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July 2008 Vol. 75, No. 7 The APWA Reporter, the official magazine of the American Public Works Association, covers all facets of public works for APWA members including industry news, legislative actions, management issues and emerging technologies.
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President’s Message Candidates for the 2008-2009 APWA Board of Directors named National Public Works Week celebrated on Capitol Hill Technical Committee News More than 40 professionals earn APWA Fleet Certification New Orleans in pictures Is there a light under your bushel worth sharing? The Diversity Exemplary Practices Award APWA Book Review
APWA proudly announces the 2008 Public Works Projects of the Year
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Washington Insight Recipes for Success International Idea Exchange Ask Ann
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Cracks in the nation’s bridge system? APWA proposes funding and financing recommendations for next Surface Transportation Authorization Funding alternatives for transportation projects APWA goes green! Public-Private Partnership on a Local Level Research pays off for transportation Don’t miss out: Cost-effective training and technical assistance available—and help for your chapter, too Partnering plus “Three E’s” equals recycling success Safe Routes to School Report Update Toward Zero Deaths in Minnesota Wayne County, Michigan adopts state-of-the-art roads management system Energy efficiency arrives at the Pittsburgh tunnels
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WorkZone: Your Connection to Public Works Careers
M A R K E T P L A C E
Products in the News Professional Directory
C A L E N D A R
Education Calendar World of Public Works Calendar
Index of Advertisers
On the cover: the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, one of APWA’s Projects of the Year (photo by John Wadsworth)
Keeping us moving Our legacy to the future is linked by public works professionals Larry W. Frevert, P.E. APWA President t the risk of eliciting loud groans and rolling of eyes, let me say that I hope you find this issue of the Reporter, our annual focus on transportation, moving. But seriously now… As developers and operators of a large share of our transportation system, public works professionals are responsible for an important asset, a cumulative investment we and our forebears have made over the course of centuries. Like our house, the family farm, or a trust fund set up by a wealthy grandparent, we get benefits from using the asset, but we want to preserve it, maybe even increase its value, to pass on to our children. We probably all know of people who— through mismanagement, misfortune or simply neglect—have squandered their legacy. The asset itself—roads, transit systems, ports, airports and more— touches all parts of our lives and underlies our prosperity. My food and clothing routinely arrive at our local stores after long trips. My children traveled home from the hospital when they were born, and my remains will certainly be transported when I am gone. The articles in this issue of the Reporter highlight some of the challenges we currently face, trying to manage the system. Major portions of the highway system have aged and need refurbishing (the Interstate recently had its 50th birthday) and we have new technology that can improve system performance— think smart traffic signals that can reset their own timing to improve traffic flow and GPS air traffic control systems to accommodate more 4
aircraft take-offs and landings. The general public tends to not only take for granted our transportation infrastructure; they take for granted its condition. Unfortunately, it seems to take the collapse of a bridge or some other fatal disaster to attract the public’s attention to the need to maintain transportation facilities. At the same time that the needs for major renovation have been growing, the mechanisms we have devised to pay for the system have come under increasing pressure. The federal and many state gas taxes have not increased in more than a decade, while costs of construction and maintenance have spiraled higher. Rising petroleum prices and growing concerns about global climate change and other environmental consequences of our lifestyles promise to curtail further the funds collected to support transportation. As public works professionals, we have a responsibility to encourage citizens to seek transportation that is less dependent on our diminished energy supplies. In the case of automobiles this means more fuel-efficient vehicles which, under the current fuel taxing method, reduce revenue for streets, roads and bridges yet do not reduce the demand for pavements and structures. I personally believe the days of funding our surface transportation system as we have traditionally done so are numbered. Our profession must be in the lead in helping set the course for future transportation funding methods, potentially such as vehicle mileage taxing. The entire federal transportation program is up for grabs, in fact, as
Official Magazine of the American Public Works Association PUBLISHER American Public Works Association 2345 Grand Blvd., Suite #700 Kansas City, MO 64108-2625 (800) 848-APWA (Member Services Hotline) (816) 472-6100 (Kansas City metro area) FAX (816) 472-1610 e-mail: email@example.com Website: www.apwa.net EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Peter B. King EDITOR R. Kevin Clark GRAPHIC DESIGNER Julie Smith ADVERTISING SALES Amanda Daniel R. Kevin Clark Erin Ladd Kansas City Liaison Jennifer Wirz (800) 848-APWA (800) 800-0341 APWA WASHINGTON OFFICE 1401 K. Street NW, 11th floor Washington, D.C. 20005 (202) 408-9541 FAX (202) 408-9542 Disclaimer: The American Public Works Association assumes no responsibility for statements and/or opinions advanced by either editorial or advertising contributors to this issue. APWA reserves the right to refuse to publish and to edit manuscripts to conform to the APWA Reporter standards. Publisher’s Notice: The APWA Reporter, July 2008, Vol. 75, No. 7 (ISSN 0092-4873; Publications Agreement No. 40040340). The APWA Reporter is published monthly by the American Public Works Association, 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 700, Kansas City, MO 64108-2625. Subscription rate is $155 for nonmembers and $25 for chapter-sponsored students. Periodicals postage paid at Kansas City, MO and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the APWA Reporter, 2345 Grand Boulevard, #700, Kansas City, MO 64108-2625. Canada returns to: Station A, P.O. Box 54, Windsor, ON N9A 6J5. Reprints and Permissions: Information is available at www.apwa.net/Publications/Reporter/guidelines.asp. © 2008 by American Public Works Association Address Change? To alert us of a change to your membership record, contact an APWA Membership Specialist at (800) 848-APWA or firstname.lastname@example.org. The APWA Reporter is printed by Harmony Printing & Development Co., Liberty, MO.
the Congress debates new legislation. Recent experience—years late reaching an agreement on SAFETEA-LU and much of the funding tied up with earmarks—gives little hope that life will get easier for public works people. It is encouraging that our SAFETEA-LU Reauthorization Task Force has been active for some time and I want to recognize their efforts led by Chair John German and our most recent At-Large Board of Directors Member John Okamoto, along with Kathleen Davis, Bill Reichmuth, Debra Hale, Lowell Patterson and Mark Macy, who along with APWA Staff Member Jim Fahey have provided recommendations to Congress and others on the importance of timely renewal of the federal transportation legislation. Thanks also to Past President Bill Verkest for his testimony last year before the congressionallymandated National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission which allowed APWA to go on record on behalf of timely renewal and modernizing of this legislation. Our responsibilities are just beginning when we discuss funding needs for streets, roads and bridges. Fortunately, with approval of AIR-21 last year, op-
portunities are provided for air transport improvements but great needs still exist with regards to waterways, rail transport (both passenger and freight) and urban systems such as light rail, commuter rail, streetcars and buses. APWA is working to deal with these issues, but we need to do more. I personally believe we have for too long taken the “back seat” when it comes to legislative advocacy. For that reason, a Chapter Advocacy Task Force was appointed for the express purpose of first identifying if greater public infrastructure advocacy is needed and, if so, to provide our membership with the tools to be better advocates. Under the leadership of Chair Jim Coppola, task force members Ron Calkins, Timothy Kant, Richard Ridings, Douglas Fredericks, Daryl Grigsby, David Lawry, Joel Riggs and Ric Robertshaw presented a recommendation to the Government Affairs Committee during an April meeting in Washington, D.C. The task force recommended that more effective local government advocacy is needed and that a “toolbox” must be developed to help our membership with this mission.
Every APWA member can play a part by helping our elected officials and our neighbors to understand that our transportation system is a valuable legacy that needs care if it is to serve us well. If we all work together, we can keep our nations moving. Be watching for this “toolbox” to help you with your efforts. As I said in my opening remarks at the San Antonio Congress last September, we have inherited wonderful infrastructures from those who came before us. Now it’s “Our Turn,” its “Our Watch,” how well we care for what we have and improve upon it will be judged by our children and grandchildren. We must not fail them; the time is now to take action! I have said it before and will continue to say it, “There is no one I would better trust to make this commitment and to make the world better for those who will come after us than public works professionals.” Thank you for all you do daily for the public works profession and for APWA.
AMERICAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION
Mission Statement: The American Public Works Association serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT Larry W. Frevert, P.E. National Program Director/ Public Works HDR Engineering, Inc. Kansas City, MO
ADVISORY COUNCIL DIRECTOR, REGION IV Shelby P. LaSalle, Jr. Chairman and CEO Krebs, LaSalle, LeMieux Consultants, Inc. Metairie, LA
PRESIDENT-ELECT Noel C. Thompson Consultant Thompson Resources Louisville, KY
DIRECTOR, REGION V Larry T. Koehle, P.Eng. Vice President, Infrastructure ASI Technologies, Inc. Brampton, ON
PAST PRESIDENT William A. Verkest, P.E. Texas Municipal Program Manager HDR Engineering, Inc. Arlington, TX
DIRECTOR, REGION VI Larry Stevens, P.E. SUDAS Director Iowa State University Ames, IA
DIRECTOR, REGION I Jean-Guy Courtemanche Business Development Lumec, Inc. Boisbriand, QC
DIRECTOR, REGION VII R. LeRoy Givens, P.E. Vice President & Senior Project Manager Bohannan Huston, Inc. Corrales, NM
DIRECTOR, REGION II Ed Gottko, P.E. Town Administrator (retired) Town of Westfield, NJ
DIRECTOR, REGION VIII Ann Burnett-Troisi Governmental Liaison for Pacific Bell (retired) San Diego, CA
DIRECTOR, REGION III Elizabeth Treadway Vice President AMEC Earth & Environmental Greensboro, NC
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE, ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY Patty Hilderbrand, P.E. Program Management & Development Manager City of Kansas City, MO
(Past APWA Presidents) William A. Verkest, Chair Robert Albee
Erwin F. Hensch
Michael R. Pender
Roger K. Brown
Robert S. Hopson
Richard L. Ridings
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT George Crombie Secretary of Natural Resources State of Vermont Waterbury, VT
Myron D. Calkins
Ronald W. Jensen
John J. Roark
Joseph F. Casazza
Harold E. Smith
Nick W. Diakiw
Martin J. Manning
June Rosentreter Spence
Robert C. Esterbrooks
James L. Martin
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE, FLEET & FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Ken A. Nerland Director, General Services Dept. City of Fresno, CA
Jerry M. Fay
James J. McDonough
Carl D. Wills
Herbert A. Goetsch
Lambert C. Mims
J. Geoffrey Greenough
Judith M. Mueller
Ronald L. Norris
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE, PUBLIC WORKS MGMT./LEADERSHIP Diane Linderman, P.E. Director, Urban Infrastructure and Development VHB, Inc. Richmond, VA
DIRECTOR, REGION IX Doug Drever Manager of Strategic Services City of Saskatoon, SK
Executive Director Peter B. King Executive Director Emeritus Robert D. Bugher Editorial Advisory Board Myron D. Calkins
Neil S. Grigg
Stephen J. O Neill
Gordon R. Garner
Susan M. Hann
Kyle E. Schilling
APWA hosts 2008 Public Works Policy Forum Reps. Oberstar and Blumenauer discuss infrastructure legislation Becky Wickstrom, Manager of Media Affairs, and Maggie Doucette, Government Affairs Associate, American Public Works Association, Washington, D.C.
n April, during a two-day inaugural Public Works Policy Forum, 32 APWA members met with policy makers and members of Congress to discuss the power of infrastructure to stimulate the economy, the need for increased investment in water and wastewater as well as full funding for the federal Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program and increased investment in the deteriorating transportation network.
Blumenauer asked APWA members to review his Trust Fund proposal and discuss it with their congressional leaders. He encouraged APWA’s 64 chapters to take part in a national conversation about the federal role in infrastructure investment through broad-based, non-partisan forums. Legislation is expected to be introduced in the coming months.
Public Works Policy Forum 2008 Building An Infrastructure Agenda For The Future
“We need your help to change the rhetoric here in Washington, D.C.,” said Blumenauer. “Let’s get started now and let’s do it in a way that’s not only bipartisan, but also nonpartisan. We’ve got some work to do!”
Policy Forum participants also championed APWA priorities during more than 65 individual meetings with congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chair James Oberstar (D-MN), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee. During the Forum, Oberstar joined APWA members for breakfast on Capitol Hill to discuss current infrastructure conditions and legislation. Comparing his recent hip replacement surgery to the state of the nation’s infrastructure, Oberstar lamented, “It hurt like hell and it needed replacement.” Oberstar stressed the importance of infrastructure investment and cited the work of the T&I Committee towards meeting that goal—710 witnesses testified during hearings, and 76 bills drafted, 48 of which became law, within the last year. He also outlined pending initiatives including plans for a water resources bill and funding for highway transportation under SAFETEA-LU. “Infrastructure investment must be a priority,” he said. “The choice for the future is to either invest in infrastructure or fall behind.” Also among the Forum speakers was Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who discussed his vision for a Water Trust Fund. “We are in the midst of losing the challenge of infrastructure investment,” said Blumenauer. “As far as I can tell, we are spending less on infrastructure than ever before. It’s time for us to take a deep breath, step back and develop an infrastructure plan for our century.”
At the 2008 Public Works Policy Forum were (from left to right) APWA President Larry Frevert, Government Affairs Committee member Joel Schilling, Rep. James Oberstar, and APWA Past President and Government Affairs Committee Chair Bob Freudenthal.
Forum sessions included discussions about the outlook for the 2008 elections, what makes a successful congressional meeting and updates on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission Report as well as development of a five-year strategic plan by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Becky Wickstrom can be reached at (202) 218-6736 or email@example.com; Maggie Doucette can be reached at (202) 218-6712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Candidates for the 2008-2009 APWA Board of Directors named
ive nominees are slated for election to the 2008-2009 APWA Board of Directors. Two candidates selected by the National Nominating Committee include Larry T. Koehle, P.Eng., Vice President, Infrastructure, ASI Technologies, Inc., Brampton, Ontario, for President-Elect; and Kenneth A. Nerland, Director, General Services Department, City of Fresno, California, for Director-at-Large, Fleet and Facilities. The Director-at-Large, Transportation candidate has not been nominated by the National Nominating Committee as the July issue goes to press; please see the APWA website for a list of all nominations. Three candidates nominated by regional nominating committees as directors include Jean-Guy Courtemanche, Business Development, Lumec, Boisbriand, Québec, for Director, Region I; Elizabeth Treadway, Vice President, AMEC Earth & Environmental, Greensboro, North Carolina, for Director, Region III; and Jimmy B. Foster, P.E., Director of Public Works, City of Plano, Texas, for Director, Region VII. This year’s National Nominating Committee was comprised of the chair, Past President Bob Freudenthal, Executive Director, Tennessee Association of Utility Districts, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Past President Bill Verkest, P.E., Texas Municipal Program Manager, HDR Engineering, Arlington, Texas; Sharyn Fox, Municipal Program Manager, Whitman Requardt and Associates LLP, Newport News, Virginia; Kevin Hill, General Services Manager, City of Henderson, Nevada; James Nichols, P.E., Deputy City Manager, City of Goodyear, Arizona; Carl Quiram, P.E., Director of Public Works, Town of Goffstown, New Hampshire; Joel Schilling, Water Resources Scientist, Schilling Consultant Services, Mahtomedi, Minnesota; Sherman Smith, P.E., Public Works Director, Pulaski County, Arkansas; Ian Vaughan, Operations Manager, Vancouver Island, CORIX Utilities, Victoria, British Columbia; Harry Weed, Superintendent of Public Works, Village of Rockville Centre, New York; and Richard Berning, Director of Public Works (retired), Springfield, Illinois. The three regional nominating committees were comprised of members selected by the respective chapters in the region.
