APWA AZ Newsletter 2018 Jan

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January 17, 2018
APWA Arizona Board of Directors Meeting
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January 17, 2018
APWA January Luncheon
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Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018.  At the start of this New Year be sure to take a few minutes to reflect on what you achieved last year, and what goals are on your list for 2018.

First, “thank you” to all who participated in our Holiday Charity Raffle. A total of $1,100 was raised and donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

As the year begins and we get back into our everyday routines, it seems our calendars get increasingly busy with reports, presentations, and conferences and often we need to prepare a Power Point Presentation. For those of you looking to up your presentation skills, the December 2017 issue of the APWA Reporter had a great article titled, “Avoiding death by Power Point” by Jonathan Gano, P. E..

Here are a few highlights from the article:

  • Don’t read your slides, your audience can read your slides faster than you can speak them.
  • If your presentation includes a lot of text, prepare a companion document to go along with your presentation.
  • Think with pictures, let the visual support what you have to say. Large format photos are the best.
  • Break up busy or congested slides into several slides; additional slides are always better.
  • Practice you presentation. Investing prep time, both in the slides and the speech, will result in a better experience for both the speaker and audience.

*You can read the entire article by logging on to the APWA Website and click on resources. Jonathan Gano is the Director of Public Works, City of Des Moines, Iowa and Member, APWA Leadership & Management Committee 

Loretta Flick

APWA Luncheon Program:
January 17, 2018 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Phoenix Country Club

Topic: City of Phoenix Forecast

Moderated by Albert Santana, High Capacity Transit Director

Panel Members:

  • Chris Ewell, Street Transportation Director
  • Michael James, Bus Rapid Transit Administrator
  • Patty Kennedy, Water Services Deputy Director


New Members

Mr. John DicksonCivil Engineer SrCity of Scottsdale
Mr. Randy GhezziPW Dept DirectorCity of Scottsdale
Mrs. Dina HarveyMarketing Events MgrCrafco Inc
Mr. Shayne M. Lopez, CPIICont Admin SupvCity of Scottsdale
Mr. Tad McDonaldSales RepCrafco Inc
Sanjay PaulEngineer/PlannerRick Engineering Company
Mr. Tim J. WileyLead TechCity of Scottsdale

New Member Spotlight

Name, Title, Agency/Company: Steve Ziegler, Public Works Supervisor, Town of Parker

With APWA Since: 2017

Describe your job responsibilities: Direct, manage and supervise day-to-day activities for the Public Works department to include identifying and scheduling the street maintenance, park /cemetery maintenance and building maintenance. Identify, plan and schedule infrastructure and capital improvement projects. Identify and implement ways to improve the efficiency and cost to the way we conduct maintenance and business. Analyze and prepare annual operating and capital improvement budgets. Prepare and present items to the town council for approval. Provide updates and guidance for the Streets and Traffic Committee and the Parks and Recreation Committee. Supervise community development, planning and zoning operations that includes issuing building permits, performing plan checks, performing building inspections, provide town code and zoning guidance and work with the police department on enforcement.

What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? There's been several, built a batting cage and a sand volleyball court at Western Park. Both were capital projects that the community and visitors will enjoy using.

Where have your travels taken you?: Lived in Japan for a year, spent a month in Thailand.

Name one thing not many people know about you: I'm a Marine Corps Veteran.

Holiday Party 2017
What a way to kickoff the holiday season this year!  Camp Social hosted our event on December 6th bringing over 60 members and guests out for some holiday cheer. At our Chapter Luncheon in October, our members overwhelmingly chose St. Mary’s Food Bank as the recipient of the proceeds from our raffle prize drawings. With all of your generosity, we raised $1,100 for St. Mary’s equaling 7,700 meals! We want to thank all of the members and companies who donated raffle prizes – we could not have done this without your generosity!  And a huge shout out to Cardno for sponsoring appetizers and drinks!  






2018 APWA Annual Sponsorship

For more information or to pay for your sponsorship click here, 

2018 Call for Award Submittals

If you are thinking about submitting your projects and/or professional individuals for consideration of the 2018 Annual APWA Awards then you better hurry. The deadline for submissions is January 26, 2018. Award-worthy projects need to be complete as of December 31, 2017.

