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Mayor, CAO Speak at Municipal Conference in Ottawa


Posted: August 23, 2018

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Mayor, CAO Speak at Municipal Conference in Ottawa

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference was held in Ottawa earlier this week.  Mayor John McCharles and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)/Treasurer, Rick Charlebois were invited to speak on a panel that is focused on the Innovative Solutions for Small Town Ontario.  Their topic of discussion on the panel was about “What You Need to Know about Municipal Asset Management: Perspectives and Progress”.

Asset Management has been a high priority for the Town of Petrolia with both Mr. Charlebois and Councillor Liz Welsh both obtaining their Professional Certificates in Asset Management Planning delivered through NAMS Canada this summer.  Councillor Welsh has been asked to speak at the Asset Management Conference in Quebec City.   They can master the key elements of an asset management plan, they have learned the essentials of a quality asset management plan, develop demand management options and priorities for capital works, articulate the benefits of an asset management plan and prepare an asset management plan and identify and document areas for improvement of the plan.  The Town of Petrolia has been invited to speak about Asset Management at the next Western Ontario Treasurers Conference, where a large part of the presentation will focus on Petrolia’s success as related to our Asset Management planning strategies and how our Mayor and Council and staff work together to be Asset Management champions.

Petrolia continues to be a leader in the 444 Ontario Municipalities for the attention to asset management, and the invitation to speak at AMO, among colleagues was an exciting one.  Mayor John McCharles said, “The council and staff of the Town of Petrolia are acutely aware of how important our community infrastructure assets are to deliver the services that are key to providing an excellent quality of life for our residents.”

CAO/Treasurer Rick Charlebois added, “…Our presentation highlighted some of our capital projects over the last 5 years and outlines the planning, management and key components of what makes our asset management strategy a good one for a community of our size to maintain our municipal assets.”