TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2020 ADOPTED BUDGET

COMMUNICATIONS, ELECTRONICS, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

FY 20 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 18 will be added to the FY 20 budget if received. The estimate for antenna rents for the Ocean Pines tower increases slightly.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Twenty-three 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. Due to the anticipated retirement of the Communications System Manager, an Electronics Services Technicianposition has been funded for a partial year, (November through June). Other salary increases reflect a step increase effective January 1, 2020. 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 two-week mandatory training academy has again been funded in FY 20. Hours for the part-time Emergency Management Specialist position were increased from 880 hours to 920 hours, at a cost of $883. Minimum wage increases to $11/hour beginning January 1, 2020 and that increase has been included. Pension contributions increase $47,941. Allocations for FICA and retiree health increase, while the allocation for worker’s compensation decreases. Health insurance includes health coverage for the additional employee.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services include equipment maintenance, training costs, printing and other services.   Training costs remain the same 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. Support for the Maryland Incident Management Team and EMI Section Chief Training have also been funded.  Now that the radio project has been completed, $50,000 has been included for radio maintenance. Contracted technical assistance during the conversion was included at $25,600 in the FY 19 budget. System maintenance has been funded through the Equipment Trust Fund at a cost of $136,186. Building and equipment maintenance costs decrease $5,166.  HVAC repairs included in the FY 19 budget are not funded in FY 20. Console maintenance was added 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. Replacement tables and chairs for the EOC were included at a cost of $3,000 in FY 18.  Outerwear for the CERT team has been included at $750. Energy costs decrease and are based on the actual expense for the past twelve months.  Vehicle fuel and maintenance expenses are expected to increase, particularly in the Emergency Management division. Intragovernmental expenses decrease $1,243.  The IT allocation increases $2,534 and includes $65,250 for the Comcast connection for boardwalk surveillance. Allocations for vehicle lease and insurance decrease.