Kelly Oakley Manager of Corporate Asset Management 705-739-4220 ext 4451Kelly.Oakley@barrie.ca
Strategic Asset Management Policy sets the framework for undertaking asset management in a structured, coordinated way.
Individual Asset Management Plans (AMPs) describe the asset portfolio, levels of service and performance standards as well as actions and resources required to provide a defined level of service.
Starting in 2021, a new set of AMPs is being delivered. The new AMPs review the current state of the City's assets and the costs associated with continuing to effectively deliver City services.
Facilities AMP (2011)Includes all City-owned facilities such as City Hall, fire stations, recreation centres and even smaller buildings like pavilions and park washrooms.
Fleet AMP (2011) Includes specialized equipment such as fire trucks and Zambonis, as well as pick-up trucks, lawn mowers and snow plows.
Recreation & Culture AMP (2011) Includes assets related to parks (playgrounds, sports fields), horticulture, park amenities and furniture and trails.
Stormwater AMP (2021)Includes culverts, stormsewers, ditches, watercourses, manufactured treatment devices and ponds.
See Stormwater AMP highlights.
Transit AMP (2019)
Includes Barrie transit fleet, facilities, on-street infrastructure and supporting technology (including fare collection).
See Transit AMP highlights.
Transportation AMP (2021) Includes roads, bridges, sidewalks and transit assets (not buses).
See Transportation AMP highlights
Water AMP (2015) Includes assets related to treatment & distribution of drinking water.
Like most municipalities, the City of Barrie has a significant gap between the amount of money available each year to maintain its infrastructure and the amount of money needed to make sure infrastructure remains in a state of good repair.
This gap is funded partially by debt and the remainder of unfunded projects are delayed, which means some City facilities, roads, sidewalks, parks and other infrastructure don’t get the maintenance they need, when they need it.
Addressing the Gap: Dedicated Infrastructure Renewal Fund
In 2015 the City introduced the
Dedicated Infrastructure Renewal Fund to help address this problem by closing the gap. The fund is used only for the maintenance and rehabilitation of Barrie’s infrastructure and funded by 1% of the City’s property taxes.
Investing 1% of property taxes into a Dedicated Infrastructure Fund allows for increased, transparent funding to keep more of our infrastructure well maintained and avoid costly repairs, while reducing the City’s debt substantially.
While documents such as the City’s Infrastructure Master Plans are reviewed as part of the asset management planning process, the City’s AMPs also go on to inform a variety of City documents, such as:
To piece together the financial picture, the City considers what assets it should acquire and upgrade to address growth needs; asset maintenance and operation needs; and which assets need to be renewed. Asset lifecycle management strategies can be organized by the following categories:
Expansion Activities: Planned creation or acquisition of assets required to extend services to previously unserved areas or expand services to meet growth demands.
Upgrade Activities: Planned activities to increase the level of service or meet other requirements such as changes in functional requirements or legislation.
Operations and Maintenance Activities: Operations refer to regular activities during the process of using an asset which consume resources such as labour, equipment rental or purchase, energy, chemicals and materials. Maintenance references activities such as regularly scheduled inspection and maintenance, or more significant repair and activities associated with unexpected events.
Renewal Activities: Significant rehabilitation designed to extend the life of the asset and replacement activities that are expected to occur once an asset has reached the end of its useful life and rehabilitation is no longer an option.
Disposal Activities: The activities associated with disposing of an asset once it has reached the end of its useful life or is otherwise no longer needed by the municipality.
Non-Asset Solutions: Actions or policies that can lower costs, lower demands, or extend asset life (e.g., better integrated infrastructure planning and land use planning, demand management, insurance, process optimization, and public education).
The City’s ability to deliver the levels of service outlined in an AMP may be impacted by:
a) Forecasted future population growth and the associated needs for additional infrastructure to serve it
b) The need for upgraded infrastructure to service changing functional, legislative and sustainability needs
c) Aging infrastructure and the associated needs for operations, maintenance and renewal investments to sustain it
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