TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2022 PROPOSED BUDGET
PUBLIC WORKS MAINTENANCE DIVISION
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 reduced from the FY 21 estimates as the FY 21 actual revenue is anticipated to be under budget. The Beach Photo franchise was re-bid in FY 19 and has been included at $228,750.
Thirty-four full-time employees were funded in Public Works Maintenance since FY 16. Six full-time Maintenance Worker positions have been added in the FY 22 budget at a cost of $295,759 for salaries and benefits. As in other divisions, a step increase effective January 1, 2022 has been funded. Part-time salaries were adjusted in FY 22 to reflect the revised pay table as a result of the minimum wage increase to $12.50 an hour. Three parking ambassadors for the Inlet Lot have been funded from May 13th through September 30th. 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. There are sixty part-time employees funded in this department, including twenty-two Comfort Station employees. Overtime increases $7,272 for the Janitorial division. In this department, allocations for health insurance, retiree health, retirement, and unemployment increase, while the allocation for worker’s compensation decreases.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Credit Card fees for use of the parking meters have been budgeted at $230,000 in FY 22, a decrease of $10,000 from FY 21. Other expenses in Contracted Services include boardwalk re-decking, which increased from $60,000 to $80,000, and Parkeon back office fees and per transaction fees budgeted at $89,300. The beach tractor lease is estimated to increase to $111,000 for FY 22. A weed prevention service at a cost of $36,000 has also been included, which includes one additional weed spraying application. Maintenance on the gated access controls has been included at $6,500. Maintenance costs increase $22,945, and include the installation of a control system at the 2nd street complex to minimize natural gas consumption. 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 $2,000. Supplies and Materials includes funding for day-to-day operations. The line item decreases $14,682 overall. In FY 21, the following items were 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. In FY 22, an engraving machine and a vertical personnel manlift were approved at a total cost of $17,500. 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. Energy costs are expected to decrease. Estimates for vehicle fuel, parts and labor are all expected to decrease in FY 22. Allocations for IT Services, radio equipment lease, and insurance increase, while the allocation for vehicle lease decreases. A surf rake, a ½ ton 4×4 pickup truck and a 1-ton stake body dump truck have been included in Vehicle Trust.