TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2022 PROPOSED BUDGET

COMMUNICATIONS, ELECTRONICS, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

FY 22 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 20 will be added to the FY 22 budget if received. The estimate for antenna rents for the Ocean Pines tower increase.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Twenty-three full-time positions are funded in this division. One additional Communications operator position was funded in FY 22 at a total cost of $61,219 including benefits. To address increased mandatory training, one PCO III position will function as a full-time trainer and Quality Assurance coordinator. Other salary increases reflect a step increase effective January 1, 2022. Seventeen temporary Communications Operator positions are funded in this division. This is a reduction of two positions from FY 21. 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 one-week mandatory training academy has again been funded in FY 22. As a result of minimum wage increases, the hourly rate for seasonal Communications Operators increases from $14.52 to $14.87. Hours for the part-time Emergency Management Specialist position were funded at 920 hours, the same level as FY 21. Allocations for group insurance, retiree health and pension increase for FY 22. Pension allocations increase $82,322 for members of the Public Safety pension plan.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services include equipment maintenance, training costs, printing and other services. Training costs decrease, but 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. UAS Pilot training and testing costs for the drone program have been included at $3,800. Building and equipment maintenance costs decrease as HVAC and fuel tank repairs funded in FY 21 are not included in FY 22. 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 $14,705. This is a cloud-based solution that will not require IT support and will allow tracking of locations, status and history for all communications equipment owned by the Town. A replacement mobile radio at a cost of $6,500 has been included for OC1. Replacement drone batteries have been included at $1,800. Energy costs decrease and are based on the actual expense for the past twelve months. Vehicle fuel and maintenance costs are anticipated to decrease. Maintenance on OC1 was included at $6,000 in the FY 21 budget. Intragovernmental expenses increase $23,212. The IT allocation increases $9,270 and includes $65,968 for the Comcast connection for boardwalk surveillance. Allocations for radio equipment lease and insurance increase, while the allocation for vehicle lease decreases.