Professional Engineers Of North Carolina

SUM 2014

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19 Summer 2014 the Professional Engineer major programs, the application and scoring process for those applications were signifcantly diferent. In many cases this created meaningful confusion for applicants — local governments and their engineers. One specifc example relates to the previous process used by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Te DWSRF still was using "shovel ready" as a primary criteria that resulted in time consuming, relatively expensive and paper-heavy applications that were potentially prone to applicant omissions or oversights. Te CWSRF had not used the shovel ready criteria for several years and its applications were much shorter and less burdensome. Both systems had their pluses and minuses, but SWIA decided that a uniform and streamlined process should be utilized. Te new applications and companion scoring process is simplifed, easier for applicants to under- stand and easier to administer. Tey also provide a better opportunity to leverage the diferent funding sources with each other since all evaluation criteria is reviewed under a similar lens. Te major categories for evaluation are now basically four: Project Type (renewal and replacement projects have higher priority); Environmental Benefts; System Manage- ment; and Financial Needs. In the general frame- work, both Project Type and Environmental Beneft have approximately twice the weight that System Management and Financial Need do. Of course, each program that receives Federal dollars has its own specifcs and, in the case of CDBG funds, a large percentage of the criteria is based on fnancial need. Progress toward other specifed duties In addition to administering the state water related loan and grant programs, SWIA has duties associated with moving the state forward. Progress was made in a number of them. In February, SWIA began learning about some of its other duties through presentations on the following topics: No. 5 — develop a master plan to meet the state's water infrastructure needs; No. 9 — review the application of management practices in wastewater, drinking water and stormwater utilities and to determine the best practices; and No. 10 — assess the role of public-private partnerships in the future provision of utility service. Specifcally, presentations and follow-up discussions were provided for "Management Practices in Wastewater, Drinking Water, and Stormwater — An Overview" and "Te Role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in the Future Provision of Utility Service." In March, SWIA also heard presentations and had discussions about local governments' fnancial management of drinking water and wastewater utilities and the oversight role of the Local Govern- ment Commission in municipal water and sewer enterprise operations. Tese presentations were related to these duties of SWIA: No. 6 – assess and make recommendations on the role of the state in the development and funding of wastewater, drinking water and stormwater infrastructure; No. 7 – ana- lyze the adequacy of projected funding to meet projected needs over the next fve years; and No. 12 – assess the need for a "troubled system" protocol. Tese presentations were, "Local Government Commission (LGC) Oversight of Municipal Water and Sewer Enterprise Operations" presented by Tim Romocki, director of debt management section, N.C. Department of the State Treasurer, State & Local Government Finance Division, and "Overview of Financial Management of NC's Name Title Appointing Authority Kim Colson – Chair Acting Director, Division of Water Infrastructure Ex-Offcio Dr. Patricia Mitchell Assistant Secretary, Rural Development Division; Department of Commerce Ex-Offcio Vance Hollomon Deputy Treasurer, Local Government Commission Ex-Offcio JD Solomon Vice President, CH2MHILL Governor Gwen Baker President, CDM Federal Programs, CDM Smith Governor Leila Goodwin Water Resources Manager, Town of Cary Senate Pro Tempore Charles Vines Mitchell County Manager Senate Pro Tempore Cal Stiles Cherokee County Commissioner Speaker of the House Maria Hunnicutt Manager, Broad River Water Authority Speaker of the House State Water Infrastructure Authority members

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