PARKS

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2023 PROPOSED BUDGET

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

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, 2023 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 pay table adjustments have been applied. Projected overtime costs increase $908. FY 21 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 22 Adopted or the FY 23 Proposed budgets, but deductions will be made at the conclusion of the festivals. Allocations for health insurance, retirement, and worker’s compensation increase. No funding has been included for retiree health. Unemployment has been funded at $5,000 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 $18,400 in FY 23. Funded projects include: Northside Park shelter and concrete pad replacement, $80,520, Northside Park electrical shed replacement, $60,000, and replacement bathroom partitions, $6,200. Other funded items include annual clay court reconditioning, $6,000, planting bed maintenance at the 2nd street Tram station, $6,850 and bay cleaning on Ocean Drive, $4,400. Other routine maintenance items have also been 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, the first year of Supervisor’s Management School and Playground re-certification. Normal material and supply costs have been budgeted for FY 23. Supplies include athletic field supplies, landscaping supplies, and general maintenance supplies. Replacements for two pieces of equipment including a 100-gallon skid sprayer, $2,900, and a roller for the Tennis Center clay courts, $5,200 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 increase, while the estimates for vehicle maintenance remain the same. Allocations for Vehicle Lease, radio equipment lease, IT Services and insurance increase for this division. Replacement soccer field lights at Northside Park were funded at $165,000 in FY 22 in the Capital Outlay line item. A replacement ¾ ton 2 wheel drive pickup has been funded for this division through Vehicle Trust.