TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2020 ADOPTED BUDGET

PUBLIC WORKS ADMINISTRATION AND CONSTRUCTION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

Revenue from sidewalk condemnations decreases $2,500 in FY 20, 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 $409,126 reimbursement to the General Fund.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Since FY 09, eleven 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. One Supervisor position was eliminated and two additional Heavy Equipment Operators were funded in FY 19. Currently, there are six employees in the Administrative division and twenty-three employees in the Construction division. A step increase effective January 1, 2020 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 the same as the deduction made in the FY 19 budget. An increase in minimum wage to $11/hour is reflected in the Salary and Wage line item in the Council Adopted column. Allocations for health insurance, worker’s compensation, and unemployment all decrease for this division. Projected pension contributions increase $72,943.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Sidewalk replacement and condemnation has been reduced to $15,000. Costs for concrete disposal are included at $17,500. Property taxes on the post office property have been included at $13,094. Baltimore Avenue design has been included at $5,000. 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 $52,005. HVAC repairs recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager have been budgeted at $52,875 for this division. A replacement roof for City Hall will be budgeted in FY 22. 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 cones, barrels and barricades, a multi gas detector, and tools have been budgeted at $34,180. 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. Projected savings from the LED light conversion are $144,630. Estimates for vehicle fuel and maintenance increase. Allocations for IT services, property insurance, and vehicle lease decrease. For FY 20, the bulkhead on Seaweed Lane is scheduled for replacement at $48,000. A replacement dump truck, flatbed truck and 2 ton stake body dump truck have been included in Vehicle Trust.