APWA AZ Newsletter 2017 June
NEWSLETTER JUNE 2017
June 6, 2017
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June 12, 2017
June 12 - 14, 2017
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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:
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
Subject Units interspersed among Modules
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
2017 APWA Statewide Conference
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
Special thanks to those firms that have already registered as sponsors and exhibitors:
Accurate Corrosion Control Inc. (ACCI)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Edison Road Extension
Project Name: Edison Road Extension
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.
Please click here to see the application for more detailed information.
Please direct questions to:
Gregory B Smith, PE/PS, ENV_SP
Illuminating Engineering Society
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
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 (email@example.com) if you would like to receive a copy of the document-in-progress or be a guest at a stakeholder’s group meeting.