APWA AZ Newsletter 2018 July
|NEWSLETTER July 2018|
July 13, 2018
July 18, 2018
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August 1, 2018
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2018 NEWSLETTER SPONSORS
This month is the beginning of our new fiscal & administrative year. The new board/officers took their oath of office last month at the monthly luncheon. As always, it's more than a little humbling when you think that you've been asked to be a leader of one of the larger public works associations in the country. So I'd like to start my term as the Arizona chapter's president by saying how honored and privileged I feel that I've been entrusted with this responsibility, and I pledge that I will do my best to live up to the high standards that have been set by my predecessors.
A lot of effort went into the plan both at the planning sessions in Prescott and in several work sessions with a Strategic Plan Committee. The Board officially adopted the plan in the recent June meeting. At that meeting the board also approved the FY19 Annual plan that sets out what items we feel are important to accomplish the goals and objectives outlined in the plan. Both documents are posted on our website.
APWA July Luncheon
The ABCs of Value Engineering
The conference is less than one month away! We have an exciting program planned and you don't want to miss out on the networking, education, and fun. Schedule, registration, sponsorship, exhibitor, keynote speaker, food, fun night, and hotel information is all on the website so check it out now. www.azapwaconference.com.
Sponsorships and exhibit hall booth spaces are still available, but filling up fast, so sign up today to take advantage of this opportunity to support the Arizona Chapter of APWA and promote your firm at this high-profile industry event.
Special thanks to those firms that have already registered as sponsors and exhibitors:
Waterline Replacement: Brentwood Manor and Royal Palms
Information and Photos by Achen-Gardner Construction
Project Owner: City of Tempe
Project Type: Construction Manager at Risk
Construction Dates: 05/17 to 07/18
Project Description: Achen-Gardner Construction worked with the City of Tempe, Wilson Engineers, and Sunrise Engineering to install more than nine miles of 4”, 6”, 8”, and 12” water lines throughout two residential neighborhoods (bounded by Southern Avenue, Alameda Drive, College Avenue, and Dorsey Lane) and two high volume arterial streets (Southern Avenue and Rural Road). The scope of work was inclusive of all associated services, fire hydrants, valves, valve boxes, and other appurtenances in addition to the removal and replacement of associated sidewalk, curb, gutter, asphaltic concrete, and landscaping. In addition to the scope of work directly associated with the water line replacement, regional beautification efforts were made to provide added value back to the stakeholders which included crack seal, striping obliteration, slurry seal, microseal, raised pavement markers, and new thermoplastic striping within the entire limits of the project.
Our team was diligent in using detailed planning, scheduling, and safety protocols which all contributed to the success of the project. The management of public relations was a key factor in achieving positive community responses on this project. Achen-Gardner Construction used its own Project Engineer to work directly with a City of Tempe’s Public Information Officer in addressing stakeholder questions, comments, and concerns. Our team implemented a 24-hour hotline with immediate response capability, maintained a public information website and social media sites, held public meetings with stakeholders, and provided regular mailer updates regarding the project. We also assisted with one-on-one interactions and provided hand delivered notices to residents and businesses that were directly impacted by construction. Achen-Gardner Construction worked with the City of Tempe and design engineers to maintain functional operation of the existing potable water system while constructing and commissioning the new system.
Total quantities: 49,433 LF of pipe (4”, 6”, 8”, and 12”), 245 valves, 841 services, 11,613 LF of ITS conduit, 85 fire hydrants, 24,724 SY of pavement, 7,327 SF of sidewalk, 1,394 LF of curb and gutter, 1,902 SF of valley gutter, 29 driveways and ramps, 171,011 SY of slurry seal, 84,011 SY of micro seal, and 15 miles of removal and replacement of lane markings and roadway striping.
CMAR Contractor: Achen-Gardner Construction
Design Engineering Firms: Wilson Engineers and Sunrise Engineering
More Project Information and Photos: https://www.achen.com/3530101-waterline-replacement-brentwood-manor-and-royal-palms
2018 Session Wrap Up – APWA Government Affairs Committee
Author: APWA Government Affairs Committee
Just after midnight on May 4, 2018, the 2nd regular session of the 53rd Arizona Legislature adjourned.
There were a total of 1,329 bills, memorials, and resolutions introduced by both the House and Senate during the legislative session. Out of that number, 370 measures were transmitted to the Governor’s office for signature. Out of the 370 sent to Governor Ducey, 347 were signed and 23 bills were vetoed. Note: This summarization is not intended to provide legal advice or guidance on a Arizona Revised Statutes.
