APWA AZ Newsletter 2020 February

APWA AZ Newsletter 2020 February

Public works are the services and infrastructure required to sustain quality community life.

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      February 2020


February 5, 2020
Stormwater and Public Works Workshop
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February 6, 2020
APWA Northern Branch Winter Mixer
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February 18, 2020
APWA Northern Branch Prescott Valley Luncheon
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February 19, 2020
APWA BOD Meeting
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February 19, 2020
APWA Luncheon
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February 20, 2020
Engineers Week Reception
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Dear Members:

When it comes to the quality and timeliness of design review submittals, I have seen that there is quite a range of effort that doesn’t always match owner expectations. This problem seems to get worse as the economy improves as I’m sure it is related to time management in general. Over the years, I have seen many design firms create and execute both internal and external quality control (QA/QC) programs to help ensure the quality of each submittal they present to their clients. I know these programs are well intended, but from my years receiving submittals at Public Agencies, it seems clear that there is some compromising that happens once a project milestone has been missed.

In looking back in our files of why some of our projects did not stay on schedule, it wasn’t usually during the construction phase, but during the design phase where important milestones were missed. Substandard submittals not only prove to be very frustrating for agency review staff, but significantly add to project delivery delays overall. For these reasons and others, a series of “Submittal Guidelines” was developed and is bound into Mesa’s design contracts and are available on the internet at http://mesaaz.gov/business/engineering/submittal-process-guidelines

Separate guidelines have been developed for Building Projects, Mechanical Projects, P&R Projects, Roadway Projects, and Water/Wastewater Projects. Although each agency is a little different in their expectations of what is to be included in each submittal, I think our published guidelines roughly align with what is generally accepted in the industry for the various stages (30/60/90) of typical project development. Hopefully, as time goes on, with published guidelines, and closer adherence to QA/QC programs, the quality and timeliness of designer review submittals will improve, and the project delivery schedules will more closely align with public expectations. 


Rob Kidder, P.E.

Stormwater and Public Works Workshop
February 5, 2020

APWA Northern Branch Mixer

February 6, 2020

APWA Northern Branch Prescott Valley Luncheon
February 18, 2020
Topic: CYMPO
Speaker: Chris Bridges

APWA Luncheon
February 19, 2020
Topic: 2020 Legislative Session
Speaker: Rusty Bowers, Speaker of the House

Engineers Week Reception
February 20, 2020

Statewide Conference
July 29-31, 2020

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

  • Opening Reception Sponsor


  • Key Card Sponsor 

  • Wi-Fi Sponsor

  • Lanyard Sponsor 
  • Fun Night Sponsor
  • Platinum Sponsors


  • Gold Sponsors


  • Coffee Sleeve Sponsor

  • Awards Lunch Sponsor

  • Thursday Breakfast & Beak Sponsor
    Speedie & Associates

  • Friday Beakfast & Vendor Drawing Sponsor

  • Public Agency Sponsors
    Achen-Gardner Construction
  • Golf Sponsor
    Neenah Foundry

  • Prize Drawing Sponsors
    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Wilson & Company


Achen-Gardner Construction
AZTEC Engineering
Burgess & Niple
Civiltec Engineering
CVL Consultants
DCS Contracting
Dibble Engineering
EPS Group
Lithified Technologies
Neenah Foundry
Pavement Restoration
Rinker Materials
Ritoch-Powell & Associates
Shephard Wesnitzer
Speedie & Associates
Sport Surfaces
Sunland Asphalt
Superior Supply
T2 Utility Engineers
Tap Master
Wilson & Company
Western Technologies

