As the year comes to an end so does my presidency of the Oregon Chapter of APWA. It has been memorable year and I am very proud of being a part of this exceptional organization. The success of our chapter is due to the steadfast support and dedication of our members, especially those who volunteer as board members, committee chairs, committee members or ad-hoc volunteers. My heartfelt thanks to all of you.
In the year-end transition we will be saying farewell to our Immediate Past President, Todd Watkins with Washington County, and our Board Director Elizabeth Papadopoulos, with TriMet who are rotating off the board. They both have my sincerest gratitude for the time and talent they have given to our chapter.
At the fall conference in Bend the following changes are occurring on the chapter board in 2017: Chapter President will be Russ Thomas, City of Newberg; Jenifer Willer with the City of Eugene will become the President-Elect and Mike Bisset with the City of McMinnville will be the Treasurer. Gordon Munro will continue as the Chapter Secretary. Congratulations on your advancements. Newly elected to the board as directors are Doug Singer with City of Eugene and Tim Blackwood with Hart-Crowser, Inc. Welcome aboard Tim and Doug. Tony Roos with Kittleson & Associates, Nikki Messenger from the City of Roseburg, John Lewis with the City of Oregon City, and Ashley Cantlon with Otak will continue to serve as board directors. Gregg Weston with 3J Consulting remains as our Foundation Liaison and Dan Boss will stay our National Delegate. Also at the fall conference, chapter members elected trustees to the Oregon APWA Scholastic Foundation board of directors. Newly elected as foundation trustees were Ken Stoneman, senior project manager with David Evans and Associates, and Matt MacRostie, project manager with Century West Engineering. To all who are helping with the governance of our chapter, keep up the excellent work!
To highlight the notable work of the chapter, I am pleased to announce in November we made a contribution of $2500 to MATHCOUNTS through our Community Outreach Grant Program. MATHCOUNTS is a math enrichment program that serves middle school students. As we know, many public works positions require strong mathematical skills and MATHCOUNTS provides a fun and positive environment for developing math skills at a critical age which will be a basis for future success in school and life.
Another significant event that has recently occurred is the Board's unanimous nomination of Jeanne Nyquist as the Oregon Chapter Top Ten Public Works Leader. Jeanne has been a long-time supporter of our chapter and served as Chapter President in 1997. She is president of Nyquist and Associates, Inc. and is a vital contributor and facilitator for the Northwest Public Works Institute’s leadership training. We wish her the best as she competes at the National level with other candidates around the country.
Delora Kerber, 2016 Chapter President
Meet 1st Recipient
of Veterans Scholarship
Oregon APWA members in 2015 dug deep into their hearts and wallets to create a scholarship for veterans. The Oregon APWA Scholastic Foundation is proud to announce that the first recipient of this $750 scholarship is Michael Hoie, an engineering student at Umpqua Community College (Michael also earned a $500 engineering scholarship). Here’s Michael’s story, told in his own words.
“I spent my formative years bouncing around small towns on Oregon's Southern coast. Trying to find direction in my life after high school I decided to enlist in the military. For five years I served in the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter crew chief. During that time, I saw the world, was gifted two amazing children, and realized I wanted a little less excitement in my life. So, with my wife and two young children I moved back to one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Oregon. The Marine Corps instilled into me some fantastic qualities, and after coming home to Oregon I couldn't shake the need to do great things or to help people. I spent some time researching a new focus for my life. Finally I decided that a career in engineering would provide me the ability to help shape our world for the better, and perhaps even offer up some exciting new experiences on occasion. So, in the fall of 2015 I began taking classes at Umpqua Community College with a plan to transfer on to a university. Since then I've been on the President’s list every term and am this year’s Engineering Club president. This new life as a student accompanied with raising two small children has been extremely challenging, but I know these experiences will help me to be a better father, husband, and human being."
The 2016 fall conference in Bend had something for everyone with an exceptional variety of technical sessions and two local tours that tied into the conference theme: P.R.I.D.E. Providing Reliable Infrastructure with Dedication and Excellence. The conference set amazing attendance records for delegates, the golf tournament, and the disc golf tournament, which more than tripled from when it began in the fall of 2014. The exhibit hall, in all its coziness, had some of the best displays by industry partners that we’ve seen to date and offered networking for everyone.
All in all, we can all agree that the 2016 fall conference was a resounding success by all factors! We look forward to hitting the streets of Seaside for the 2017 spring conference with the theme: Public Works – Making a Difference! Watch for exhibit registration to open mid-January and delegate registration to open by the end of January.
