1. 2013 NCHCA CLEAN WATER WORKS INC. EDUCATION SERIES
The Education Series continued in January there were approximately 150 attendees at the MOE Approvals and Permits February 7th event and a further 120 at the Contract Administration February 21st event. We have generated $10,000 in sponsorship thus far to offset the costs. Thank you to our sponsors and advertisers. Thank you to Clean Water Works Inc. as our Education Series Sponsor, Bradley’s Commercial Insurance as our Gold Sponsor, M-Con Products, Aquatech Pump and Power Inc., IPEX Inc., R.W. Tomlinson Limited as our Silver Sponsors and for our Coffee Sponsors, Karson Group, Taggart Construction, Colautti Construction and Goldie Mohr Limited. A thank you goes to our advertisers as well, to Harley House Consultants and to the Consulting Engineers of Ontario.
Speakers at the March 21st Environmental Impacts Education Session include:
Obtaining Permits to Take Water for Construction Dewatering – Stephen Wilson, P.Geo., Senior Hydrogeologist and Associate, Golder Associates Ltd.
The PTTW Program – and Water Quality Monitoring – Bruce Kilgour, PhD, President, Kilgour & Associates Ltd.
Species at Risk – Jeffrey King, B.Sc., C. Tech., Senior Biologist, McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers
2. 2013 Rate Supported Budget
Marty White made a presentation in support of the 2013 & 2014 Rate Supported Budgets to the Environment Committee on Tuesday, February 19th. The Rate Supported Budget totals $210,397 million in Capital expenditures in 2013 and a further $365,535 million in 2014. Council approved the budget on Wednesday, February 27th.
Specific aspects of this budget that the NCHCA supported included:
Adopting a two-year budget is good for planning purposes for the City, taxpayers and contractors. Furthermore, clearly identifying the budget for each separate year avoids any potential confusion as to exactly what is being budgeted for each year.
The capital portion of the 2013-14 Rate Supported Budget sees over 80% of the Capital Budget focused on renewal. This is a positive step towards addressing the infrastructure renewal challenge that we face here in Ottawa. The consequences of not investing in infrastructure renewal goes beyond increased costs to include environmental impacts, health and safety issues, and increased liabilities and decreased taxpayer satisfaction.
The 7% rate increase in 2013 and 2014 reflects the true need of investing in renewal.
A .90 cent increase per week is worth the increased confidence that another 174, Woodroffe or Elgin occurrence will be minimized.
While as taxpayers and business owners, we generally do not like to see increased debt, we do support debt financing where it is being spent on much needed assets, just as we debt finance our own plant and equipment assets. And it makes five times as much sense to debt finance much needed infrastructure renewal investment rather than let that capital investment deteriorate even more.
3. Mayor’s Breakfast
The Mayor’s Breakfast with Cyrill Leader was attended by Dale Harley and Stephen Turner onFebruary 28th. Dale had an opportunity to speak directly with Mayor Watson as well as Councillors Wilkinson, Hubley, Tierney, Hobbs and Qadri.
4. 2013 Specifications
The full Spec Review is scheduled for April 9th at 100 Constellation, Room 424E. Please forward any comments/concerns to Perry Crozier at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the next meeting.
5. Membership Renewals
A reminder that renewals should now have been processed online. If not, your attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated.
It is very important for members to ensure that your account profile information is updated regularly online. Member profiles will be extracted from our database and used for the printing of the Directory. If anyone requires assistance or further information, please contact Alison at the association office at 613.821.5940.
6. OSWCA Annual General Management Meeting
The OSWCA and the National Capital Heavy Construction Association sponsored an evening with the MPs and Senators on February 11th at the Conference Reception at the Government Conference Centre. The reception was very well attended by conference delegates, unfortunately not as well received by our own membership.
7. Mark these dates in your Calendars
March 21 Education Series – Environmental Impact
April 3 Mayor’s Breakfast, General Lawson
April 9 City of Ottawa Specifications Update
April 10 AGM, Centurion Center
8. NCHCA/City of Ottawa 2013 Meeting Schedule
All meetings are posted on our website under the Calendars of Events. Dates are as follows: January 11, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20.
NCHCA 2013 Board Meeting Schedule
Dates are as follows: January 9, February 13, March 20, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 10, November 13.
Please note these important dates in your 2013 Calendars:
AGM, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Centurion Center
Pothole, Monday, May 27, 2013, Kanata Lakes Golf Course
Manhole, Tuesday, August 20, 2013, GreyHawk Golf Course