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Project: Utilities

Description: This task follows on from the ‘Project: Setup Operational Procedures’.  When you have set up your chores and what you need done, here are the details.  Coordinate a monthly utilities budget with your treasurer.  

Arrange recycling removal
Role who does itFacilities Manager
Description

Get in touch with your local recycling services and find out what they take and how.  Set up appropriate bins, signage and let the membership know what can be recycled and how. Organize the members to take out the recycling on collection days.

Note that recycling can also cover scrap metal, batteries and more beyond paper and plastic.

Estimated Time2 days
Level of EffortEasy to low end of medium.
Arrange trash removal
Role who does itFacilities Manager
DescriptionGet in touch with trash services for pickups and acceptable trash.  Set up appropriate bins and organize members for collection days.
Estimated Time2 days
Level of EffortEasy as this is often a given if you live in a city, medium if you are in a remote area.
(If applicable) Arrange hazardous waste removal
Role who does itFacilities Manager
Description

There are some things you cannot throw into the trash; paint, toxic and/or reactive chemicals and metals, pressurized containers, electronic waste and oils.  These pose a hazard and must be disposed in special facilities.  Find out what regular trash will not accept and look up local hazardous waste pickup.  Usually you have to ship this waste on your own.  Coordinate special pickups, set up storage appropriate for hazardous waste, educate the membership and make sure it gets done right.  There can be environmental and legal consequences for inappropriate storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

Estimated Time

1 week, depending on what you are handling and how much prep work is needed to handle.

Level of EffortMedium depending on the nature of what you are handling.
Get electrical turned on
Role who does itFacilities Manager
DescriptionContact your local electric utility and get power connected.  If necessary and possible, transfer responsibility of the utilities to your space.
Estimated Time1 week
Level of EffortEasy to medium.  The more prep work you have done during the ‘Formation > Project: Making The Space Legal’ to pass a building inspection for electrical, the easier this will be.  The electric company will be expecting the appropriate inspections to have been passed.
Get gas turned on
Role who does itFacilities Manager
DescriptionContact your local gas utility and get gas connected.  If necessary and possible, transfer responsibility of the utilities to your space.
Estimated Time1 week
Level of Effort

Easy to medium.  The more prep work you have done during the ‘Formation > Project: Making The Space Legal’ to pass a building inspection for gas, the easier this will be.  The gas company will be expecting the appropriate inspections to have been passed.

Get internet access
Role who does itFacilities Manager
Description

Contact your local internet service provider and get internet service.  Fast connections where possible are best and at times necessary.

Estimated Time1 week
Level of EffortLow to medium depending on how cooperative the internet company is and the availability of service in your area.
Get water and sewage utilities turned on
Role who does itFacilities Manager
DescriptionContact your local electric utility and get power connected.  If necessary and possible, transfer responsibility of the utilities to your space.
Estimated Time1 week
Level of EffortEasy to medium.  The more prep work you have done during the ‘Formation > Project: Making The Space Legal’ to pass a building inspection for water and sewage pipes, the easier this will be.  The water and sewage company will be expecting the appropriate inspections to have been passed.

 

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