APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 June

APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 June

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      JUNE 2017


June 6, 2017
Arizona Utility Coordinating Committee Meeting
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June 6, 2017
Communications Committee Meeting
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June 8, 2017
Women Leading Government
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June 12, 2017
Statewide Conference Committee Meeting
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June 12 - 14, 2017
Public Works Institute Module 2
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June 21, 2017
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June 21, 2017
APWA June Luncheon
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June 22, 2017
Education and Training Committee Meeting
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August 2-4, 2017
Statewide Conference
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Summer has arrived, school is out, and most of us are planning vacations and looking forward to spending fun time with our families. I want to wish everyone a happy and safe season.

June is also the beginning of our Membership Drive. At least twice a year we reach out to agencies and other public works professionals inviting them to check out the benefits and the value an APWA Membership can add to their organization. You can use an APWA Membership to help your community and your profession by engaging in conferences, seminars, and social events. You can stay up to date on all the latest Public Works regulations and emerging technology. The Arizona Chapter is the place to network with peers and mentors in all areas of Public Works. Our monthly programs focus on topics and speakers you have requested, and always have valuable take-aways. We are developing Educational Programs, such as our Public Works Institute, that are exceeding registration expectations.

At the May luncheon we kicked off our Membership Drive by bringing back our “Summer Special”. For every new member who joins APWA until July 25th you will be entered in a drawing for a FREE full registration to the Statewide Conference in August at the El Conquistador in Tucson. So, if you are not yet a member, but were thinking of joining, now is the perfect time to complete the application online (https://www2.apwa.net/Membership/memberapp.asp) or you can download the application and mail it to APWA National by July 25th. Regular New Member fees are $204 annually. If you join now, and are a first time member, you will get the first year for half price. Yes, half price!!  

Other Items to note:

Loretta Flick

Public Works Institute Training

June 12 -14, 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 June 12 - 14. View the event details and registration at: http://arizona.apwa.net/EventDetails/10256

APWA Luncheon Program: 

June 21, 2017
Susan Duncan will give a presentation on ADA Guidelines and the issues that PW Departments and Consultants have to navigate.

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 include more than 20 unique educational sessions on a wide variety of topics. The conference Program Schedule is now available! VISIT OUR CONFERENCE SCHEDULE PAGE FOR DETAILS.
  • Friday will feature an exciting panel discussion on what economic development leaders are doing to generate projects and revenue, and an exclusive opportunity to network with Owners, Project Managers, and Decision Makers from municipalities/agencies across Arizona.
  • 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. Booth selection is on a first come basis and we are selling out fast. See the exhibitor map for available spaces.

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

  • Platinum Sponsors


  • Gold Sponsors



  • Fun Night Sponsor


  • Continental Breakfast and Break Sponsors


  • Public Agency Sponsors

    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
    Civiltec Engineering
    CK Group, Inc.
    Dibble Engineering
    E&A Consulting Group, Inc.

  • Exhibitors

    Accurate Corrosion Control Inc. (ACCI)
    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Aerotech Mapping
    All Traffic Solutions
    AMEC Foster Wheeler
    Asphalt Zipper
    AZTEC Engineering Group, Inc.
    Building Products Company
    Burgess & Niple
    CADsoft Consulting
    Civiltec Engineering
    Coo & Van Loo Consultants, Inc.
    DBA Construction, Inc.
    Dibble Engineering
    E & A Consulting Group
    EPS Group Inc.
    Forterra Pipe & Precast
    HDA Architects, LLC
    Hobas Pipe USA
    Holbrook Asphalt
    Michael Baker International
    Neenah Enterprises
    Olsson Associates
    Pavement Restoration Inc.
    Project Engineering Consultants
    Regional Pavement Maintenance
    Rinker Materials
    Rummel Construction
    Sanexen Water Inc.
    Sunrise Engineering
    TechSolutions Consultants
    Workplace Safety Specialists
    Zumar Industries

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

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is charged with creating a greater awareness of the important role of Public Works in our communities through outreach to the students, field and operations personnel, and the four generations.

The committee meets the first Tuesday of each month. If you would like additional information about what the Diversity Committee is planning or would like to attend a meeting, please contact Angel Cobb at angel.cobb@phoenix.gov.

Upcoming Events/Activities:

Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 11 am – 1 pm the Diversity Committee will be conducting an outreach presentation/activities at Muriel Smith Recreation Center, 2230 West Roeser Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85041 about, “What is Public Works”, “What is Civil Engineering” and important of obeying roadway safety.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 11 am – 1 pm the Diversity Committee will be conducting an outreach presentation/activities at STEM Komputer Kids Annual Computer Camp at ASU Coor Hall, 976 S. Myrtle, Tempe, AZ 85287 about, “What is Public Works”, “What is Civil Engineering”. 

New Member Spotlight

Name and Title:  Amy Murray, CSM - Marketing Manager, Ron Turley Associates

With APWA Since: 2010 / renewed member April 2017

Describe your job responsibilities:  Oversee corporate and social media marketing efforts for Ron Turley Associates, establish certified partners program, referral program, create and maintain memberships within nationwide government/non-profit organizations.

What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years?  While employed by a municipality, my favorite project was to develop a certificate program with a local college where students, upon course completion, were able to obtain great jobs within a water utility, wastewater utility, or stormwater department.

Where have your travels taken you?  I have traveled throughout North America, including Canada and Mexico.

Name one thing not many people know about you:  While working within the entertainment industry in Nashville, I got Blake Shelton his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.  This was a life-long dream of his and now he is a member of the Opry!

Name and Title: Debbie Parkins, PE – Project Engineer/Business Development, Western Technologies Inc.

