Each year, the incoming Oregon Chapter president sets goals for his or her term of office. These goals are areas of special interest to the president and align with the Chapter’s 2016 Strategic Plan (more on the plan in future newsletters). The 2016 President's Goals with associated objectives and actions taken to date are:
Promotion of Public Works
Promote the importance of the work being performed by public works agencies, consultants and contractors to facilitate adequate funding and acknowledge public works personnel as first responders. Objective: Find opportunities to provide information to elected officials, administrators and citizens showcasing the public works services delivered to our communities. Actions: Requested and received a proclamation from the Oregon Governor for National Public Works Week; and met with the City of Portland Section Chiefs to discuss the value of participation in Oregon APWA.
Encourage more members to actively participate in Chapter events and leadership opportunities to maximize the benefits of membership. Objective: Develop a strategy to engage members to volunteer and participate in training classes, conferences, lunches, net-working events and committees. Actions: Recruitment of members to serve on committees; and support Young Professional networking events.
Policies & Procedures
Ensure efficient operation of Chapter business by documenting past practices and new initiatives. Objective: Create or update policies and procedures essential for a well-organized Chapter and uncomplicated transition of leadership. Actions: Updated Chapter Bylaws approved April 2016 to align with changes at National; updated 2016 Executive Committee Duties and Descriptions; and created the new Young Professional Committee.
Successful progress on completion of the President’s Goals would not be possible without the enthusiastic and supportive help of the Chapter Board and committee members. Thank you for your assistance. Though we have made progress towards fulfilling the 2016 Goals there is still much to do. If you have any comments or suggestions related to these goals send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delora Kerber, 2016 Chapter President
Patterson Named Top 10 Leader
By Laura Bynum, APWA National
Pendleton’s Public Works Director, Bob Patterson, was recently named to the American Public Works Association (APWA) national 2016 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. Each national Top Ten Public Works Leader will be honored during the Awards Ceremony of the APWA 2016 PWX annual conference taking place in Minneapolis August 28-31.
Patterson was also honored for this recognition at the Oregon Chapter APWA spring conference in Hood River. Additionally, an award presentation and local reception was held on Sunday, May 15, in Pendleton to kick off National Public Works Week. The award was presented by Larry Stevens, Past President of APWA National.
The APWA Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year program honors excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing career service achievements of individual public works professionals and officials, from both the public and private sectors. As one of the most prestigious awards presented by the association, the Top Ten Public Works Leader award is given to honor the public works professional’s career, in which he or she demonstrated excellence in public works, services and infrastructure in his or her community through advancement of public works services and technology.
As the Public Works Director for the City of Pendleton, Patterson was selected to lead the $1.2 million master planning effort for water, sewer and storm water systems. Through his recognition, the GIS mapping of the entire city water system was championed and secured for funding to provide critical mapping and location of all the city’s water, sewer and storm water infrastructure.
Patterson also provides professional leadership training for all staff to mold the public works team into a cohesive unit, and also cemented internal staff coordination and communications. He also is often chosen as the city spokesperson to media on public works issues and projects such as road improvements, bridge replacement, and utility rate increases, and has monthly live radio interviews, on KUMA “Coffee Hour.”
Patterson’s accomplishments include the development, design and construction of various water supply infrastructure projects to greatly conserve and enhance the natural resources and quality of life in a high desert community that receives only 12 inches of rainfall annually. He also designed and directed the new aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) water distribution system for the city. The ASR system incorporates micro-turbine and regenerative drive technology to generate electricity in five wells. In addition, the new water filtration plant uses a major siphon design, the first of its kind in the world. The ASR system has significantly slowed historic critical aquifer water level declines, and has stored over a billion gallons of water for future use, and has met the year-round water demands of the high desert community, even in the recent drought years.
He is also a strong supporter of APWA’s Oregon Chapter efforts and has been a dedicated member of the chapter, serving as director, secretary, president-elect, president and immediate past president. Patterson has advocated the value of public works throughout his career and has been a supporter of continuing education and succession planning as demonstrated through his ongoing education programs. He has also organized and hosted several statewide conferences in his community, and most recently been awarded the William A. Bowes Service Award at the Oregon Chapter’s 2015 fall conference.
