Chapter Works 

An electronic publication of the 
Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Public Works  Association

December 2019

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Don Cole 
Vice President 
Brown and Caldwell  
Virginia Beach, Virginia  
Phillip J. Koetter, P.E.
Operations Management Administrator 
Department of Public Works
City of Virginia Beach, Virginia  

Immediate Past-President
Steven J. Yob, P.E. 
County Eng/Director PW 
Henrico County, Virginia
Scott A. Smith, P.E., L.S.
Coastal Resilience Manager
Department of Public Works
City of Norfolk, Virginia
Amy Linderman, Engineer II
Department of Public Works
Environmental Services
Fairfax County, Virginia
Fred Whitley, P.E.
Senior Project Manager,  AECOM
Newport News, Virginia

Chapter Delegate
Judith L. Hines 
Assistant Director of Public Works 
City of Newport News, Virginia
Dawn V. Odom
Planning and Investment Manager 
Virginia Department of Transportation
Suffolk, Virginia
David Bradshaw 
Clark Nexsen

Harold Caples
Engineering Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation 
Richmond, Virginia

Jennifer Caples 
Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP
Richmond, Virginia

Sherry B. Earley, P.E. 
Senior Project Manager - Transportation 
Clark Nexsen 
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Gaynelle L. Hart
Director of Public Works
City of Lynchburg, Virginia

Mark Jamison 
Transportation Division Manager 
City of Roanoke, Virginia

Joe Kroboth, III, P.E., L.S., PWLF
Director, Transp. and Cap. Infrastructure
Loudoun County, Virginia

James W. Long, III, P.E., DBIA 
Project Manager, Transportation 
Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Kelly Mattingly, LEED-AP, CRM 
Director of Public Works
Town of Blacksburg, Virginia

Denise Nelson 
Environmental Engineer
The Berkley Group

Juan Reyes
Assistant Director of Public Works
Fairfax Co unty, VA
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President's Corner
By Don Cole,  ENV SP,  Brown and Caldwell

Be an Active Member of your Chapter
In 2007, I asked the then Chapter President, Jamie Weist, how I could get involved with APWA. His reply was, "Well, we need an Awards Chair for this year." I said "OK" and, twelve years later, I'm proud to be President of this impressive organization. Over the years I've made great friends through my involvement, learned about all aspects of running a professional organization, advanced my professional skills through numerous learning opportunities and conferences, networked with people across our chapter and nation, and benefited in numerous other intangible ways. All this can be yours as well, just raise your hand and become involved with APWA Mid-Atlantic! Getting started is easy, email us at [email protected] and we'll connect you with the right person.
There are many ways you can become involved in the Chapter. We have active committees and inactive committees. You can get involved with either - join a committee you have an interest in or add some energy and momentum to a committee that you are interested in but has lost its momentum.
  • Activities Outreach: Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, Central Virginia. Don't see your area? No worries, you can start one with Chapter support and we'll connect you with a person leading one elsewhere.
  • Communications: You can help with the newsletter, curate content for our Chapter Works Weekly, or become part of Social Media team.
  • Diversity Committee: Work on this committee to help recognize and foster diversity in APWA.
  • Membership: Help grow the Chapter! This committee focuses on adding and retaining members.
  • Solid Waste Committee: Is your community struggling with solid waste and recycling? Join this committee and generate discussion and learn about the solutions others have developed.
  • Sustainability Committee: This is a very active committee of people dedicated to sustainability and climate change's impact on our communities.
  • Transportation Committee: Harold can use your help! Join this committee, led by VDOT's Harold Caples, and advance transportation topics within APWA.
  • Water Resources Committee: Want to make something great happen? This committee needs some new leadership and enthusiasm.
  • Young Professionals Committee: Help foster participation in the chapter by those new to the industry, as well as providing resource they may need to advance their careers.
  • Not Listed: If you have a passion for something public works related that is not listed, no worries! Come to the Chapter with your interest and we can support you. Here are some of my ideas of where we could use leadership: Rural Communities, Engineering & Technology, Fleet Services. null
Not sure if your personal passions and interests align with APWA? Well, you'd be surprised. The photo (right) is from a presentation I gave on honey bees a couple of years ago at the Chapter conference. Use your imagination, share your enthusiasm, and be a part of something great.

Don Cole
Chapter President
APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Seattle PWX Reception

The Chapter hosted a reception during this year's Seattle PWX, held at Kell's Irish Restaurant and Bar. Close to 30 participants enjoyed the social gathering.

Plans are being made for a reception at next year's New Orleans PWX, mark your schedule to join us. Stay tuned to the Chapter website and related notifications!