E-Evaluations Rated a Winner
Oregon Chapter conference evaluations went electronic at the 2016 fall conference and it was a success. We received feedback from nearly 50% of the attendees, which is a good percentage. We appreciate the participation, comments, and helping us test our new system. Most of all we are happy to reduce the paper previously used for the evaluations. We used RandomPicker.com and chose two winners who each received $20 for their participation. Congratulations Terry Keyes and Russ Norton!
Jenifer Willer, whose infectious laugh and tireless spirit have moved the chapter forward in recent years, is the 2016 Bowes Service Award recipient. The Bowes Award, the chapter's highest honor, was established in 1978 to recognize Oregon public works leaders for their far-reaching, positive impact on public works programs, services, and/or policies.
The award was presented to Willer, a project manager and team leader with the City of Eugene, at the chapter's 2016 fall conference in Bend.
In presenting the award, 2015 Bowes recipient Bob Patterson said Willer "has earned my respect and admiration. She has been instrumental in the development of the chapter’s website and the transition to the new website on National’s platform, and she has continued assisting the chapter in streamlining policies and procedures."
Willer has been a registered professional engineer with Eugene Public Works since 2005. She is also a licensed attorney. Willer has been active in Oregon APWA for more than 10 years. Most recently she has served as a director on the chapter board and is the chapter's 2017 president-elect. As chapter treasurer she helped guide the transition from calendar to fiscal year accounting. She has presented at several conferences and participated in National APWA's leadership training.
"I have had the pleasure of watching Jenifer's growth in chapter activities and advocacy, and in her dedication to making the chapter better moving forward," Patterson said.
The Bowes Award is named after William A. Bowes, a Portland City Commissioner who oversaw Portland's Public Works Department for more than 30 years. He also was a founder of the Oregon APWA Chapter.
The awards were a hit at the 2016 fall conference in Bend. I cannot stress enough the importance of recognizing the hard work of our public works. We had a total of 10 submittals for the six project-of-the-year categories. Thank you to all who submitted.
In the environmental category, we had two submissions in the less than $5 million category. Interestingly enough, both were from the City of Eugene. Our winner was an innovative project to improve the Amazon Creek channel to reduce flood risk and improve habitat. This project narrowly beat out an impressive project to restore the wetland in the Coyote Prairie North area. Congratulations City of Eugene and KSH Construction Company. In the $5 million to $25 million category we had one submission from the City of McMinnville. McMinnville, together with CH2M, GreenWorks, and McClure & Sons, Inc., successfully expanded its 1996 water reclamation facility to increase the total wet weather capacity to 36 million gallons per day with all the facilities online. A truly impressive team effort!
In the transportation category, we had a total of four submissions. In the less than $5 million category, the winner was an impressive roundabout project by Benton County, R & R General Contractors, and DEA. This project made believers out of skeptical Benton County and Corvallis residents. More roundabouts to come in Benton County after this one. Also submitting an excellent project in this category was the City of Beaverton's Hocken Bridge project completed by the team of City of Beaverton, Cardno, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., and Tapani Underground.
In the transportation category ($5 million to $25 million), the winner was the City of Redmond RDM Runway Rehabilitation project with Redmond, Century West, and Knife River Corporation. This stellar team worked as a cohesive unit to deliver a time-sensitive project while making impressive use of the Redmond Airport facilities during construction. During closure, facilities were used for first responder training. Great job delivering a project and providing an amazing opportunity! Also submitted was a great example of teamwork, the Baseline Road widening and improvement project with Washington County, Kittelson & Associates, Cardno, and Nutter Corp.
In the disaster category (less than $5 million), we had two submissions. The winner was the Kane Drive Washout with City of Gresham, Murray Smith & Associates, and MEI Group. This impressive project was a team effort that was practically a design/build due to the time-based challenges of repairing a major arterial roadway in a busy metro area. The team worked tirelessly through the holidays to provide a quick and effective solution to quickly restore traffic. The citizens truly appreciated public works after this amazing effort! Also submitted in this category was a Benton County project that included emergency repair to Rickard Road. Benton County was able to find innovative ways to armor the roadway to not only repair the emergency damage, but also significantly lower the risk of future damage. Way to go!
The last category is structures (less than $5 million). The winner was a Tillamook County Public Works project that could also double as a disaster project. This herculean effort was accomplished with the project team of Tillamook County, OBEC, and Farline Bridge, Inc. In a period of days, the project team managed to design and build three temporary bridges that provided the necessary access to otherwise stranded county residences. In addition, the county personnel provided a significant portion of the labor. Even under very stressful, long hours, the project was completed successfully with no lost time injuries.
