With the New Year comes change. On January 1, 2016, it became my privilege to start serving you as the Oregon APWA Chapter President. I am excited to take on this challenge and hope I am worthy of this honor.
Fortunately for me, I took over the presidential reins from Todd Watkins who now becomes our Immediate Past President and will continue to lend his support and knowledge to our chapter in that capacity. Todd did an excellent job leading our chapter last year, implementing improvements to make our Chapter even better and providing a smooth transition for me. Thank You Todd!
Other transitions on the Executive Board include Russ Thomas taking over the roles of President-Elect plus the Conference Technical Session Coordinator and Gordon Munro becoming the Chapter Secretary. I am confident both will execute their job duties with accuracy, timeliness and humor.
Remaining on the Executive Board is Jenifer Willer, who will provide another year of outstanding financial support as Treasurer and Dan Boss, who will represent us well as the Chapter's Delegate to National Council of Chapters.
As for the Board Directors, Mike Bisset, Elizabeth Papodopolus, Nikki Messenger, and Tony Roos will continue in their duties as Directors which includes being liaisons to their assigned committee chairs and taking on ad-hoc committee duties as needed. Their wisdom, focus and wittiness help keep the executive team on task.
Newly added to the Board Directors are John Lewis and Ashley Cantlon. John is a co-chair of the 2016 Spring Conference and Ashley was the Water Resource Committee Chair. I look forward to working with them this year.
With the rotation of board members also comes departure. Terry Song who was the Immediate Past President in 2015 has rotated off the board. Though he has left the Chapter Board he is still serving on the Scholarship Foundation Board. Paul Shirey, who served as a Director for many years, also completed his last term in 2015. As a cap to his term, Paul is a co-chair of the 2016 Spring Conference. A big Thank You goes to Terry and Paul for the time and energy they gave to our chapter.
As is tradition, the outgoing and incoming Board members met in November for a 24-hour retreat where the 2016 President's Goals were unveiled and the Board started the revising our 2016 Strategic Plan. Both of these documents can be found on the Chapter website and will be discussed further in future President's letters.
Another item of note for the first quarter of this year is the successful completion of the 2015 Chapter Financial Audit. Thanks goes to our Audit Committee comprised of three Chapter members- Gregg Weston, Terry Song and John Lewis with support from Chapter Treasurer Jenifer Willer and Maggie Vohs and Mindy Binder with Cameo Management Solutions.
Lastly, I want to give a shout out to Bob Patterson as the Oregon Chapter's nominee for the 2016 Top Ten Leader. Bob is known for his enthusiasm and dedication to public service and when reading his nomination form it confirms he has those qualities and a whole lot more. Adam Crafts and the University of Oregon, Allen Hall Public Relations students did a great job of capturing all of Bob's special qualities. The number and diversity of his letters of recommendation is impressive. He is a very praiseworthy candidate. Congratulations Bob!
The APWA Oregon Chapter Board has nominated Bob Patterson for the 2015 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year Award.
Bob first began working for the City of Pendleton in the public works sector in 1994. The nomination highlights Patterson’s numerous efficiency contributions to the City of Pendleton and its citizens. These projects include the Aquifer Storage and Energy Recovery Program, Membrane Retirement and Recycling, Cogeneration at the Resource Recovery Facility, and Solarize Pendleton. APWA members from all areas commend Patterson on his dedication to the public works industry, his passion for giving back to others and his strength as a mentor to striving public works professionals.
To be eligible for the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year award, professionals must have a minimum of 10 years of qualifying public works experience. Bob has exceeded this requirement by going beyond what is expected of him in each of his positions. Not only has Bob been in the public works industry for over 25 years, but he also immerses himself in his public works projects and initiatives. Bob is committed to APWA and has completed a full officer rotation, including a term as president, illustrating his dedication to APWA and the public works industry.
Bob also received the 2015 William A. Bowes Award. “This year’s recipient has exhibited all of the traits of Mr. Bowes and then some. They are a mentor, leader, and friend to all that they meet,” said Russ Thomas, who selected Bob for the Bowes Award.