Larry T. Koehle, P.Eng. President-Elect Larry T. Koehle has had nearly 40 years of public works service including serving as the Commissioner of Public Works for the City 8
of Brampton, Ontario, from which he retired in 2000. In his present position as Vice President, Infrastructure with ASI Technologies, an information technology professional services firm, he assures public sector clients are provided with important technologies enabling better decisions with respect to their investments in municipal infrastructure. Koehle has been a member of APWA for 34 years serving as the Ontario Chapter President, Chapter Delegate, and Chair of the House of Delegates. At the national level he has served on the Nominating Committee (1998-99), Awards Committee (1997-2001), Audit Committee (2005-06), House of Delegates Executive Committee (Chair, 1999-2000) and the Finance Committee (Chair, 2007-08). Koehle is a recipient of the Ontario Chapter’s Long Service Award for his 30 years of significant service to the chapter. He is completing the second year of his second term as Director, Region V.
Kenneth A. Nerland Director-at-Large Fleet and Facilities Kenneth A. Nerland has served as the General Services Director for the City of Fresno, California for the past seven years and as its Fleet Manager for fifteen years prior to that. His accomplishments include several significant clean air energy-efficient fleet and facilities projects which have been recognized with national awards and were made possible through his leadership in aggressively pursuing grant funding. Nerland was the Central California Chapter’s President in 1998 and served the chapter as its Delegate for nine years. At the national level he has been a member of the Fleet Services Committee (1996-97), Facilities, Grounds & Fleet Operations Committee (1997-2001), Audit Committee (2007-08) and Government Affairs Committee (2007-08). He served as the Founding Chair of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Cities Coalition (1994-97). Ken is completing his first term as Director-atLarge, Fleet and Facilities.
Jean-Guy Courtemanche Director, Region I The nominee for Director of Region I, JeanGuy Courtemanche, is responsible for business development at Lumec in Boisbriand, Québec. He is also Vice President with Le Group Courtemanche, Repentigny, Québec,
which sells products for traffic innovations, Precision 2000 and Genesis. He has been very active in APWA and CPWA (Canadian Public Works Association) for a number of years, including serving as a member of the CPWA Board of Directors for five years (2001-05). He is also a Past President of the Québec Chapter and was the Chapter Delegate for 10 years (1996-2005). Courtemanche has been a member of the International Affairs Committee (1998-2000) and was the North American Snow Conference Host Committee Chair when the conference was held in Québec City in 2003. He is completing his first term as Director of Region I.
YOUR VOTE IN APWA DOES COUNT As an APWA member, you will have the opportunity to vote for members of the APWA Board of Directors until July 25, 2008 when the ballot will close: •
Two Directors-at-Large in the functional areas of Transportation and Fleet & Facilities (the Directorat-Large, Transportation candidate has not been nominated by the National Nominating Committee as the July issue goes to press; please see the APWA website for a list of all nominations)
Regions I, III and VII Regional Directors (by APWA members in those respective regions only)
Elizabeth Treadway Director, Region III Elizabeth Treadway is Vice President with AMEC Earth & Environmental, Greensboro, North Carolina, and has been with the firm for eight years. She has been actively involved in APWA since 1986 at both the chapter and national levels. She currently serves as Director of Region III, appointed by the Board of Directors in 2007 to fill the vacancy created by the election of Noel Thompson as President-Elect. In addition to having been the North Carolina Chapter’s President, she has been the chapter’s committee chair for the Administrative, Audit, Budget, Education and Training, Nominating, State Government Affairs, and PACE Committees. At the national level, she has been a member of the Water Resources Management Committee (1996-98), Government Affairs Committee (1998-2000), and Congress Planning Committee (1995-97). Treadway was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 1997. She is completing her first term as Director of Region III.
The ballot will be available for online voting until July 25 on the “Members Only” section of the APWA website. There will also be a voting icon on the home page of our website. If you do not have access to a computer at home or work, you should be able to access the APWA website online at your local public library. You may request a paper ballot from Kaye Sullivan at (800) 848-APWA (2792), extension 5233, if you cannot vote online. Additional reminders of the voting process were sent through the infoNOW Communities and through an e-mail or fax to every member. If you have questions, please contact Kaye Sullivan, APWA Deputy Executive Director, at ksullivan@apwa. net or (800) 848-APWA (2792).
Jimmy B. Foster, P.E. Director, Region VII Jimmy B. Foster, P.E., is the Director of Public Works for the City of Plano, Texas. He began his career in international service in 1980 with his work as a community development consultant in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He has visited and worked in 57 countries, advising overseas personnel regarding humanitarian projects and assisting in the development of disaster relief plans around the world. Foster has served the Texas Chapter as the Chapter Delegate (2002-07) and as the current President-Elect and Awards Committee Chair. He is a current member of the national Diversity Committee and Government Affairs Committee, was a member of the Finance Committee (2004-06), and served as Chair of the International Affairs Committee (2003-04) and Chair of the House of Delegates (2006-07). He was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2005 and received APWA’s International Service Award in 2007.
At a special ceremony at the Colorado State Capitol on May 1, Governor Bill Ritter signed a proclamation declaring May 18-24 National Public Works Week in Colorado. In attendance were APWA National President Larry Frevert, Colorado Chapter President Suzanne Moore and Colorado Chapter Past President David Frazier. From left to right: David Frazier, President Frevert, Suzanne Moore and Governor Ritter (photo by Don Ludwig, publisher, Colorado Public Works Journal)
National Public Works Week celebrated on Capitol Hill Becky Wickstrom Media Affairs Manager American Public Works Association Washington, D.C. n May, APWA members, congressional leaders and friends of public works celebrated National Public Works Week on Capitol Hill. APWA President Larry Frevert, PresidentElect Noel Thompson and Past-President Bill Verkest participated in a reception honoring House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) Chairman James L. Oberstar (D-MN) and Ranking Member John Mica (R-FL) for their dedicated service, leadership and support for America’s public infrastructure.
paid tribute to the work of both Congressmen on behalf of public works. “We join in thanking our leaders for their support for our water resources and the environment, our drinking water and clean water infrastructure, our transportation systems and a stronger emergency response, and all the contributions they have made,” said Frevert. More than 100 people attended the Capitol Hill reception, including 11 members of Congress, T&I Committee staff and representatives from partnering associations. The reception also featured large displays of public works projects highlighting innovative designs and achievements that underscore the key role of infrastructure in building a strong future.
“Chairman Oberstar and Representative Mica have been tireless advocates for public works programs, services and policies,” Frevert said. “Their commitment and support have made a far-reaching and positive impact on the nation’s infrastructure policies.”
“National Public Works Week on the Hill has become an important vehicle for APWA to communicate with Congress about public works needs and priorities,” said Peter B. King, APWA Executive Director. “This year’s events built upon a growing tradition of celebrating National Public Works Week and the contributions of public works professionals across the country with lawmakers in Washington, D.C.”
Together with the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Shore & Beach Preservation Association, The Associated General Contractors of America, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Association of Water Companies, Society of Municipal Arborists and Water Environment Federation, APWA
Both the U.S House of Representatives and Senate passed resolutions declaring May 18-24, 2008, as National Public Works Week. Introduced by Oberstar and co-sponsored by more than 20 congressional leaders, the House resolution (H. Res. 1137) recognizes public infrastructure, facilities and services as having “far-reaching effects on the United States economy and the Nation’s competitiveness in the world mar-
At the National Public Works Week on Capitol Hill celebration were (from left) American Society of Civil Engineers Executive Director Pat Natale, APWA President Larry Frevert, House Transportation Committee member Mary Fallin (R-OK), Ranking Member John Mica (R-FL), APWA Past President Bill Verkest and APWA Executive Director Peter B. King.
Reception honorees Chairman James L. Oberstar (D-MN) and Ranking Member John Mica (R-FL) of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee were on hand to celebrate National Public Works Week.
ketplace” and playing a “pivotal role in the health, safety and well-being of the people of the United States.” Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) sponsored S. Res. 560, which “recognizes and celebrates the important contributions that public works professionals make every day to improve the public infrastructure of H. RES. 1137 the United States… and urges citizens…to join with representatives of the Federal Government and the American Public Works Association in activities and ceremonies…to pay tribute to the public works professionals of the Nation.” (Both resolutions can be found on APWA’s National Public Works Week home page at http://www.apwa.net/About/NPWW/ – Ed.)
