SOLID WASTE & TRANSFER STATION

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2023 ADOPTED BUDGET

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

REVENUE CHANGES:

Revenue from recycling sales is expected to increase slightly for FY 23. 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 22 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 $2,000.

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

The FY 23 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, 2023. In addition to the full-time positions, there are sixteen seasonal positions in this division. One year-round, part-time Solid Waste Worker II position was added in FY 23. Part-time salaries and wages reflect the increase in wages for Solid Waste Worker II positions to $18.67/hour and for Solid Waste Worker I positions from $12.50/hour to $15.00/hour beginning January 1, 2022. Increases due to changes in the pay table total $30,422. Overtime costs increase $15,546 as a result of the rate adjustments. Contributions for health insurance, retirement and worker’s compensation increase. Unemployment estimates remain the same as FY 22. No allocation has been made for retiree health (OPEB).

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services includes building and equipment maintenance costs, travel and training, communications and dues. Only routine maintenance costs have been funded in FY 23. Repair of the trench drain in the transfer station floor has been funded at $5,000. More extensive repairs will be funded in future years as part of a larger repair project at the Transfer Station. 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 FY23, the price per ton will increase to $90.20 in January 2023. The contract was renegotiated in FY 22 and has been budgeted at $2,977,700; an increase of $705,595 over FY 22. 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 increase $40,000 from the amount budgeted in FY 22. Vehicle maintenance costs are projected to increase for FY 23, and include an allowance of $33,000 to replace the rubber tires on the Transfer Station loader. Allocations for IT Services, radio equipment lease, vehicle lease and insurance increase. A replacement truck loading scale has been funded at $80,000. One front-load trash truck and a yard jockey truck have been included in Vehicle Trust at a cost of $380,000.