We congratulate Bob for this well-deserved nomination and thank him for his service to the Chapter and the public works industry.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the Oregon APWA Scholastic Foundation offer 14 scholarships totaling $18,750. Two new scholarships were included in the funding resolution approved by the foundation board of trustees in February. The resolution directs Oregon APWA Scholarship Committee co-chairs Victoria Saager and Laurie Allen to go forth and encourage Oregon colleges and universities to recommend students who meet the award criteria.
New scholarships in 2016 are the $1,500 Allen A. Alsing Memorial Scholarship to a student in the Civil Engineering program at Oregon State University and a $750 Veterans Scholarship for a student at Lane Community College. The Veterans and the Past Presidents scholarships will rotate to different schools each year. Other scholarships in 2016 are:
$3000 to a student in the Civil Engineering/Geomatics/Geotechnical program at Portland State University
$3000 to a student in the Civil Engineering/Geomatics program at Oregon State University
$3000 to a student in the Civil Engineering program at the Oregon Institute of Technology
$2000 as the Lindberg Scholarship to a student in the Public Administration program at Portland State University
$1000 as the Ron Polvi Civil Engineering/Sustainability Scholarship to a student in the Civil Engineering program at Oregon State University
$1000 as the Past Presidents Scholarship to a student in the Civil Engineering program at Oregon State University
$750 as the Les Lyle Memorial Scholarship to an Oregon student in the Civil Engineering Technology program at Walla Walla Community College (previously this was awarded at Blue Mountain Community College)
$750 as the Merle Langley Memorial Scholarship to a student in the Civil Engineering Transfer program at Lane Community College
$500 as the Don and Kathy Schut Environmental Engineering Scholarship to a student in the Civil Engineering program at Oregon State University
$500 to a student in the Civil Engineering Transfer program at Clackamas Community College
$500 to a student in the Civil Engineering Technology or Civil Engineering Transfer program at Umpqua Community College
$500 to a student in the Civil Engineering Emphasis program at Southwestern Oregon Community College.
Funds for the scholarships come from donations made by members of Oregon APWA. The scholarships will be awarded in late summer, before the start of classes in fall 2016. More information about Oregon APWA's scholarship program is available onlineTop
Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready?
To find out if you are ready you are invited to attend the 2016 APWA Oregon Chapter Spring Conference at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn in Hood River, Oregon, April 19-22. The spring conference will provide a variety of technical sessions earning CEUs and PDHs. You can arrive early and get a jump start on your conference experience; the golf tournament will take place on Tuesday. A technical tour of the Hood River Distillery, the disc golf tournament, and a First Timer’s “Get Acquainted” meeting are on Wednesday morning! There will be an engaging keynote address at the opening luncheon Wednesday at noon and a keynote speaker at Thursday’s luncheon. Exhibits of some of the best products in the industry and technical sessions will kick off right after lunch on Wednesday. Food, fun, entertainment and networking you can’t get anywhere else...you will surely agree...the APWA Spring Conference is a must attend event!
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In February 2016, Michael Walker, Public Works Director for the City of Sandy, was awarded Life Membership in the American Public Works Association. Life Membership is awarded to members who have continuous membership for either: 30 years; or 20 years and age 70; or for 20 years, age 65 and fully retired from active service. Congratulations, Michael.
By Scott Gillespie, Civil Engineer, Eugene Public Works
I was lucky enough to work under a couple former senior CH2M Hill project managers early in my career. One thing they gave me was CH2M Hill’s Little Yellow Book. It’s given to every new CH2M Hill employee even to this day. It was written in 1982 by Jim Howland, one of the co-founders of the firm. Nothing in my career has resonated like this book, pound for pound it’s the best mentoring and project manager guidance I have ever come across. I still have a copy of it on my desk wherever I work. Take a read through it when you have time, it’s short, only about a five-minute read. A few things are specific to consulting but 95% of it applies to all engineering professionals, public or private. Following this has brought me a lot of success.
Need advice or help on a roadway safety project? Michael Swan, the Safety Circuit Rider at the Oregon Technology Transfer Center (T2), can step you through the analysis, planning, and/or funding options available to get your safety improvement project off the ground. He’s available to meet with you by phone or in person and provide the assistance you need.