APWA AZ Newsletter 2021 February

APWA AZ Newsletter 2021 February

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

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February 17, 2021
APWA February Meeting
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Happy New Year! I think we can all agree we are hopeful for a better 2021 than last year. 2020 wasn’t all bad, though. On a personal level, many of us were able to spend more time with family and make new connections with loved ones. On a professional level, we found new ways to save on travel time through virtual meetings and remote working. We found innovative ways to make new connections (did you get to check out our super-fun holiday party in December?) Some cities actually saw increased revenues, a rise in development (both residential and commercial), and found new efficiencies and ways to serve the community, like going paperless. From an APWA standpoint, we have found a lot of benefit in the free virtual luncheon meetings and are able to better connect with our Northern and Southern branches (January’s meeting featured economic development representatives from all parts of Arizona). Most importantly, we found a new appreciation for the people that serve the community. I am grateful for all of the public works employees who come to work every day to keep our residents healthy. Thank you to all the sanitation drivers, streets and utility crews, fleet mechanics, inspectors and all of you who keep our communities moving forward. As we move into the new year, step back and look for the silver linings-they are everywhere around you. I look forward to seeing all we can accomplish together.


Kristin Tytler, P.E. 

Design Professional - Panel Webinar
Feb 9, 2021

APWA February Meeting

February 17, 2021
Special Guest Speaker: Senator Karen Fann
Topic: Tempe Train Derailment - Speaker: Marilyn DeRosa PE RG

New Members




Ernest Avila

Engineering Inspector

City of Peoria

Kirk Beaty


Ed Bond


City of Tempe

Steve Booker

Engineering Inspector

City of Peoria

Rick Carr


City of Avondale

John Cisneroz

Engineering Inspector

City of Peoria

Jerry Horacek

Engineering Project Manager

City of Peoria

Brett Howey


CONSOR Engineers, LLC

Nicole Moon



Chad Schleicher



Robert Scrivo


CONSOR Engineers, LLC

Zachary Stahl


City of Peoria

Catherine Stevens

Business Development

Deutsch Architecture Group

Lonny Thompson


City of Peoria

Bill Young

Maintenance Supervisor

Lake Havasu City

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

APWA Virtual Holiday Party
Despite the overload of virtual events this past year, both attendance and sponsorship of this year’s virtual holiday party exceeded expectations.  The nearly 50 attendees were randomly teamed in groups of three or four to compete in a virtual, wide ranging trivia board game hosted by Main Event, with winning teams receiving gift certificates for Main Event locations.  After the game, almost $1000 of gift cards were raffled to attendees, provided very generously by a number of donors and chapter sponsors, many of whom already were annual chapter sponsors.  They were listed on the event email flyers and again recognized during the raffle.  

2021 Six Month Sponsorships

Professional Development

Click, Listen, Learn
PFAS in your water-what you need to know and why!
February 25, 2021
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Subsurface Utility Engineering for Municipalities
March 4, 2021
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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.govIn addition, check out the APWA Work Zone site! Job openings on the site may be sorted by key word and location. 

Highway & Construction Laborer – ADOT
Executive Assistant – ADOT 
Equipment Repair Technician –  ADOT 
Equipment Parts Supervisor –  ADOT 
Equipment Repair Technician – ADOT
Public Records Coordinator – Water Resources 

City of Apache Junction
Senior Water Utility Maintenance Worker   

City of Avondale
Senior Water Reclamation Operator

City of Buckeye
Project Engineer
Water Resources Operator I – Distribution
Water Resources Operator I – Production
Water Resources Operator III - Wastewater Treatment
Water Resources Superintendent - Reclamation

Town of Gilbert 
ITS Network Engineer
Solid Waste Operator I
Wastewater Utility Worker
Wells Utility Supervisor - Water Production

City of Glendale
Business Analyst - Water Services
City Traffic Engineer
Engineering Inspector - Temporary Contract
Equipment Operator - Bulk Trash
Principal Engineer - Water Services Department
Service Worker - Signs & Markings
Sr. Civil Engineer - Capital Improvement Program Management
Superintendent, Water Services Operations/Maintenance - Water Treatment Operations
Transit Operator - 30+ Hour Regular AND Contract Positions
Water Plant Operator, Lead
Water Plant Operator, Sr.
Water Reclamation Facility Operator, Sr. - West Area and Arrowhead
Water Services System Technician, Sr. – Distribution

