TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2020 ADOPTED BUDGET

PUBLIC WORKS MAINTENANCE DIVISION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

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. In the original budget presentation, an additional $923,490 was anticipated to be collected from the parking rate changes. Due to Covid 19, the parking revenue estimate was reduced by $340,000. Revenue for the Whiteside Lot has been estimated at $74,100. The Beach Photo franchise was re-bid in FY 19 and has been included at $228,750.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

In FY 2009, thirty-eight full-time positions were funded in this division, which has been reduced to the current number of thirty-four full-time employees. As in other divisions, a step increase effective January 1, 2021 has been funded. Part-time salaries were adjusted in FY 21 to reflect the revised pay table as a result of the minimum wage increase to $11.75 an hour. As the Inlet Lot has beenconverted to a pay by plate system, fewer part-time employees are needed. Three parking ambassadors have been funded from May 1st through Labor Day and one has been funded from May 15th through Labor Day. As a result of converting parking to pay by plate, credit card usage has increased and the use of cash has decreased. Of the 6.5 positions budgeted to count cash, only one will be charged to the Parking division, with the remaining employees charged to the Transportation division. Overtime increases $5,302 for the Maintenance division. In this division, allocations for health insurance and pension increase, while the allocations for retiree health, worker’s compensation and unemployment decrease.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Credit Card fees for use of the parking meters have been budgeted at $240,000 in FY 21, a decrease of $28,000 from FY 20. Other expenses in Contracted Services include boardwalk re-decking, budgeted at $60,000, and Parkeon back office fees and per transaction fees budgeted at $83,530. Phase I of Whiteside Lot redevelopment was funded in FY 20 at $62,000. The beach tractor lease remains at $108,000 for FY 21. A weed prevention service at a cost of $30,000 has also been included. Maintenance costs increase $5,031. HVAC repairs recommended for the Comfort Stations were funded in FY 20. In FY 21, extended warranties on the parking meters have been included at $29,250. Porta potties for holiday weekends and some special events have been included at $2,500. Supplies and Materials includes funding for day-to-day operations. The line item decreases $34,050 overall. In FY 20, $75,000 was included for the purchase of a variable message sign for the Inlet parking lot. In FY 21, the following items have been approved: a replacement Graco line striper, $7,500; a concrete surface breaking unit, $6,000; a flat-bed trailer, $6,000; a replacement Woods blade, $5,000; a new change machine for the Inlet Lot, $4,500 and two additional Parkeon meters, $15,000. 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 $20,000. Estimates for vehicle fuel, parts and labor are all expected to decrease in FY 21. Allocations for Vehicle Lease, radio equipment lease, and insurance increase, while the allocation for IT Services decreases. A mini flat-bed 1 Ton two-wheel drive truck has been funded through Vehicle Trust.