PUBLIC WORKS MAINTENANCE
TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2024 ADOPTED BUDGET
All parking was converted to a pay by plate system in FY 19. For April, May and October, parking in the Inlet Lot will be free Monday through Thursday and will be $3/hour Friday through Sunday. From the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through September 30th, the Inlet Lot will be $3.50/hour seven days a week. All other parking will be free Monday through Thursday for April, May and October and $2/hour Friday through Sunday. From the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through September 30th, parking rates will be $3/hour seven days a week. Parking revenue estimates have been decreased $100,000 from the FY 23 estimates as the FY 23 actual revenue is not anticipated to meet budget.
Forty full-time employees have been funded in Public Works Maintenance budget. The most recent increase was the addition of six Maintenance Worker positions in FY 22. As in other divisions, a step increase effective January 1, 2024 has been funded. Part-time salaries are funded at the same level as FY 23. Three parking ambassadors for the Inlet Lot have been funded from May 12th through September 30th. As a result of converting parking to pay-by-plate, credit card usage has increased over time and the use of cash continues to decrease. Of the five positions budgeted to count cash, only one will be charged to the Parking division, with the remaining employees charged to the Transportation division. There are sixty part-time employees funded in this department, including twenty-two Comfort Station employees. Overtime increases a total of $1,500 for all five divisions. In this department, allocations for health insurance and unemployment decrease, while the allocations for retirement and worker’s compensation increase. No funds have been included for retiree health (OPEB).
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Credit Card fees for use of the parking meters have been budgeted at $250,000 in FY 24, a reduction of $30,000 from FY 23. Other expenses in Contracted Services include boardwalk re decking, funded at $20,000, and Parkeon back office fees and per transaction fees budgeted at $95,690. The beach tractor lease is estimated to increase to $128,700 for FY 24. A weed prevention service at a cost of $38,000 has also been included, which includes one additional weed spraying application. Cost reductions for FY 24 include boardwalk tile medallion repair, $10,000 and patching the Inlet Parking Lot, $25,000. Repavement of the Inlet Lot was funded in FY 23’s Budget Amendment # 1. Maintenance costs decrease $2,095, but still include extended warranties on the parking meters. Supplies and Materials includes funding for day-to-day operations. The line item increases $17,413 overall. In FY 23, 375 water-filled jersey barriers for sand management in the Inlet Lot were funded at $37,000. Additional sections of jersey barrier have been funded in FY 24 at $10,000. Also included in FY 24 is funding for replacement of Inlet Lot parking lot light heads, $10,00, and a replacement trailer, $14,000. Other supplies include comfort station supplies, replacement banners for the boardwalk, beach ramp supplies and replacement sand fence. Spare parts for the parking meters have been included at $25,000. Energy costs are expected to decrease. Estimates for vehicle fuel, parts and labor are all expected to increase in FY 24. Allocations for radio equipment lease, insurance expense and IT Services decrease, while the allocation for Vehicle Lease increases. A replacement posi track loader and a replacement street broom have been funded through Vehicle Trust at a cost of $332,500