COMMUNICATIONS, ELECTRONICS, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2023 PROPOSED BUDGET
FY 23 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. Other grants received in FY 23 will be added as received. The estimate for small cell tower rental increases.
Twenty-eight full-time positions are funded in this division. Four additional Communications operator positions were funded for nine months in FY 23 at a cost of $179,865. In the Emergency Management division, an Emergency Management Specialist position was added. Other salary increases reflect a step increase effective January 1, 2023. Seasonal Communications Operator positions were reduced from seventeen positions to thirteen at a savings of $72,117. Seasonal staffing includes twelve positions to assist with Police and Fire calls and one position to staff the “City Watch” boardwalk surveillance program. A one-week mandatory training academy has again been funded in FY 23. As a result of pay table increases, the hourly rate for seasonal Communications Operators increases from $14.87 to $17.31. Hours for the part-time Emergency Management Specialist position were funded at 920 hours, the same level as FY 22. Group insurance increases $71,976, which includes the health insurance for the five additional positions. Projected retirement contributions decrease and no contribution has been included for retiree health (OPEB).
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 Hurricane Conference for the Director and the Planner has been funded. UAS Pilot training and testing costs for the drone program have been included at $2,600. Meals and housing during Emergency Operations Center activation have been funded at $22,840. Building and equipment maintenance costs increase, and include generator repairs at Ocean Pines and at 136th street. Radio maintenance has been included at $50,000. Radio system maintenance has been funded through the Equipment Trust Fund at a cost of $335,772. Console maintenance in the Dispatch center was included at a cost of $5,400 in the Communications division. Other maintenance costs include the generator and HVAC contracts for the Electronics shop and the radio towers. Supplies & Materials include operational and uniform costs for the three divisions. Comasset tracking software for the radio system has been included at $4,244. This is the expense for year two of a cloud-based solution that does not require IT support and will allow tracking of locations, status and history for all communications equipment owned by the Town. Replacement drone batteries have been included at $2,400. A replacement handheld satellite phone has also been funded. Energy costs decrease and are based on the actual expense for the past twelve months. Vehicle fuel and maintenance costs increase and include $8,000 in repairs to OC1. Intragovernmental expenses increase $11,186. The IT allocation increases $4,816 and includes $66,000 for the Comcast connection for boardwalk surveillance. Allocations for radio equipment lease and insurance increase, while the allocation for vehicle lease decreases.