APWA AZ Newsletter 2016 December

APWA AZ Newsletter 2016 December



In this issue

President's Message
Member News
Project Spotlight

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2016 Newsletter Sponsors


December 8, 2016
City Engineers Forum
Maricopa Assoc. of Governments
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December 12, 2016
Holiday Network Event & Board Installations
Aunt Chiladas
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December 15, 2016
APWA - SAB Holiday Mixer
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I would like to thank all of our members who took the time to vote in the 2017 Arizona APWA Board Elections. Nearly 260 members voted this year, which is the largest percentage of responses in many years.  The official announcement was sent out a few days ago and the list is also included in this newsletter.    

For those who are not aware, Ray Dovalina has resigned his position as incoming president, I would like to relay his personal message here.

“To APWA Arizona Board and Arizona Chapter Members - Due to increased work commitments, I need to step down as incoming president for the coming year.  The past few years serving the Board and membership has been great.  Working on the 2015 Congress was incredible, and the efforts of the Board to improve the chapter to better serve our members continues on.  I really want to thank the Board and the membership for the support I have received, it has been very much appreciated. Ray Dovalina“

Due to Ray Dovalina resignation from the board, the board has voted to retain me as President to continue to serve for the next term. I am excited and appreciative of the opportunity to continue as your President.  I have learned much this year by listening to your suggestions, and with our incoming Board Members, we will continue to strive to improve our chapter this coming year by growing our Membership, Improving our Monthly Luncheons, 2017 Statewide Conference, Community Service Events and Mentorship with our young members.

Please SAVE THE DATE and plan to attend our 2017 Statewide Conference scheduled for August 2-4, in Tucson at the Hilton El Conquistador. Watch for special discounts in January for early booth registrations and sponsorships.  Do you want to submit for a Project Award or Public Works Employee of the year? The Call for Award Submittals is open and submittals are due January 27th. Please go to the website for all the project information and criteria. http://arizona.apwa.net/PageDetails/10340. The awards will be presented at the conference in August.

Don’t forget December 12th, 3pm - Aunt Chiladas, 7330 N Dreamy Draw, for our Annual Holiday Party and installation of the new board. This event takes the place of our regular monthly meeting. Register on line, $25 includes food and prizes. 

Loretta Flick


APWA Arizona Chapter is pleased to announce the following 2017 Board Members:

January 2017 through June 2018
President:  Loretta Flick, Business Development Manager, Cardno, Inc.
President Elect:  Gregory B. Smith, PE/PS, ENV_SP, Principal, G Smith Consulting
Secretary:  Rob Kidder, P.E., Assistant City Engineer, City of Mesa
Treasurer:  Kristin Tytler, Engineering Manager, City of Surprise
Nancy Cole, CIP Program Manager, Pima County
Amanda McGennis, Senior Vice President, Associated General Contractors

January 2017 through June 2019
Chris Turner-Noteware, P.E., Deputy Street Transportation Director, City of Phoenix
Donna Sullivan-Hancock, P.E., CIP Design & Construction Manager, City of Tempe
Stephen A. Orosz, P.E., Program Development Manager, City of Prescott
Al Field, President, Al Field & Associates LLC


Full NameTitleCompany
Mr. Mark L. Binelli, JrElectrical Facility SupervisorCity of Phoenix
Mr. John Jeffrey GraySr. Project ManagerBowman Consulting Group
Mr. Rajnish Gupta, PE, PTOETraffic EngineerTown of Gilbert
Mr. Jeanne JensenSr. Project ManagerTown of Gilbert
Mr. Brian Rondal Jones, PEAssociate EngineerOlsson Associates
Mrs. Jessica Marlow, PEDirectorTown of Gilbert
Mr. John MorganEngineering Inspections SupervisorTown of Gilbert
Ms. Susanna R. Struble, PEAsst. Town EngineerTown of Gilbert

Our Chapter By The Numbers

APWA Fall Mixer

APWA members enjoyed the weather and met new friends (both two legged and four legged) at this year’s fall mixer, held at the Ocotillo in Phoenix on November 10th.  The event was a joint mixer with the Young Professionals group (YP) and other members of APWA.

Members donated food and other necessities for the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Aside from clinic resources, all other shelter operations and services are funded solely from dog licensing, shelter fees, and donations.


“Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) takes in about 35,000 unwanted, homeless and stray pets every year. Nearly 100 animals a day! Unfortunately, many of the animals that come to MCACC do so without any form of identification, making it nearly impossible for them to be reunited with their families. The good news is that MCACC partners with more than 100 local rescue groups to help save dogs and cats who may be at risk for euthanasia. Additionally, MCACC places animals into loving homes through their pet adoption program. In the past ten months, MCACC has adopted 11,855 pets and another 9,685 have been taken by outside rescue partners. 86% of the animals in its care leave MCACC alive – a tremendous increase from just five short years ago!

