TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2022 PROPOSED BUDGET
Eighteen full-time positions are funded in this department. Reorganizations since FY 09 eliminated the Assistant Superintendent and Arborist positions and reduced the number of Parks Workers from thirteen to eight. Two Supervisor positions and a Landscaper were added. Wage adjustments include a step increase effective January 1, 2022 for full-time employees. Three part-time employees are funded from April through October, with a fourth employee funded for October and part of November. Wage adjustments as a result of minimum wage increases have been applied. Projected overtime costs increase $889. FY 20 labor costs appear to be lower because deductions were made for labor charged to the Town festivals. No labor deductions were included in the FY 21 Adopted or the FY 22 Proposed budgets, but deductions will be made at the conclusion of the festivals. Allocations for health insurance, retiree health, retirement and unemployment increase, while the allocation for worker’s compensation decreases. Unemployment has been funded at $5,500 for this department.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services in this division include maintenance for the parks and landscaping throughout the Town. Contract mowing of city-owned median strips, bulkheads, undeveloped lots, etc. has been included at $17,675 in FY 22. Funded projects include: Painting of Sunset Park front tower, $7,500; Skatepark repairs, including concrete repair, fence replacement and vertical ramp stairs and rail replacement, $34.500; Tennis Center parking lot paving, $18,750; Northside Park walkway concrete repairs, $3,500 and Sunset Park decking replacement, $80,000. Other funded items include maintenance on the Parks building. This maintenance includes painting the mansard roof at $6,800 and repairing the insulation in two bays, $20,000. All other expenses in this line item cover routine maintenance. Training costs are also included in Contracted Services and include attendance at the Sports Turf Management association conference for the Superintendent, the second year of Maintenance Management School, and Playground re-certification. Normal maintenance and supply costs have been budgeted for FY 22. Supplies include athletic field supplies, landscaping supplies, and general maintenance supplies. Replacements for three pieces of equipment including a trailer, $7,400; hitch sprayer, $6,500 and skid sprayer, $2,900 have also been funded. Special Appropriations reflects the budget for requests from the Beautification Committee. Energy costs are expected to remain the same. Projected costs for vehicle fuel and maintenance decrease. Allocations for Vehicle Lease, radio equipment lease and insurance increase for this division, while the allocation for IT Services decreases. Replacement soccer field lights at Northside Park have been funded at $165,000. A replacement ¾ ton 2 wheel drive pickup has been funded for this division through Vehicle Trust.