APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 April

APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 April

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      APRIL 2017


April 4, 2017
AUCC Meeting
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April 10, 2017
Statewide Conference Committee Meeting
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April 12, 2017
Southern AZ Branch APWA Scholarship Golf Outing
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April 13, 2017
Programs Committee Meeting
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April 19, 2017
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April 19, 2017
APWA April Luncheon
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April 24, 2017
Public Works Institute Module 2
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April 27, 2017
Education and Training Committee Meeting
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August 2-4, 2017
Statewide Conference
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Last year in one of my messages, I spoke about the importance of Leadership in our everyday lives, and listed several books with different approaches to leadership. I received several requests from members to re-print the list again. (See below).

Leadership is currently a Hot Topic, more companies are being asked to provide Leadership Training through their HR departments. In February, members of the Arizona APWA Board attended the Chapter Leadership Conference in Kansas City. The focus of this meeting was how to become better leaders for our Chapter Association. We gained insight in understanding our volunteers and why they get involved, appreciation for member’s needs, and overall refreshed our commitment to providing sustainability to our local association through our leadership. 

Our Conference Committee has seized on Leadership as the main theme for the Arizona Statewide Conference this August. Our Keynote speaker will open the session with a remarkable story of leadership and applying it in your everyday actions. Our closing sessions will include local leaders in the Public Works industry. More conference details are listed in the newsletter. Please register and book your hotel rooms early.  

Recommended books on Leadership

1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Gregory Hays translation)

2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

4. The Truth About Leadership by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

5. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

6. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey

7. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

8. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

9. Tribes by Seth Godin

10. Drive by Daniel H. Pink

11. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

12. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

13. Endurance by Alfred Lansing

14. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

15. The War of Art by Steve Pressfield

Loretta Flick

APWA April Luncheon: City Engineer's Update
April 19, 2017

Dan Cook, City Engineer, City of Chandler
Rob Kidder, P.E., Assistant City Engineer, Mesa
Susanna R. Struble, P.E., Assistant Town Engineer/CIP Manager, Town of Gilbert
Donna Sullivan-Hancock, P.E., C.I.P. Design and Construction Manager/Principal Civil Engineer, City of Tempe


Public Works Institute Training
April 24 - 26, 2017

Looking to gain an understanding of the interworking of Public Works? Are you a Public Works Agency employee looking for a higher degree of leadership and management skills? If you answered yes to either of these questions or know of someone who could benefit from these situations, then APWA’s Public Works Institute (PWI) is for you.

The program consists of four modules, that when taken in their entirety, will offer you a better understanding of Public Works with essential skills needed to advance in supervisory and management positions. It is not a requirement to take the sessions in any particular order. 

Modules consist of                                                                          

  • Basic supervision
  • Advanced supervision
  • Public works management
  • Advanced management topics

Subject Units interspersed among Modules

  • Supervisory Techniques and skills
  • Basic Management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Community Service/Customer Orientation skills
  • Impact of law on public works
  • Fundamentals of government
  • Finance
  • Resource Management Skills
  • Public Works Operations
  • Creating the Future

Each module is a three-day course of instruction. At the end of the 90 total hours, completion is recognized with a Certificate of Completion awarded by Arizona Public Works Institute and National APWA. Module Two is scheduled for April 24-26. View the event details and registration at: http://arizona.apwa.net/EventDetails/10256

2017 APWA Statewide Conference
Leadership in Infrastructure: Motivate, Innovate, Elevate
August 2-4, 2017, at the Hilton El Conquistador, Tucson, AZ

Don't miss the 2017 Arizona Chapter APWA Statewide Conference where members and non-members can exchange information, socialize, and learn from each other and technical experts.  Visit the conference website for information and registration. www.azapwaconference.com


  • This year’s conference theme is “Leadership in Infrastructure: Motivate, Innovate, Elevate” and our goal is to provide attendees with many opportunities to learn, network, and become more effective leaders of our industry.
  • Our keynote speaker is JJ Birden, former NFL wide receiver and now leadership and opportunity trainer. His keynote is titled “How to Lead and Perform at the Highest Level”. Whether you are a football fan or not, JJ will inspire and motivate you to be your best in business and in your personal life.
  • We are going to have a lot of fun and eat a lot of good food (seriously, this conference offers more food and beverages than any other conference in our industry). The Thursday night “Fun Night” will be an indoor/outdoor luau with food, entertainment, lawn games, prizes, and more. Hawaiian attire is recommended but not required.
  • Thursday will be full of educational sessions on a wide variety of topics and Friday will feature a new and exciting agency/owner networking program where you will get updates from all over the state and opportunities to connect with decision makers (more details to come).
  • Enjoy the hotel’s newly renovated rooms for only $89 per night, the same price they have been since 2014.
  • Exhibit booths are all 8x10 and we have added more booths than last year. Reserve your space today. Booths selection is on a first come basis. See the exhibitor map for available spaces.

