TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2021 ADOPTED 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 were included to promote an existing Parks Worker position to Crew Leader. Wage adjustments include a step increase effective January 1, 2021 for full-time employees. Projected overtime costs increase $1,171. FY 19 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 20 Adopted or the FY 21 Proposed budgets, but deductions will be made at the conclusion of the festivals. Allocations for health insurance, and retirement increase, while the allocations for retiree health, worker’s compensation and unemployment decrease. Projected unemployment is $5,000 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 21. Funded projects include: 94th Street tennis court resurfacing, $17,000; Northside Park fitness sunshade replacement, $4,000; Northside Park softball pavilion vinyl trim replacement, $7,600; Northside Park pier shelter roof replacement, $9,600; Northside Park shoreline stabilization, $15,000; Downtown Recreation Complex fence and concrete repairs, $12,939; and staining the building at Sunset Park, $18,000. Other funded items include: turf fertilization and weed control, $5,500 and planting bed maintenance at the 2nd street tram station, $6,850. All other expenses in this line item cover routine maintenance. Skatepark repairs at $20,000 were requested as an “above status quo” item, but 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 second year of Maintenance Management School, and Playground re-certification. Normal maintenance and supply costs have been budgeted for FY 21. Supplies include athletic field supplies, landscaping supplies, and general maintenance supplies. 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 were funded in FY 20. Additional items funded in FY 21 include: a replacement mower, $8,800; a John Deere bunker rake, $12,900 and two surveillance cameras, $9,000. 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, radio equipment lease and insurance increase for this division. Repair of the Skatepark vertical ramp and development of the Gorman Avenue Pickleball court were funded through capital outlay in FY 19. No capital outlay was requested in FY 21. A replacement tractor and a 1 ½ ton 2-wheel drive stake body truck have been funded for this division through Vehicle Trust.