And President George W. Bush sent a letter of appreciation recognizing the nation’s dependence on “the many men and women who serve our country with skill and integrity in the public works system.” More than 30 gubernatorial proclamations were on display during the reception. APWA also reached out to more than 350,000 listeners in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, through drivetime publicity spots on the local National Public Radio affiliate. The spots were designed to raise awareness about public works and recognize the contributions of men and women who dedicate themselves to maintaining and providing public infrastructure.
President Frevert stands by the National Public Works Week displays as he addresses the NPWW on Capitol Hill attendees.
Becky Wickstrom can be reached at (202) 218-6736 or email@example.com.
Left to right: APWA President-Elect Noel Thompson, President Larry Frevert and Past President Bill Verkest posed for a photo during the National Public Works Week on Capitol Hill celebration.
In addition to congressional resolutions, Governors, Mayors and local leaders from across the U.S. and Canada signed proclamations in honor of National Public Works Week.
On May 16, members of the Hawaii Chapter met with Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who signed a proclamation announcing May 18-24 to be National Public Works Week in the City and County of Honolulu. From left: Lance Zhai, Publicity Director; John Lamer, Treasurer; Mayor Hannemann; Chandra Tanaka, President; Jimmy Kurata, Past President; and Rouen Liu, Delegate.
On the Road with the Transportation Committee Carol S. Estes, P.E. Technical Services Program Manager American Public Works Association Kansas City, Missouri ew issues in public works involve as many members as those related to transportation. More than half of APWA’s members cite some aspect of transportation as their major area of job responsibility. Rising fuel costs, dwindling resources, emissions and sustainability are just a few of the issues followed and addressed by members of the Transportation Technical Committee.
fer a great way for APWA members to become involved with transportation issues. Any interested member, or potential member, may apply directly to a subcommittee. Membership is open and there is no deadline for application. If you are interested in serving on a subcommittee, contact staff liaison Carol Estes, P.E., at (816) 595-5222 or cestes@apwa. net for further information.
The committee develops strategies to provide members with resources for exchanging and developing ideas, information, skills, knowledge and technologies. Its goal is to develop and advocate environmentally-sound, sustainable, cost-effective and safe systems that enhance the livability and quality of life in our communities. The committee accomplishes its goals though partnerships and programs and participating in advocacy initiatives.
In August, the Transportation Committee-sponsored sessions at Congress will include:
In partnership with the Federal Highway administration (FHWA), the Transportation Committee distributes information to members about “Market Ready Technologies” produced by the FHWA Research and Technology Team. This year, a partnership meeting was held in Washington, D.C. to work on projects of joint interest and facilitate the transfer of technology between FHWA and APWA members. APWA Reporter articles, technical sessions at Congress and technology transfer are just some of the benefits of this important partnership. In another important partnership, APWA works with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) through the National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC). APWA participates in short-term projects such as the signal assessment survey, and provides member feedback on coalition initiatives. One of the most important functions of the Transportation Committee is monitoring federal transportation legislation. Committee members provide congressional briefings, testimony and advocacy support. Several recently participated in a Public Policy Fly-in in Washington, D.C., and all are actively involved in discussions about the looming Highway Trust Fund shortfall. The Transportation Committee has an active subcommittee structure. The Roadway Safety, Sustainable Communities and Winter Maintenance Subcommittees are all actively involved in focused transportation issues. For example, the Winter Maintenance Subcommittee assisted in production of the annual North American Snow Conference, which was held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. The subcommittees of12
“Global Warming and Transportation: Traveling Greener”
“When Bridges Must Be Repaired or Replaced Fast”
“The I-35 Bridge Collapse – What Happened?”
“Leading Sustainability: Will Public Works Rise to the Occasion?”
“Will Anti-Icing Techniques Work in the South?”
The current members of the Transportation Committee are: •
Andy Lemer, Ph.D. (Committee Chair), Senior Program Officer, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
William A. Verkest, P.E. (Board Liaison), Texas Municipal Program Manager, HDR Engineering, Inc., Arlington, Texas
John T. Davis, P.E., Chief Engineer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville, Florida
Tim Haynes, President, International Transportation Assessment Solutions (ITAS), Regina, Saskatchewan
Craig Olson, P.E., Capital Budget Assistant, Washington State Office of Financial Management, Olympia, Washington
Jeff Ramsey, P.E., Public Works Director, City of Auburn, Georgia
William Reichmuth, P.E., Deputy City Manager, Plans and Public Works, City of Monterey, California
Carol Estes, P.E. (Staff Liaison), Technical Services Program Manager, American Public Works Association, Kansas City, Missouri
Carol Estes can be reached at (816) 595-5222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 40 professionals earn APWA Fleet Certification
ince the program’s launch in September 2006, 41 fleet professionals from the U.S. and Canada have earned credentials as Certified Public Fleet Professionals (CPFP) from APWA. Four professionals recently passed the CPFP exam in February and seven passed in April. “CPFP certification is a hallmark of excellence for fleet professionals,” said APWA President Larry Frevert. “We are excited to see the program grow and continue to attract fleet professionals striving to maintain excellent public works services in their communities.”
Keith Nicolson, Fleet Radio Supervisor, City of Eugene, Ore.
Virgil Wasko, Fleet Manager, City of Largo, Fla.
The role of the public fleet operation has evolved over the years from providing high-quality, low-cost repair service to asset management and related business functions. The Public Fleet Professional Certification program is designed to ensure individual competency and provide the public works industry with recognized hiring and promotion standards.
For more information about the Public Fleet Professional Certification program or APWA’s other professional development initiatives, contact Certification Manager Becky Stein at (816) 595-5212 or email@example.com.
Certified Public Fleet Professional Upcoming Exams October 19, 2008, Virginia Beach, Virginia; April 29, 2009, Des Moines, IA; September 16, 2009, Columbus, Ohio. For more information visit www.apwa.net/certification.
Recent Certified Public Fleet Professionals include: •
Alan Brown, Fleet Manager, City of Littleton, Colo.
Ronald Brown, Fleet Maintenance Superintendent, City of Conover, N.C.
Donald George, Mechanic, Willingboro Township, N.J.
William Hills, Public Works Maintenance Supervisor, City of Overland Park, Kan.
Ernest Hutman, Operations & Maintenance Manager, Hillsborough County Fleet Management, Tampa, Fla.
Mary Joyce Ivers, Fleet and Facilities Superintendent, City of San Buenaventura, Calif.
Tom Kagianis, Supervisor, Fuel Materials Management, City of Hamilton, Ontario
David Martin, Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, City of Lockport, Ill.
Jim McGonagle, Floor Leader, Town of Groton, Conn.
New Orleans in pictures On these pages you’ll see just a few of New Orleans’ attractions you can visit before, during and after your Congress experience. For more information on each of these attractions, visit the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.neworleanscvb.com. For more information on Congress and to register online, go to www.apwa. net and click on the Congress logo. Why not combine business with pleasure and incorporate your Congress trip into your vacation plans?