Special thanks to those firms that have already registered as sponsors and exhibitors:

  • Platinum Sponsors


  • Gold Sponsors



  • Continental Breakfast and Break Sponsors


  • Public Agency Sponsors

    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Civiltec Engineering
    Dibble Engineering
    E&A Consulting Group, Inc.

  • Exhibitors

Accurate Corrosion Control Inc. (ACCI)
Achen-Gardner Construction
Aerotech Mapping
AMEC Foster Wheeler
Asphalt Zipper
Burgess & Niple
CADsoft Consulting
Civiltec Engineering
DBA Construction, Inc.
Dibble Engineering
E & A Consulting Group
Forterra Pipe & Precast
Hobas Pipe USA
Holbrook Asphalt
Michael Baker International
Neenah Enterprises
Olsson Associates
Project Engineering Consultants
Regional Pavement Maintenance
Rummel Construction
Sunrise Engineering
TechSolutions Consultants
Workplace Safety Specialists
Zumar Industries

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to:

2017 AZ APWA Family Potluck Picnic

Thanks to all who made the 4th annual Family Potluck Picnic bigger, better, and more delicious!  

On March 12th at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale, nearly 50 attendees came out to enjoy the awesome weather, the free train and carousel rides (thanks to TRACE Consulting), the yummy Mighty Moo Ice Cream Truck (thanks to Cardno), and the bratwurst-in-beer (thanks to Arizona Precast Concrete Pipe Association). Both kids and adults took part in the Giant Jenga competition, playing soccer and football in the grass, and of course, getting to know each other in an informal setting over all the contributed sandwiches, drinks, sides, and desserts.

A special shoutout to President Loretta Flick for getting the word out, and we expect to see Everett Edward Kirchhofer there next year, Scott!





New Member Spotlight

Name and Title: David Wilkins, P.E. , Senior Civil Engineer, City of Mesa

With APWA Since:   I’m not sure of the exact date, but I know it’s recent.

Describe your job responsibilities: As a Senior Civil Engineer, responsibilities include overall project management, from start to finish of capital improvement projects for various departments throughout the city including transportation, water resources, parks and recreation, and facilities maintenance. Project assignments have varied in size, scope, complexity, and budget and have ranged from a large stadium complex, to roadways, waterlines, treatment plants, parks, and building remodels. Project management includes a wide variety of tasks, typical of most construction projects. Responsibilities include verification and management of budgets, scope and design development, schedule implementation, and construction management. Periodically, assignments have included public presentations, working with local government leaders, and working with other utility and government agencies. Ultimately, my responsibility is to make sure projects fall within the designated scope, budget, and schedule as approved by the government leaders, city management, and most importantly to the citizens of the City of Mesa.

What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? My favorite project has been the Cubs Spring Training Facility and Riverview Park. The spring training facility and park draw thousands of people to the area throughout the year. It is very rewarding to see so many people enjoying those facilities, which include a 50’ climbing tower, splash pad, and other climbing and play features.

Where have your travels taken you? I’m proud to say that I’m a native Arizonan, however I grew up in Stockton, Missouri with a lot of time spent fishing, boating, and playing in the Ozarks. I spent two years in the Washington D.C. area, mainly Northern Virginia, serving a mission for my church. I really enjoyed the history of Fredericksburg and spending time at the museums in downtown D.C.  My family has spent several vacations in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, aka Rocky Point, and we’ve been to California, Utah, and Missouri for additional vacations. Most of the time spent in California was with either in San Diego or at Disneyland. Many of my adventures remain in Arizona, with time spent in the White Mountains. Adventures include snow skiing at Sunrise Park, kayaking down the Salt River through the Salt River Canyon, and fishing a variety of lakes and streams.

Name one thing not many people know about you: I played varsity basketball for Stockton, MO High School, my junior and senior year. My coach nicknamed me “Howie the Howitzer”, since I became locally famous for my long range shots. The nickname stuck and many of my old classmates know me as “Howie”.    

