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AGC 2019 Calendar of Events

The association has a busy schedule of upcoming events this year, so be sure to mark your calendar. More information on each event to come.

Veteran Travis Mills to Speak at 2019 AGC Annual Meeting – December 12, 2019
Now Seeking Sponsors
AGC of NH's Board of Directors is excited to announce the speaker for this year's Annual Meeting will be U.S. Army veteran Travis Mills. The event will be held at the Grappone Conference Center at the Courtyard Marriott in Concord, NH on December 12th. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour in which members can mingle with other special guests followed by a three-course meal, and induction of the 2020 AGC Board and President, and a keynote presentation by Travis.

Travis is an experienced public speaker with a stirring message for overcoming adversity and supporting America's veterans. Learn more about him at https://www.travismills.org. Information on registration coming soon.

The association is now seeking sponsors for the 2019 Annual Meeting. Ten percent of sponsorship proceeds will go toward the Travis Mills Foundation, which benefits veterans who have been wounded in action. The sponsorship form can be downloaded
here.

Environment Committee to Meet with DOT on New Wetlands Rules – October 24, 2019
The AGC Environment Committee will be holding a joint meeting with the NH Department of Transportation Environment Division on October 24th. The committee will be discussing the implementation of the new DES wetlands rules. The meeting is for AGC of NH members only. Please call AGC at 225-2701 if you are interested in attending.
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Update CDL Manual Now Available

On July 18, 2019, the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles released an updated Commercial Driver License (CDL) Manual. Several sections have been revised, including exhaust system, lights/reflectors, safe start, and others. Paper copies are available at the DMV, or the PDF can be downloaded here.

AGC of NH's Highway Job Classification List for Davis-Bacon Survey


The association has been developing a list of New Hampshire highway job classifications to aid members in the ongoing USDOL Davis-Bacon survey. We've taken the classifications that were requested in previous surveys and consolidated them into categories to allow for more consistent wage results. The list can be downloaded here.

Independent Audit Report Conducted on DES Now Available


The New Hampshire Office of Legislative Budget Assistant has released its performance audit on the Department of Environmental Services (DES). The purpose of the audit was to determine how effectively the department managed bureau permitting during fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The full audit report can be found here.

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



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