Some folks believe that Lousiana (and especially New Orleans) has the best cuisine in the world. Just come to our annual show in August and you’ll get the chance to see for yourself, especially if you stay around for the tremendous dinner planned for Wednesday’s Closing Banquet. Anyway, take a gander at this shot—trout with crawfish sauce—and tell us you’re not pumped to get to New Orleans. (Photo by Sarah Essex) The buildings and architecture of New Orleans are reflective of the history of New Orleans and the city’s multicultural heritage. New Orleans is world famous for its plethora of unique architectural styles, from Creole cottages to the grand mansions on St. Charles, from the balconies of the French Quarter to the neighboring skyscrapers in the Central Business District. (Photo: NOMCBV) Located next to Jackson Square and facing the Mississippi River, the St. Louis Cathedral is one of New Orleans’ most recognizable landmarks. It is often used as the backdrop for newscasts and political speeches featuring the City of New Orleans. It is one of the few Catholic churches in the United States that fronts a major public square, indicative of the Catholic roots of New Orleans. (Photo: NOMCVB) These iron gates welcome visitors to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Experience a world of art, from pre-Colombian to present day, just moments from the French Quarter. The New Orleans Museum of Art is one of the Gulf Region’s finest art museums featuring an outstanding permanent collection and an expansive Fabergé gallery. The museum also hosts numerous national and international traveling exhibitions. (Photo: NOMCVB)
The French Quarter is known for its quaint narrow streets, lined with distinctive European architecture and wrought-iron balconies. The French Quarter is the oldest part of the city and is still a vibrant, residential neighborhood. Shown above is a courtyard in the French Quarter. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber) Here’s where you Congress attendees will be spending most of your time at the conference in August. The New Orleans Morial Convention Center (formerly the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center) is the 16th-largest facility of its kind in the United States, and is also one of the busiest. The first portion of the building was constructed as part of the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition; a series of additions in subsequent decades expanded the center further upriver. (Photo: NOMCVB) One of the country’s top-ranked zoos, Audubon Zoo offers an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging natural habitats, lush gardens and resting spots, the mystical Louisiana swamp and “hands-on” animal encounters, as well as this delightful carousel. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber) The world-renowned Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is home to fish and sea life of all kinds, and visitors can get up close to some of the most fascinating creatures of the ocean. The Caribbean Reef tunnel, for example, is 30 feet long and allows the visitor a view of the Caribbean sea life viewed only by divers. Congress attendees will enjoy the Get Acquainted Party at the aquarium, preceded by a Mardi Gras parade along the streets of New Orleans. (Photo: NOMCBV)
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FULL CONGRESS WEEK All full-week registrations include: Entrance into the Exposition; all education sessions; your choice of Wednesday Workshops or the Public Works Stormwater Summit; Sunday’s Get Acquainted Party; Monday’s Awards Ceremony; and lunch on the exhibit floor on Sunday and Monday.
(a) Member Registration with Banquet (b) Member Registration without Banquet (c) Non-Member Registration with Banquet (d) Non-Member Registration without Banquet
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PART 2: WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY AND PUBLIC WORKS STORMWATER SUMMIT Attendees registered for the FULL CONGRESS WEEK (a–g above) can participate in any of the Wednesday Workshops or the Stormwater Summit at no additional cost. You must check the workshop(s) you would like to participate in but do not add the cost to your total. If you are NOT registered for a full week of Congress, you may register for any of these workshops at the prices listed below. MEMBER NONMEMBER WEDNESDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS/ONSITE DEMONSTRATIONS 7:30 a.m. – Noon (w1) 17th Street Canal Pumping System (w2) Audubon Nature Institute—Life After Katrina (w3) Watershed Wetland Wastewater, Mandeville, LA
(Full-week registrants enter $0 here.)
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS 1:30 – 4 p.m. (w6) Strategic Thinking and Processes for Public Works (w7) Virtual Public Works (w8) Infrastructure Project Delivery (w9) Sustainability by Design
(Full-week registrants enter $0 here.)
WEDNESDAY FULL-DAY PUBLIC WORKS STORMWATER SUMMIT 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (w10) Public Works Stormwater Summit
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WEDNESDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS 8:30 – 10:45 a.m. (Sizes are limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first come/first served basis.) (w4) Greening Your Fleet (w5) Training the Public Works Trainer
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Pre-Congress Seminar: Self-Assessment Using the Public Works Management Practices Manual
Progressive Women in Public Works Breakfast
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Noon – 1:30 p.m.
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CANCELLATIONS: If your plans change and you cannot attend the program, a colleague can attend in your place—just send us a fax or letter. Cancellations and requests for refunds must be in writing. A full refund, less a $50 administration fee, will be made if written notice is postmarked by July 17, 2008. Sorry, no refunds on registration fees or tickets will be issued after July 17, 2008 or for an amount less than $50. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after the Congress. This Pre-Registration Form is good only until August 1, 2008. No pre-registration forms will be accepted after August 1, 2008. After August 1, registrations will be accepted onsite only. Onsite registration will begin Saturday, August 16, 2008. Please note: No government vouchers or purchase orders will be accepted onsite. LIABILITY WAIVER: (Please read and check box.) I agree and acknowledge that I am undertaking participation in APWA events and activities as my own free and intentional act and I am fully aware that possible physical injury might occur to me as a result of my participation in these events. I give this acknowledgement freely and knowingly and that I am, as a result, able to participate in APWA events and I do hereby assume responsibility for my own well-being. I also agree not to allow any other individual to participate in my place. By checking this box, I certify that I have read and understood the Liability Waiver above. PHOTOGRAPHS: (Please read and check box.) I agree and acknowledge that APWA plans to take photographs at the APWA Congress and Exposition and reproduce them in APWA educational, news or promotional material, whether in print, electronic or other media, including the APWA website. By participating in the APWA Congress and Exposition I grant APWA the right to use my name, photograph and biography for such purposes. By checking this box, I certify that I have read and understood the Photograph information above.
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What is your job title? (1) Public Works Director (2) Engineer (Director, City/Principal) (3) Deputy/Assistant Public Works Director (4) Deputy/Assistant Engineer (5) Department Head/ Division Chief (6) Administration (7) Administrative Assistant/ Manager (8) City Manager (9) Other What is your role in the purchase of public works equipment and/or services? (1) Final say (2) Recommend (3) Influence (4) Specify (5) None Do you intend to purchase equipment or services based on what you see at the Exposition? (1) Yes (2) No If yes, how large is your budget for purchases of equipment and/or services? (1) Under $50,000 (2) $50,001 – 100,000 (3) $100,001 – 500,000 (4) $500,001 – 1,000,000 (5) Over $1,000,000 What is the population of your jurisdiction? (1) Less than 25,000 (2) 25,001 – 50,000 (3) 51,001 – 100,000 (4) 101,001 – 250,000 (5) Over 250,000 How did you hear about Congress? (1) Congress Preview (2) Fax (3) Reporter magazine ad (4) Industry magazine ad (5) APWA website (6) E-mail (7) Referred by someone (8) You are a previous attendee (9) Invited by an exhibitor NONMEMBERS ONLY: Do you want $133 of your nonmember full registration fee applied towards your new individual APWA membership? (Not valid for membership renewals. Renew online at www.apwa.net/ membership/memberrenewal.) Yes No
+EYNOTE 3PEAKERS Setting the tone for our celebration of the spirit of public works renewalâ€”andâ€”looking forward to a future of positive and impactful leadership by public works professionals.
Benjamin S. Carson, MD Joseph Grenny Pediatric Neurosurgeon and Inspiring Storyteller Opening General Session August 17, 10 a.m.â€“Noon
Business Communications Expert and New York Times Bestselling Author Monday General Session August 18, 8:30â€“9:45 a.m.
Brian D. Biro
Take The Risk!
Influencer: The Power to Change Anything
A world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and a mentor to countless individuals of all ages, Ben Carson carries with him a message of hope for and faith in the human spirit. His life today is far removed from its beginning in the inner cities of Detroit and Boston. It has been his own makingâ€”thanks to his mother and a host of individuals who expected the very best from him. Dr. Carson is coauthor of four best-selling books: Take The Risk, Gifted Hands, THINK BIG, and The Big Picture.
Many of todayâ€™s organizational leaders have little, if any, influence over the way employees behave. Join Joseph Grenny as he teaches leaders to diagnose the sources of influence that are responsible for the current behavior of their employees; they can create an influence plan for replacing bad behaviors with good ones and, ultimately, make change inevitable.
Americaâ€™s Breakthrough Coach Tuesday General Session August 19, 8:30â€“9:45 a.m.
