AGC Submitted Comments on Proposed Wetland Rules for 2019
The AGC of New Hampshire reviewed the wetlands draft rules recently released by the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) in late 2018 and recommended six specific changes that should be addressed. These included not expanding the definition of major projects to smaller projects, not expanding the off-site impacts to smaller projects, limiting the definition of "priority resource areas" to larger projects, allowing applicants to use the ARM fund as a first choice option and BPM manuals be only guidance and not defined as rules. It is anticipated the Department will revise some of the rules and proceed to finalize them with the Joint Legislative Committee on Rules in early Spring.
US DOL Starts NH Highway Davis Bacon Wage Survey
On March 8th, the US Department of Labor will start the Davis Bacon wage survey process to determine future highway rates. Contractors and subcontractors are encouraged to file their wages on highway projects that were in operation between November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018. For more information on the Davis Bacon Act and the survey process, go to http://www.dol.gov/whd/programs/dbra/index.htm
AGC of NH Offers Wetlands & AOT Recommendations to DES
Under the guidance of the AGC Environment Committee, the association released a booklet with various recommendations for the NH DES on wetlands issues, including permitting, the ARM Fund, AOT, and the appeals process. AGC was able to meet with Commissioner Robert Scott to discuss the suggestions. The department has agreed to move forward with 90% of our recommendations. The first recommendations has been added to House Bill 1104 to enable qualified professionals to obtain wetlands permits in 10 days. This legislation passed in 2018. The full AGC of NH recommendations can be downloaded here.
Major Accomplishment 2018 - AGC gets technical correction on Truck Weights at both the State and Federal Level
The AGC of NH released its Truck Weight Overview back in 2016, which showed results of a survey the association conducted on local construction and trucking companies to determine how many are affected by the removal of a footnote on the state axle spacing chart. The report also examines safety and financial implications, federal and state truck weight laws, and comparisons with other New England states. The association worked with the state legislature to find a solution and was successful at passing necessary language at the state level in 2016. AGC continued to work with our Congressional delegation to get a technical correction at the federal level so our state truck weights would be the same for the interstate highways. On March 23, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Omnibus bill, which included the AGC of NH technical correction. For a copy of the 2016 overview report, Click here