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Letter to the Episcopal Church from Presiding Bishop, President of House of Deputies ‘Our church must examine its history and come to a fuller understanding of how it has handled or mishandled cases of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse through the years’ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group January 25, 2018 at 4:05 pm Michelle, understood. In the business world, lets be frank the EDUSA is in effect a business. Nothing gets their attention quicker than a law enforcement investigation and if warranted a civil law suit. The tone of the article as I read it says the church needs to understand its past sins and reconcile its policies to eliminate this kind of behavior. If the church is really serious then it would root out this kind of behavior and fire the people responsible. A slap on the wrist and a reassignment of the guilty party only serves to continue said behavior. (Isn’t there a law against retaliation for reporting sexual abuse?) Until the church is ready to step up to this issue the only way to get their attention is to hit them hard in the pocketbook. January 23, 2018 at 2:43 pm Speaking as a longtime friend of one of the victims and as someone who has witnessed firsthand the harm that this abuse has done for years, my response to this “statement” by the church is that it’s far too little, far too late. Furthermore, it was likely written by, and/or with the advice of, the church’s legal team. (I work in legal myself, so I readily recognize the “show remorse for those hurt by wrongdoing but don’t personally admit to doing it” approach.) It is classic “lip service”: “Yes, a bad thing was done. The bad thing was bad. No one should do the bad thing anymore. When we’re told the bad thing happened, we should say we’re sorry the bad thing was done. And we are.” I’ve literally earned my living typing countless settlement agreements, drafted by lawyers, that say some version of this!Is this really supposed to make the victims feel better? Aren’t they owed just a little bit more (and by a little, I mean a LOT)? Law enforcement should be investigating this kind of thing. If crime is discovered, the guilty should be punished. The Catholic church had to pay hundreds of millions in settlements (one notorious priest, Oliver O’Grady, did go to jail, but is now living a free life in his native Ireland – an injustice which damaged his victims all over again). “Repentance” will not suffice here. There exists a duty to report. NO ONE engaging in such behavior should get a free pass – except to jail! Shame on the episcopal diocese for this weak-kneed response. Clearly, the only interests it’s protecting are its own. General Convention, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH January 27, 2018 at 9:25 am Thank you for this. With God’s Help together we can make a difference. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing January 25, 2018 at 10:27 am Mr. Louis,That’s all very well and good, but as you pointed out, the church refuses to take responsibility for the behavior of its employees. It also refuses to support its victims.That’s what we’re discussing. The courts are a completely separate issue.Thanks for the thought, though. C. A. Duncan says: Patricia Ross says: Comments (10) January 25, 2018 at 1:01 pm Dear Mr. Louis,Here’s something else for you, as well as the church, to consider: First, suggesting that the victim contact the police, then take the perp to court, doesn’t free the church from its responsibility to discipline any employee who breaks the law, and to come to the victim’s aid. Without the victim having to fear retaliation.I’d like to add that the church needs to wake up: In the “real world”, women rarely report sexual assault and such for fear of reprisal, and being re-victimized by that “real world”. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 January 22, 2018 at 5:27 pm The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry and The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings wrote:“[W]e must confess and repent of those times when the church, its ministers or its members have been antagonistic or unresponsive to people—women, children and men—who have been sexually exploited or abused.” Thank you. It’s about time.It’s easy to say all the right things. Now, I hope that the church will really do something, not just say that it will repent of past sexual exploitation and abuse. Prayer means little unless it’s backed up by concrete action. Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY January 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm I find this letter a bit of a vapid first, baby step. And I suppose many will wonder why I am not just rolling with gratitude for a baby step. The short answer is that I expect the Church, the Body of Christ, to act like a grown-up, a leader, an example, not a tiny child who must be taught to make proper greetings.This church has been guilty of harming thousands of women, yet the call to action in this letter is to meditate on how the church has failed. Thankfully, the writers did not call us to meditate on whether we have failed; that is an important distinction. I am troubled by the call for more consultation, in which, the victims must once again explain and persuade and teach and chart the way for the whole church to figure out how to repent of oppression, rape, domination. I ask our leaders: Please lead. Please go out on a limb for justice. Please set the example of apology and restitution. Thank you Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Jan 22, 2018 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bill Louis says: Michelle Wright says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID January 25, 2018 at 7:11 am Michelle, report the assault to the police. Let the law handle it and deal with the perp as he should be deal with. That’s how it works in the real world. The church has proven they will only sweep it under the rug. Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have written the following letter to the Episcopal Church.January 22, 2018Dear People of God in the Episcopal Church:In recent weeks, compelling testimony from women who have been sexually harassed and assaulted by powerful men has turned our minds to a particularly difficult passage of holy scripture: the story of the rape of King David’s daughter Tamar by her half-brother Amnon (2 Samuel 13: 1-22). It is a passage in which a conspiracy of men plots the exploitation and rape of a young woman. She is stripped of the power to speak or act, her father ignores the crime, and the fate of the rapist, not the victim, is mourned. It is a Bible story devoid of justice.For more than two decades, African women from marginalized communities have studied this passage of scripture using a method called contextual Bible study to explore and speak about the trauma of sexual assault in their own lives. Using a manual published by the Tamar Campaign, they ask, “What can the Church do to break the silence against gender-based violence?”It is, as the old-time preachers say, a convicting question. As our societies have been forced into fresh recognition that women in all walks of life have suffered unspoken trauma at the hands of male aggressors and harassers, we have become convinced that the Episcopal Church must work even harder to create a church that is not simply safe, but holy, humane and decent. We must commit to treating every person as a child of God, deserving of dignity and respect. We must also commit to ending the systemic sexism, misogyny and misuse of power that plague the church just as they corrupt our culture, institutions and governments.Like our African siblings in faith, we must create contexts in which women can speak of their unspoken trauma, whether suffered within the church or elsewhere. And we must do more.Our church must examine its history and come to a fuller understanding of how it has handled or mishandled cases of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse through the years. When facts dictate, we must confess and repent of those times when the church, its ministers or its members have been antagonistic or unresponsive to people—women, children and men—who have been sexually exploited or abused. And we must acknowledge that in our church and in our culture, the sexual exploitation of women is part of the same unjust system that also causes gender gaps in pay, promotion, health and empowerment.We believe that each of us has a role to play in our collective repentance. And so, today, we invite you to join us in an Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer on February 14 devoted to meditating on the ways in which we in the church have failed to stand with women and other victims of abuse and harassment and to consider, as part of our Lenten disciplines, how we can redouble our work to be communities of safety that stand against the spiritual and physical violence of sexual exploitation and abuse.Neither of us professes to have all of the wisdom necessary to change the culture of our church and the society in which it ministers, and at this summer’s General Convention, we want to hear the voice of the wider church as we determine how to proceed in both atoning for the church’s past and shaping a more just future. May we find in our deliberations opportunities to listen to one another, to be honest about our own failings and brokenness, and to discern prayerfully the ways that God is calling us to stand with Tamar in all of the places we find her—both inside the church and beyond our doors, which we have too often used to shut her out.Faithfully,The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry The Rev. Gay Clark JenningsPresiding Bishop President, House of Deputies Judith Atkinson says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Advocacy Peace & Justice, January 24, 2018 at 12:11 pm My friend, Reverend Carter Heyward recently wrote a Guest Column in our local newspaper entitled, “Time to Address Patriarchal Power Relations” in which she said, “Make no mistake, systems and dynamics of patriarchal privilege, power, and control – – not a random heap of sexually confused men – – are the root cause of the sexual misconduct crisis we are facing. Unless we get at the root, there will be no lasting change.” The purpose of this letter is to suggest that we, as a church that has stood at the forefront of social justice efforts, should now step up to lead in the current movement to make gender equality a reality. TEC should undertake a comprehensive and honest look at how our lives are ”literally built on long-standing gendered assumptions about power.” Undeniably, TEC has been and to a degree remains a contributor to the perpetuation of some of those assumptions. To its credit, TEC has developed and embraced programs like Dismantling Racism and Child Protection. While it also has in place policies addressing sexual misconduct relating to priest and church staff, I am urging us to undertake a far more widespread initiative encompassing all the Church. We need to raise awareness and sensitivity to how so many of our customs and practices are permeated with gender bias. To paraphrase Dr. King, we need to strive for a world where people “will not be judged by their gender, but by the content of their character.” A number of clergy from various denominations recently signed a letter entitled, “#SilenceIsNotSpiritual – Breaking the Silence on Violence Against Women and Girls.” The letter noted, “We are experiencing a kairos moment – a window of opportunity to bring healing in the world and in the church. The rise of the recent #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements have compelled us to examine our own beliefs and actions concerning the state of women.” The letter concludes with “Called by faith, compelled by love, and committed to the promise that women will live free from the terror of violence, we, the undersigned, invite you to join this movement, an awakening of repentance and reconciliation, sparking genuine change in the very place we call our home – the local church.” From a practical prospective, in the December 20, 2017 edition of The New Yorker, Jeannie Suk Gersen’s article, “The Transformation of Sexual-Harassment Law Will Be Double-Faced” posed the question, “How will the current avalanche of sexual-harassment allegations toppling prominent men in media and government roll down to more mundane workplaces? As employers and employees across the country try to apply lessons from #MeToo into quotidian employment contexts, legal norms that govern sexual harassment may also be poised to undergo epochal transformations.” Professor Gersen concludes her article saying, “Among the imperatives of #MeToo is that employers, and, indeed, all institutions, must take care to implement orderly processes in which reports of harassment are fairly and impartially investigated, and yield results that inspire confidence – to the benefit of victims as well as the accused.” This rapid emergence of this movement has given voice to many who have long suffered in silence. The pervasiveness of the problem has interrupted long-held assumptions by many who had no clue as to the magnitude. Now is the time for TEC to step forward to bring focus and compassion to this challenge to make true and monumental change to our awareness, sensitivity and resolve to bring about gender equality. I urge the formation of a broad-based task force of clergy and lay persons that would be charged with developing a comprehensive curriculum that addresses the patriarchal roots of gender bias, that raises awareness of the myriad ways gender bias has become imbedded in our customs and practices of our churches and communities, that provides a better understanding of the various forms of sexual harassment that exist and that creates a forum for free and frank discussion of the many facets of gender equality issues. Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Michelle Wright says: Rector Tampa, FL President of the House of Deputies, Rector Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Michelle Wright says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Michael Wainwright says: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Rector Bath, NC January 24, 2018 at 2:34 pm With all due respect, it’s long past time for study and prayer. It’s too late for that. Repentance means that the church must act. I’m tired of empty words, no matter how noble they are. It’s time for the church to actually do something to protect future victims. I was assaulted in a church by my boss, a lay employee. When I reported it to the priest and to the diocese, nothing much happened.The only action taken was a slap on the wrist to the perpetrator, where he was required to take a safe church class. These classes aren’t a hardship. They’re routine, and indeed, are they’re required in the Roman Catholic Church. He kept his job. He called me a liar.Something must be done so that the church can take concrete action, not only when clergy go astray, but when lay employees hurt their underlings. Otherwise, future victims will never be safe, and all of the talk of repentance, love, and justice will be meaningless.
