TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2018 ADOPTED BUDGET
ENGINEERING AND BEACH REPLENISHMENT
Six full-time employees are budgeted in Engineering. A step increase beginning January 1, 2018 has been included. A 5% increase has been budgeted for health insurance beginning in January of 2018. The anticipated increase in health insurance has been offset by a reduction in pension contributions for this division.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Payment to the State of Maryland for the beach maintenance fund is the largest expense in Engineering. A payment of $212,031 was made in FY 16, and a payment of $208,083 was made in FY 17. For FY 18, the necessary funding has increased to $400,000, an increase of $190,000 over the FY 17 budgeted amount. These payments are estimated by the Department of Natural Resources, and the FY 18 payment is less than the amount anticipated a year ago. Contracted Services include payments for consulting services for Energy procurement bids, legal fees attributable to this division and equipment lease. Legal fees have been increased from $16,000 in the FY 17 budget to $20,000 in FY 18. Fees for the conceptual design for Fire Station 3 were included in the FY 17 budget. City-wide security improvements were included at $50,000 in FY 17, and $26,500 has been included for City Hall Security improvements in FY 18. Supplies and Materials have been budgeted at the same level as FY 17. Vehicle Supplies and Repairs are budgeted to increase as the estimated cost for vehicle parts is expected to be higher in FY 18. Allocations for IT Services and Vehicle lease increase for this division.
MAJOR 2017-2018 PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:
The City Engineer has the oversight of the Information Technology division as well as the Engineering and Beach Replenishment divisions. Responsibility for the Town’s Capital Improvements Plan also falls under the City Engineer. Projects for FY 18 include additional Canal Dredging, the Convention Center expansion project, and continuation of the surveillance camera replacement and expansion project. Other FY18 projects include design and construction of Fire Station 3 and the Downtown Transportation complex. Continued management of the Energy Performance contract is also a priority. Other duties handled by this division include stormwater/grading issues, and energy management.