TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2021 ADOPTED BUDGET
BEACH PATROL DIVISION
Beach Stand franchise fees increase and reflect the latest bids. Panama Jack continues to provide sun protection products to our employees but no longer provides a sponsorship of our Beach Safety Seminar program. Participation in our Junior Beach Patrol Program is expected to generate $23,000 from program registration and uniform sales.
Approximately two hundred part-time employees are employed by the Beach Patrol. There is one full-time employee in this division. A step increase effective January 1, 2021 has been included for the full-time employee. Funding has been included for additional patrols before and after the posted hours for guards on the beach. Adjustments have also been made to the hourly wages to reflect pay table adjustments as a result of the minimum wage increase. Surf Rescue Technicians will be paid $15.25 an hour in FY 20 and $15.60 an hour beginning January 1, 2021. Interdepartmental labor for Public Works employees to build and repair beach stands has been increased to $16,000. The allocations for health insurance and retirement increase, while the allocations for retiree health, worker’s compensation and unemployment decrease.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services include building maintenance for all Beach Patrol facilities, rental of testing facilities for Beach Patrol try-outs, telephone service and radio maintenance costs.Travel costs for senior officers to return for work weekends and to attend try-outs have been included. A travel stipend for critical coverage weekends has been included at $23,760. Certification costs for the American Red Cross have been included at $20.00 each for 200 certifications. American Heart Association certification is also included at a cost of $600, as all Beach Patrol members must be certified. Maintenance contracts for the HVAC system and the elevator in the Headquarters building have been funded. Replacement of the roof at the 130th street facility was funded in FY 20 at $7,100. Rental of four offsite testing facilities has been included: SSU, York College, University of Maryland and Ocean Pines. Half the projected cost for an end-of-the-year employee recognition banquet was budgeted at $2,500. Uniform purchases and operational supplies were budgeted slightly above the FY 20 approved level. Operational Supplies include three replacement ATVs and a rescue watercraft at a cost of $26,250. Replacement equipment including first aid supplies, rescue boards and materials to replace beach patrol stands have also been funded. Forty drink bottles have been included as recruiting incentives at a cost of $2,000. Estimated energy costs increase for FY 21. Maintenance costs for Beach Patrol vehicles has been estimated at $38,000. Allocations for Vehicle lease, Radio equipment lease, IT Services and insurance increase.