TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2021 ADOPTED BUDGET

COMMUNICATIONS, ELECTRONICS, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

FY 21 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 thenEmergency 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 19 will be added to the FY 21 budget if received. The estimate for antenna rents for the Ocean Pines tower increase.

 

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. Due to the retirement of the Communications System Manager, an Electronics Services Technician position was funded in FY 20 for a partial year, (November through June). The additional positon is not funded in FY 21. Other salary increases reflect a step increase effective January 1, 2021. 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 21. Hours for the part-time Emergency Management Specialist position were funded at 920 hours, the same level as FY 20. Minimum wage increases to $11.75/hour beginning January 1, 2021 and that increase has been included. Allocations for group insurance and pension increase for FY 21, while the allocations for retiree health, worker’s compensation and unemployment decrease.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services include equipment maintenance, training costs, printing and other services. Training costs remain the same and includes 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 $3,200. 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 $194,800. Building and equipment maintenance costs increase $7,376. HVAC repairs included in the FY 21 budget include the replacement of the 1,000-gallon fuel tank at the 65th street radio network building. Console maintenance 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. 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 is expected to decrease, while Vehicle maintenance is expected to increase. Maintenance on OC1 has been included at $6,000. Intragovernmental expenses increase $27,373. The IT allocation increases $19,224 and includes $65,400 for the Comcast connection for boardwalk surveillance. Allocations for vehicle lease, radio equipment lease and insurance increase.