Dear Ward 7 Neighbours:
Roads, bridges, sidewalks, watermains, storm and sanitary sewers, water and sewage treatment – our City relies on public infrastructure to function.
However, Hamilton is an old City with some of the oldest public infrastructure in Canada.
We have wooden watermains from the late 1800s and kilometers of clay brick combined storm / sanitary sewers still in service.
Most bridges in Hamilton are nearing the end of their service life and are in need of replacement or significant maintenance.
The result is that Hamilton is facing a $3.3 billion infrastructure deficit.
Why Elect An Experienced Civil Engineer to Council?
First Hand Experience
I have personally inspected the condition of nearly every municipal bridge and culvert between Fort Erie and Hamilton.
I have first hand experience with the actual on the ground condition of our existing public infrastructure.
I have been involved with the structural design of heavy civil public infrastructure projects from roads and bridges to marine shipping installations to hydroelectric power plants.
More importantly, I am up to date with the latest and most cost effective methods of maintaining and rehabilitating our existing built infrastructure – this is critical to ensure that public money is used to maximize our return on investment.
Further to my experience designing heavy civil infrastructure projects, I also have extensive experience pricing and analyzing financial options for the maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement of public infrastructure.
A strong background in the financial analysis of public infrastructure projects is necessary to ensure the strategic investment of public tax dollars.
Public infrastructure tendering is an important part of the construction process.
Current purchasing trends that favor the acceptance of low bids from transient Contractors and Consultants do not necessarily provide the best value to taxpayers.
Local Contractors and Engineering Consultants need to be recognized for the improved quality and service that they are often able to provide.
I have experience personally writing tender contracts for large multi-million dollar construction jobs.
This experience with contract law will help me to ensure that the City of Hamilton is protected from extra work and cost overruns when tendering construction work.
I believe that this experience will be especially valuable on Hamilton City Council as we negotiate the cost sharing terms of the LRT agreement between Metrolinx, the City of Hamilton, utility companies and Contractors.
Construction and Project Management
I have personal boots on the ground experience in the field building and managing large scale construction projects.
This means that I have practical, common sense expectations when it comes to scheduling, construction methods and cost management.
I know first hand what it takes to deliver a multi-million dollar construction project on time and on budget.
An Engineer On Council Will Ensure The Smart Investment of Our Tax Dollars
The bottom line is that I speak the same language as Public Works Staff, Consulting Engineers and Contractors.
Many politicians have problems being able to even make sense of construction drawings, let alone understand technical reports.
If elected to Hamilton City Council for Ward 7, my career experience as a Professional Civil Engineer will allow me to ask critical questions and ensure the smart, strategic investment of our tax dollars.
John-Paul Danko – Hamilton City Council Candidate
Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain