TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET

BEACH PATROL DIVISION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

Beach Stand franchise fees decrease 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.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Recruitment has been positive for FY 20 and should result in more guards in the stands for longer in the season. 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, 2020 has been included for the full-time employee. The number of hours for Crew Chiefs and Assistant Crew Chiefs were increased and reflect the addition of patrols before and after the posted hours for guards on the beach. Interdepartmental labor for Public Works employees to build and repair beach stands has been increased to $15,000. A pay table adjustment in FY 19 increased part-time wages $36,237 for this division. The allocations for health insurance, retiree health and retirement increase, while the allocations for 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. 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 has been included 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 19 approved level. Operational Supplies include three replacement ATVs and a rescue watercraft at a cost of $27,200. A fourth ATV was requested, but was not funded. Replacement equipment including first aid supplies, rescue boards and materials to replace beach patrol stands have also been funded. Materials for replacement stands and ordinance signs increase $5,700 in FY 20.Estimated energy costs increase for FY 20. Maintenance costs for Beach Patrol vehicles has been estimated at $35,000. Allocations for Vehicle lease, IT Services and insurance decrease.