TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET

PARKS DIVISION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

In FY ’09, there were twenty-two full-time employees in this division. In FY 17, the division was reorganized. The Assistant Superintendent and one Crew Leader position were converted to two Supervisor positions, and one part-time Parks Worker position was converted to full-time. This increased the number of full-time positions from seventeen to eighteen. In FY 20, funds have been included to promote an existing Parks Worker position to Crew Leader. Wage adjustments include a step increase effective January 1, 2020 for full-time employees. Projected overtime costs increase $1,527. FY 18 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 19 Adopted or the FY 20 Proposed budgets, but deductions will be made at the conclusion of the festivals. Allocations for health insurance, worker’s compensation and unemployment decrease, while the allocations for retiree health, and retirement increase. Projected unemployment is $6,500 for this division.

 

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 $20,300 in FY 20. Skate Park improvementshave been funded as follows: fence replacement, $13,800; concrete repairs, $9,000, and steps, rail and deck replacement, $7,470. Tennis Center parking lot overlay has been included at $23,310. Gorman Park shelter and concrete pad replacement has been included at $40,000. Other funded items include: staining the pergola at Sunset Park, $6,900 and replacement of the concrete pad at the soccer concession stand, $3,500. All other expenses in this line item cover routine maintenance. Vinyl soffit and trim replacement at the softball pavilion were requested as “above status quo” items and were not funded. Training costs are also included in Contracted Services and include attendance at the Sports Turf Management association conference for the Superintendent, the first year of Maintenance Management School, and Playground re-certification. Normal maintenance and supply costs have been budgeted for FY 20. Supplies include athletic field supplies, landscaping supplies, and general maintenance supplies. A replacement gator was funded in FY 18, and an infield leveler and conditioner was funded in FY 19. A replacement 100 gallon skid sprayer at $2,500 and a display board for the 125th street entrance at $3,000 have been funded in FY 20. Special Appropriations reflects the budget for requests from the Beautification Committee. Energy costs are expected to decrease. Projected costs for vehicle fuel and maintenance decrease. Allocations for Vehicle Lease, IT Services and  insurance decrease for this division. Repair of the Skatepark vertical ramp was funded in FY 19 at $36,100. Two stake body dump trucks have been funded for this division through Vehicle Trust.