New Members

James BoehnleinField Operations SupCity of Tolleson
Israel DiazFacility MaintenanceCity of Tolleson
Gabriel X. Elias, SrField Operations SuperintendentCity of Tolleson, Arizona
Monica Farrell  
Armando GarzaFacility MaintenanceCity of Tolleson
Gustavo JonesStreets MaintenanceCity Of Tolleson
Garrett Andrew Knoll SealMaster Arizona
Reyes Lara, SrStreets MaintenanceCity of Tolleson
Mike MarquezTraffic Operations CoordCity of Tolleson
Jamie R. McCrackenField Operations DirectorCity of Tolleson
Frederick MillerMechanicCity of Tolleson
Gaylord MooreStreets MaintenanceCity of Tolleson
An NguyenGrounds MaintenanceCity of Tolleson
Xavier OronaFacility MaintenanceCity of Tolleson
Thomas ReviousFacility MaintenanceCity of Tolleson
Juan ReyesPreventive MaintenanceCity of Tolleson
Ruben RinconGrounds Crew LeaderCity of Tolleson
Colleen Ruiz, PEPrincipalStantec
Mayra RuvalcabaCrew Leader StreetsCity of Tolleson
Pamela SalazarAdministrative AssistantCity of Tolleson
Rick SaucedoStreets MaintenanceCity Of Tolleson
Antonio SolorioSr MechanicCity of Tolleson
Michael StopherGrounds LeadCity of Tolleson
Kim A. Tanner, PEPrincipal-in-ChargeArcadis
John TerceroGrounds MaintenanceCity of Tolleson
Francisco TorresStreets MaintenanceCity Of Tolleson
Norman UmbergerEnvironmental DudeAzDEMA

New Member Spotlight

Name and Title:Michael MacDonald - Civil Designer


With APWA Since: Student member since spring 2018 and professional member since December 2019.

Describe your job responsibilities:Water Infrastructure. Water and sewer design as well as reports. 

What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? Working on any project that is within the vicinity of where I live. I am able to see my work become implemented into the community. 

Who's Who In Public Works

Name: Steve Orosz
Agency: ADOT Northern Region
Title: Assistant Regional Traffic Engineer

What are you responsible for in your new role? 
I am responsible for the traffic operations and engineering for the northern region of the State.  This area spans the area between Quartzite to the western border of the state, through Parker, Lake Havasu City, Bullhead, Kingman, north to Littlefield, Page, to the New Mexico Border, then south to Show Low, Payson, Sunset Point, the Verde Valley, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, and Winslow.  Sounds like a song, eh?  We review citizen concerns regarding speeding, traffic signalization, crash countermeasures, traffic control during construction and regulatory, warning and construction signs.  We also assist the ADOT Districts with various construction and other projects.

How long have you been in this position?
I have been in this position for about a year.

Where did you work previously?
I worked at the City of Prescott for five years as the CIP Program Development Manager and as the City Engineer.  Prior to that, I was in California working in my own company, for small public agencies and for various engineering companies for over 30 years.

What Challenges do you experience in your role?
The biggest challenge is meeting the expectations of the public.  Many times we get requests to install a stop light or similar request.  The public wonders why we just can’t install a traffic signal or a Stop sign to control speeds.  We need to balance the expectation of the public with engineering judgement, national and state requirements, and policies regarding traffic engineering devices.

How long have you been an APWA member?
I have been an APWA member for 28 years.

Have you served on the Board or any committees? 
Currently, I am serving on the Arizona Chapter Board.  Thank you for your support.  I am also a member of the Northern Arizona Branch.  Prior to that, I have held various positions in California Chapters, including the creation of two new chapters in the state.  I was the chapter Awards Committee Chairman for about 10 years highlighting and celebrating the best public works projects in the Branch.

What benefits do you get out of being a member?
Professionally, I have benefited through the development of personal relationships with other Public Works Professionals.  These relationships have helped me with understanding more about public works and how we are all connected.  The Leadership development programs that APWA has online, the Public Works Academy, National opportunities, and PWX are all fantastic and are highly recommended to participate in.  Personally, I have grown to be a better person taking the lessons learned from the professional ethics side of APWA into my own life.

What would you like to share with APWA Members? 
GET INVOLVED!  You get so much more out of APWA when you participate.  Join a committee, participate in a work event, attend a special event, and participate in National Public Works Week.

Tell us about your family and hobbies:
I have been married to my wife for over 38 years.  We have two grown sons 24 and 29.  We both love to hike, bike (mountain or road), cook and explore.  One of our favorite places to visit and explore is Sedona.

APWA 2020 Annual Sponsorship
We have some great sponsorship opportunities to highlight your firm including in the Southern and Northern branches of APWA. Check out the link for further information.