Returning Member Spotlight

Name and Title: Timothy S. Phillips, P.E., Director, AZ Dept of Emergency and Military Affairs, Ordinance Operations

With APWA Since:  2012 +/-

Describe your job duties:  Leadership of an organization with a mission to ship, handle, and store explosive ordinance, ballistic rocket motors, and other commodities for Department of Defense agencies and non-federal customers.

What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years?  The project that got away. Healthy Rivers was a concept to evaluate and rank the rivers of Maricopa County, in terms of water resources (conveyance, flood control, bank storage), biologic value (vegetation, habitat), economic value (off bank development and mining) and multi-modal value (trails, roads, highways) to evaluate the current conditions and estimate future opportunities that retain the natural and beneficial value of the water courses. The concept just couldn’t get traction and seeped away. (Pun intended).

What is one of your favorite quotes?  *The good plan violently executed, is better than the perfect plan too late.* George Patton.  We as professionals thrive on being sure we have the best answers to issues or problems. Time however, may not make the plan any better and the good plan just maybe good enough. This goes in line with my second favorite quote *Any decision is better than no decision.* Unknown.

Name one thing not many people know about you:  I come from a military family. Between my dad, two brothers and myself, we collectively have 104 years of military service.

New Members

Steve BacsProject ManagerWilldan Engineering
Michelle L. MontagninoCivil EngineerPima County


Scott Kirchhofer, Business Development and Marketing Manager at Achen-Gardner Construction and his wife Heather Kirchhofer gave birth to their second child Everett Edward Kirchhofer on March 12, 2017. Weight 8 pounds 2 ounces. Length 20.75 inches. Head 14 inches. Little bit of blonde hair. Eyes are blue like his sister Sloane's eyes...for now.

City of Phoenix Transportation 2050 Update

Contributions by Ray Dovalina, City of Phoenix
Written by Tim Quillman, Michael Baker International, Inc.

Following the passage of the City of Phoenix (City) Transportation 2050 (T2050) plan, the City got to work immediately setting its path for 2016 and beyond. As a result, the past year has been a busy one for the city under T2050, which included putting funds to work and planning for the future. Actions taken by the City in 2016 included improvements in two primary areas; public transit and the streets program.  

The highlights of the public transit improvements included upgraded services and technology and the start of the 50th and Washington streets light rail station. From Dial-a-Ride (DAR) enhancements to bus and light rail, upgraded services have had an immediate impact for both regular and casual transit users. City bus and DAR improvements that were implemented in 2016 include:

  • New bus service between 32nd Street and Camelback Road to the light rail station at 44th and Washington streets
  • Extended hours for bus routes Monday through Thursday to match light rail hours
  • Increased bus frequency to 30-minutes or less
  • Improved DAR features, including intercity transfer-free services
  • Computer aided dispatch and automated vehicle location upgrades

City light rail improvements that were implemented in 2016 include:

  • Awarded a design-build construction contract for the construction of a new light rail station at 50th and Washington streets
  • Accelerated the commencement of the planning phase for the south central light rail extension and submitted the project for inclusion in the president’s budget

For its streets program, the City greatly expanded its capital and maintenance activities in 2016. This included quadrupling the number of miles in the pavement preservation program and beginning initiatives for equipment maintenance. Some of the specific maintenance items completed under T2050 funding were:

  • Completed more than 75 miles of pavement preservation beyond the previously planned 2016 program
  • Replaced damaged and degraded curb and gutter and repaired sidewalks for the 2016 full pavement preservation program
  • Initiated a two-year effort to upgrade street name signs at major intersections. This effort will involve the replacement of approximately 3,000 damaged street name signs with new LED-illuminated street signs
  • Began a 10-year initiative to repaint all of the city's traffic signal poles at major intersections to resist corrosion and improve appearance
  • Initiated updates to its pavement cut ordinance

In addition to implementing its greatly expanded maintenance program, the City streets program under T2050 included the completion of the installation of more than 6.5 bicycle-lane miles; undertook more than 15 corridor project assessments, which included approximately 11 miles of roadway; and began the process to increase its capital improvement plan (CIP) from an 18-month look ahead to a five-year look ahead. The corridor studies and CIP will allow the City to effectively plan how to best utilize T2050 funds for roadway and intersection improvements in 2018 and beyond.

As the City grows into the future, we hope to bring you periodic updates on T2050 progress and plans. In the meantime, please visit the City of Phoenix website for additional news and updates. 

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