TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2021 ADOPTED BUDGET

SOLID WASTE AND TRANSFER STATION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

Revenue from recycling sales is expected to decrease for FY 21. Wastewheelers and dumpster parts are sold to the public, and it is anticipated that $18,000 will be collected from this effort. Solid Waste collection fees charged to establishments requiring trash collection more than five times per week are anticipated to increase from the FY 20 budgeted amount. Bulk collection fees for the collection of one item and the collection of up to three items were last increased in FY 14. It is anticipated that bulk collection revenue will remain level.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

The FY 21 budget includes funding for twenty-one full-time positions, the same number of positions since FY 15. In addition, there are seventeen seasonal positions in this division. Since FY 09, twenty-three positions have been eliminated in this division. Full-time wages include a step increase effective January 1, 2021. Salaries and wages also reflect the increase in minimum wage to $11.75/hour beginning January 1, 2021. Part-time salaries increase $6,077 due to changes in the pay table as a result of the increase in minimum wage. Solid Waste Worker II positions were upgraded as part of the pay study conducted in FY 16. Part-time employees in this division also received upgrades through the 2016 pay and benefits study. Overtime costs increase $1,251. Unemployment, and pension are projected to increase for this division, while health insurance, retiree health and worker’s compensation are projected to decrease.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services includes building and equipment maintenance costs, travel and training, communications and dues. Engineering and design fees for the transfer station floor repair were included in FY 20 at $40,000. HVAC repairs of $10,600 were also included in FY 20. Replacement gutters and downspouts on the west and north sides of Buildings I and J have been funded at $26,000 in FY 21. Transport/Tipping Fees reflects the contract with Covanta, our waste contractor. In FY21, the price per ton is projected to increase from $66.57 per ton to $67.90. The contract was renegotiated in FY 14 and has been budgeted at $2,248,050; an increase of $35,305 over FY 20. The estimated number of tons to be transported remains the same at 33,500 tons. Supplies and Materials includes $15,000 for the purchase of 175 wastewheelers that will be resold to the public. Three 55-gallon containers of bulk motor oil have been included at a cost of $2,200. Four replacement front end containers and five 300-gallon trash containers have also been funded. Vehicle Supplies and Repair is the second major expense category in this division. Fuel costs are expected to decrease from the amount budgeted in FY 20 and vehicle fuel has been budgeted at the three-year average number of gallons of diesel fuel. Vehicle maintenance costs are projected to increase for FY 21. An allowance of $25,000 has been included to paint two trash trucks, and $22,000 has been included for four replacement rubber tires for the loader. Allocations for vehicle lease, IT Services, radio equipment lease and insurance increase. One side-load trash truck and one front-load trash truck have been included in Vehicle Trust purchases for FY 21. Capital outlay includes repairs to the tipping room floor and walls at $352,000. A lighting retrofit project was included in the City Manager’s budget proposal, but was deleted in the adopted budget.