SOLID WASTE & TRANSFER STATION
TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2022 ADOPTED BUDGET
Revenue from recycling sales is expected to remain constant for FY 22. 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 remain the same as the FY 21 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 increase $3,000.
The FY 21 budget includes funding for twenty-one full-time positions, the same number of positions since FY 15. Full-time wages include a step increase effective January 1, 2022, and also reflect the retirement of long-term employees. Solid Waste Worker II positions were reclassified as part of the pay study conducted in FY 16. Since FY 09, twenty-three positions have been eliminated in this division. In addition to the full-time positions, there are seventeen seasonal positions in this division. Part-time employees in this division were also reclassified through the 2016 pay and benefits study. Part-time salaries and wages reflect the increase in wages for Solid Waste Worker II positions to $17.58/hour and for Solid Waste Worker I positions to $12.50/hour beginning January 1, 2022. Increases due to changes in the pay table as a result of the increase in minimum wage total $2,888. Overtime costs increase $9,749. Unemployment and retiree health are projected to increase for this division, while health insurance, retirement, 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. Replacement gutters and downspouts on the east and north sides of Buildings I and J have been funded at $26,000 in FY 22. Rental of a grapple truck has been funded for the annual spring cleanup. Transport/Tipping Fees reflects the contract with Covanta, our waste contractor. In FY22, the price per ton is projected to increase from $67.28 per ton to $68.63. The contract was renegotiated in FY 14 and has been budgeted at $2,272,105; an increase of $24,055 over FY 21. 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 wastewheelers. Three 55-gallon containers of bulk motor oil have been included at a cost of $2,200. Five replacement front-end containers, 250 trash barrels and ten 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 21 and vehicle fuel has been budgeted at the two-year average number of gallons of diesel fuel. Vehicle maintenance costs are projected to increase for FY 22, and include an allowance of $32,000 to paint two trash trucks. Allocations for IT Services, radio equipment lease and insurance increase, while allocations for vehicle lease decrease. One side-load trash truck and one front-load trash truck have been included in Vehicle Trust purchases for FY 22. Capital outlay in FY 21 included repairs to the tipping room floor and walls at $352,000.