TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2019 ADOPTED BUDGET

COMMUNICATIONS, ELECTRONICS, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

FY 19 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 17 will be added to the FY 19 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. A full-time Electronics Technician, a Communications Operator, and an Emergency Planner were requested, but not funded in FY 19. Salary increases reflect a step increase effective January 1, 2019. 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 was funded in FY 19. A part-time Emergency Management Specialist position was funded for 880 hours, at a cost of $19,433. Pension contributions increase $31,376, while health insurance and retiree health decrease for FY 19.

 

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. Support for the Maryland Incident Management Team and EMI Section Chief Training have also been funded.  Contracted radio maintenance technical assistance during the radio project has been reduced from $25,600 in FY 18 to $10,000 in FY 19. Maintenance costs increase $12,105 and include the maintenance on the logging recorder purchased in FY 16, $9,900, and building maintenance on the radio shop and radio shelter, $19,808, which includes a $10,384 HVAC repair. 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 $1,000. Energy costs decrease and are based on the actual expense for the past twelve months.  Vehicle fuel and maintenance expenses are expected to decrease. Intragovernmental expenses decrease $7,743.  The IT allocation decreases $8,482 and includes $52,800 for the Comcast connection for boardwalk surveillance, and $14,800 for the replacement of four rugged laptops. Vehicle Lease allocation increases $1,545.