Recharge and ignite the â€œEâ€? Power within youâ€”energy, enthusiasm, and eagerness! We are all breakthrough leaders with the opportunity to move from fear to freedom, failure to faith, from impatience to patience, from good to great. In this extraordinary presentation, you will be energized and revitalized with a fresh sense of your own unstoppable spirit.
Founder and President, The Quantum Leap Thinking Organization Closing General Session August 20, 11 a.m.â€“12:15 p.m.
Quantum Leap Thinking: You Can Create Your Future! In todayâ€™s world, our possibilities are limited only by our imaginations, flexibility in thinking, and ability to be creative. James Mapes will challenge you to take back and apply right away the concepts and strategies presented at the 2008 Congress. Learn to recognize and break the habit of â€œdoing it the way weâ€™ve always done it.â€? James pledges to give you a shot of enthusiasm and the skills to keep going upon your return home.
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Is there a light under your bushel worth sharing? The Diversity Exemplary Practices Award Joel Koenig, P.E. Senior Manager-Associate Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. Aurora, Illinois Member, APWA Diversity Committee
he American Public Works Association annually recognizes programs and individuals for their contributions to the public works community in the area of diversity. APWA recognizes efforts that value the contribution of individuals and organizations in the area of inclusiveness. Recognition of these contributions is celebrated through its Diversity Exemplary Practices Award. Readers of the APWA Reporter and longtime members of APWA know that one
of the long-term objectives of the Association is to foster an environment of inclusiveness, not only within the Association but also within the public works industry. APWA diversity components include race, gender, creed, age, lifestyle, national origin, disability, personality, educational background and income level. So where as a profession are we succeeding in this? As a profession, we tend to be a quiet group. We donâ€™t like to â€œtootâ€? our own
horn. Thatâ€™s a shame. By sharing our success stories, we have an opportunity to let others in our industry hear about all of the good things going on in the area of diversity. Certainly we like to celebrate the dedication of a shiny new building, bridge, park or what have you. These are fantastic items to celebrate. Let us also celebrate the efforts to welcome the diverse groups that come together to make these creations happen. Some of the recent past winners of the award include:
2007: Workforce Development Plan, Oregon Department of Transportation, Salem, Oregon. ODOTâ€™s Workforce Development System is used to identify, screen and provide preparatory training for individuals interested in highway construction careers.
2006: Diversity Committee, Engineering and Capital Projects Department, City of San Diego, California. The committee created a healthy working environment where all employees are valued and are part of a highperforming team that recognizes, supports and utilizes differences and similarities in promoting the departmentâ€™s objectives with â€œPRIDE.â€?
2005: School Assembly/Ocean Day Program, City of Los Angeles, California, Stormwater Public Education Program. The
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education program reaches out to a broad and diverse group of the city’s nearly three million residents to let them know about the public health and safety hazards that litter causes on the streets, in the neighborhoods, and at the beaches and the ocean. •
2003: Suzanne Crane Engineering, Inc., Milwaukie, Oregon. The firm of Suzanne Crane Engineering, Inc. has long been an advocate for employing and advancing women and other minorities in the public works career field.
2003: H. Reed Fowler, Jr., Director of Public Works, City of Newport News, Virginia
2002: Jennifer Barlas, Business Development Specialist, Foth & Van Dyke and Associates, Inc., Green Bay, Wisconsin
2002: Alvin Brooks, Councilman, City of Kansas City, Missouri
Jennifer Barlas, the 2002 recipient, had served as her local chapter diversity liaison and served on the national Diversity Committee as both a member and as chairperson. When asked about her thoughts about receiving the award and being recognized by APWA, Barlas indicated that, as a female and non-engineer, she felt that she was included in the organization and that her gender and non-technical career track were not perceived as a negative, but as one part of the whole APWA family. So what about those individuals, agencies and organizations who are making a difference when it involves inclusiveness—is there someone in the profession you know about who embodies these ideas? Is there an organization in your community or state that does this? If so, please consider nominating them for this award. Let the rest of us know of their good work and let their light shine on all of us. The process is simple and straightforward. Applications are accepted in early spring of each year and can be found online. To see a copy of the 2008 form go to: http://www.apwa.net/Documents/ About/2008Awards/08FORMprof. pdf. It may be months from the application deadline, but it is never too early to begin looking around and talking with your chapter about what organization or person might just be worthy of this award.
Jennifer Barlas (right), recipient of the 2002 Diversity Exemplary Practices Award, and Laura McGovern, Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Committee Chair, take a moment to catch their breath at the annual Mathcounts competition.
Joel Koenig serves as the Chair, Public Relations for the Chicago Metro Chapter. He can be reached at (630) 8201022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
APWA Book Review
The Dimensions of Parking (4th Ed.) 209 pp • 2001 • Urban Land Institute and National Parking Association
The parking industry continues to be a vital force in the American economy. The availability of parking is central to the successful development of the nation’s urban centers and businesses. Thousands of men and women are employed by companies that design and build parking facilities, manage them, or manufacture equipment used in the parking industry.
A critical factor in commercial projects, parking affects site design and costs, and its availability can make or break businesses, developments and downtown revitalization efforts. For more than 20 years, The Dimensions of Parking has been the reference that developers, architects, engineers and parking specialists have turned to for practical how-to information on best practices in parking development. Updated throughout, the fourth edition continues to cover the basics, along with the latest techniques for planning, designing, financing, building and operating a parking facility. Since the original edition was published in 1979, the dimensions of parking have gone through a full cycle, from accommodating some of the big gas guzzlers of the 1970s to the smaller cars of the 1980s. Recent trends have seen the popularity of the light truck and sports utility and larger vehicles. This change in the dimensions of the vehicle fleet requires a fresh approach to assure that parking facilities are properly sized, constructed and operated. With this edition, the book has been expanded to 24 chapters and includes up-to-date information and state-of-the-art techniques in development, operations and the latest trends: • • • • • • •
Covers intermodal aspects, automated parking, and parking geometrics. Offers current information on complying with the American with Disabilities Act. Describes the latest changes in building codes. Provides new standards for lighting. Covers the best practices for all facets of the development and operation of parking facilities. Explains the important issues to consider for free parking. Includes the latest techniques for managing parking facilities, such as self-operation, lease, contract and conAPWA Reporter
cession agreements, and fixed and percentage management contracts. Illustrates how the popularity of SUVs and light trucks are affecting parking geometrics. Provides the latest information on funding and development of parking at facilities connected to city transit, rail or airports.
The result is a guide to best practice in the field of parking! The Urban Land Institute’s principal objective is to improve the quality of land use and development. Parking drives development as a significant component of built space. The space required for parking is a critical element in site design, constraining designers’ options for the size and location of buildings. Moreover, structured parking is costly, often making public sector participation in its financing key to the feasibility of a downtown revitalization project. An underlying principle of this publication is that adequate parking can be provided in a cost-effective manner. This will be an increasingly important concern as a profusion of free parking, once a commonly accepted assumption, is challenged on traffic congestion and air quality grounds. This publication gives due space to structured parking because such facilities minimize the amount of land needed to accommodate cars. Emphasis is also given to the fact that illconceived facility designs that lack the flexibility to respond to change can damage the present and future economic viability of the land use they are intended to serve. The parking consultant and the parking operator will play increasingly important roles on the development team to assure that parking is adequate but not excessive, and that it is well located, properly maintained and efficiently operated. It is hoped that the guidance provided in this publication will be of value to those needing current information on parking. In a field of rapid changes, each project should be addressed with the best information at hand. This edition continues to keep pace with the changes seen since the first Dimensions of Parking was conceived a quarter century ago. To purchase your copy, please call the APWA Bookstore at (800) 848-APWA, ext. 5254. Or, for more information on purchasing this publication and other American Public Works Association books, please visit the APWA Bookstore online at www.apwa.net/bookstore.
