TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2019 ADOPTED BUDGET
ENGINEERING AND BEACH REPLENISHMENT
Six full-time employees are budgeted in Engineering. A step increase beginning January 1, 2019 has been included. A 4% increase has been budgeted for health insurance beginning in January of 2019, but changes in health care plans resulted in a reduction in cost. Pension contributions also decrease 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 $208,083 was made in FY 17, and a payment of $447,521 was made in FY 18. For FY 19, the necessary funding has increased to $450,000, an increase of $50,000 over the FY 18 budgeted amount. These payments are estimated by the Department of Natural Resources, and the FY 19 payment is more 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 were reduced from $20,000 in the FY 18 budget to $19,000 in FY 19. Phase II boardwalk access control design fees have been included at $75,325. City-wide security improvements were included at $50,000 in FY 17, at $26,500 in FY 18, and at $12,500 in FY 19. Supplies and Materials have been budgeted at the same level as FY 18. Vehicle Supplies and Repairs are budgeted to decrease as the estimated cost for vehicle labor is expected to be lower than the cost budgeted for FY 18. Allocations for IT Services and insurance decrease, while the vehicle lease allocation increases for this division.
MAJOR 2018-2019 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 19 include additional Canal Dredging, the Convention Center expansion project, continuation of the surveillance camera replacement and expansion project, and phase II of the boardwalk access control project. Continued management of the Energy Performance contract is also a priority. Other duties handled by this division include stormwater/grading issues, and energy management.