City of Goodyear
Construction Inspector I
Construction Inspector I (Temporary)
Construction Inspector II
Environmental Programs Manager
Signal Technician II
Signal Technician III

Town of Maricopa
Facilities Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Worker – Streets
Street Maintenance Worker - Transfer Station

City of Mesa
Capital Improvement Projects Administrator
Engineering Contract Services Specialist
Engineering Contracts/Grants Compliance Officer
Engineering Designer
Streetlight Technician I
Water Plant Maintenance Specialist I/II - Water Supply
Water Resources Maintenance Specialist I/II - Water Reclamation
Water Resources Maintenance Specialist I/II - Water Treatment
Water Resources Operator I/II - Water Reclamation
Water Resources Operator I/II - Water Treatment
Water Treatment/Reclamation Plant Operator/Maintenance Intern

City of Peoria
Utility System Operator I/Trainee - Water Distribution
Utility Billing Specialist
Utility Plant Operator II

City of Phoenix
Part-time Customer Service Representative Water Services (Critical Position)
Senior Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (Critical Position)
Water Operations Analyst (Critical Position)
Water Services Community Education Program Manager (Economic Development Program Manager) (Critical Position)
Water Services Project Coordinator (Critical Position)
Principal Engineering Technician - Water Asset Management (Critical Position)
Senior Engineering Technician (Critical Position)
Facilities Projects Planner (Critical Position)
Solid Waste Equipment Operator (Critical Position)
Lead Information Technology Systems Specialist (Critical Position) (Streets Transportation)
Budget Analyst II - Public Transit (Critical Position)

Pima County
Deputy Director of Transportation

City of Scottsdale

Public Works Infrastructure Inspector I (Street Operations)
Solid Waste Safety/Training Coordinator
Water Service Worker II

City of Tempe
Transportation Worker II

Legislative Update for 2021
Arizona’s opening day for the Fifty-fifth first regular session of legislature was January 11.  Since that day, there have been 1,031 bills introduced, which include many from last year that never made it to committee or the floor for a vote before session was suspended. Some of these bills were introduced as mirror bills so each chamber will concurrently debate and vote to expedite the legislative process. The seven-bill introduction limit, meaning each House member may only introduce seven bills as a prime sponsor, was extended by one week, until February 8. The Senate does not impose such a restriction, but Senators must have their bills introduced by February 1.  Be sure to register for the February 17 luncheon program to hear a legislative update from the Arizona Senate President, The Honorable Karen Fann.

Keep Up to Date on National Legislative and Regulatory News Affecting Public Works
The APWA Washington Report newsletter helps you stay up to date on changing political and regulatory environment at the national level. Check out the January 25 issue! And don’t forget to follow @APWAGOVAFFAIRS on Twitter.

Check out the offerings from PWX@Home, which offers the opportunity for professional growth from any location. February’s topic is water resources. Click to find out how to access: 

  • Live Events
  • On-Demand eLearning Opportunities
  • Members’ Library Highlights
  • Trending Technologies/Roving Reporter
  • Career Development/Workforce
  • Exhibitor Showcase
  • Resources
  • Publication Highlights
  • Committee News
  • Chapter PWX@Home

Help ADOT by Commenting on MUCTD Changes
The FHWA recently posted proposed changes to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUCTD).  ADOT has issued a call for comments and they are in the process of reviewing the proposed updates.  If you are interested in providing comments, please do so by using this Excel form.  Comments are due to Hasina Luna (hluna2@azdot.gov) no later than 26 February 2021.  A link to the proposed changes can be found here - https://beta.regulations.gov/document/FHWA-2020-0001-0038

National Committee Service Opportunities Available
The nomination process for APWA national committees is now open. Members can go https://www.apwa.net/nominations to nominate themselves or other members for national committee service. This is the opportunity for any member to express an interest in giving back to the profession and sharing their knowledge. 

A great deal of information is available online including time requirements, committee objectives and expectations, ideal qualifications and more.  The nominations process closes March 22.

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