Overall, the draft budget proposes a 2.45% tax increase. The budget will be deliberated March 8-10. The Water/Sewer budget will be tabled Feb 15th and adopted March 23rd. Overall the budget totals $2.367 billion.
First the good news:
There is a 3.41% increase in the Transportation Budget to $194M
The total Capital Budget for 2011 is $622M ($310M LRT + Transit, $158M Renewal, $117M Growth, and $37M Strategic)
The budget for Renewal totals $158M for 2011 which is above the forecasted three year average of $121M.
The bad news:
The capital budgets, excluding LRT + Transit are down to $298M and $244M in 2012 and 2013. However, these forecasts may be adjusted depending on the outcome of a Long Range Financial Plan review proposed for later this year.
The Renewal budget of $158M for 2011 is only 78% of 2010 and 71% of the average expenditure for the past four years.
Expenditure on Road Renewal for 2011 is only $35M which is down from $58M last year, and represents only 25% of the LRFP need of $140M.
The Road Resurfacing budget totals only $11.5M, which is only 28% of the $41M called for in the LRFP.
This reduction in work from the City will be cushioned during 2011 by the backlog of work from 2010, as well as by the balance of the Economic Stimulus Funding.
The association will be making presentations at all seven Standing Committee meetings to argue for increased capital expenditures, particularly for renewal. We will also be attending five public consultation meetings throughout the City. Members are encouraged to contact their Councillors to express concern over the reduced spending Capital spending, as well as to attend the public consultation meetings.
Our Curling Bonspiel was held on Thursday, January 20th. Thank you to Debbie Mohr-Caldwell for organizing and running another great bonspiel. The event was attended by approximately 63 curlers and a delicious prime rib dinner was enjoyed by all! Winners of this year’s bonspiel were the Karson Team: Audrey Syme, Peter Geick, Robert Leclair, Kelly Barclay
All NCHCA Social Events are available on our website @ www.nchca.ca under Calendar of Events. The dates are as follows:
April 6th, Keynote speaker: His Worship, Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa
Fall Dinner Dance
Theft: The Association has once again initiated our anti-theft radio ad campaign on local stations Bob FM and Team 1200.
Sewer & Watermain Bursary
National Capital Heavy Construction Association Sewer & Watermain Bursary: The 2011 Carleton bursary recipients who were rewarded for their academic achievements were Brandon Campbell ($350), Kenny Fenny ($750), Shawn Ferguson ($900) and Andrew MacMillan ($900); all in Bachelor of Engineering; Civil.
Algonquin College Adds Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) Gold Seal Construction Management Courses to the Calendar Professional Workshop being offered the Winter at the Algonquin College Corporate Training Centre.
Algonquin College is excited to announce that is working in partnership with the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) to offer Gold Seal Construction Management courses at Algonquin College Corporate Training Centre beginning February 2011. Three Gold Seal courses will be offered:
Hot Mix Asphalt Technology: Newly created for the 2010 ORBA Road Building Academy, this 3-day course will teach the basics of hot mix technology from material properties, mix design and testing, to developing technologies such as SuperPave, perpetual pavements and warm mix asphalt. For contractors doing municipal work, the course will also focus on traditional Marshall mixes. This course will serve as a comprehensive introduction or an informative refresher for site supervisors, project managers, new employees, plant operators, project engineers, quality control staff and others who need a good basic understanding of hot mix asphalt design, material properties, production, construction and testing.
Civil Construction Estimating: 5-day course covers modules on estimating earthworks, underground utilities and roadworks and paving. Students will learn to calculate work quantities from engineering drawings, correctly adjust for material swell and shrinkage, assemble efficient crews and determine productivity. The course is designed for new estimators, more experienced estimators who have never received formal training or seek to refresh their basic skills, and other construction professionals who want to better understand the methods and tasks required for developing paving, utilities and/or earthworks estimates.
Environmental Compliance in Civil Construction: The course was designed and developed by ORBA and HETEK Solutions Inc. The 2010 version represents the most current course available anywhere covering all aspects of environmental regulation and stewardship in civil construction. It is logically organized into modules related to Land, Sea, Air and Water issues. This course is designed for civil construction supervisors, managers and workers onsite or in the construction office who need to understand the broad range of environmental regulations that impact a civil construction project. Site supervisors in particular will benefit from the comprehensive introduction to the complex and expanding demands of environmental compliance.
These professional courses are accredited by Gold Seal as education credits toward national Gold Seal Certification as a construction estimator, superintendent or foreman.
It’s never been a better or easier time to train with Algonquin College. To register, or for more information about construction industry professional training workshops or other training services available through Algonquin College Corporate Training, please call 613-727-7729 or visit www.algonquincollege.com/corporate.
The City will provide a review of the 2011 specifications on the morning April 21, 2011 at Ben Franklin Place. More details to follow. If any members have any concerns regarding 2011 Specifications, please contact Perry Crozier at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Association office at email@example.com
IECA –SWPPP Training Course
IECA –SWPPP Training Course (full day) March 3, 2011 at the Centurion Center – 8am. Content will be consistent with the following outline. Module 1 – Training Overview and Regulations; Module 2 – Erosion Processes; Module 3 – Erosion Control; Module 4 – Sediment Control; Module 5 – Project Planning and Site Assessment; Module 6 – Project Closeout; Module 7 – Field Training.