3. Manhole Open, GreyHawk Golf Course, August 20th
Details will be uploaded online after the Summer BBQ on July 11th.
4. 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.
5. 2014 Budget Process The 2014 Proposed Budget Process and Timetable report was released May 28thby City Treasurer Marian Simulik (and approved by the Finance and Economic Development Committee on June 4th).
The report recommends a tax increase of less than 2% along with additional revenues projected from assessment growth. This will generate $26.1 million and $18.6 million respectively for a total of $44.7 million. After allocations totalling $16.2 million (for Police, Transit, Library, Public Health and the Auditor General) the Council is left with a balance of $28.5 million for all other City services. On the Capital Budget side, the plan calls for an increase in the annual contribution will require $8.2 million to be allocated to capital from the Corporate Services envelope of $28.5 million. Once again the City sites the three-year “Ottawa on the Move” initiative as a source of funding capital projects.
The proposed process and timetable for the 2014 budget process is as follows:
August – Mayor’s Pre-budget Public Consultation. Web-based tools will be used by the Mayor to solicit suggestions and ideas that will be shared with senior management.
October 23 – Tabling of the 2014 Draft Budgets to Council.
November 5 to 25 –Committee Meetings
November 19 – The Environment Committee will hear from Public delegations on the 2014 Rate Supported Budget
November 27 – Council Consideration
The greatest opportunity for the NCHCA to influence the 2014 budget process is May to July through meetings with Councillors and during August through the Mayor’s on-line consultations. To date, our initial meetings with the Mayor’s office and Councillors have revealed that we have a tough sell ahead of us to see Council approve increased expenditures beyond what have already been identified.
7. MOL has recently brought to the NCHCA’s attention two issues that need to be addressed. First, TCP Ahead Signs; on your job sites if your workers are not present, please remove the signs. Secondly, please be aware of trench safety best practices, water connections in particular will be monitored closely by MOL. Please visit IHSA’s website for their Trenching Safety, http://www.ihsa.ca/images/pfiles/27_M026.pdf The MOL would like to set up a meeting with the NCHCA to discuss these concerns.