The AMO Gas Tax Project Awards honours municipal governments that have demonstrated excellence in the use of the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF). The Awards showcases infrastructure projects that make a difference in our communities, while achieving the GTF’s objectives. Read more about each award winning project below.
2017 Gas Tax Award Winners
Municipality of Kincardine
The Municipality of Kincardine received the Award for investing more than $1.5 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund into its leachate treatment facility. Leachate can be harmful to the environment and must be disposed of properly. Before building the new facility, the Municipality was transporting leachate 750 km each week to an off-site location. Eliminating the need to transport leachate will save the community $250,000 per year.
City of St. Thomas
The City of St. Thomas received the Award for investing $1,795,000 from the federal Gas Tax Fund into a new community recycling centre that gives residents a place to dispose of material that isn’t accepted at curbside pick-up. The recycling centre has helped the City increase the amount of waste diverted from landfill with about 14,000 visits to the centre within the first 15 months of it opening.
City of Waterloo
The City of Waterloo received the Award for investing more than $700,000 from the federal Gas Tax Fund into an asset management system that will help guide infrastructure investment and maintenance over the next 25 years. Municipalities play a fundamental role in building safe, prosperous and thriving communities. Effective asset management planning is an important part of that work.
2016 Gas Tax Award Winners
Town of Smooth Rock Falls
Smooth Rock Falls invested $56,316 from the federal Gas Tax Fund into improvements at its Reg Lamy Cultural Centre, including new fire exits, play bench upgrades and safety upgrades. In 2006, Smooth Rock Falls lost almost half of its tax revenue due to the closure of a major local employer. Predictable funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund allows the municipality to continue to invest in local recreation infrastructure that residents rely on. Improvements to the Reg Lamy Cultural Centre allow Smooth Rock Falls to continue to hold sport tournaments in the community.
City of Cambridge
Cambridge invested $461,965 from the federal Gas Tax Fund into CCTV inspection of storm sewers. The inspection allows staff to identify problems that need attention now and provide more information about the sewer’s remaining service life. The City is using this information to plan for the future, including determining what infrastructure needs to be replaced and what type of preventive maintenance programs should be put in place. Cambridge’s investment in CCTV inspection demonstrates leadership. The City has effectively been monitoring the condition of infrastructure that is buried underground.
2015 Gas Tax Award Winners
Village of South River
In 2014, the Village of South River completed an investment grade audit, which revealed the state of its lighting network and then set out a plan to replace the existing network with a more energy efficient solution. The upgrade project was long overdue as the existing streetlight network included mercury vapor and high pressure sodium fixtures. The cost of electricity to operate the lights and the cost to maintain the fixtures was growing year after year. The new LED streetlights resulted in a cost savings of 72.83 per cent in electricity alone, more than originally projected. The new lights have saved 107,776 kilowatt-hours of energy. These cost savings can now be used to address other infrastructure projects in the Village, leveraging an initial Gas Tax investment of $129,842 for years to come.
City of Stratford
Stratford invested $32,107.16 from the Gas Tax Fund into an asset management plan project, which will help provide residents with safe, reliable infrastructure over the long term.
The project involved reviewing and analyzing the City’s asset inventory and preparing an official asset management plan. By providing more information about the state of Stratford’s infrastructure, the plan helped confirm the message that municipalities need to set aside more funding to replace current assets, once they reach the end of their lifecycle. Having more information about the full lifecycle cost and sustainability of municipal assets will help any municipality provide residents with reliable infrastructure over the long term.