News March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News News Reporters Without Borders has obtained a copy of an 11-page internal memo which International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge sent to all IOC members setting out a communication strategy for the Tibet crisis and the debate about a boycott of the Olympic Games.”As the Olympic movement meets in Beijing, we were hoping the IOC would finally pluck up the courage to ask the Chinese authorities to stop the violence in Tibet and human rights violations in China,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “Instead the IOC has sent its members a memo minimising China’s abuses and reiterating the position that the Olympic movement does not meddle in politics.”Ménard added: “Jacques Rogge needs to end the Olympic movement’s disgraceful silence, which is endangering the success of the Olympic Games. The IOC needs to tell the Chinese authorities that they have to respect the commitments they gave in 2001 when China was awarded these games.”The purpose of Rogge’s 17 March memo was to tell all IOC members what position they should take in response to the Tibet crisis and the media “speculation” about a boycott. In his introduction, the IOC president says the events in Tibet are disturbing but will not jeopardise the “success” of the Olympic Games. He also says that no “credible” government or organisation is supporting the idea of a boycott.The memo, written by the IOC’s public relations department, rules out any direct IOC involvement in resolving the Tibet crisis, even if it recommends that members express their concern. “China’s involvement in Tibet strictly concerns its social and political policy,” the memo says. “It is not related to the country’s hosting of the Games, nor to its relationship with the IOC.”The memo provides IOC members with a list of supposed human rights improvements in China. The announced resumption of dialogue between China and the United States, the signing of a UN covenant on human rights (that was never ratified) and China’s election to the UN Human Rights Council are some of the examples cited.”None of these three events have had the least direct effect on the human rights situation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “On the contrary, China is using its position on the UN Human Rights Council to sabotage resolutions in support of free speech worldwide.”The memo repeats several times that the Olympic Games are serving as a “catalyst” for a dialogue on Tibet and its independence but rules out IOC involvement in the resolution of the “complex” crisis. The message that Rogge wants to get across is that “The IOC shares the world’s desire for the Chinese government to bring about a peaceful resolution as quickly as possible.” But the memo adds on the next page that the IOC does not raise such matters with countries that host the games.Regarding the staging of protests as the Olympic flame passes, the memo says: “Demonstrators should understand that they take part in demonstrations at their own risk. (…) Actions of local authorities may include arrest, detention or restraint. The IOC will not interfere with the actions of local authorities.”Reporters Without Borders has learned that the IOC organised a training session on information in times of crisis for members of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) on 7 March in Beijing. “After seeing the propaganda put out by the authorities during the Tibet crisis, we question the effectiveness of the training offered by the IOC,” Reporters Without Borders said. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts China’s Cyber Censorship Figures News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on China to go further April 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 IOC internal memo minimises events in Tibet and boycott calls April 27, 2021 Find out more
Previous articleHarkin fears country markets could be smothered by FSAI bureaucracyNext articleWarning after thousands taken in Strabane skimming scam admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal Manager Jim McGuinness says he is looking for a big performance from his team this Saturday evening when they take on Derry in the Ulster Senior Football Championship.McGuinness has yet to formally name his side ahead of the clash at MacCumhaill Park but it is understood that Karl Lacey is on stand-by to captain the side in the absence of the injured Michael Murphy.It is hoped Murphy will still be able to play some part in the game while concern remains over the fitness of Rory Kavanagh.Donegal go into the game as reigning Ulster Champions – but speaking to our GAA correspondent Tom Commack, Jim McGuinness said that will bring no further pressure on his team – he added that preparations have been going well:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/McGuinness.mp3[/podcast]The game throws in at at MacCumhaill Park at 5pm this Saturday and will be broadcast live on Highland Radio. Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Jim McGuinness calls for big performance against Derry Twitter WhatsApp GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Google+ Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published NewsSport Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week By admin – June 15, 2012 Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Twitter Pinterest Facebook
Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Pinterest Previous articlePipe burst leaves south Inishowen properties without waterNext articleInvestigation continuing into attempted weekend burglary in Manorcunningham. News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Attorney General set to sign off on Mica Redress Scheme Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford It’s been confirmed that the Mica Scheme is currently with the Attorney General for final review and sign off before being handed to Donegal County Council for implementation. The Government has also approved a budget of 580m euro for the scheme, that should homeowners spend the 40 million euro allocated, they will be in a position to request further drawdown to ensure as many applications that are approved are dealt with in this coming year.It follows a meeting between the Mica Action Group and the Education Minister Joe McHugh in Donegal yesterday.Eamonn Jackson Vice Chairperson of Mica Action Group says they’re more hopeful now than they’ve ever been:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/eafghgfhgfhgfmon.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp By News Highland – October 22, 2019
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Written by Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/WCC Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailA .283 team batting average is one of four categories in which BYU baseball leads the West Coast Conference as it plays four games this week in California.The Cougars, 19-19 overall and 8-10 in the WCC, also lead the league in scoring (5.7 runs), and slugging (.400). The team continues to be ranked among the nation’s top 10 in doubles per game (2.26).Up first for BYU is a late Tuesday game at Cal, 24-17 overall and 10-11 in the Pac-12, beginning at 7 p.m. PDT. Starting for the Cougars on the mound will be junior transfer right-hander Alex Perron (0-0, 3.50).The Cal game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network (delayed at 1 a.m. MDT) and streamed live on its site http://pac-12.com/live. The Bears have the nation’s No. 2 home run hitter in Andrew Vaughn with 19 dingers. He leads the NCAA in on-base percentage (.550).Following the Cal game, the Cougars have a three-game afternoon series at St. Mary’s College starting on Thursday. April 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local Tuesday is first of four games in California this week
Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia to lay keel for first vessel of new class of corvettes October 26, 2016 View post tag: Corvette Authorities Share this article View post tag: Derzky The Russian Navy said it was ready to lay the keel for the first ship in a new class of corvettes also referred to as Project 20386.The ceremony is scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg on October 28.Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov ordered the first vessel to be named Dersky (which translates to impertinent).According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the corvette’s hull and upperworks are designed to decrease radar signature. The modular ships are to be fitted with modern anti-ship and anti-submarine systems as well as an air defense missile system.They will be propelled by Russian power stations and will be capable of carrying helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, it was further said. Russia to lay keel for first vessel of new class of corvettes View post tag: Russian Navy View post tag: Project 20386
The college tortoise has been a ubiquitous and much loved fixture of Oxford life for decades, but last week Merton bucked the trend as its JCR voted in favour of adopting a college tapir instead.The decision to adopt the exotic pig came after widespread disappointment at the college’s failure to acquire a tortoise. The Original General Meeting agenda outlined the situation:“1. Since the JCR’s deeply disappointing failure to acquire a college tortoise, morale among the undergraduate student body has been decidedly low.2. This trend can be directly attributed to the absence of cute, vaguely exotic animals in college life.3. The tapir is the archetypal cute, vaguely exotic animal.”The agenda also notes that “tapirs are much cooler than pelicans”. Samuel Dickinson, who proposed the motion, explained that the animal is a “cross between a pig and an ant-eater.”The minutes from the meeting record some of the anxieties Merton undergraduates expressed about the adoption of a tapir. One member asked, “Will the tapir be on the desk in Front Quad with the monkey?” but was reassured that “it’s big enough for both.”Another undergraduate raised the concern that the animal is “fucking ugly”. Despite these issues, the motion was passed and the JCR is in the process of arranging for a trip to be made to the zoo where the animal lives.Dickinson expressed delight that his motion had been carried and explained that the idea of adopting a tapir was not as illogical as it might sound: “I happened to be flicking through the OUSU Alternative Prospectuses from 1984 and ‘85 (as you do) and saw that Merton apparently adopted a tapir during the eighties, so there’s something of a historical connection there.”He expressed doubt that the tapir would be able to reverse Merton’s recent slide in the Norrington table, telling Cherwell “As far as academic prowess is concerned I don’t know whether a tapir-only college would be capable of coming higher in the Norrington table than 14th.”On the plus side he commented, “I have heard that Tengui (the Malayan tapir we’re adopting) is a big fan of non-linear mathematics and can complete the Times cryptic crossword in under five minutes.”Despite what he described as a “broadly enthusiastic” attitude toward the tapir adoption across the JCR, he acknowledged that “it may not fill the tortoise-shaped hole in our hearts, even if it does fill the slightly smaller tapirshaped one we never realised was there.”A third year at Merton commented, “Although the JCR toy monkey, our mascot, is a faithful friend, there’s nothing quite like a cutesy tapir. I’m all for it. I just hope the monkey doesn’t feel upset.”Not all students shared his enthusiasm. One second year English student, who asked not be named, told Cherwell,“I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous. I mean, what even is a tapir. It’s this kind of nonsense that’s responsible for the college’s drop in the Norrington Table.”