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What a whirlwind weekend! Wendy L. Springborn-Pitman, MBA Engineering Services Administrator City of Tempe, Arizona Member, Emerging Leaders Academy Class 1 In November 2007, the APWA Leadership and Management Committee concluded its series of articles on public works leadership and management issues entitled “The Baker’s Potluck.” This was the third series of articles (the first being “The Baker’s Dozen,” the second being “The Baker’s Menu”) that discuss various leadership and management topics of interest to APWA members. The committee’s new series is entitled “Recipes for Success” and touches on a variety of leadership and management topics. Along with each article is an actual recipe for a favorite public works dish submitted by a member. Each recipe is a favorite from the members in their department. Give them a try. The anticipation of meeting our fellow Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) members was reaching a fevered peak. Some knew other members while others didn’t, but we all had previously participated in monthly conference calls discussing
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issues from ethics to solving a neighborhood traffic concern to where leaders get their power from. Now was the time to put faces behind the voices we’d been hearing all this time. Transportation became a challenge the first day of the retreat between the American Airlines grounding of planes and weather delays. Through it all, we still were able to gather together for our first night of pizza and planning for the weekend. It might have been coincidental but we were forced to meet each other in the hallway of APWA’s national headquarters in Kansas City while waiting for the meeting room to be set up and, oh yeah—the pizza! I believe that one of the keys for the weekend was to keep us on our toes and to take us out of our comfort zones. We were tasked with working with different team members throughout the weekend, presenting in front of the class, formulating and creating consensus for group answers to questions posed, and even learning how to deal with the media both as an interviewer and interviewee. The first full day of programming was jam-packed with information. We started out with a homemade breakfast (the biscuits and gravy were to die for!) compliments of Ann Daniels (APWA Director of Technical Services). Sue Hann (Deputy City Manager for the City of Palm Bay, Florida and member of the national Leadership & Management Committee), our fearless leader, and Kathleen Bishop (President/ CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce) gave us their definition of what defines a leader. We really took a look at the differences between being a leader and being a manager; for instance, a manager typically helps to bring order to chaos while a leader will typically create chaos from order by envisioning a better future and setting the direction for it.
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Part of this program is homework—not a lot, but some. We had an ethics case study to review prior to our arrival and were to be prepared to discuss our opinions. By the end of the discussion, we all seemed pretty convinced that the principal character of the case study was unethical and an all-around not nice person. Then we heard about another case study that dealt with an individual who was basically doing their job as they saw it but was being railroaded out of their position with some pretty serious charges or, at least, that was how we were interpreting it. Bottom line, we ended up knowing the individual from the second case study and were quick to
jump to their defense; however, we were equally quick to dismiss the individual from the first case study. Can your ethics vary based upon personal relationships? Can your ethics vary based upon the issue presented, i.e., is it okay to do this but not to do that? It really got us thinking. Another program module focused on identifying who the cutthroats were in the group (just kidding, C.J.). The game was “Win as Much as You Can”—the goal, to score the highest individual points with almost no communication amongst your team. Rounds were played and points were to be gained at each round based upon how the individuals played their cards within the team structure. The last round of play was worth big points. During one of the few times we could speak to each other, our team determined that only one of our players had a high enough score to potentially win the whole game, so we sacrificed ourselves so that he could get the most points possible…and he did end up winning the game. The runner-up (who shall remain nameless) figured out how he could score big points by switching his game plan on the last round without letting on to his fellow teammates. He got the points but it wasn’t enough to beat our teammate. For me, the lesson is that you can try to win as much as you can, but sometimes it is better to sacrifice for the betterment of others.
The participants of the first Emerging Leaders Academy
We were honored that President Larry Frevert was able to join us on a conference call during his very busy schedule. Introductions were made all around and it was impressive how many people he had already met through his chapter visits and how much he knew about what was going on in the individual areas. At the end of our first day, we quickly realized that this was not a lecture series. Each class member participated, whether it was as the team scribe or as the team presenter, in discussing philosophies and debating perspectives. It was all-in-all interactive. Sue kept track of who was participating and made sure to include those who may have been a little quiet. She had this knack of being able to draw information from the participants that was valuable to share with everyone. All perspectives are needed to make informed decisions; it’s what you do with the information that can make the difference.
We were then off to dinner at a fantastic Italian restaurant called Lidia’s Italian Ristorante where we had fabulous food and wonderful conversation. After dinner, we enjoyed dessert at the revolving Skies Restaurant on top of the Hyatt Regency hotel where we were staying. I don’t believe that I have ever seen such a large piece of ice cream pie as I did that night—at least 5” high and I would have to say that the individual who ordered it put a pretty good dent in it! Oh, by the way, did I mention that Sue is very much an “everything must start on time” kind of person? She brought this hat with her from Florida that was basically a bright yellow and orange beanie with a palm tree on top of it. If you were late for the beginning of the day or even coming back from any breaks, you had to wear it. I got some pretty good pictures, but I will not divulge who had to wear it—look me up at Congress and I just might have them on me. The second day was equally jam-packed with information. We discussed several topics: Leading Change, Time Management and Who Are You. Patty Hilderbrand, APWA Directorat-Large, gave up her Saturday to come and talk to us about how she got involved with her local APWA chapter as well as her national participation. She also spoke to us about some aspects of what it means to be a leader and how to make those hard decisions. One of the exhilarating moments of the day was when communications consultant Brenda Viola challenged us with how to deal with the media. She gave an excellent presentation on the five big blunders that can clog your communication pipeline and how you can beat those blunders. Brenda elaborated on a key tool known as “bridging.” Not only was she full of energy, but she knew exactly what she was talking about from her own personal experiences.
Communications consultant Brenda Viola presented a class called “Mastering the Media” for the Emerging Leaders Academy Class.
The examples that Brenda spoke of were great, but what really brought it home was the role-playing we had to do. We received on-the-spot critiquing and were able to work at getting it right in a non-threatening environment. In fact, at the end of this module, one-third of the participants were involved as panelists for a press conference while the rest were overeager reporters trying to get the scoop. Everyone on the panel did a great job of diffusing the issues, standing on authority and expertise, and controlling the conference versus the reporters controlling the panel. All and all, it was a wonderful opportunity to network with others from across the country, both in the public and private sectors. We had diversity with regards to age, gender, July 2008
backgrounds, job responsibilities and ideas. The information gained from this weekend could be translated right into our everyday jobs. Why reinvent the wheel when we could take best practices from all over, tweak them a little bit, and make them our own?
“The retreat opened my eyes to a variety of public works positions, situations, demands and people.” “Dealing with the press presentation was awesome.” “Excellent advice/training on media relations.” “The information provided and hands-on activities gave us tools to take back with us and apply in our communities. The personal stories and examples that Sue and Kathleen shared brought reality to the class that this stuff really happens and how we need to be prepared and lead change.”
The “reporter” (Scott Brandmeier, Director of Public Works, Village of Fox Point, Wisconsin) interviews the “public works official” (Jay McArdle, Municipal Engineer, HNTB Corporation, Kansas City, Missouri) at the mock press conference during the Emerging Leaders Academy Class.
Now, Emerging Leaders Academy Class Number One has embarked on a project for APWA focused on the introduction of public works to middle school and high school students. We need to catch them early and get them on the right educational track to be prepared for a professional career in public works. Once the project is completed and accepted by the national group, I am sure you will all be hearing more about it. In closing, here are some comments from my fellow classmates: “I learned many important and helpful points and strategies for communicating with the press as well as other people when dealing with important topics. I truly enjoyed hearing others’ experiences and strategies for becoming involved with APWA and public works. The activities we participated in which stuck out in my mind were Defining Leadership and Ethics. I also really benefited from the relationships that were made over the weekend, many friendships and contacts that will be beneficial for many years to come. Being exposed to APWA on a national level was great, seeing the office and speaking, although briefly, with the APWA President.” “No other professional organization addresses leadership in public works.” “Amazing team building and networking opportunity.” “I truly enjoyed my time here and would highly recommend it to many people.” “The ethical discussion made all of us think about what really constitutes ethics.” “The best experience is learning from others.” 26
“The APWA Emerging Leaders Academy has far exceeded my expectations with its focus on highlighting the necessary leadership and management skills that are necessary for any public works professional to have in their tool kit. The retreat with its focus on navigating through ethical issues to effecting change in an organization, and effectively interacting with the media, provided practical knowledge for real-life issues that may arise.” “The weekend was very intense with all of the information that was tossed our way. It has been a long time since I was as exhausted, mentally, as I was from attending this academy. The mental exhaustion, though, was well worth it. We learned something about our peers in the public works profession and, more importantly, I think we learned more about who we are as public works employees. The experience was very gratifying.” I will echo the sentiments of my classmates—we all highly recommend the program to anyone interested in learning what it takes to be a leader in the public works arena. You will make lifelong friends and begin establishing a network of people who can help you traverse the obstacles that may come your way in the future. Wendy L. Springborn-Pitman can be reached at (480) 350-8250 or email@example.com.
