PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION & CONSTRUCTION

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2023 PROPOSED BUDGET

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

REVENUE CHANGES:

Revenue from sidewalk condemnations is budgeted at $13,175, as much of this effort is being accounted for in the Street paving project. One-half of this cost is billable to the owners of the condemned sidewalks. The Vehicle Franchise fee was re-bid in FY 19 and increased from $32,100 to $38,000 per year. Expenses of Public Works Administration are allocated to the divisions of Public Works as General Overhead Expense. The allocation charged to Water, Wastewater, Transportation and Airport is shown here as a $395,052 reimbursement to the General Fund.

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Currently, there are six employees in the Administrative division and twenty-three employees in the Construction division. A step increase effective January 1, 2023 has been included. Deductions for Public Works labor charged to Water and Wastewater capital projects and to Street Paving totaling $100,000 have been made. This labor deduction is $5,000 more than the deduction made in the FY 22 budget. A part-time electrician for Sunfest, Springfest and Winterfest has been funded at $5,600. Projected overtime increases $2,000 for this division. Allocations for group insurance and retirement increase for this division, while the allocation for worker’s compensation decreases. No funding has been included for retiree health (OPEB).

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Sidewalk replacement and condemnation has been increased to $26,350. Non-billable sidewalk repairs have been increased from $25,000 to $32,000. Costs for concrete disposal are included at $17,500. Property taxes on the post office property have been included at $15,062. Building Maintenance covers maintenance for city-owned buildings such as City Hall, the Art League, the Post Office and the Public Works office buildings. Routine building maintenance and the HVAC contracts for these locations have been budgeted at $84,790. HVAC repairs recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager have been budgeted at $14,495 for this division. Replacement rain gutters on Building C were funded in FY 22 at $30,000. Supplies for streets, storm drains and buildings and grounds have been budgeted at $119,890. Replacement light poles have been budgeted at a cost of $22,000. Snow removal supplies are also included in this category, and $10,500 has been budgeted. Replacement equipment including traffic control signs, barrels, barricades, and tools have been budgeted at $20,600. A welding/cutting top for a table has been funded at $7,800. Uniforms and safety equipment are budgeted at $13,580. ARC flash safety gear for the electricians has been included in the uniform cost at $2,340. In Energy, street lighting is the major expense, and has been budgeted at $370,000. In FY 19, the total Energy cost was $818,771 for this department. Estimates for vehicle fuel increase and vehicle maintenance decreases. Allocations for IT Services, radio equipment lease, vehicle lease and insurance increase. The allocation for General Overhead increases as well. For FY 23, bulkhead repairs total $75,000 for a new bulkhead to be installed on Edgewater Avenue between 6th and 7th streets. A replacement VMS sign has been funded at $20,000 in the Capital Outlay line item. A replacement forklift, two 1-ton utility trucks and a dump truck have been funded in Vehicle Trust at a cost of $415,000.