The applications and forms to complete with instructions are now available on the APWA-Arizona Chapter website.  The awards that are available this year are:

Chapter Awards include:

  • 2018 Award of Merit – Recognizes an employee of a Federal, State, County, or Municipal Agency involved in public works at the operational level that performs in an exceptionally efficient and/or innovative manner.
  • 2018 Outstanding Public Works Employee Award – Recognizes an employee of a Federal, State, County or Municipal Agency involved in public works at the managerial level that performs in an exceptionally efficient and/or innovative manner.
  • 2018 Public Works Project of the Year Award
  • 2018 Public Works Project of the Year Award – Small Cities/Rural Communities
  • 2018 Sustainability Practices Award – Recognizes individuals or agencies that have made outstanding contributions to promote sustainability in public works.
  • Note: The Chapter submits all “Project of the Year” Award nominations to National for the National APWA Awards program.

Submittals require hard copies (verify the number required on each nomination form) and electronic copies (CD or thumb drive) hand-delivered to:

Jeanne Sapon, Awards Committee Co-Chair
DBA Construction, Inc.
1833 South 59th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ  85043

If you are mailing your submittal, do not use the street address.  Instead, send to:

Jeanne Sapon, Awards Committee Co-Chair
DBA Construction, Inc.
P.O. Box 63035
Phoenix, AZ  85082

The deadline this year for Chapter submittals is January 26, 2018.  Start thinking about your nominations and get those submittals in!  Good luck!

Call for Astracts
The Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association invites the submittal of abstracts of presentations to be considered for the 2018 APWA Statewide Conference.  The conference will be held at the Hotel El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona from August 1 to August 3, 2018. Abstracts must be received no later than February 23, 2018.


Guerrero Rotary Park Playground Rehabilitation

Mesa, AZ

Information from Award Submittal

The existing playground area and basketball court at Guerrero Rotary Park was renovated. Norris Design provided design and documentation for the Mesa Park which included the demolition and replacement of the existing basketball courts, the addition of fabric canopy shade structures over existing playground equipment, and adding ADA accessible ramps and walkways for pedestrian connections.

This project was funded with Community Development block Grant (CDBG) funding procured by the City of Mesa.

Environmental Considerations

Following completion of the Environmental Assessment Report, it was discovered that the project site was located within the vicinity of an historical Native American archaeological site. Specific precautions were implemented during construction to help mitigate the effects of earthwork activities on potential archaeological discoveries. Environmental consultant, Del Sol Group, worked with the project team to coordinate on-site archaeological monitoring efforts. All earthwork activities were monitored and recorded; however, no archaeological discoveries were found during the project.

Community Relations

The City conducted a Public Meeting prior to construction to inform the community of the proposed improvements and requested citizen feedback via comment cards.


The Parks Department placed localized construction notification signage in the vicinity of the Park to notify residents of the upcoming project and limited areas of use for Park visitors. The Park website was also updated to inform citizens of the proposed project, construction schedule, and contact information of responsible parties associated with the project.

In consideration of the adjacent neighborhoods, the hours of operation were maintained during business hours and during the work-week in order to minimize noise disturbance. Access to unaffected portions of the Park was continuously maintained throughout the duration of construction.

Special Considerations

Careful removal and replacement of the existing playground equipment was required in order to prepare footings for the new shade canopy structures. ELS Construction was successful in response to the City of Mesa’s requirement for park access during the 2015 Holiday Season by early turn-over of the Park. Only minor punchlist items remained for close-out completion.

Job Posting
Maricopa County: Roadway Operations Division Manager in Phoenix

The Roadway Operation Division Manager's primary focus is to plan, direct, supervise, and review the work of staff within the Roadway Maintenance Division. This position works under limited supervision and works collaboratively with the Director and other Division Managers.

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Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District Field Services Foreman

This position handles the planning, scheduling, and implementation of construction and maintenance and operation activities designed to provide quality water services for the District.


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