TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2018 ADOPTED BUDGET

COMMUNICATIONS, ELECTRONICS, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

FY 18 revenue reflects continued participation in the Emergency Management Assistance (EMA) funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. A grant equivalent to the partial salary and benefits of the Emergency Management Director has been included. A portion of the Homeland Securities grant funds will be allocated to cover the partial salary and benefits of the Emergency Planner. Grants shown in FY 16 will be added to the FY 18 budget if received. The estimate for antenna rents for the Ocean Pines tower increases slightly.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Twenty-two full-time positions are funded in this division. One additional Communications operator position was funded in FY 15. To address the ongoing training needs of the department, one Communications Operator II position was promoted to an Operator III position in FY 16. An Electronics Technician and a Communications Operator were requested, but not funded in FY 18. Salary increases reflect a step increase effective January 1, 2018. Both full-time and seasonal Communications operator positions were upgraded as a result of the recent pay study. Nineteen temporary Communications Operator positions are funded in this division. Seasonal staffing includes two dispatch positions to handle the Beach Patrol’s dispatching needs and three dispatch positions to staff the “City Watch” surveillance program. A part-time Emergency Management Specialist position was requested, but not funded. Allocations for health insurance and pension account for most of the increase in Employee benefits. Estimated unemployment was increased for the Communications division.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services include equipment maintenance, training costs, printing and other services. Training costs increase and include OSSI training for two Communications operators, and attendance at the International Association of Emergency Manager’s conference. Attendance at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) regional conference for two employees has also been included. Attendance at the Hurricane Conference for the Director and the Planner has been funded. Contracted radio maintenance technical assistance during the radio project has been included at $25,600. Maintenance costs increase slightly and include the maintenance on the logging recorder purchased in FY 16, $9,000, and building maintenance on the radio shop and radio shelter, $15,488, which includes an $8,500 HVAC repair. Maintenance on the transfer switch at the Ocean Pines radio tower was included in FY 17 at $12,400. Other maintenance costs include the HVAC contracts for the Electronics shop and the radio towers. Supplies & Materials include operational and uniform costs for the three divisions. Replacement tables and chairs for the EOC have been included at a cost of $3,000. Outerwear for the CERT team has been included at $1,000. Energy costs decrease and are based on the actual expense for the past twelve months. Vehicle fuel costs are expected to increase slightly for FY 18, while vehicle maintenance expenses are expected to decrease. Intragovernmental expenses increase $12,588 for IT Services, which includes $66,538 for the Comcast connection for boardwalk surveillance. Allocations for insurance and Vehicle Lease also increase slightly. Capital outlay funded in the FY 16 budget included a replacement telephone and radio recorder at $75,000 and a replacement city alarm system at $20,000.