We appreciate your support for MCACC by collecting donations for the shelter pets. Approximately 4% of the shelter’s funding comes from tax payer dollars, and your kindness and generosity DOES make a difference! “It’s heartwarming to see the support from our community. Treats and toys, blankets and other comfort items provide our homeless pets some comfort while in our care,” said MCACC spokesperson Melissa Gable.


Ready to adopt?
Check out the website at https://www.maricopa.gov/pets/adopt.aspx

APWA Volunteers take part in “Keep Phoenix Beautiful” Day

APWA Members joined over 2,500 volunteers for Keep Phoenix Beautiful Day on Saturday, November 5th. Together we planted 18 trees and trimmed overgrown plants along one of the roadways within Papago Park. Volunteers also painted over 20 archery stands for the Papago Archery Association, a non-profit organization which provides targets and stands for general public use.


The event was also an educational opportunity for the volunteers. City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation staff provided training to all volunteers on how to properly plant a tree, how to prune shrubs in the correct manner, and what can happen if those techniques are not used. Volunteers were given useful tips and tricks to ensure their own plants and trees have the opportunity to flourish in our desert environment.


Since 1982, Keep Phoenix Beautiful has been dedicated to creating vibrant communities through education, recycling initiatives, and beautification. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and work with over 5,000 volunteers annually. Keep Phoenix Beautiful Day encourages the community to get out and volunteer to keep their community clean, green and beautiful. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

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Written by Michael Baker from Interview with Mesa PM Lance Web

The Val Vista Water Treatment Plant (VVWTP) is jointly owned by the City of Phoenix and City of Mesa and is currently rated for 220 million-gallon per day (MGD) with Mesa’s ownership at 90 MGD. Treated water leaving the plant entered a jointly-owned 108-inch diameter Val Vista Transmission Line that was constructed in 1972. With the new requirements of the Stage 2 disinfectant by-product (DBP) rule that went into effect the 2nd quarter of 2012, the City of Phoenix constructed granular activated carbon (GAC) filters to meet the new compliance requirements. Mesa determined that it did not need the GAC filters to meet the new compliance requirements and did not want to participate in the capital, operations, and maintenance (O&M) costs of the GAC filters. Mesa also determined that during periods of high water demands, the existing transmission main did not have adequate capacity to deliver the full 90 MGD to the City-owned pump stations, and the City experienced low suction pressure shut off at the Lindsay Pump station. In 2011, the City of Mesa negotiated a new IGA with the City of Phoenix that would allow the City of Mesa to split the flow upstream of the GAC treatment. By separating the flows, Mesa is able to avoid ongoing O&M costs associated with the GAC filters and benefit from improved hydraulic capacity to deliver flow to its pump stations. The City of Mesa estimated that the overall project cost of $46.1 million.

As a part of the IGA, the City of Mesa would assume ownership of the VVWTP Reservoir 1 and would need to construct a dedicated 8 and a half miles of new water transmission main, ranging in size from 48 inches to 72 inches in diameter, to serve the three City Zone Booster Pump Stations -  Lindsay, Pasadena, and Brooks. Overall, the new transmission main would extend from the Val Vista water treatment plant to its terminal connection at the Brooks booster pump station 42-inch supply line at Rio Salado and Longmore. The project is currently under construction, with a Phase 3 completion milestone date of January 1, 2017. To ensure continuity and consistency given the IGA milestones, the project is being delivered using a Construction Manager at Risk with Garney Construction.

To effectively manage project costs and schedule, the overall delivery of the project was divided into three phases. Phase 1 consisted of constructing a 72-inch transmission main along Lindsay Road that was tied into the Lindsay pump station supply main, a 6,000-gallon surge tank at the Lindsey pump station, and a portion of 60-inch transmission main along Brown Road. Phase 2 consisted of completing the 60-inch transmission main construction along Brown Road to the terminal tie-in point serving Pasadena pump station and constructing a 7,500-gallon surge tank at the Pasadena pump station. Phase 3 consists of construction of a 48-inch transmission main along Brown Road, Country Club Drive, and Rio Salado to its tie-in point to the Brooks supply main at Longmore Drive, construction of a 30,000-gallon surge tank, and construction of a well site tie-in for flexibility.

To date, the project is on-schedule and within budget; however, the project has had its share of challenges. One of the challenges was evaluating where open-cut excavation was not feasible due to existing utilities, transportation concerns, or canal crossings, and determining whether tunneling was more cost-efficient or limited potential negative impact on the public. Other challenges included evaluating surge mitigation measures for pipeline protection, evaluating work zones due to the size and depth of the installation, and expansion or contraction of the pipe due to welded connection requirements.

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