Continental Breakfast at 7:30 am, program 8:00-9:00 am
If you live or work in Portland plan to attend this informative event presented by MEREDA and the Portland Community Chamber.
The City of Portland is considering implementing a new fee system to pay for $170 million in storm water/sewer separation infrastructure upgrades - some of it built when Abraham Lincoln was President. Find out first-hand what the infrastructure upgrades are, who is compelling the City to implement them, how the taskforce charged with addressing this matter grappled with different funding approaches, what fee assessment methodology they recommended to the Portland City Council, and what it means to every property owner in Portland.
Seth Garrison is Vice President of Utility Management with Woodard and Curran. He has worked with water, wastewater and stormwater utilities all over the US to help them manage their long term capital programs. Employing a risk-based asset management approach he aims to maximize the value of existing infrastructure, while minimizing lifecycle costs.
Ian Houseal is Portland’s Sustainability Coordinator. He manages the City’s energy assets and seeks to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of the City. He oversees the City’s energy agreements, coordinates the City’s Capital Improvement Plan, and staffs the Sustainable Storm Water Funding Task Force.
Vin Veroneau joined J.B. Brown & Sons as President in January 2005. He has been involved in commercial real estate development, asset management, and marketing since 1987. Prior to joining J.B. Brown, he was a partner at North Atlantic Commercial Brokers in Portland, Maine.
John True received is the engineering services manager at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection directing staff in the administration of federal grants and state grants and loans for wastewater water quality improvement projects. The most notable program is the Clean Water State Revolving fund that has loan more than $650 million in low interest loans for wastewater infrastructure projects. The CSO program also falls under his area of oversight.
Don Witherill is the director of the division of watershed management at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection responsible for managing the Nonpoint Source Pollution Program, including an annual grants program of approximately $2 million. He has been the point person on the development of the State’s Stormwater Management Program, including the development and revision of the Maine Stormwater Rules (Chapter 500/502). The division is also responsible for administering the NPDES Stormwater Program under which Don was lead for development of a general permit and rules for post-construction stormwater discharges for the Long Creek watershed.