TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2018 ADOPTED BUDGET

PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION AND CONSTRUCTION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

Sidewalk condemnations remain the same in FY 18, 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 also remains the same, as FY 18 is year 3 of 4 of the agreement. 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 $351,756 reimbursement to the General Fund.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Since FY 09, twelve full-time positions have been eliminated from this division. A full-time Facilities Manager position was funded in FY 14, and a full-time carpenter was added to this Division in FY 14 through the elimination of a position in the Transfer Station division. In FY 17, a Heavy Equipment Operator position was eliminated and replaced with a Safety/COOP Coordinator. Currently, there are six employees in the Administrative division and twenty-two employees in the Construction division. A Supervisor, Crew Leader and four Heavy Equipment Operator positions were requested, but not funded. A step increase effective January 1, 2018 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 $11,000 less than the deduction made in the FY 17 budget. Allocations for health insurance, retiree health, pension, and worker’s compensation all increase for this division.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Sidewalk replacement and condemnation has been reduced to $25,000. Costs for concrete disposal are included at $17,500. 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 $53,007. HVAC repairs recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager have been budgeted at $44,250 for this division, which includes $31,000 for work at City Hall and $9,000 for a replacement HVAC at the Animal Shelter. Security upgrades for City Hall were included in FY 16 at $30,000. Supplies for streets, storm drains and buildings and grounds have been budgeted at $117,500. 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, a generator, tools, tamps, and chainsaws have been budgeted at $36,763. 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 was calculated at the actual cost for the past twelve months. Estimates for vehicle fuel increase, while the estimates for vehicle maintenance have been projected to decrease. Allocations for vehicle lease and IT services increase, while the allocation for property insurance decreases. Vehicle lease expense increases $66,037 due to the mass purchase of equipment through capital lease. For FY 18, miscellaneous bulkhead repairs have been included at $10,000. Replacement of the bulkhead at Tunnel Avenue was funded in FY 16. Two solar message boards were purchased in FY 16 with grant funds. A replacement fuel truck and a replacement dump truck have been funded through Vehicle Trust in FY 18.