TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2019 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. Wage adjustments include a step increase effective January 1, 2019 for full-time employees. Part-time salaries decrease $646. Projected overtime costs increase $717. FY 17 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 18 Adopted or the FY 19 Proposed budgets, but deductions will be made at the conclusion of the festivals. Allocations for health insurance, pension and retiree health insurance decrease for this division. Projected unemployment remains the same, at $8,000.

 

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 $16,675 in FY 19. Sunset Park repairs have  been funded as follows: fence replacement, $19,820; sunshade replacement, $6,800, and painting of the metal tower, $4,400. Landscape replacement at the 61st Street Tennis Center has been included at $14,000, and renovation of the restroom at that facility has been included at $12,000. All other expenses in this line item cover routine maintenance. Gorman Park tennis court resurfacing, replacement of the perimeter fence at the Skate Park, and light pole replacement at the 61st Street tennis facility were requested, but 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 19. 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 has been funded in FY 19. Special Appropriations reflects the budget for requests from the Beautification Committee. Energy costs are expected to increase. Projected costs for vehicle fuel and vehicle parts increase. Allocations for Vehicle Lease, IT Services and insurance decrease for this division. Repair of the Skatepark vertical ramp has been funded at $36,100. Two ¾ ton pickups have been funded for this division through Vehicle Trust.