APWA AZ Newsletter 2021 June

APWA AZ Newsletter 2021 June

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

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      June 2021


June 16, 2021
APWA June Meeting
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As we close on our Chapter’s Fiscal Year, let us take a break to reflect on all we have accomplished over this last unforgettable year. We faced incredible tests on our systems, values and humanity, but were also able to accomplish some amazing things to be proud of. Our Chapter recently submitted for the Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence – also known as the PACE Award. This award was established to recognize contributions APWA Chapters have made in support of our members, community and the Public Works profession as a whole. The award submittal is essentially an executive summary of how our year went as a Chapter, highlighting various programs and efforts our members made to improve the Public Works community. In spite of the pandemic, we were able to maintain our membership meetings and mixers (virtually of course), present academic scholarships to deserving future Public Works Professionals, offer a myriad of educational sessions and workshops, celebrate our peers through our virtual awards program, and even hold an in-person community cleanup event. To me, that is a great testament to what our Chapter is all about –an amazing group of people who come together with a common goal and accomplish great things! Thank you to everyone for your contributions.

As we look forward to our next fiscal year, we have a very optimistic outlook for our Chapter’s future. While we will likely have quite a few more virtual meetings, our Board is working to secure a new venue for in-person membership gatherings. You will likely see a combination of virtual and in-person events as we slowly return to normal. The Annual Statewide Conference will remain virtual this year, but if in-person is what you are craving, make sure to check out the National PWX Conference this August in St. Louis, Missouri.

I can’t wait to see everyone when we host our first in-person event. It has been an honor to serve as your Chapter President; I am leaving you in good hands - beginning in July the new President is Donna Sullivan Hancock from the City of Tempe. Donna is well equipped to lead the Chapter over the next year.


Kristin Tytler, P.E. 

APWA June Meeting 
June 16, 2021
Topic: Arizona's Top Capital Programs
Presented by: Rebekah Morris, President & Founder of BEX

APWA Statewide Conference
The chapter’s premier statewide summer conference will remain virtual again this year. Due to the pandemic the conference committee reformatted the conference to a virtual program showcasing sponsors and conference presentations as weekly sessions over a period of 8 weeks.
This year’s conference is scheduled to begin July 6th and end August 26th.  Similar to 2020 there will be live and interactive presentations held on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the 8 weeks.  

Registration is already open and there are still lots of amazing sponsorship opportunities to market and showcase your company. Please visit the website to learn additional details on the conference.  https://www.azapwaconference.com/

New Members

Jack D. Cook, JrOperator/InspectorValentine Engineering
Edward Jefferson FarrellAccount ManagerMidstate Energy
Amy L. JohnsonOperator/InspectorValentine Engineering

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

Roadway Cleanup
May day was the date the Events & Community Outreach committee hit the streets, this time for their first “Adopt-a-Street” event.  Nine hearty souls, including a very young recruit, sacrificed their Saturday morning to help clean up a stretch of Olney Avenue between 7th and 19th Avenues, near South Mountain.  In spite of some “interesting” trash the group dealt with, everyone had great attitudes and some good laughs.  Stay tuned to join us for our next cleanup event sometime in August. 


Professional Development

A New Community Amenity, The Splashpad
June 17, 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. 


Highway Operations Worker/Technician Series (ADOT)
Highway Operations Technician (ADOT)
Permits Technician 3 (ADOT)
Surface Water Section Manager (UDWR)
AMA Water Resources Manager I (UDWR)

City of Apache Junction
Water District Intern

City of Buckeye
Wastewater Treatment Supervisor
Water Resources Environmental Manager
Water Resources Operator I – Collections
Water Resources Operator I – Distribution
Water Resources Operator I – Production
Water Resources Superintendent – Distribution
Water Resources Superindendent – Reclamation 

City of Chandler
Streets Specialist CDL (Right of Way)
Traffic Engineering Specialist
Water Plant Operator II

Town of Gilbert 
Assistant Public Works Director
Grounds Maintenance I – Seasonal
Hazrdous Response Worker – Streets 
Meter Reader I – Water 
Parks Mechanic
Plans Examiner I – Engineering 
Solid Waste Operator I
Utility Electrician
Utility Technician Senior – Water Distribution
Utility Worker I&II – Water Distribution
Wastewater Utility Worker – Reclaimed Water Reuse/Recharge

City of Glendale
Engineering Inspector – Temporary Conract
Principal Architect
Principal Engineer – Transportation
Principal Engineer – Water Services Department
Senior Civil Engineer – CIP Management
Transit Operator – 30+ Hour Contract Positions
Transportation Planner
Water Plant Operator, Senior
Water Reclamation Facility Operator, Senior
Water Services System Technician, Senior – Distribution
Water Services System Technican, Senior – Wastewater Collection

