APWA AZ Newsletter 2018 July

APWA AZ Newsletter 2018 July

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      July 2018


July 13, 2018
Events & Community Service Committee Meeting
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July 18, 2018
APWA Arizona Board of Directors Meeting
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July 18, 2018
APWA March Luncheon
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August 1, 2018
ABCs of Value Engineering
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August 3, 2018
2018 APWA AZ Statewide Conference
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Dear Members, 

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.

Not only are we starting a new year, but we're also rolling out our new Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2019 thru 2022. The board and many committee chairs met last February in Prescott to update the chapter's strategic plan. While we generally meet annually to plan out the coming year, this time we looked at the full strategic plan. National had just updated their overall strategic plan and we felt, like many other chapters, that it was time to update ours to keep in alignment with the national association's plan. The last time the chapter had update its strategic plan was back in 2013. It was time.

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.

This provides a good segue to talk about our committees. APWA/AZ is an association of folks who in one way or another are part of the public works industry. It is also an association of volunteers who work on our various committees. It is committees that are really responsible for making Arizona one of the best chapters in the association. As we move through the year working to achieve the various goals and objections outlined in this year's annual plan, I hope everyone will take a moment or two and see if there is a way you can help out on one or more committees. Not only will you help keep Arizona moving forward as an industry leader but this is an excellent way to get to know your fellow public works professionals.

In closing, I again want to say thanks for the opportunity to serve as Arizona's president. Also - please don't forget about our state conference at the El Conquistador Resort down in Tucson August 1st through the 3rd. This is another opportunity to get to know even more of our public works professionals. I look forward to seeing many of you there. 

Greg B. Smith, PE/PS, ENV_SP

APWA July Luncheon
July 18, 2018
Topic: 27th Avenue Compost Facility at Resource Innovation Campus (RIC)

The ABCs of Value Engineering
August 1, 2018

Statewide Conference
August 1-3, 2018

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. 

Exhibitor Information: 

  • Locations are on a first come basis so book yours today to get the best spot.
  • Premium booth locations are almost sold out.
  • Exhibitors are exposed to more than 500 delegates that represent public and private sector organizations in the Arizona public works.
  • This is an exclusive opportunity for your organization to connect with others in the industry; showcase your organization’s expertise, develop new business by forming new partnerships, and network with colleagues and potential clients.

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

  • Opening Reception Sponsor

  • Platinum Sponsors


  • Gold Sponsors



  • Key Card Sponsor 

  • Fun Night Sponsor 

  • Coffee Sponsor

  • Thursday Breakfast/Break Sponsor

    Western Technologies

  • Friday Breakfast / Vendor Drawing Sponsor
        HDR Engineering Inc.
  • Lanyard Sponsor

        Logan Simpson Design, Inc.

  • Award Lunch Sponsors

           Hunter Contracting

  • Friday Networking Event Snack Bag Sponsor

        EagleLift, Inc.

  • Public Agency Sponsors

    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Civiltec Engineering
    Neenah Foundry
    Oldcastle Precast   

  • Exhibitors
Accurate Corrosion Control, Inc.HILGARTWILSON
Achen-Gardner ConstructionHobas Pipe USA
Advanced Drainage SystemsKimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
AeroTech MappingKitchell
Amorock, LLCLogan Simpson
Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.Neenah Foundry
ATG USAOldcastle Precast
AztecOlsson Associates
Border Construction SpecialtiesPACE
Brewer Cote of AZPavement Restoration
Burgess & Niple, Inc.Precision Concrete Cutting
CardnoProject Engineering Consultants
Civiltec EngineeringPsomas
Coe & Van Loo ConsultantsRick Engineering
Cooper AerialRinker Materials
DBA Construction, Inc.SealMaster-AZ
DibbleSunland Asphalt
EagleLift, Inc.Sunrise Engineering
EJSynovia Solutions, LLC
Ennis-FlintTierra Right of Way Services, Ltd.
EPS GroupU.S. Cad
ForterraViaSun Corporation
GHDWood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.

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

New Members

Ed AndersonVice PresidentKE&G Construction
Camille Erwin Yuma County DPW
Chuck Fincher Yuma County DPW
Danny Gann Yuma County DPW
Joe Gorgan Greeley and Hansen
Santos Guerrero Yuma County DPW
Kurt HoffmanEngineer AsstCity of Chandler
Cailey JonesMarketing CoordinatorAchen-Gardner Construction LLC
Amy McConnellPublic Information OfficerCity of Mesa
Erik Ontiveros Yuma County DPW
Nicholas Orta Yuma County DPW
Gabriel Ortiz Yuma County DPW
Ricardo A. Pargas HDR Inc
Kaitlyn Rieth Horrocks Engineers
Reynaldo Rivera Yuma County DPW
Jarod O. RogersPrincipal Landscape ArchitectCity of Phoenix
Rachel Stallworth Yuma County DPW

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. 

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