Of interest to cities and towns were changes to the following statutes:
HB 2065 - open meetings laws, (public meetings; definition; penalties). Allows the attorney general to commence a suit against an individual of a public body who knowingly violates open meeting law. Removes the civil penalty for a first violation, maintains the $500 penalty for a second violation, and increases the penalty for a third or subsequent violation to as much as $2,500. Allows a court to exempt a person who objected to any unlawful action taken by the public body from a civil penalty if the objection was noted on a public record. Prohibits a public body from paying a civil penalty on behalf of, or reimbursing, an individual against whom a civil penalty has been imposed. Expands the definition of meeting to include electronic communications that proposes legal action, including one-way communication from one member to a quorum of members of a public body or an exchange of electronic communications among a quorum of members of a public body.
HB 2304 (public buildings; omnibus) (Chapter 155). Makes various changes to statutes related to procurement of professional services for public buildings. This bill extends to June 30, 2025 authorization for a procurement agent to procure construction-manager-at-risk construction services for horizontal construction. It also extends ARS 34-603.K to June 30, 2025 for procurements of a single contract for construction-manager at risk construction services for horizontal construction when the United States Federal Aviation Administration or the US Federal Transit Administration is the source of monies for the project and price competition is required by the funding agency or applicable federal law, rules or regulations, an agent that is a city with a population in excess of one million persons, or an agent that is a separate legal entity formed under section 11-952 by a city with a population in excess of one million persons and that is designated as a subgrantee by a city with a population in excess of one million persons. HB 2304 also eliminates separate contract amount limits for professional services from an architect.
SB 1529 (revenues; budget reconciliation; 2018-2019) (Chapter 283). One of the budget reconciliation bills that make up the 2018 state budget package. Of special interest to cities and towns are the following two provisions: HURF – The bill takes revenue from the Highway Safety Fee that is estimated to generate $91 million in VLT for FY19 to fund DPS. The HURF sweep drops from $99M in FY18 to $15M in FY19 (see SB 1520, page 54). Of the $84 million dollars that is freed up in HURF by using money from the Highway Safety Fee to fund DPS, $42 million goes to cities, towns, and counties and $42 million to the State Highway Fund. Of the $42 million that is distributed to cities, towns, and counties, $30 million goes to cities, towns, and counties with the same one-time formula used last year ($14.4 million to cities distributed the same as one-time HURF last year). The additional $12 million is distributed to cities, towns, and counties through the existing HURF formula.
HB 2166 (vehicle fees; alternative fuel VLT) (Chapter 265) Provides the Department of Public Safety (DPS) a dedicated funding source, in lieu of sweeping the Highway User Revenue Fund, by permitting the director of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to establish a highway safety fee to fund 110% of the highway patrol budget. On January 1, 2020, the bill permits the director of ADOT to establish the rate at which alternative fuel vehicles will pay for annual vehicle registration. Alternative fuel vehicles currently receive a near exemption for registration fees, only requiring owners to pay basic registration processing charges to ADOT.
All of these bills will go into effect unless otherwise specified on August 3, 2018, which is 90 days after conclusion of the legislative session. There many other bills affecting cities and towns. Additional information about the legislative session can be found at https://www.azleg.gov/session-summaries/. Portions of this information was obtained from the Arizona League of Cities and Towns website – www.azleague.org.
What does “Lowest Qualified Bidder” mean?
Written by Shirley Barker (FCI Constructors) and Tom Dunn (Arizona Builders Alliance)
In order to get the Education budget passed in May, a last minute amendment was proposed by one person to restrict K-12 school districts to use only the Design-Bid-Build process in their selections, which means selecting the lowest bidder. The Arizona State Senate Amendment reads:
“42. Requires, effective July 1, 2019, the SBE to adopt rules for school district procurement of any materials, services, goods, construction and construction services that require contracts to be awarded based on the lowest qualified bidder.”
Other Alternative Project Delivery Methods such as CMAR, JOC and Design-Build could either be eliminated or require a second stage with a pricing component. Over the years, these other delivery methods were created because they bring many benefits to owners. This new law is not only restricted to construction, but also other goods and services, such as selecting bus drivers, substitute teachers, and school supplies.
Tom Dunn, President, of Arizona Builders Alliance, said “the ABA is at the forefront of the efforts to repeal the language from the budget bill”. Their lobbying efforts include working as a stakeholder during the rulemaking process to ensure that commercial construction’s voice is heard and educating elected officials and staff on the benefits of returning K-12 procurement to Alternative Project Delivery Methods.