The old building, which dates to 1954, was condemned by the city engineer and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in April after large cracks were found in the walls. “Gray cinder block, that’s what it is now. Aged cinder block,” McLees said. The new 5,000-square-foot complex will include living space for the firefighters, as well as room for the fire trucks and other equipment.Fire Chief Chris Breunig, left, and William McLees, the architect, discussed the project with reporters after the Planning Board meeting.Breunig said the new project has taken longer than expected, but represents a significant upgrade in the department’s ability to fight fires and respond to the demands of a growing city. Flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy pummeled the existing firehouse in 2012. The building was swamped again by tidal flooding in January during the powerful coastal storm Jonas. Originally, the existing firehouse was going to be incorporated into the new project, but the old building will be demolished instead to save money and provide a clean slate for construction of its two-story replacement. McLees described the new design as “pretty austere,” but noted that the modern firehouse will still be a dramatic improvement over the existing station and its stark cinder block construction. McLees, joined by Fire Chief Chris Breunig and City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson, gave the first public view of the redesigned project during the Ocean City Planning Board meeting Wednesday night. The city still must find a location for a temporary firehouse after the old building is demolished in September and construction is underway on the new station. Breunig noted that Ocean City’s summer population swells to around 150,000. He said the Fire Department had been worried that the building’s closure over the summer would have cut down on the response time for fires and other emergencies when the city is so crowded. Fire equipment has remained in the old station, even though the firefighters shifted their living quarters into a temporary trailer. By Donald WittkowskiOcean City officials unveiled designs Wednesday for a new firehouse at 29th Street that will replace an antiquated and storm-battered station dating to the early 1950s. Members of the Planning Board listened to a presentation on the proposed firehouse and indicated they will send a letter to City Council giving their endorsement for the project. Board members did not comment on the project following a seven-minute presentation by McLees, but indicated they will send a letter to City Council giving their formal endorsement for the new design. Firefighters, however, have been grumbling for years about the deteriorated condition of the old station at 29th Street and West Avenue. Living quarters at the station were ruined by Hurricane Sandy’s flooding, forcing firefighters to move into a temporary trailer nearby. They have repeatedly complained that the trailer has been infested with mold and rodents. Architect William McLees, who designed the new Ocean City firehouse at 29th Street, shows a rendering of the project. Construction on the estimated $1.6 million complex is expected to begin in September and be completed by May. Construction contracts are scheduled to be awarded by the city over the summer, according to William McLees, the project’s architect. McLees redesigned the building to shave hundreds of thousands of dollars off the price tag after the original construction bids came in at more than $2 million, well over budget. Breunig emphasized that the new firehouse will be built to withstand the New Jersey shore’s notorious coastal storms, including a 500-year flood. “Experience has proved over the years that Mother Nature can be a bear,” Breunig said. “We all fought for a good cause here,” he said. The city had originally planned to close the station on April 15, but the walls were strengthened to keep it open through the summer tourism season, thus avoiding disruptions to the Fire Department during the busiest time of year, city spokesman Doug Bergen said.