TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET
ENGINEERING AND BEACH REPLENISHMENT
Six full-time employees are budgeted in Engineering. A step increase beginning January 1, 2020 has been included. An increase has been budgeted for health insurance beginning in January of 2020, but changes in health care plans resulted in a reduction in cost. Pension contributions increase 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 $447,521 was made in FY 18, and a payment of $458,812 was made in FY 19. Payments to the fund are estimated by the Department of Natural Resources, who have estimated the FY 20 payment at $450,000. 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 $19,000 in the FY 19 budget to $15,000 in FY 20. Phase II boardwalk access control design fees were included in the FY 19 adopted budget at $75,325. City-wide security improvements were included at $25,000 in FY 18, and at $11,000 in FY 19. No funds were included for this project in FY 20. Supplies and Materials have been budgeted to decrease in FY 20. Vehicle Supplies and Repairs are budgeted to decrease as the estimated cost for vehicle parts is expected to be lower than the cost budgeted for FY 19. Allocations for IT Services, insurance and vehicle lease decrease for this division.
MAJOR 2019-2020 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 20 include additional Canal Dredging, continued oversight of the Town’s parking system, and continuation of the surveillance camera replacement and expansion 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.