TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2019 PROPOSED BUDGET
PUBLIC WORKS MAINTENANCE DIVISION
All parking has been converted to a pay by plate system for FY 19. Parking rates in the Inlet Lot were increased from $2 per hour to $3 per hour before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Rates in the Inlet Lot will remain at $3 per hour between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Revenue for streets, lots and the Inlet Lot have been projected to increase for FY 19. The majority of the increased revenue is in the Inlet Lot and is due to the rate increase and additional available spaces from reconfiguration of the lot. Leases for the Public Safety Building lot were extended through FY 18. No revenue from these leases has been budgeted for FY 19. The Beach Photo franchise has been included at $434,500, but will be re-bid in FY 19.
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, 2019 has been funded. Positions requested, but not funded include: A Meter Technician, a Sign Technician and two Maintenance Workers. A seasonal Office Associate position was requested but not funded. Part-time salaries have been adjusted to reflect the revised pay table, at a cost of $18,810. Operators of the Beach Cleaning equipment were upgraded to Equipment Operators at a cost of $10,427. As the Inlet Lot has been converted to a pay by plate system, fewer part-time employees are needed. Several ambassadors will be utilized in FY 19 to guide visitors through the new parking system. Employees assigned to the money room from this division were reduced by a half position. Overall salary savings due to the Inlet Lot conversion total $99,917. In this division, retiree health decreases $43,421. Health insurance increases, while allocations for pension, worker’s compensation and unemployment decrease.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Credit Card fees for use of the parking meters have been budgeted at $268,000 in FY 19, an increase of $138,000 from FY 18. As the Inlet Lot has changed from a booth system to a pay by plate system, credit card use is expected to increase. Other expenses in Contracted Services include boardwalk re-decking, budgeted at $60,000, an increase of $15,000 over FY 18, and Parkeon back office fees budgeted at $35,690. Demolition of the metal facility at Whiteside has been funded at $28,250. The beach tractor lease increases $3,000 in FY 19, from $102,000 to $105,000. A weed prevention service at a cost of $28,000 has also been included. Maintenance costs decrease $28,901 as there is no maintenance agreement on the new parking meters. Porta potties for holiday weekends and some special events has been included at $4,500. HVAC repairs and general maintenance costs decrease for the Comfort Stations. Supplies and Materials includes funding used for day-to-day operations. In addition, the following items have been approved: ten bike racks, $3,375; a beach box blade, $5,500, a beach wagon, $6,500, and thirty 300 gallon waste containers for the beach. 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 $15,000. Vehicle fuel is anticipated to decrease, while vehicle maintenance is expected to increase from the FY 18 budgeted amount. Allocations for Vehicle Lease increase $5,555, while the allocations for IT Services and insurance decrease.