Greetings from the APWA Oregon Awards committee! As many of you are aware, awards committee chair has switched as John Lewis of Oregon City has been elected to the Chapter Board. Krey Younger from GeoDesign has taken up the mantle and is moving forward. During the spring conference we had the pleasure of awarding Bob Patterson of the City of Pendleton with the prestigious national Top Ten Leaders Award. Bob is an outstanding steward of public works and the Oregon chapter. Take a second, read through the application shown on the web site, and learn a bit more about why Bob truly deserves to be considered one of our Top Ten leaders! In addition to the Top Ten award, we also announced that Mike Faha with GreenWorks PC has received the notice of award for the national Sustainability Practices Award. The official award will be presented at the August national Public Works Expo conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mike will also receive more recognition at the fall conference. Congratulations Mike! For the Gizmo Award, Jenifer Willer of the City of Eugene had the pleasure of passing a beautiful piece of art work onto our beloved president, Delora Kerber of the City of Wilsonville. The gizmo contest was hard fought, but we can think of no one more deserving of the gizmo than dearest Delora. Isn’t she just adorable!?! And lastly, be aware that an email blast will be going out shortly with information regarding the Project of the Year Awards. The email blast will also provide information regarding a new award created by the Chapter Board. Award applications are due by Wednesday August 31, 2016. Get your nomination forms filled out and sent in! Please head to the application section of our web site for more information. The more submissions the better!
Did you know the Oregon Chapter of APWA has 60 Life Members?
So, how does one become a Life Member in APWA? Members who meet any one of the following requirements are eligible for Life membership:
continuous membership for 30 years
continuous membership for 20 years and age 70
continuous membership for 20 years, age 65 and fully retired from active service for which compensation is received
it is also possible for any individual who has been a member continuously for 10 years to be designated a Life Member by special action of the board of directors in recognition of outstanding service to the Association
What are the benefits of a Life Member? In addition to the benefits received as an individual member, annual membership dues, and any applicable chapter dues, are waived for Life Members.
Who is the Oregon Chapter’s newest Life Member?
Eric Jones, who recently retired after 26 years at Eugene Public Works, recently qualified for an APWA Life Membership.
In response to this new designation, Jones said “I wanted to maintain all the friendships I’ve made in APWA over the years, and becoming a life member was the perfect solution.” Eric received a letter of acknowledgement from Brian Usher, APWA President along with a lapel pin. Jones stated “The way APWA handled my request for life membership made me feel honored for my years of service, plus it’s a great incentive to stay active in the chapter.”
The first half of 2016 has been a busy one for APWA education. In March, the Developing Leader class was at full capacity. Street Maintenance and Collection Systems Spring School was held the last week of March in a very sunny Seaside. The warmer-than-usual weather was enjoyed by all that attended.
The chapter conference had record attendance, and the smaller Hood River venue was at capacity. We credit the record registration numbers with the popular theme - Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready? The technical program highlighted the theme and keynote speakers were nothing short of spectacular. The exhibit hall was filled to the max and spectators were shoulder to shoulder much of the time. Many kudos to the Chapter Board and Conference chairs!
The spring education line-up rounded out with the biannual Preventive Maintenance for Roadway Surfaces held at Eagle Crest Resort; which offered a new facilitator (thank you David Renshaw of City of McMinnville), a new line up of speakers and some new topics for this year’s school. Fall is sure to be just as busy as APWA rolls into Bend for two consecutive weeks with the Street Maintenance and Collection Systems Fall School October 4–6 and Oregon Chapter Fall Conference October 11–14. Both events will be held at the newly remodeled Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center. The conference theme is PRIDE - Providing Reliable Infrastructure with Dedication and Excellence. Registration for Public Works Leadership and Public Works Essentials are in full swing; both nearly or over half full! If you want to move into or continue your career with leadership growth, the Northwest Public Works Institute classes are a must take.
We are excited to announce that we will be offering electronic evaluations at the fall conference and the NWPWI classes. You will want to bring your smart phones and tablets so that you can fill out the evaluations when they arrive in your inbox. More details will be made available in the coming months. For more information visit us at www.oregon.apwa.net or call 541-994-3201.
