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65th Annual Meeting a Success
December 2014
On December 11th, over 150 AGC members, spouses and guests gathered at the Executive Court in Manchester for the 65th Annual Meeting. After welcoming the audience, the 2014 President Richard Upsall of Hutter Construction Corporation introduced the evening's guests and the new Board of Directors, congratulating them on their new positions. As the outgoing president, Richard presented the gavel to the incoming chapter president for 2015, Ron Severino of Severino Trucking Company.

The evening also featured guest speaker Will Broussard, Outreach Coordinator of the Mount Washington Observatory. In his presentation, Will showed stunning slides of Mount Washington's summit and views, and shared insightful historical facts about the mountain. He described early means of transportation to the summit.

On behalf of the Association, thank you to all those who were able to attend one of our favorite events of the year. We enjoyed celebrating another successful year with the AGC of NH membership.
AGC of NH, ME & VT Respond to Mandating PLAs on USACE Projects
June 2014
On June 2nd, AGC of NH joined the Maine and Vermont chapters in responding to a survey released by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding the potential use of government-mandated Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on a large-scale construction project. The project is intended to build and renovate military and other federal facilities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The chapters agree that PLAs cause negative effects in the construction industry by decreasing competition and placing unfair limitations on open shop contractors. The Association urged USACE to allow prime contractors to decide whether a PLA is appropriate for a particular project.
Click here to find the survey response letter in its entirety.
Governor Hassan Signs Road Toll Legislation
May 2014
The Governor signed Senate Bill 367, the Road Toll legislation, on May 20th on one of the newly renovated bridges on I-93. This is a great accomplishment as this will increases the NH Road Toll by 4.2 cents. This brings the total NH rate to 22.2 cents, which is still the lowest in New England. This legislation raised $32 million per year to fix NH roads & bridges. To read more, see the AGC of NH newsletter dated April 28th. (Newsletters are available to members only, please call if you would like to be a member.)
Associations Unite on New England General Permit
November 2013
The association continues to find that the language used in the proposed New England General Permit is too general to apply to the individuality of each state. With the collaboration and support of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of NH (HBRANH), the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA), American Council of Engineering Companies of NH (ACEC-NH), lawyers, consultants and industry specialists, a letter was developed and sent to the Corp on October 31 focusing on the development of precise language needed to create clear definitions and parameters for the NE GP. The associations hope that their recommendations will be considered before the proposed NE GP is implemented. The chapter plans to maintain its leadership with NBRANH, NHTOA and ACEC-NH in the effort to influence the final structure of the NE GP.

Click here to view the letter.

Click here to view the recommendations.
Seeking Comments on New England General Permit
October 2013
You still have time to be involved in the final stages of the New England General Permit. In response to all parties who reviewed and submitted comments on the New England General Permit (NE GP), the Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) is currently revising and altering the NE GP document to address the issues that were brought to their attention. The association is preparing additional comments of the two recently released Corps documents that propose further revisions.

You are encouraged to read the documents and send your comments/ recommendations to AGC of NH.

NE GP Draft to Stakeholders without Activities

NE GP Draft Activities Table
The Associated General Contractors of NH Raise Concerns and Oppose the proposed New England General Permit
August 2013
AGC of NH conveyed opposition for the proposed New England General Permit in a letter, approved by the AGC of NH Board of Directors at their August meeting, to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The primary purpose of the revised permit is to combine the six regional New England States General Permits into one document, thereby streamlining the permit renewal process for the Corps. While AGC of NH does not oppose streamlining the process, the Association is concerned about how the regulations are combined amongst the states and their subsequent implementation. The two particular areas of concern include jurisdiction allowed to the Narragansett Tribe in New Hampshire and a lack of legal language clarifying the application of permit terms within the parameters of an individual state’s regulations.

AGC of NH believes that the New England General Permit will have far ranging consequences on both the developer and contractor communities. The Association calls upon the Corps to consider a longer period of review of at least six months to one year, combined with public hearings and workshops allowing for greater input from the regulated public.

Further, the Association believes that the current New England General Permit will have a negative impact on an already fragile economic recovery and provide little benefit to protection of the environment or to meeting the goals of the Clean Water Act.

For a copy of the letter please
click here. Copies of the AGC of NH letter were also forwarded to Governor Hassan, NHDES Commissioner Thomas Burack, and the NH Congressional Delegation. AGC of NH will continue to monitor the progress of this important issue and provide updates to members as information becomes available.
Workers’ Comp Not Required For Deliveries To & From NH DOT Projects
July 2013
Independent truckers hired to haul materials to and from a state of New Hampshire construction site are not required to have workers’ compensation. During last year’s construction season there was some confusion over this exclusion from RSA 228:4-b. This law requires contractors who work on the site to provide a certificate of workers’ compensation, work certificate, and written safety plan to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NH DOT). Within the law, it clearly states that deliveries to and from are excluded from this regulation.

The confusion arose over “work on the site” as some interpreted that the truck drivers were performing work on the jobsite when making their deliveries. In an effort to reduce the confusion, AGC of NH’s Gary Abbott met with the NH DOT Commissioner Christopher Clement, the NH Department of Labor Acting Commissioner David Wihby, and Jay Ankenbrock of the NH DOT Compliance Office. The June 26 meeting resulted in an agreement that truckers making deliveries to and from a project are exempt.

This exemption only applies to RSA 228:4-b. The agreement does no change requirements under other statutes or regulations regarding who is required to have workers’ compensation or a written safety plan. Additionally, it is important to note that the exemption does not apply if material is being moved from one location to another on site.

Please contact the chapter office at (603) 225-2701 with any questions.
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