotions.Steve Barnes, economic and commercial services director, at FDF, said: “This third successive quarter showing increasing business optimism amongst food and drink manufacturers is good news for the UK economy. Despite challenging businesses conditions brought on by poor weather and high ingredient prices, manufacturers achieved stability in Q2 and are optimistic of increased sales in the next.“To further contribute towards a rebalanced UK economy and deliver our shared vision with government to grow our sector by 20% by 2020, manufacturers are investing in innovation and workforce skills. Increased capital expenditure by 44% of businesses responding to our survey can in part be attributed to temporary changes to the Annual Investment Allowance which offers businesses tax relief on investments of up to £250,000.”