Hood River Conference Huge Success
Who knew that preparing for the worst could be so much fun? Whether it was golf, disc golf or the HRD tour; lots of bond building happened. The conference was a sellout due to the smaller venue and high interest in the conference topic of Disaster Preparedness. The keynote speakers hit their marks and the 24 sessions supported the conference theme with well-attended and on-target presentations. The conference and hotel staff were very responsive to our needs. The band was excellent and the meals very good. A new Gizmo recipient was crowned, and all had fun with the festivities as we raised more monies for the scholarship fund. Our thanks go out to all of the contributors who made the Spring 2016 conference a memorable success.
From Tiny Town to towering trucks, Eugene's annual Public Works Day turned out to be another hit. More than 2,300 people took the May 19 tour of the Roosevelt Yard. While most of the attendees were students, all left with a better understanding that "Public Works is Always There" (the theme of 2016 National Public Works Week).
This year Eugene Public Works Day moved to an Incident Command System (ICS) to organize and manage the event. This helped identify and respond to key issues without sacrificing any of the fun elements of the event.
Conference Presentations Now Online
Presentation slides from the Oregon APWA spring conference in Hood River are now available online. More than 20 presentations are arranged in three tracks, with topics ranging from "What's in your coop (Besides chickens)" to "Making the most of your paving dollars while meeting ADA."
Jobs Web Page Hits 10K Mark
Do you know which chapter web page is the most popular? The answer: job postings. The page has had more than 10,000 "visits" since the new chapter web site debuted in March 2014.
The site is not only popular with Oregon APWA members, it's a hit with HR people around the Pacific Northwest - SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) meets APWA in a match made, if not in heaven, at least on the internet. Whether you're looking to see what jobs are available or have a position to post, don't overlook this valuable service that Oregon APWA provides.
Other often-visited chapter web pages (visits) include:
Five members of the chapter's Transportation Committee on June 15 were given a tour of the new Rhine-Lafayette pedestrian overpass by Amy Fandrich, PE, and Paige Schlupp, RLA. This unique pedestrian overpass spans the northern end of Union Pacific’s busy Brooklyn switching yard and provides connection from the Rhine Street light rail station to a high school, employment node and neighborhood east of the tracks. What makes this unique is the extremely small footprint that this crossing occupies. The Trimet team opted to use elevators and stairs rather than 1000 feet of approach ramps to gain the needed 24 feet of height over the rails. According to Amy, it penciled out well because an adjacent business did not have to relocate. The project opened to the public in September 2015. Special features of the crossing included:
Glass elevator cabs increase visibility and improve security and are large enough to accommodate bicycles with trailers or a child’s tag-along attachment.
Elevators have two doors to allow bicyclists to enter and exit the elevator without having to turn around.
The stairs were widened and straightened to provide clear sight lines.
Bike gutters were installed to provide greater ease to move bicycles up and down stairs.
Closed-circuit television cameras were installed, as well as additional lighting in the area.
But having elevators independent of a building is uncommon, and this presented the design team special challenges. As APWA public works professionals, we know importance of the devilish details. Here are some examples:
The railroad wanted screening over the tracks that a pop bottle can’t fit through, and that you can’t climb on. But according to Paige, that would make the wire so dense that it interrupts the view. The solution was to install a very tight weave in the lower 42 inches and a looser weave (but still would not allow a pop bottle through) above 42 inches.
There are numerous elevator manufacturers, each with their own sized cars. So how do to design a tower shaft the correct size, when you don’t know the brand of elevator the contractor will supply? Amy and Paige’s recommendation was to specify the elevator brand and model at 50% plans, then design the tower to fit.
Only certified elevator technicians can enter an elevator shaft. To make maintenance easier, the team designed the windows in the tower to be replaced from the outside.
True story: the west elevator is very close to the Union Pacific mainline track. The vibration from trains at speed was such that it was setting off the seismic sensors. Delicate calibration of the sensors was required.
In summary, if you find yourself standing on one side of a seemingly impassable barrier, expressway, freeway, railroad tracks or major arterial, there are options for getting up and over it. These project tours provide a great deal of information in a very compressed time frame. Hope to see you on the next one.