Volume 55 No. 2
It is already June and it feels like the year just started. I am told that time moves faster the longer we stick around, but I think it also moves faster when there is a lot going on.
Public works seems to be incredibly busy everywhere I turn. Roads are closed all over the place for repairs and upgrades and we are just at the beginning of the paving season, and then there are all the other projects including subdivisions, commercial developments, pipe lines, fire stations and more. This is on top of operation and maintenance as well as emergency response efforts due to heavy snow and rain this year. Everyone I talk to is loaded to the gills and looking for help. Where are all those elusive potential employees?
APWA has been busy too. We had our second annual ROADeo in March at the newly extended Street Maintenance and Collection System school held in Eugene that went over very well. Winners were invited to attend and compete at the National Conference to be held this September in Seattle. Of course there have been other events such as the spring conference in Bend, Engineers Week, National Public Works Week, participation in the Green Transportation Summit and Exposition, and much more.
Several folks have stepped up to take new positions within APWA. Matt Emlen from Trane volunteered to be the sustainability committee chair, and Jue Zhao of Salem will be moving into the chair for the Water Resource Committee this summer. If you have interest in either committee I am sure they would like to hear from you. Tony Roos has taken on the role of advocacy ambassador to National APWA with Tim Blackwood as his back-up.
With everything that is going on, teamwork becomes even more important. And so, more thoughts from the former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden:
With that, have a wonderful summer, and see you at the upcoming conferences and events. Feel free to contact me, or any of the officers or board members if you have ideas or thoughts for APWA.
Gordon Munro, 2019 Chapter President
Spring Conference Sets Record
The chapter's 2019 spring conference once again drew record numbers! A whopping 188 delegates and 100 representatives from 55 companies made the trek to Bend and enjoyed beautiful weather, good food, and networking with peers at Riverhouse on the Deschutes.
Oregon APWA offered a warm welcome to National President-Elect Bill Spearman and his wife Molly, who traveled across the country to attend and participate.
An interesting and fun twist for conference goers was the photo contest, with winners selected based on the number of “likes” a photo had at a given point during the conference. HHPR won 1000 Gizmo votes and Barbara Blair won a gift certificate towards registration fees for the fall conference in Hood River.
A highlight of the Thursday banquet was the Gizmo competition. Doug Singer from the City of Eugene took home the award, but the big winners are Oregon college students because every dollar of the $11,000 raised at the conference goes to the chapter's scholarship fund.
ROADeo Included in Extended Spring School
It's usually called the "short" school but the 2019 Street Maintenance and Collection Systems School held in Eugene in April was truly "extended." Along with a full slate of classes and technical trainings, an extra day was added for the chapter's second annual ROADeo competition.
Students had the option of competing on a backhoe, excavator, or a skidsteer. All equipment was sponsored by Pape’ and Peterson Equipment, who also donated prizes for first-place category winners. Overall competition winners received a commemorative belt buckle and a stipend from APWA-Oregon to attend and compete at the APWA National ROADeo Competition at PWX in Seattle in September.
ROADeo winners were:
Call for Presentations at 2019 Fall Conference
By Jenifer Willer, Education Committee Chair
The call for presentations for the 2019 Oregon APWA Chapter Fall Conference is now open. The conference takes place October 22-25 in Hood River. Abstracts for technical session presentations are due July 1, 2019.
To provide a diverse conference program, we are targeting approximately two to four sessions from each of the following categories:
Please submit your speaker and topic information using the online Google form.
Once the July 1 deadline has passed, the submissions will be reviewed by the chapter's technical and conference planning committees, and notification of the acceptance of abstracts will be made in late July.
Don’t be shy in providing more than one presentation; it's great to have many diverse topics to consider. If you have any questions, please contact me at JWiller@eugene-or.gov. The committees and I look forward to seeing your great technical presentation ideas.
Beaverton Achieves APWA Accreditation
In March, APWA National announced that the Beaverton Public Works Department has received full APWA accreditation. This accreditation formally verifies and recognizes that the agency is in full compliance with the recommended management practices set forth in APWA’s Public Works Management Practices Manual.
The purpose of accreditation is to promote excellence in the operation and management of a public works agency, its programs and employees. Accreditation is designed to assist the agency in continuous improvement of operations and management, and in providing a valid and objective evaluation of agency programs as a service to the public and the profession.
Formally awarded the prestigious accreditation by APWA’s Accreditation Council, the Beaverton Public Works Department now becomes the 153rd agency in North America to be awarded APWA Accreditation, and the fourth agency in the State of Oregon. In addition to Beaverton, accredited agencies in Oregon include Bend, Eugene and West Linn.
Open to all governmental agencies with responsibilities for public works functions, initial accreditation from APWA is for a four-year period, during which time semi-annual updates will be required to demonstrate continuing compliance. After that time, there is a re-accreditation process which builds on the original accreditation, encouraging continuous improvement and compliance with newly identified practices.
APWA’s accreditation process includes five major steps:
For more information about APWA Accreditation, contact APWA Accreditation Manager, Tracy Quintana at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (816) 595-5294.
Meet Your Water Resources Committee (WRC)
Editor's note: This is a continuing series of articles about Oregon APWA's committees. View Committee Central for the full list of chapter committees, and decide which ones you'd like to become active in.
The WRC has been an active committee in Oregon since 2006. We promote and provide training opportunities on water resources issues. Committee members are experts in all aspects of water, wastewater, reuse and stormwater.
We promote water resource topics for inclusion in our conferences and have regular presentation on water resource topics. Meetings are typically held in downtown Portland but we also use online meeting tools so that APWA members can participate from their offices. We are always looking for new members to bring new ideas and energy.