APWA AZ Newsletter 2020 July

APWA AZ Newsletter 2020 July

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

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      July 2020


July-August, 2020
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Happy New Year, Everyone! As we begin our chapter’s new fiscal year and navigate through this new normal of ours, I would like to highlight some things we have to look forward to in regards to this year’s virtual programs.

We all have our own personal reasons for joining APWA, from educational opportunities, networking and sharing ideas with your peers, working with the community to promote public works, keeping up on industry news, to staying in the know on business prospects. 

No matter what your reason for joining, our Chapter is committed to serving you and bringing those opportunities your way—we have something for everyone! In these ever-changing times, our membership team has worked diligently to adapt to our new environment and find ways to keep our community and connections strong. While we may be physically apart, we still have many “virtual” opportunities to come together as an association.

Here is a taste of things to look forward to: 

  • The 2020 Statewide Conference, a free Virtual Summer Series (going on now!)
  • Virtual monthly luncheons, including joint association meetings
  • Online Member Mixers
  • Virtual membership committee meetings 
A silver lining to these virtual events is that you can save in drive time and still be able to participate, where you may not have been able to before. Also, because our main priority is providing benefits to our members, even in these uncertain economic times, we have made most of our virtual programs available at no cost. Now is a great time to be more involved! 

I am honored to be this year’s President and am here to serve you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and share your ideas to help make us an even better chapter. 

Stay safe and healthy my friends! 


Kristin Tytler, P.E. 

Statewide Conference - A Free Virtual Summer Series
July - August

The 2020 Arizona Chapter APWA Statewide Conference - Free Virtual Summer Series is an eight-week program that takes place at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in July and August. Starting on July 7th and ending on August 27th we will feature live and interactive presentations on a variety of educational and entertaining topics. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the conference website. See the conference website for more information and registration links for each session. https://www.azapwaconference.com/schedule2020

Resistance is Futile: Embracing Change at Work is Key to Your Success

Tolleson Alley Gate/Lock Program
New Asphalt Patching Technology - Water Activated

Constructing Superior Road Bases with Soil Lithification

Mobility Policy Foundations to Support the Equitable Future of Transportation
Pavement Management Priorities - Optimizing Annual Budgets

7 Steps to Communicate Clearly

Developing Context Sensitive Solutions for Safe Pedestrian Crossings
A Systematic Approach to Improving Highly Erosive Washes in Lake Havasu City

Surge Events in Pipelines and the Impact of Air Valves

Managing and Consolidating Compliance Programs to Optimize Efficiencies and Ensure Compliance Excellence
Truly Collaborative Construction Through the Use of Technology

The Largest Segmented Steel Pipeline in Arizona Gets an Upgrade
A Trenchless Rehabilitation Milestone - Fusible PVC Sliplining in Peoria

ADEQ’s New Wastewater Treatment Plant Design Guidance Manual
Basics of Line Stops, Hot Taps, Valve Insertions, & Pipe Freezing

From the Ground Up: A Pavement Management System Built by Government, for Government

Sewer Planning to Prevent Overflows at University of Arizona

Pain Free Surveying Part IV Coming Soon To You, a New NGS Datum!

Value-added Solutions to Small Community Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements
Lessons Learned from Pima County RWRD's First Progressive Design Build

The Workforce Dilemma: Where is the industry without a future workforce and what can be done to attract the next generations

Utilities? No Problem? (Panel Discussion)

New Members

Ed LatimerMunicipal Services Operations ManagerWilson & Company
Stephanie WilsonBuckeye, AZ - City (9 Ed)

Welcome, Lifetime Members!
Congratulations to two new lifetime APWA members: Andrew Brown and Suzanne Shields!  

New Member Spotlight
Be the next new APWA member to be featured!  This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and to make new connections with potential clients and customers.

All it takes is to reach out to Suzanne Ledy at 480-644-3808 or Suzanne.ledy@mesaaz.gov

Who's Who in Public Works
If you work in Public Works and are interested in being spotlighted in our “Who’s Who in Public Works” Section, please contact Trace Baker at tbaker@logansimpson.com

Share the Laughter

We are looking for your funny stories and pictures that have occurred during the Covid-19 stay-at-home era. Maybe it was during a conference call, or while you were trying to work and home-school. Send these to Trace Baker at tbaker@logansimpson.com

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

Click, Listen, Learn
Incorporating Social Equity into Decision Making
July 9, 2020
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Free Emergency Management Training for PW Professionals

July 30, 2020
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Talking Top Tech Webinars

3D Technologies Edition

August 6, 2020

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Public Works Job Opportunities

This section allows agencies to advertise their open positions. Please provide your advertisement and/or link to tbaker@logansimpson.com or suzanne.ledy@mesaaz.gov