With APWA Since: January 2017

Describe your job responsibilities: Geotechnical Project Engineer and Business Development

What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? On the Business Development side, my favorite and most satisfying projects are when new clients become satisfied returning clients. On the geotechnical side, my favorite project was when I discovered asbestos in a soil sample, we reported it in a boring log and it kept my company (at the time) out of a huge lawsuit.

Where have your travels taken you? Full circle. Starting in Arizona 26 years ago, living and working across the US, returning to Arizona.

Name one thing not many people know about you: I have been a bee keeper. Bees are amazing! 

New Members

Dennis AshtonDirector of SalesRTA Fleet Management Software
Charles W. MontoyaCivil EngineerYavapai County Public Works
Nicolai Oliden, PEProject EngineerEthos Engineering LLC
Paul G. Schmidtke, EITEngineer in TrainingStrand Associates, Inc.
Robert C. SteeleSr Engineering Design ManagerYavapai County
Todd TaylorDirector of Business DevelopmentAIMS
Christopher WanamakerEngineer IIIPinal County

Edison Road Extension
Information and Photos by Achen-Gardner Construction

Project Name: Edison Road Extension
Project Owner: City of Maricopa
Delivery Method: Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR)
Construction Dates: 08/16 to 04/17
CMAR/General Contractor: Achen-Gardner Construction
Designer: EPS Group

Project Description: The project consisted of a new alignment extending Edison Road as a four-lane arterial roadway including curb & gutter, sidewalk, medians, and landscaping beginning at Roosevelt Avenue and continuing to the west and north along the alignment of City owned property. The alignment continues as Loma Road north along the developer owned parcels and connects to State Route 238 (Mobile Road) providing needed capacity and connectivity in this growing community. The north segment includes a new two-lane arterial roadway and landscaped medians with plans to construct the additional two lanes as development takes place. A new box culvert was constructed at the southeast end of the project and a bank of 12 thirty-inch RGRCP pipes installed on the north end to manage regional flood water through the newly constructed roadway alignment. On the north end of the alignment, improvements were made to State Route 238 creating right-turn and left-turn movements onto Loma Road/Edison Road. On the south end of the alignment, a new connector street called Garvey Connection was built to connect Garvey Avenue to Edison Road. The project included the installation of water and sewer services, dry utility duct bank including joint use trench with gas, and coordination with adjacent development and capital projects. A scope addition provided infrastructure and a pad to support the installation of a temporary Fire Administration facility. Other elements of the project include: new street lighting, water and sewer stubs to future developments, on-street parking along Garvey Connection, and streetscape elements. Total quantities included 30,300 SY of pavement and 9,589 LF of wet utilities.

Pre-Construction Services Provided by Achen-Gardner Construction: Utility coordination, potholing and utility designation, constructability reviews, program evaluation, cost estimating, value engineering, GMP development, and master scheduling.

For more project information and photos visit Achen-Gardner Construction's website.

2017 Scholarships
The Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association, in keeping with its objectives, will award one or more $1,500 scholarships for 2017. Scholarships are presented to deserving students striving to complete educational requirements for a career path in public works. Degrees or Majors in Public Administration, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Public Works, and Water Resources Technology Programs are examples of related fields of study. Career objectives may be in the public or private sector, but in either case must be associated directly or indirectly with public works matters or agencies.  The deadline for the application is June 15, 2017.

Please click here to see the application for more detailed information.  

Please direct questions to:

Gregory B Smith, PE/PS, ENV_SP
Arizona Chapter
APWA Scholarship Committee

Illuminating Engineering Society
The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) publishes nearly 100 varied publications, including American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards on energy management, lighting measurement and applications. The IES has formed a task group that is working to combine about 20 design guides and other documents related to roadway lighting including IES-RP-8 and the Transportation Association of Canada’s (TAC) Guide for the Design of Roadway Lighting into a two-volume ANSI document – a Master Roadway Lighting document.  The IES Master Roadway Lighting document is tentatively scheduled for public comment in Spring 2018.

The IES mission is to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public.  For more information, visit www.iesna.org.

Coconino County Engineering Design and Construction Standards
Coconino County is in the process of developing new County Engineering Design and Construction Standards.  They are intended to be used to establish minimum design standards for development, encourage uniformity of materials, guide design engineers for plans and specifications, be used by individual builders, and assist county staff during review processes.  Coconino County has retained a consultant to prepare the document which takes into account many provisions of the old standards along with new ones based on what other jurisdictions have adopted during the recent past, as well as some that are more appropriate to the high-country needs of Arizona.

The new standards are being reviewed by a stakeholders group consisting of representatives from local engineering, construction, development, and governmental-agency communities.  Stakeholders are issuing comments and edits on a chapter by chapter basis and the consultant (along with internal County staff), are sorting through them and incorporating them into the new document.  The process started in June 2016 and is scheduled to be finished in December of 2017.  

The status of the document development is as follows:

Chapter 1 – General Conditions and Requirements – In final review

Chapter 2 – Construction and Improvement Plans – In final review

Chapter 3 – Grading and Sediment Control – In final review

Chapter 4 – Drainage Criteria – In process

Chapter 5 – Transportation and Traffic Engineering – In process

Chapter 6 – Utilities – In final review

Chapter 7 – Landscape and Irrigation – in final review

The County is also in the process of completing a new Subdivision Ordinance which allows certain incentives for use of privately maintained roads in new developments. 

The new document is expected to go live the first quarter of 2018.  Please feel free to contact Rick Shroads, Civiltec Engineering (rshroads@civiltec.com)  if you would like to receive a copy of the document-in-progress or be a guest at a stakeholder’s group meeting.

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