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Public Works in India Dwayne E. Kalynchuk, P.Eng. General Manager of Environmental Services Capital Regional District Victoria, British Columbia Chair, APWA International Affairs Committee s a Past President of APWA, I have been extremely fortunate to be involved in numerous international travel opportunities, most recently leading a delegation of prominent Americans and Canadians, under the banner of People to People, to northern India. The primary professional objective of this delegation was to develop an understanding of the state and challenges for infrastructure in India. This was the second opportunity with People to People as I lead a group to China in 2005.
cities, golden beaches, misty mountain retreats, colourful people, rich culture and festivities. The cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are known as the Golden Triangle. This group perfectly captures the pageantry of India. There is the marble symphony of the Taj Mahal, the imperial elegance of New Delhi and the splendors of the desert city of Jaipur. Every city has offered its unique blend of sights, sounds and experiences, from the opulence of the Moghul Empire to the vibrant life of modern India.
People to People sprang into existence through President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The 34th President of the United States sought a new path to international understanding and he developed People to People to be the vehicle on that path. President Eisenhower believed that ordinary citizens of different nationalities, if able to communicate directly, would solve their differences and find a way to live in peace. This simple thought—that people can make the difference where government cannot—is People to People’s mission, developed around personal exchanges and individual firsthand experiences of other cultures.
As an emerging superpower in the world, India is facing the challenge of providing key infrastructure services to its population. The delegation discovered the extent of these challenges and contributed their expertise to our Indian counterparts. After assembling in New York City, the delegation of 15 members from across the U.S. and Canada took a 16-hour direct flight to New Delhi. While it was an extremely long flight, at least there was no need for a mid-point transfer. We arrived in New Delhi late in the evening, leaving a pleasant fall day in New York City, and had our senses bombarded in India—new smells, sounds and general culture shock hit us. Fortunately, our local People to People guide was there and able to gather us and take us to our hotel where a rest and time adjustment was needed. Over the next three days we met with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, the Central Water Commission New Delhi and GZT India (a partnership in the health infrastructure development between India and Germany).
Housing being constructed by the Rajasthan Housing Board
The traffic on roads of Delhi is a heterogeneous mix of cycles, scooters, buses, cars and rickshaws jostling with each other. This has resulted in a chaotic situation, so much that the average number of persons killed per day due to road accidents has increased to five, and seriously injured to 13. It is expected that these numbers will further grow in the years to come. To rectify this situation, the government of India set up the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and constructed 65 km of metro rail tracks in Delhi by 2005.
The Republic of India is a country with a population of 1.16 billion people, spread over a land frontier of 15,200 square km and a coastline of 6,516 km. It is bounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges in the north and edged by a spectacular coastline, surrounded by three seas. India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes, magnificent historical sites and royal
India has achieved considerable development progress in recent decades and is perceived as the “largest democracy in the world.” Nevertheless, some 320 million of India’s population live below the poverty line—the reason for partnering with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development for more than 40 years. The partner-
The group’s sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
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expansion, urban environmental improvements, solid waste management, drainage, slum improvements, medical and health centre work, and community awareness and participation programs.
In addition to the technical meetings in Delhi, the group toured Old Delhi with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; the magnificent Red Fort, built during the years 1638 to 1648 when the Moghul Empire was at its peak; and a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India, constructed in 1199.
In addition to our meeting, we toured a tertiary sewage treatment plant, which was designed, constructed and is being operated by a private company from Austria. This illustrated privatization of public infrastructure in India, which is a key issue these days in North America.
On the fourth day, an early morning flight took us to one of the most picturesque cities in India: Jaipur, the pink city. Jaipur is located in the state of Rajasthan, which is the largest state in India. The population of Rajasthan increased approximately 30% between 1991 and 2001, increasing from 440 million to over 560 million. This growth has presented many challenges to providing sufficient infrastructure to the population. The Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project (RUIDP) was formed to provide the mechanism to find and construct the needed facilities. Our delegation was fortunate to meet with several high-level officials to receive presentations on water supply, rehabilitation and
Our technical and social tours in Jaipur also took us to a new housing development being undertaken by the Rajasthan Housing Board. While we were all shocked by the high-end housing being constructed by the housing board, the project is a pilot to see if the profit gained from the development could be reinvested into affordable housing for the majority of the population. We were also fortunate to visit an SOS Children’s Village in Jaipur. The first SOS Children’s Village in India was established in 1964, and after 42 years there are over 39 children’s villages and 122 allied projects, such as schools, kindergartens, social and medical centres, vocational training centres July 2008
and outreach initiatives, as well as the SOS Emergency relief and rehabilitation program. Our cultural tours in Jaipur took us to some of the most beautiful palaces in the country; namely, the fabulous Amber Fort in the ancient capital of Amber, and the Palace of Winds, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is an elaborate façade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings-on in the street below.
The final leg of our journey was a nine-hour bus ride to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. We arrived in Agra, dusty and tired from an all-day bus trip, preparing ourselves for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal the next morning. One of the sayings in India is, “There are two groups of people in this world: those who have not seen the Taj Mahal and those who have.” Our People to People group is now with the elite group! Certainly the Taj Mahal is the most beautiful temple in all of India. Built as a promise of love by a king to his dying wife, it took 22 years to construct and involved over 40,000 artisans. The Taj Mahal is referred to as a “dream in marble” with semi-precious stones inlaid in it. Years after completion of the Taj Mahal, the king wanted to construct a black Taj Mahal across the river as his mausoleum. His son took offense that this would be an insult to his mother’s temple and he imprisoned the king and halted construction. The only evidence that remains today is the foundation of the black Taj Mahal.
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As the largest democracy in the world, India certainly faces its challenges in the provision of public works infrastructure for its exploding population. However, the determination, knowledge and desire of our Indian counterparts to care for the environment and reduce poverty is making a substantial difference. People to People delegations provide a unique opportunity to visit and experience other cultures and to see that, while we all very different, our values, goals and day-to-day issues are very much the same. Discussions are presently underway on another public works delegation potential in the latter part of 2009. If you are interested, please contact the writer. Dwayne E. Kalynchuk was APWA National President in 2003-04. He is a former member of the Education, Nominating, Finance and PACE Committees. He can be reached at (250) 360-3092 or email@example.com.
International Exchange at the APWA Congress in August 2008 Helena Allison Engineer Design Manager Willdan Sacramento, California Member, APWA International Affairs Committee e all know that each year APWA members and other public works professionals look forward to our International Public Works Congress & Exposition. Many of you know it is international because not only do members from Canada and Mexico participate, but also because members from New Zealand, Australia, and the Czech and Slovak Republics come and share their public works experiences, expertise and ideas. This year is no different. From August 17–20 we will all gather in the beautiful City of New Orleans in Louisiana. We all have been waiting for this opportunity since the devastating floods that prevented this conference from taking place a couple of years ago in New Orleans. We will all enjoy, listen, share and attend meetings, events and lectures. Many of you will be looking to our international members to see what they have to offer at the Congress. Each year they come prepared. This year you may want to pay extra special attention to a very important and timely topic shared by the Czech members. Come and see what they have to say during their humble presentation. You don’t want to miss this one. Now that I have your attention I will reveal the topic. Yes, you all have guessed correctly that it is on E-waste.
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