Professional Development


Comparing Approaches to Inflow & Infiltration Mitigation

February 6, 2020


Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Making it work for your Agency

Marketing 12, 2020


Government Facility Security Programs & Technology

April 16, 2020



Starting an AV/CM Pilot Edition

March 26, 2020


Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure

May 7, 2020


Waste to Resource Technology Edition

June 11, 2020


Public Works Job Opportunities

This section allows agencies to advertise their open positions. Please provide your advertisement and/or link to sniebel@woodpatel.com

City of Avondale

Engineering Project Manager (water/wastewater)


Senior Budget Analyst

Senior Planner



City of Chandler

Development Project Coordinator



City of Douglas

Deputy Public Works Director

Equipment Mechanic II

Grants Coordinator

Public Works Director / City Engineer

Waste Water Plant Operator



Town of Florence

Building Inspector

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Senior Wastewater Treatment Plan Operator



Town of Gilbert

Recreation Leader Facilities

Utility Work - Distribution


City of Globe

Right-Of-Way Technician

Water/Wastewater Administrator



Lake Havasu City

Maintenance Specialist



Maricopa County

Air Quality Planner Senior –Rule Writer



City of Mesa

Building Plans Examiner/Senior Building Plans Examiner

Deputy Director - Electric

Electrical Controls Specialist

Equipment Mechanic I

Facilities Equipment Technician II – HVAC

Intelligent Transportation Systems Operations Foreman


Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities Project Manager

Real Estate Services Supervisor

Recreation Coordinator

Recreation Programmer

Solid Waste Equipment Operator II

Streetlight Technician I

Water Plant Maintenance Specialist I/II – Water Supply

Water Resources Maintenance Specialist III



City of Peoria

Civil Engineer – Site Development

Solid Waste Equipment Operator

Building Inspector I – Fixed Term

Development Technician I



City of Phoenix

Building Code Examiner

Facilities Projects Planner

Fiscal Manager – Parks & Rec

Traffic Maintenance Foreman II

Traffic Signal Technician

Civil Engineer II

Civil Inspector II

Water Resource Specialist

Economic Development Program Manager

Project Manager

Equipment Operator

Equipment Service Worker II

Solid Waste Equipment Operator

Heavy Diesel Truck and Equipment Mechanic



Pima County

Procurement Officer

Facilities Management Trade Specialist (Commercial Electrician)

Facilities Management Trade Specialist (Central Plant Systems Technician/Operator)

Facilities Management Trade Specialist (Refrigeration/HVAC)

Public Works Supervisor

Hydrologist Principal

Public Works Construction Inspector

Wastewater Mechanical Maintenance Technician

Wastewater Instrumentation & Process Control Specialist

Program Coordinator Unclassified (Systems Engineering)



Pinal County

Code Compliance Supervisor

Grants Administrator

Heavy Equipment Technician

Management and Budget Analyst



City of Prescott

Deputy City Clerk



City of Prescott Valley

Recreation Coordinator

Seasonal Public Works Laborer



City of Scottsdale

Economic Development Specialist

Fleet Technician II

SCADA Systems Specialist

Water Resources Administrator



Town of Sierra Vista

Civil Engineer/Senior Civil Engineer

Engineering Technician

Fleet Supervisor

Maintenance Worker - Wastewater

Wastewater Supervisor

Wastewater Treatment Plant Level IV Operator



City of Surprise

Civil Engineer

Project Manager - CIP



City of Tempe

Deputy Internal Services Director – Human Resources


City of Tucson
Director of Business Services Department
Engineering Manager - Transportation
Water Systems Operator (Water Quality & Operations Division)

City of Yuma
Assistant Director of Engineering
Assistant Director of Utilities

The Town of Queen Creek is Building 4th Fire Station in Response to Growth…

The area at Queen Creek and Signal Butte Roads is experiencing immense growth with Fulton Homes Corporation building a new 111-acre housing development and Queen Creek Unified School District developing a new school.  To respond to this growth, and the growth throughout the community, the Town of Queen Creek is strategically placing its 4th Fire Station just north of the Queen Creek Road and Signal Butte intersection at 20155 S. Signal Butte Road.

The three-bay station will provide firefighting and emergency medical response to Queen Creek’s rapidly growing northeastern area.  The station will also have office space for assigned law enforcement to facilitate service and outreach.  Like the Town’s other stations, Fire Station 4 will be a state-of-the-art facility to minimize response times through a well thought-out design and proven floor plan.  One important element to the design is a conscious approach to promote the health and well-being of the Town’s first responders that will operate out of this facility.

The building will utilize efficient, low maintenance materials and will blend with the surrounding community, by utilizing some of the same building elements as the adjacent neighborhood projects, while still remaining visually identifiable as a fire station.

