APWA AZ Newsletter 2021 May

APWA AZ Newsletter 2021 May

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

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May 19, 2021
APWA May Meeting
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I hope you were able to catch last month’s membership meeting, where our members learned about effective leadership tactics. In this informative and thought provoking presentation, Jeff Kramer reminded us of the importance and value of building relationships and dove deeper into top leadership characteristics and techniques. Jeff also challenged us to focus on self-learning. No matter what your position, being the best leader and team member you can be inspires the best from your team and helps develop a shared vision.  As Jeff said, “Leadership Development is Self-Development!”

APWA has many programs and resources for leadership development opportunities – in fact, Leadership & Management was recently December’s topic during the PWX@home event. The Emerging Leaders Academy is another national program hosted by APWA that encourages and develops professional growth of individuals. If you or (someone you know) have recently entered into the Public Works arena and are interested in this growth opportunity, please check out the information below – the deadline to apply is July 9th, 2021.

You can help develop our future leaders through programs such as Emerging Leaders Academy and more personally, through mentorship. I don’t think many important leaders in our industry have gotten to where they are today without a mentor in their lives. Strong mentors are key in the development of the “best of the best” and critical to the future progress of Public Works.

Speaking of the best of the best, our Chapter was recently notified that one of our own members, Ginger Spencer, was selected as one of the 2021 Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year! Ginger, City of Phoenix Deputy City Manager (previously Public Works Director), is the epitome of an innovative and esteemed Public Works Leader and sets the example for us all. This award is one of APWA’s highest honors and is based on a lifetime of professional contributions. We will honor Ginger at our next monthly member meeting in May. She will also be recognized nationally during National Public Works Week (May 16-22). Please join me in congratulating Ginger on this prestigious award!

This year, for National Public Works week, agencies across the valley will be conducting National Public Works Week Proclamations. Out chapter will also be reaching out to education leaders around the valley to share a little more about what National Public Works Week is and provide a link to an educational video that can be shared with their students. In this video, children will learn more about water and wastewater, solid waste, traffic and Transportation, and construction. If you would like to share this video with schools in your area, a link to the video and a letter template for you to share is listed below.

Thank you all for being such an important part of Public Works!


Kristin Tytler, P.E. 

National Public Works Week (NPWW) is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.

National Public Works Week is observed each year during the third full week of May. Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 1960, NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. Through NPWW and other efforts, APWA seeks to raise the public's awareness of public works issues and to increase confidence in public works employees who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for present and future generations.
The Week also seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes of our society-the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.

Emerging Leaders Academy Application

National Public Works Week Educational Video and Letter Template

APWA May Meeting 
May 19, 2021
Topic: Challenges and Opportunities in Growing Communities

New Members




Subhash Bayareddy


CONSOR Engineers, LLC

Michael Celaya

Area Sr. Manager Municipal Sales

Republic Services

Cynthia M. Deponti


Horrocks Engineers

Sam T. Kozman

Civil Engineer


Arthur Kuiper


Wood Patel

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

Professional Development

Climate Change: What Does It Mean for Local Government
May 27, 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.gov. In addition, check out the APWA Work Zone site! Job openings on the site may be sorted by key word and location. 

Surface Water Section Manager, ADWR
Water Resources Specialist III, ADWR
Water Resources Specialist I, ADWR
Water Resources Specialist II, ADWR
Adjudications Assistant Manager, ADWR

City of Avondale
Environmental Coordinator

City of Buckeye
Project Engineer (Traffic)
Water Education and Conservation Specialist
Water Resources Operator I – Distribution
Water Resources Operator I – Meters
Water Resources Operator I – Production
Water Resources Superintendent – Distribution
Water Resources Superintendent - Reclamation

City of Chandler
City Manager

Town of Gilbert 
Plans Examiner I – Engineering
Utility Worker I & II – Water Distribution
Wastewater Superintendent 
Wastewater Utility Worker – Reclaimed Water Reuse/Recharge
Well Technician I & II
Wells Utility Supervisor – Water Production

City of Glendale
Engineering Inspector - Temporary Contract
Equipment Operator - Bulk Trash
Principal Engineer – Transportation
Principal Engineer - Water Services Department
Service Worker (Airport)
Service Worker - Fleet Services
Senior Civil Engineer - CIP Management
Supervisor, Water Facilities - Water Treatment
Transit Operator: 30+ Hour Contract Positions
Water Plant Operator, Lead
Water Plant Operator, Sr.
Water Reclamation Facility Operator, Sr.
Water Services System Technician, Sr. - Distribution

City of Goodyear
Plans Examiner – Engineering
Signal Technician III
Utility Tech II- Reclamation

Maricopa County
Civil Engineer - Drainage

City of Mesa
Capital Improvement Projects Administrator
Engineering Contracts/Grants Compliance Officer
Engineering Designer
Senior Civil Engineer
Water Plant Maintenance Specialist I/II - Water Supply
Water Resources Maintenance Specialist I/II - Water Treatment
Water Resources Operator II
Water Treatment/Reclamation Plant Operator/Maintenance Intern