City of Goodyear
Construction Inspector I (Temporary)
Plans Examiner – Engineering
Signal Technician III
Utility Tech II – Reclamation 

Town of Maricopa
Street Maintenance Worker II

Maricopa County
Equipment Operator (Transportation)
Project Manager (Flood Control District)
Traffic Design Engineer (Transportation)
Water Instrument Technician (Flood Control District)

City of Mesa
Capital Improvements Project Administrator
Civil Engineer
Construction Inspector I
Deputy Energy Resources Director
Engineering Contracts/Grants Compliance Officer
Gas Engineer
GIS Supervisor
Lineman – Energy Resources
Materials Technician
Parks & Community Facilities Maintenance Foreman
Utilities Distribution Shift Leader
Water Plant Maintenance Specialist I/II – Water Supply
Water Resources Operator II
Water Resources Plant Supervisor – Operations Assignment
Water Treatment/Reclamation Plant Operator/Maintenance Intern

City of Peoria
Traffic Signal Specialist
Utility Mechanic II

City of Phoenix
Development Traffic Engineer – Traffic Engineer III
Utility Billing Accountant I – Water Services 
Utility Technician Trainee – Water Services
Water Services Specialist – Water Services
Zero Waste Analyst – Public Works
Public Works Director – Public Works
Cement Finisher – Streets Transportation
Cement Finisher Helper – Streets Transportation
Water Services Community Education Program Manager
Water Services Safety Program Coordinator
Automotive Technician – Public Works
Equipment Service Worker II – Public Works
Heavy Equipment Mechanic – Public Works

Town of Queen Creek
Traffic Signal Technician
Traffic Engineer

City of Scottsdale
Civil Engineer
Equipment Parts Supervisor
Fleet Technician III
Project Manager
SCADA Specialist I
Solid Waste Equipment Operator I
Water Service Worker II – Water Distribution
Water Treatment Plant Operator II

City of Surprise
Senior Management Analyst – Water Resource Management

City of Tempe
Senior Transportation Planner
Transportation Planner
Engineering Associate/Senior Engineering Associate
Civil Engineer/Senior Civil Engineer
Plant Operator+ (SBP)
Water Utilities Supervisor (SBP)

Salt River Siphon Repair Project

The 8,700-foot, 21-foot diameter Salt river Siphon is the largest segmented steel pipeline in Arizona and spans under the Salt River downstream from the Granite Reef Dam. The siphon was in need of repair, and the Salt River Siphon Repair design-build took place over multiple years and phases.

During a 72-hour outage in 2018, Central Arizona Project and prime contractor Achen Gardner dewatered more than 25 million gallons of water to allow access for full inspection. During a multiweek outage in 2019, the team again dewatered the siphon to repair/replace sections of the pipeline’s protective coating system.

This complex project required significant community outreach to ensure uninterrupted water supply during shutdown/dewatering periods. The team also required temporary closure of the Maricopa Trail and care to perform the work without disturbing the area’s wild horse population. The contractor coordinated closely with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRP-MIC), as much of the project area lies on SRP-MIC lands.

Careful project coordination meant the project was completed two days ahead of schedule, under budget, and without a single injury or incident requiring first aid.


Did You Know? 

Every third week May is recognized and celebrated by industry professionals as National Public Works Week (NPWW). 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. The Week 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.

This month in our “Did You Know” series we explore the history of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and when our Arizona Chapter was chartered. We hope this series of articles provides you with better insight about APWA and its importance in our daily lives.

From the very beginning, the American Public Works Association has had the diversity that characterizes it today. APWA is the result of the merger of two predecessor organizations, the American Society of Municipal Engineers (AME), which was formed in 1894, and the International Association of Public Works Officials (IAPWO), primarily comprised of non-engineers who were engaged in public works management and service delivery. The majority of the Society’s members were consultants, design engineers, construction supervisors, and water works directors.

Recognizing that other associations had established headquarters in Chicago and had obtained financial assistance in developing their programs to become self-sufficient, in 1934, AME and IAPWO agreed to work toward a joint organization. After creating a very successful Joint Public Works Congress where the two organizations could meet together, AME and IAPWO decided to merge. Funding was secured, and on January 1, 1937, the American Public Works Association was formed.

