Robert M. Berkmoes

Candidate, Water Board

Robert Berkmoes

Born: Southington, Life Long Resident
Married: Denise Ouellette, two children, Nathan and Andrea, six grandchildren, Destiny, Kaylin, Savannah, Lee, Abigail and Brianna.

Executive Vice President of the James T Kay Co. Meriden Mechanical Contractors
40+ years with the Company.

Vice President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Connecticut 2014-Present
Past President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Connecticut (MCAC) 2009-2011
Member of the MCAC Executive Board
Member of the MCAC Labor Management Committee
Member of the MCAC Negotiating Committee

Committee member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Advanced Leadership Committee-Babson College

Co Chairman of Local 777 Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JATC) 1986-Present
MCAA and Local 777 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters
Originally started as Local 21, helped to form Local 39 and Local 777 JATC after mergers

Past President of the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut (AGCC)
Member of the Education Committee
Member of the Diversity Committee
Member of the Budget Committee
Member of the Membership Committee

Association of General Contractors of America (AGCA)
National Director AGCA
Specialty Contractors Executive Board AGCA

Member of the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau

Member of the Construction Institute

Recording Secretary of the UA/MSCA Oversight Committee 2002

Member of the American Water Work Association

Director of the Connecticut State Apprentice Council 2010-Present

Commissioner for the Southington Board of Fire Commissioners 2008-2010

Past Chairman of the Southington Opens Space and Land Acquisition Committee

Past Chairman of the Southington Assessment Board of Appeals 2001

Chairman, Southington Democratic Town Committee

Past:
Vice Chairman of the Southington Democratic Town Committee
Chairman of the Nominating Committee
Co-Chairman of the Finance Committee

Southington Board of Water Commissioners 2001 to Present

I have been serving the Southington Board of Water Commissioners in various capacities, including Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President. I have served as Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee, Rules and Regulations Committee among others.

I am committed to oversee a Department that is managed efficiently, utilizes of up to date techniques for present day operations, and plans for the future needs of our Town.

I believe it is important that our infrastructure is intact and operable, that our water supply is managed and protected for future generations.

We have successfully moved our Department from High Street to West Queen Street with the objective to protect Well 1A. This has been done successfully while keeping in mind the importance making the area complementary to the future plans and needs of downtown and the future growth of the Department.

We have taken the responsibility of the residential water service from the street to the curb and offer a protection plan from the curb to the meter. This takes a large financial burden from the home owner in case of service line breakage.

We have pursued those who damaged our water resource and have worked with our State and Congressional Senators and Representatives to make sure our availability to water is not jeopardized.

I am committed in seeking out grants, low interest loans and other means of securing financing, which we have done in the past, to help build the necessary projects required to provide water to our community.

We have many infrastructure projects in progress including the east side pressure zone, water main replacement, hydrant replacement and identification.

The Southington Water Department is a very important part of our community. I will continue to work diligently to maintain its ability to provide clean affordable water to our rate payers and citizens of Southington.

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