TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2021 PROPOSED BUDGET
ENGINEERING AND BEACH REPLENISHMENT
Six full-time employees are budgeted in Engineering. A step increase beginning January 1, 2021 has been included. Benefit costs for health insurance and retirement increase for this division, while retiree health and worker’s compensation costs decrease.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Payment to the State of Maryland for the beach maintenance fund is the largest expense in Engineering. A payment of $458,812 was made in FY 19, and a payment of $432,419 was made in FY 20. Payments to the fund are estimated by the Department of Natural Resources, who have estimated the FY 21 payment at $460,000. Contracted Services include payments for consulting services for Energy procurement bids, legal fees attributable to this division and equipment lease. Geotechnical investigation for the Chicago Avenue bulkhead has been included at $25,000. Legal fees have been included at $15,000 for FY 21. A mid-town fire station study was added during the FY 20 budget wrap-up at a cost of $30,000. Supplies and Materials have been budgeted at the same level for FY 21. Vehicle Supplies and Repairs are budgeted to decrease slightly due to anticipated lower fuel prices. Allocations for IT Services, and insurance increase for this division, and vehicle lease decreases. An allocation has been made in FY 21 to cover the radio equipment purchase expense.
MAJOR 2020-2021 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 21 include additional Canal Dredging, the Convention Center expansion project, continued oversight of the Town’s parking system, and continuation of the surveillance camera replacement and expansion project. Phase II of the Energy Performance contract has been included in the FY 21 budget. Other duties handled by this division include stormwater/grading issues, energy management, and windfarm consultation.