In addition to project-of-the-year awards, we received an unprecedented three submissions for young leader awards. Given the impressive resumes of the candidates and considering that all three nominees were pushing 35 (the age limit for this award), the chapter board worked with the awards committee to recognize all three candidates. Huge congratulations for our deserving winners: Ashley Cantlon of Otak, Fred Wismer of Kittelson & Associates, and Jeremy Provenzola of City of Gresham. Thank you for not only your accomplishments but the promise of what your future will mean to public works!
By Eric Jones, Chair Chapter Communications Committee
When I was honored with the “Bulldog” Award for Excellence in Communication at the fall 2016 conference in Bend, I was (almost) speechless with gratitude for being recognized for “unwavering commitment to the Oregon Chapter.” But as I thought about it later, I realized that the most important thing about the award is that it recognizes the importance of communication in public works.
There was a time when external communication didn’t matter so much. We were the experts, and we knew how wide to build a road and when to remove a hazard tree. Times have changed. While we’re still the experts, now we must continually “tell our story” so our publics can understand the work we do and trust us to make good decisions.
The Bulldog Award for Excellence in Communications gives the chapter an ongoing opportunity to recognize those who excel in communications so that we can congratulate them on their successes and learn from their winning techniques. Now that’s an award I can sink my teeth into.
It Was a Very Good Year
Each of the three Northwest Public Works Institute classes were filled to capacity at 40 students each. Additionally, NWPWI has a graduation program that is recognized by APWA National, and over 30 students graduated in 2016. Oregon APWA also offered two Street Maintenance & Collection Systems Schools, and Preventive Maintenance for Roadway Surfaces helping to educate over 485 in 2016.
March 28-30 Spring Street Maintenance & Collection Systems School Redmond, OR
April 10-13 Spring Conference Seaside, OR
October 17-20 Fall Conference Pendleton, OR October 24-26 Fall Street Maintenance & Collection Systems School Newport, OR
November 7-10 Public Works Leadership* Cannon Beach, OR
December 5-8 Public Works Essentials* Jantzen Beach, OR *A class of the Northwest Public Works Institute
Connect with Members
Through Newsletter Ads
The new year brings with it an opportunity to advertise in the Oregon APWA e-newsletter. Advertisers’ support helps Oregon APWA fulfill its goals of professional development, outreach, and advocacy. Equally important, your participation in the quarterly newsletter puts your business in front of the Oregon APWA membership. Over the past year, each issue of the newsletter has averaged nearly 1,000 views. We encourage you to contact us to set up an annual advertising contract. Details about 2017 ad sizes and rates are posted online. We think you’ll find that the Oregon APWA e-newsletter is an easy and effective way to promote your services and products to public works professionals throughout Oregon. To set up an ad contract or for questions about billing and payment, contact Maggie Vohs at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 541-992-3482. If you have technical questions about ad designs, please contact Kim Mast at email@example.com call her at 541-682-5548.
That's right, folks. After a heated competition with Ashley Cantlon that raised more than $4,100 for the chapter's scholarship program, Krey Younger came away with the Gizmo at the conclusion of the fall conference in Bend.