Slated to open later this year, Fire Station 4 is being constructed by FCI Constructors, Inc., who also built Fire Station 3 in 2018.

Long-Term Maintenance of Infrastructure Systems

So much thought, work, and attention go into the contracting for and building of public works infrastructure systems that their long-term maintenance seems to be overshadowed. Yet the operation and maintenance responsibilities are crucial and in a growing community offer unlimited opportunities for the public works industry and their professionals. Nearly all of the infrastructure that comes along with growth will ultimately be the responsibility for the public agency to operate and maintain. With the help from several of our public agencies, we took a look at what the long-term maintenance of public infrastructure systems looks like as we begin 2020.

Deferred Maintenance vs. growth…
Many agencies have found themselves in a balancing act between maintenance and growth of their systems. Deferred maintenance that happened in the last decade has increased needed maintenance all the while growth is occurring. Kevin Burke, Peoria Director of Public Works, sees it as two drivers – “taking care of what you’ve got and incorporating what is being added.” Still feeling the after effects of the Great Recession, many agencies have learned to do a lot with a little, making sure that public infrastructure are not only up to standard, but made to last. 

Pima County continues to see a higher need for deferred maintenance programs than capacity increases at this time. They are budgeting more funds for facilities, parks, roads, wastewater structures and waterways maintenance programs than ever before. Some of these needs are approached as a yearly program – such as re-plastering an entire public pool each year on a rotating basis; or as a one-time significant event – such as replacing aging building facades in their downtown administrative offices. “These programs represent significant funds spent on maintaining service levels,” stated Nancy Cole, Pima County Project Management Office.

“Growth is traditionally seen as good: good for tax base, good for marketing, good for the overall economy,” states Chris Ewell, Phoenix Deputy Street Transportation Department Director. “What is not factored in is how you are going to pay for growth while scheduling the ongoing maintenance needs of existing, older infrastructure. We cannot continue with the mindset of that will be someone else’s problem to solve.” This careful balance and mindfulness of both old and new is what will provide a productive and prosperous public works initiative for agencies across the state.

Funding associated with the growing maintenance responsibilities is not always a perfect 1:1 ratio, but careful planning and partnerships is key in maintaining sustainable growth. The need to continue to fund asset management and the growing need for capital projects has pushed staff to seek alternate funding sources such as grants, bonds, and public private-partnerships. “Establishing growth metrics to sustain levels of service are critical in anticipating and planning for growth”, states Michael Boule, Surprise Assistant Director of Public Works, “These metrics might include roadway lane miles per full time staff member, fleet vehicle equivalencies, construction document pages per plan reviewer, etc. With this data, we can identify the thresholds for when additional resources will be necessary to maintain new and aging infrastructure.”

Maintenance Facilities…
To handle the expansive growth of the last decade, many agencies have been expanding and/or building new facilities to house their resources. The City of Surprise is currently under construction with a new Public Works Operations Facility. This 45,000 square foot facility will centralize the Solid Waste, Fleet Maintenance, and Streets divisions of Public Works. The facility, which will open spring of 2020, is sized for staff and equipment growth and will offer many business practice efficiencies.

The City of Peoria is looking at a new Fleet Maintenance Facility to accommodate the growth in fleet across the entire municipal corporation. With significant technology leaps with vehicles going to more driver assist or electric or autonomous features, different maintenance tools and space is required to maintain facilities.

The City of Phoenix has made some updates to maintenance facilities to accommodate their growth.

Increased maintenance responsibilities are not only due to the acceptance of new infrastructure but also due to how our residences and businesses engage with the Agency. For example, the City of Surprise now has a smart phone application that allows any user to submit work orders for pot holes, trip hazards, missing signs, graffiti, etc. Prior to the application, the public works crews would have addressed these issues over time but the application has provided many more eyes out-and-about finding the issues with timely expectations. 

Between resource availability, smart technology, and end-of-life issues, the longevity of new and existing infrastructure is always at the forefront. Simultaneously, Arizona continues to be a growth state and requires new infrastructure to be consistently added. 

Some agencies have become more aggressive with their pavement preservation and road rehabilitation programs and are spending more time educating leadership on the lifecycle maintenance costs of roads, bridges, and storm water infrastructure. In return, many one-time funding opportunities are being found to address these issues.

Managing these opportunities will always be resolved with funding, but through better planning and creativity the scales are staying balanced.

Public works are the services and infrastructure required to sustain quality community life.

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