To keep members informed, AMO provides updates on important issues considered at regular AMO Board of Directors’ meetings. Highlights of the August 18, 2012 Board meeting follow:

AMO Project: Towards Full Cost Recovery – Best Practices in Cost Recovery for Municipal Water and Wastewater Services
Gary Scandlan, Associate Director, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. presented an overview of the findings and observations of surveyed member municipalities that have made or are moving toward full cost recovery and life cycle asset management for their municipal water and wastewater services.

The Board received the presentation and provided feedback to the consultant on the draft report. The final report will be released in the fall accompanied by an abridged roll-up guide.

AMO Project: Benefits of Long Term Municipal Infrastructure Planning
Nigel Bellchamber, General Manager, Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association, presented the initial results of a high level pilot study that looks at the fiscal sustainability of several municipalities by examining their long-term planning and asset management. The project also examines impacts on debt levels, the use of reserves and any gaps that may exist between needs and resources. It is expected that a report to members on the initial case studies will be available by the end of 2012.

Infrastructure Updates
The Board was provided updates on two infrastructure items – AMO’s submission to Infrastructure Canada regarding the Federal Long-Term Infrastructure Plan and the results of AMO’s 2012 Infrastructure Survey that was conducted this summer.

The final AMO submission to Infrastructure Canada on the Federal Long-Term Infrastructure Plan is available under Links to the right.

Gas Tax Permanency Consultation Update
The Board received an update on federal consultations for a new Gas Tax Fund Agreement, which is needed to extend funding and to implement legislation that has made the Fund permanent. AMO met with Infrastructure Canada and provided messaging on the success of the Gas Tax Fund to date and laid the groundwork for future negotiations. Members will be updated as these conversations progress.

Provincial Offenses Act - Defaulted Fine Collection
The Board was provided with an update on the Province’s proposed action plan to improve fine collection and the administration of justice. Implementation of the action plan awaits provincial approval and the Board provided direction on AMO's continued strategy.

Ministry of the Environment Regulation Proposal: Post-Consumer Waste Pharmaceuticals and Sharps
The Ministry of the Environment has posted a proposed regulation for post-consumer disposal of waste pharmaceuticals and sharps (including syringes). The regulation will replace a voluntary, industry led program, which ends September 30, 2012, with a mandatory extended producer responsibility (EPR) based program effective as of October 1, 2012. Comments on the proposed regulation are required by September 17, 2012.
 
The Board approved the key issues that will be drafted into AMO’s submission including that collection should only occur by pharmacies only in the new EPR program; that there is a well-constructed consumer accessibility and public awareness campaign on the drop-off locations (pharmacies); and that there is full transparency of program results with accompanying audits.

Policing Update
The Board received an update on all the policing activities that AMO has been involved in to date. Activities include: the joint AMO-Ministry of Community, Safety and Correctional Services - OPP Costing Project Team, the Future of Policing Advisory Committee (FPAC) and continuing AMO advocacy efforts on arbitration and pensions.

MEPCO
Update The August MEPCO OMERS update outlined the impacts of OMERS contribution rate increases and the status of the Provincial Government initiative for pooling investment in public sector fund investments. An update was also provided on Bill 206 review of OMERS governance.
 
AND A Reminder
Collaborate. Innovate. Discover: Counties, Regions and Single Tier (CRST) Symposium occurs October 25 & 26 in the Grand Central Lodge at the Blue Mountain Resort

Program Highlights (subject to change) include:
  • Ontario’s State of Repair – analysis on end of (social housing) operating agreements
  • Arts Makes Cents – the business case for arts and festivals in your community.
  • With Respect to Old Age – why new thinking is needed for older adults.
  • Why Immigration Matters – Ontario’s strategy for Ontario’s future.
  • Social Assistance Review Report implications (report expected later in September)And Single Tier (Crst) Symposium