Mark Becktel, Operations Division Manager, City of Salem, (503) 588-6211, firstname.lastname@example.org Jeff R. Bernardo, Division Mgr, OBEC Consulting Engineers, (541) 762-2079 Kevin Caldwell, Senior Project Manager, City of Ashland, (541) 488-5587, email@example.com Neil Wayne Choate, PW Insp Manager, City of Portland, BES, (503) 823-6496 Oscar Contreras, Engineering Tech. II, City of Tigard, (503) 718-2687, firstname.lastname@example.org Lieden Cook, PW, City of Pendleton, (541) 966-0202, email@example.com Mario De La Rosa, Development Project Engineer, City of Oregon City, (503) 657-0891, firstname.lastname@example.org Mikel S. Diwan, PW Director, Hood River County Oregon, (541) 386-2616, email@example.com Scott G. Franklin, Principal, PACLAND-Portland, Inc., (503) 659-9500 Michael Vernon Goins, Student, Portland State University/Maseeh College of Engineering, (502) 484-5247, firstname.lastname@example.org Richard C. Grant, Envir Pollicy HazMat, City of Portland - Transportation, (503) 823-1720, email@example.com Paul L. Gregory, PW Supervisor, City of Medford, (541) 774-2600, firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Harman, LRIG-IS, Lane County OR, (541) 682-6910 Jim Kuroski, Regional Manager, National Precast, (503) 747-7746, email@example.com David M. Larch, Equipment Repair Foreman, Hood River County Oregon, (541) 386-2616, firstname.lastname@example.org Earl R. Lighthill, Jr, Engineer Tech III, City of Medford, (541) 774-2100, email@example.com Bill H. Ness, Design Engineer, Lane County OR, (541) 682-6930 David R. Ressor, Transp Planning Supv, Lane County OR, (541) 682-6598 Michael J. Ribeiro, City of Medford, (541) 774-2100, firstname.lastname@example.org Christian Saxe, Public Works Director, City of Silverton, (503) 874-2210, email@example.com Gohar Shafiq, Supervisor Service & Design, Portland General Electric, (503) 672-5461, firstname.lastname@example.org Chris C. Sherby, Cardno Inc, (503) 419-2624 William Wheat, Road Tech Foreman, Hood River County Oregon, (541) 386-2616, email@example.com Donald Wiley, County Engineer, Hood River County Oregon, (541) 386-2616, firstname.lastname@example.org Judy M. Williams, Interim Asst Dir PW, Lane County OR, (541) 682-6907 Dan E. Wobbe, NW Regional Manager, Cardno Inc, (541) 480-7317
Each year the chapter allocates funds for the Community Outreach Grant Program. The program's objective is to provide opportunities for members of the chapter to participate and become involved in community-building events, support activities that promote the exchange of ideas, advance livability, strengthen work force, support sustainable public works infrastructure and assist organizations pursuing advancement in public works related activities.
Eligible recipients are Oregon individuals and/or not for profit organizations which focus on academic advancement, research, or services related to public works. Priority will be given to proposals that reach traditionally underserved and diverse communities; deliver services to youth between the ages of 6 to 18; strengthen academic achievement particularly in math and science; provide possible opportunities for public works employees to volunteer in a meaningful way; enhance quality of life within communities; or demonstrate sustainability.
If you are part of or know of an organization that would benefit from the Chapter’s Community Outreach Grant Program you are encouraged to go to our Chapter website to get more information.
Sustainability in the News
Faha to Speak to Sustainability Group
On Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Portland, Mike Faha of Greenworks will present a summary of his sustainable design efforts, which garnered him the 2016 APWA National Individual Sustainability Award. Faha will discuss some of the memorable projects he has worked on over the years, offer tips on incorporating sustainable practices in our work, and describe what trends he sees in sustainable practices. The session runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lucky Lab East, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland . Faha’s presentation starts at 5 p.m. Seating is limited. To RSVP contact Melissa Robinson, Melissa.email@example.com or (541)682-8421 or (541)337-3503.
Sustainability Center Rolls Out New Toolkit
The Center for Sustainability (C4S) rolled out its new Sustainability Toolkit at the 2016 PWX conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The new toolkit is a repository of relevant public works resources including reports, tools, case studies, RFPs, specifications, codes and more. You can easily filter the toolkit by type, topic, focus area, and location. You can also search the database by keyword.
Check out this new resource for public works information. If you have content to contribute, contact Anne Jackson.
Central Coast Luncheon Group Plans Quarterly Meetings
The Oregon APWA Central Coast lunch group had a successful meeting in December and plans to hold four luncheons in 2017, in March, June, September and December.
On Friday, December 2, the cities of Lincoln City and Newport hosted a session on local adaptive signal timing on US 101 in Lincoln City presented by Julie Kentosh, PE, PTOE, Region 2 Signal Operations Engineer with the Oregon Department of Transportation. Julie talked about the Lincoln City project and how ODOT and other agencies are using automated signal performance metrics to enhance traffic flow. This project uses technology that captures current traffic demand data to adjust traffic signal timing to optimize traffic flow in coordinated traffic signal systems. Lincoln City is Oregon’s first deployment of the adaptive traffic signal control, and really is a game changer. Twenty people attended the luncheon, including several city council members from Lincoln City. Steve Fox with Epic Land Solutions, Inc. moderated the event. The venue was a beautifully decorated Eden Hall at the Side Door Café in Gleneden Beach. For more information about upcoming luncheons, contact Stephanie Reid.
Happy Times for APWA Young Professionals
The Oregon APWA Young Professionals held a happy hour earlier in the fall at Ex Novo Brewing, a brewery in northeast Portland. Attendees included people from several Portland area jurisdictions and private firms, as well as students from Portland State University and University of Portland. They were able to converse with colleagues in the industry and catch the last warm sunny days of the year with the bay doors open.