08/15/2000

Toronto, Ont., August 15, 2000.The Region of Ottawa-Carleton has won a Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Awards Certificate of Merit in recognition of innovative achievement for its Pre-Wetting: Anti-Icing project.
The P.J. Marshall Awards is an annual competitive process, with submissions by Ontario municipalities judged on their creativity and success in implementing new, more cost effective ways of providing public services and facilities. "These awards provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the creativity of Ontario's municipalities as they strive to deliver increasingly efficient, effective municipal services," said Michael Power, President of AMO. 'The winning projects are providing real benefits to local communities from cost savings, to service improvements, to job creation."

The Region of Ottawa-Carleton's 'Pre-Wetting: Anti-Icing' project has made winter roads safer with less salt. The Region first tested pre-wetting technology B  which means a brine solution is sprayed onto the salt just as it hits the spreader, to make the salt stick to the road surface and work faster. Then they adapted it for use in the nation's capital. By combining pre-wetting with an innovative and sophisticated road weather information and forecasting system, the Region has improved the effectiveness and efficiency of their snow and ice control operations.

"This winning project has led to safer roads, less salt, a healthier environment and reductions in the Region=s operating and material costs," said Power. "It's a terrific example of progressive winter maintenance in a province where winter weather can be quite severe." Power further stated that it is a longstanding tradition for municipalities to share ideas and learn from each other.

Five municipalities won the 2000 Marshall Awards, which included two plaques and three certificates of merit. The Awards were presented on August 15, at AMO's annual conference held at the Ottawa Congress Centre in Ottawa from August 13 to August 16. More than 1,700 municipal politicians and staff attended the conference. The awards are sponsored by AMO, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Municipal Finance Officers Association, the Association of Municipal Administrators, the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers and the Canada Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 per cent of Ontario's population.  The mandate of AMO is to promote, support and enhance strong and effective municipal government in Ontario.
 

- 30 -