TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2018 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 $21,000 from program registration and uniform sales.
Recruitment has been positive for FY 18 and should result in more guards in the stands for longer in the season. In addition, due to the change in the Maryland school calendar, as many as seventeen of the Sergeants, Crew Chiefs and Assistant Crew Chiefs will be able to work an additional one to two weeks providing increased beach coverage through Labor Day. Funded hours are based on the actual hours staffed for the past five years, and was increased by the amount of extra hours described above. 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, 2018 has been included for the full-time employee. Interdepartmental labor for Public Works employees to build and repair beach stands remains at $7,000. The allocations for health insurance, retiree health, pension and worker’s compensation increase, while projected unemployment expenses 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, and increase to cover an additional testing date. Certification costs for the American Red Cross have been included at $19.00 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. Rental of three offsite testing facilities has been included: SSU, York College and Ocean Pines. Uniform purchases and operational supplies were budgeted slightly above the FY 17 approved level. Operational Supplies include three replacement ATVs and a rescue watercraft at a cost of $27,200. Replacement equipment including first aid supplies, rescue boards and materials to replace beach patrol stands have also been included. Estimated energy costs have been reduced for FY 18. Estimates for vehicle fuel increased, while estimates for parts and labor decreased. Allocations for IT Services, Vehicle Lease and insurance increase for this division.