Now with over 30,000 members strong and 63 chapters in the US and Canada, APWA provides a forum where common goals, challenges and solutions with other public works professionals throughout North America can be shared. Providing a myriad of services to members including training opportunities, professional credentialing, and a buyer’s guide of products and services relevant to public works.  For more information go to www.apwa.net

The Arizona Chapter APWA originated in October 1, 1954 after a group of ten public works officials from across Arizona gathered to attend the semi-annual conference of the Arizona Municipal League in May of 1953. These 10 listened to then one of two members of the national organization Ken King, City of Phoenix Public Works Director on the benefits of membership into APWA and how to extend the associations work to Arizona. Up until that time APWA was largely represented by Midwest and Northeastern public works officials. King set about to change that when he became Western area Vice President. They drafted bylaws utilizing a grant of $25.00 from national APWA to pay for postage and other recruiting expenses. In September of 1954 the group exceeded the number of signatures required to sign the petition to become a chapter and on October 1, 1954 the chapter received a letter from national stating it had been officially established. 

The first meeting was held in Wickenburg, AZ in November of 1954, a slate of officers was elected and the mission and purpose was created, to keep members informed on current trends in the industry, and to stimulate the advancement of knowledge, and attainment of proficiency. Sponsoring research to solve common public works problems, and provided a forum for consultation and the exchange of ideas and experience.

Themes included how to cope with the state’s accelerating growth, avoiding frequent changes in moving utilities due to street widenings, attention to management of utility repairs, hidden costs of utility revisions and the lack of uniformity in city and county construction codes. Isn’t it funny how the more things change the more they stay the same.  In 2021 we are still battling with these same issues.

From that point on the chapter continued to grow to what it is today. We are a proud chapter of members, who have hosted the national convention, had a number of Top Ten Public Works winners and received the distinguished PACE award every year it’s been submitted.

If you’re reading this and are not a member, join us.  The membership dues are de minimus to the amount of benefit you receive. For more information on how to join go to https://www.apwa.net/MYAPWA/Membership/MyApwa/Apwa_Public/APWA_Membership.aspx?hkey=a74196ca-ca64-4e58-96e7-c760777dff85.

If you want more information on this chapter, go online to Amazon and order The APWA in Arizona, Celebrating 50 years of Service. It provides a great backdrop to how public works has shaped Arizona.

Attributes: American Public Works Association; History of the Organization & The APWA in Arizona; Celebrating 50 years of Service.

Surprise, AZ Achieves American Public Works Association Accreditation 
The City of Surprise, AZ has recently received full accreditation for three departments by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The designation of Accredited Agency was awarded to the Department of Public Works, Department of Community Development and Department of Water Resources Management. This accreditation formally verifies and recognizes that the agency is in full compliance with the recommended management practices set forth in APWA’s Public Works Management Practices Manual.  Congratulations to all those team members of the Department of Public Works, Department of Community Development and Department of Water Resources Management of the City of Surprise for their achievement.

APWA’s Accreditation Process – Is Your City Ready for the Challenge?
The purpose of accreditation is to promote excellence in the operation and management of a public works agency, its programs and employees.  Accreditation is designed to assist the agency in continuous improvement of operations and management, and in providing a valid and objective evaluation of agency programs as a service to the public and the profession.

Open to all governmental agencies with responsibilities for public works functions, initial accreditation from APWA is for a four-year period, during which time semi-annual updates will be required to demonstrate continuing compliance. After that time, there is a re-accreditation process which builds on the original accreditation, encouraging continuous improvement and compliance with newly identified practices.

APWA’s accreditation process includes five major steps:

- Self-Assessment: Using the Public Works Management Practices Manual, an internal review of an agency’s practices combined with a comparison of the recommended practices contained in the manual;

- Application: Once the decision has been made to commit to the Accreditation Program, the agency submits a formal application;

- Improvement: After the agency has completed the self-assessment and identified areas needing improvement, the agency will work to bring all practices into an acceptable level of compliance with the recommended practices;

- Evaluation: Following the completion of the improvement phase, the agency will request a site visit. The site visit will consist of a review and evaluation of the agency to determine the level of compliance with all applicable practices.

- Accreditation: The Accreditation Council will review the site visit results and recommendation from the team, voting to award or deny accreditation.

For more information about APWA Accreditation, please contact APWA Accreditation Manager, Tracy Quintana at tquintana@apwa.net, or (816)595-5294.

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Annual Sponsorships

Your Arizona Chapter’s annual operations depend upon donations from our member organizations. Sponsorships pay for the resources required to provide Educational Workshops, the Public Works Leadership Institute, website support, weekly news briefs, monthly newsletters, and much more.

Newsletters are published monthly and posted on the Chapter website with notification sent electronically to over more than 3,000 recipients in the Public Works field.

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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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