State Building Inspector (ADOA)
Water Resources Specialist II (ADWR)
Water Resources Specialist III (ADWR)
Water Resources Manager - AMA Section (ADWR)

City of Apache Junction
Water District Superintendent 

City of Avondale 
Senior Water Reclamation Operator
Water Production & Treatment Supervisor 

Town of Gilbert
Solid Waste Operator I
Utility Worker I & II – Distribution
Wastewater Utility Worker 

City of Glendale 
Water Plant Operator, Sr.
Industrial Maintenance Mechanic - Water Services Department 

City of Goodyear
Senior Project Manager
Utility Technician II-Reclamation 

City of Mesa
Water Plant Maintenance Specialist III - Water Supply
Water Resources Operator I/II - Water Treatment 

Maricopa County 
Civil Engineer
Engineering Program Manager 

City of Peoria 
Public Works Facilities Construction Superintendent
Utility Plant Operator II? 

City of Phoenix
Facilities Maintenance Manager (Aviation Supervisor III)
Water Facilities Supervisor
Water Services Superintendent
Senior Utility Technician
Water Services Project Coordinator 

Town of Queen Creek
Maintenance and Operations Specialist – Utilities 

City of Scottsdale
Transportation Planning Manager 

The New Normal: Business Development during a Pandemic 

Loretta Flick, Business Development Manager 

Pivoting to a whole new way of networking and developing business today requires looking at how business relationships are evolving during the COVID-19 era with fresh eyes. We can no longer rely on networking lunches, meeting informally for coffee, or attending association meetings and conferences. In today’s world, in-person meetings have been replaced with phone calls, emails, and virtual meetings—forcing many of us to grapple with new platforms like Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Microsoft Teams.  

Making a Plan 
In the new socially distanced environment, the key to developing business is to have a plan and to stay in contact with your clients. Start with a review of your business goals. Based on that review, make a list of your top 10 to 20 clients. Make a second list of new clients you would like to get to know. Do the same with current and future teaming partners.  

Using Virtual Meeting Tools to Connect 
Once you have your plan in hand, business development experts recommend you begin by simply making a quick phone call to invite clients or teaming partners to a one-on-one video call—the most popular way to connect with peers and clients since the pandemic began. Video calls certainly save time by limiting travel, and they also allow us to connect more fully than we would be able to by phone or email. Some key things to remember when reaching out:  
  • Have something to share
  • Be authentic
  • Listen carefully 
  • Connect emotionally 
  • Create a positive experience  
Remember, it takes time to master each video call platform. Before you dive in, take some time to practice so you are familiar with how to turn your camera on and off; mute your microphone; allow people into a meeting; use the chat function; share a document; and make a presentation. Keep in mind that the latest feedback shows video calls that go on too long or involve too many participants can be mentally exhausting. Combat this with a well-crafted agenda structured so all can participate and by facilitating the meeting so the conversation continues to move forward.  

Above all, stay flexible. We’re all in this together, and while it will take time to become comfortable with virtual meetings and new ways to connect, there’s no doubt that we’ll master them in support of the public works mission. 

Veterans Reflection Circle, Surprise - APWA National Project of the Year in the Less than $5 Million Category 

The Veterans Reflection Circle memorial in Surprise honors the service of US Army Sergeant First Class Brian Mancini, who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq. After he returned to his Surprise, Arizona hometown, Brian founded the nonprofit Honor House to help service men and women to make the transition back to civilian life. The memorial includes three distinct areas that tell Brian’s story. The center of the memorial represents the internal impact of his service. It features tough desert plants that surround and protect “Brian’s Bench,” a water feature that overlooks the entire memorial. An outer circle represents the community and how it surrounded Brian with support. Benches in this area allow people to pause for reflection. The “Last Walk” represents the journey only Brian could take. It connects the inner circle to the outer reaches of the reflection space and a community lake where Brian fished as a way to find healing. 

Throughout the memorial, protective concrete barriers known as Bremer walls echo the Iraqi landscape Brian experienced. The Bremer walls also provide space to display a mural about his journey, a dedication plaque, and a poem Brian wrote. 

This memorial was realized as a private-public partnership. It is located on land donated by the City of Surprise. Logan Simpson collaborated with WERK Urban Design and Haydon Building Corp to organize nearly 40 consultants and contractors, who donated nearly $385,000 to make the memorial a reality. 

Watch a video produced by the City of Surprise.  

Read more in the July 2020 issue of the Reporter, APWA’s national journal. 

APWA National Benchmarking Surveys 

Arizona APWA members are encouraged to take benchmarking surveys APWA’s National Leadership & Management Committee has created on utilities and public rights of way, transportation, fleet, stormwater, and winter maintenance.  

Utilities and Public Right of Way 


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