City of Peoria
Lead Transit Operator

City of Phoenix
Assistant Water Services Director
Aviation Intern
Facilities Mechanical Maintenance Manager (Aviation Supervisor III)
Water Systems Operator
Solid Waste Equipment Operator
Common Use Coordinator (Aviation Supervisor II)
Equipment Operator IV
Training Project Manager – Water Services
Street Maintenance Worker I

Town of Queen Creek
Traffic Engineer
Maintenance and Operations Specialist – Utilities
CIP Finance Manager
Bid and Construction Contract Specialist

City of Scottsdale
Solid Waste Equipment Operator I
Water Service Worker II – Water Distribution

City of Surprise
Civil Engineer

City of Tempe
Management Assistant I/II
Engineering Associate/Senior Engineering Associate
Civil Engineer/Senior Civil Engineer
Plant Operator+ (SBP)
Water Utilities Supervisor
Control Center Operator
Engineering Associate/Senior Engineering Associate
ITS Signal Technician III
Water Programs Specialist
Utility Services Technician I/II (SBP)

Moore Road/La Cañada Drive Roundabout
The Moore Road/La Cañada Drive Roundabout converted an existing all-way stop intersection of two multi-lane roadways into a unique single-lane roundabout with enhanced pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The intersection is one of the primary access points for the Town of Oro Valley’s Rancho Vistoso neighborhood, serving approximately 14,000 vehicles daily, in addition to substantial pedestrian and bicyclist activity. Reconstruction was needed due to a history of accidents and increasing traffic.

The roundabout was the final alternative selected through a traffic study that featured intensive public involvement. The roundabout was chosen for its ability to handle traffic volumes, simplicity, and safety. The final design includes a single circulating lane at the roundabout and right-turn bypass lanes. Bike ramps, enhanced pedestrian crossings with raised crosswalks and rectangular rapid flashing beacons, and new street lighting enhanced safety and mobility for bike and pedestrian traffic.

The Moore Road/La Cañada Drive Roundabout is also notable for having been completed on an expedited schedule—90 days for design and less than half the planned six-month construction schedule. Despite the condensed schedule, the project crew worked more than 9,000 man-hours with no lost-time incidents.


Did You Know…… Stop Signs used to be Yellow?

Up until 1954 stop signs used to be yellow with black letters. The signs were changed when a more standardized coloring system was implemented for road signs.

The earliest road/traffic signs date back to the Romans. During the Middle Ages multidirectional signs at intersections became common giving directions to cities and towns. The first known Traffic Regulation Act was established in 1686 by King Peter II of Portugal where the placement of priority signs in narrow streets directing which traffic had the right of way. The first modern road signs erected on a wide scale were designed for riders of high or "ordinary" bicycles in the late 1870s and early 1880s warning of potential hazards ahead rather than just giving distance to places thereby contributing the sign type that defines “modern” traffic signs.

The development of automobiles encouraged more complex signage systems using more than just text-based notices. One of the first modern-day road sign systems was devised by the Italian Touring Club in 1895. In 1903 the British government introduced four "national" signs based on shape, but the basic patterns of most traffic signs were set at the 1908 International Road Congress in Paris. In the U.S., the first road signs were erected by the American Automobile Association (AAA). Starting in 1906, regional AAA clubs began paying for and installing wooden signs to help motorists find their way. In 1914, AAA started a cohesive transcontinental signage project, installing more than 4,000 signs in one stretch between Los Angeles and Kansas City alone.

Over the years, change was gradual. Pre-industrial signs were stone or wood, but with the development of Darby's method of smelting iron using coke, painted cast iron became favored in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Cast iron continued to be used until the mid-20th century, but it was gradually displaced by aluminum or other materials and processes. Since 1945 most signs have been made from sheet aluminum with adhesive plastic coatings; these are normally retroreflective for nighttime and low-light visibility. Before the development of reflective plastics, reflectivity was provided by glass reflectors set into the lettering and symbols.

Fast forward to today where road managers nationwide use the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways and private roads open to the public travel. Where new generations of traffic signs based on electronic displays can change their text from remote locations to provide the latest traffic information and Remote Infrared Audible Signage (RIAS) “talking signs that assist the visually impaired and illiterate.

Technology is always evolving, and new innovations and products are coming online at warp speed.  Hang on to your hard hats and get prepared for change; it’s a great time to be a part of public works.

If you have a fun fact on Public Works you’d like to share with the chapter, please give us a write up and we’ll publish it. Send your articles to Sheila Hamilton, sheila@gettingitdone.org.

Wikipedia “Traffic Signs”, APWA 2019 Paws Print publication & picture

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In lieu of this year’s in-person Arizona APWA Statewide Conference, we will be hosting another Free Virtual Summer Series. The series of events will feature live and interactive presentations on a variety of educational topics. This is an 8-week program that will run twice a week starting July 6th and ending August 26th.  

Help us support this year’s virtual conference by becoming a sponsor. There are plenty of opportunities and sponsorship levels to get your marketing/advertising in front of this year’s attendees. 

If you would like to sponsor all of the presentation days (16 total) and become a Premium Session Sponsor, the cost would normally be $1,600 but we are offering a special package price of $600 (that’s less than half-price)!

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