ENGINEERING & BEACH REPLENISHMENT
TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2023 PROPOSED BUDGET
Five full-time employees are budgeted in Engineering. The Environmental Engineer position was moved to the Planning and Zoning division. A step increase beginning January 1, 2023 has been included. Benefit costs for health insurance and retirement increase for this division. No contribution has been funded for retiree health
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Payment to the State of Maryland for the beach maintenance fund is the largest expense in Engineering. A payment of $442,321 was made in FY 21, and a payment of $486,948 was made in FY 22. Payments to the fund are estimated by the Department of Natural Resources, who have estimated the FY 23 payment at $500,000. Contracted Services include payments for consulting services for traffic data, legal fees attributable to this division and equipment lease. Legal fees have been included at $20,000 for FY 22. Traffic data collection and other consulting fees have been funded at $11,500. Supplies and materials have been budgeted at the same level for FY 23. Vehicle supplies and repairs are budgeted to decrease, as the FY 22 budget included $6,000 for a cap, bed organizer and safety lights for a new survey truck purchased through Vehicle Trust. Allocations for radio equipment lease, vehicle lease and insurance increase for this division.
MAJOR 2022-2023 PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:
The City Engineer has the oversight of the Engineering and Beach Replenishment divisions. Responsibility for the Town’s Capital Improvements Plan also falls under the City Engineer. As the division now reports to the Public Works Director, project management for Public Works projects will now be a responsibility of this division Projects included in FY 23 are boardwalk re-decking, City Hall roof replacement, Northside Park fence replacement, and the installation of a new bulkhead on Edgewater Avenue between 6th and 7th street. Projects included in the FY 22 bond issue that will require oversight by the City Engineer include the Downtown Recreation complex. Other duties handled by this division include stormwater/grading issues, energy management, and traffic calming solutions.