Call for Abstracts for the  2020 APWA WRX Conference
  The deadline for Abstracts is December 20, 2019!
Theme: Focus on the Future
For more information and forms,  please visit the webpage HERE
Questions? Please contact Kelly Mattingly Technical Program Committee Coordinator
Baked Snakehead Anyone?
Release by Fairfax County Government Communications Office

Baked Snakehead Anyone?
Ecologists from Fairfax County's Stormwater Planning Division, Park Authority resource managers, and wildlife biologists from the Police Department's Animal Services Division removed 18 Northern snakeheads from the wetland at Huntley Meadows Park. Snakeheads are an invasive species with the ability to breathe out of water, travel short distances across land, and outcompete native species for food and habitat. By removing snakeheads from the park's wetland, ecologists and biologists hope to give native species more of a fighting chance.

Like many local chefs, Watershed Education and Outreach section chief Danielle Wynne knows how to cook a snakehead, which tastes like other white fish. Her recipe: a couple slices of lemon, fresh basil leaves, a pinch of salt and pepper, a hot oven, and some savory sides.
YP Happy Hour
By Amy Linderman

The Young Professionals (YP) Committee hosted a happy hour event in Northern Virginia this month. Attendees from both the public and private side of the industry shared experiences on career path development and lessons learned on projects. Look out for more YP Hosted events in your area!
Please contact Amy Linderman, [email protected] , if you have any interest in joining the Young Professional Committee!
Scott Bishop Introduces Eighth Graders to Civil Engineering
Release by Fairfax County Government Communications Office
Benton Career Day Scott Bishop 10-2019
Scott Bishop, a senior engineer in Fairfax County's Building Design and Construction Division, participated in his daughter's eighth grade career day at Benton Middle School in Prince William County, Va.

"It was a great opportunity to introduce students to all that DPWES does," said Bishop. "Many were surprised to hear all the different services that we provide and the broad range of opportunities in the civil engineering field."
Students asked him questions such as:
  • What type of education and training is required for your career?
  • What did you learn in school that helps you in your career? 
  • What skills do you need to perform your job? 
  • Why did you choose this career? 
It's never too early to start recruiting local talent! 
Chesapeake Public Works MEOIT Apprenticeship Program Builds a Better Workforce from Within
Chesapeake's Department of Public Works recently celebrated the graduation of its first class in the new Chesapeake College of Apprenticeship Motor Equipment Operator In Training (MEOIT) program, empowering 14 City employees with new skills, new certifications, and potentially even new career opportunities within the department.
The MEOIT program is a robust "earn while you learn" course, wherein apprentices enroll at the onset of joining the department, and will complete the program requirements within the first year of their employment. Employees selected to participate must possess a valid driver's license, a basic understanding of construction work, and a desire to advance their career in Public Works Operations.
The curriculum is a blend of classroom and practical training in Commercial Driver's License (CDL), operating light and heavy equipment, tools, safety and technical skill sets. Employees first train for and receive their CDL Permit through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). With their CDL Permit, they train on the road test portion of the CDL requirements, which should be completed within 60 days.
Throughout training, apprentices will receive training on operating equipment to include Bobcats, chainsaws and chippers, forklifts, mowers, snow equipment, 15-passenger vans, dump trucks, roll-off trucks, and more.
Apprentices simultaneously receive step-by-step instruction on operating a variety of construction tools, and light and heavy equipment, while learning technical skills to perform various infrastructure maintenance tasks. Public Works safety instructors teach all apprentices critical safety information and practices, including a wide gamut of topics from medical emergencies, fire extinguishing, and defensive driving to heat stress, fall protection awareness, and even modules on substance abuse and active shooter response.
The apprentices then work side-by-side with Public Works field forces to continue hands-on training under the direct supervision of crew supervisor, which enables to them to acquire licensure, equipment, and safety certifications alongside the new skills learned in the classroom and in the field. Field skills span from asphalt, concrete pouring and crack sealing to pesticide application, storm drain pipe work and tree trimming.
Apprentices that successfully complete the program receive a transcript of their completed courses, a certificate of completion, and are eligible for non-competitive promotion to Equipment Operator 1 (EO1) Apprentices are required to fulfill a one-year employment commitment to City of Chesapeake upon graduation, or are responsible for reimbursement of CDL training expenses to the City.
The MEOIT program was developed by the Public Works Department to overcome the ongoing challenges of high employee turnover and low retention rates. With Public Works Operations having struggled with vacancy rates between 12 and 15 percent in recent years, the department looked for ways to incentivize current employees to stay with the City by providing clear career progression goals and motivating energetic self-starters that could fill important vacancies.
According to Public Works Operations Manager Ali Asgharpour, the MEOIT program is the one of the first structured programs of its kind in the region, and the Department of Public Works, a premier accredited agency through the American Public Works Association, is among the first organizations to offer a full training curriculum in the field of public infrastructure maintenance. Asgharpour said the department is currently coordinating with Tidewater Community College and the Virginia Department of Labor to award graduates with nationally recognized credentials.
Of the 14 graduates in the program's first class, 10 received conditional offers of employment in EO1 positions, including: Jimel Ashby, Ariel Brown, Corey Butler, Devarrio Coleman, Johnnie Cuffee, Rayshawn Davis, Michael Faulkner, Juwan Jenkins, Darius Miller and Denon Smith.  
Capital Facilities is Participating in Unique Canned Food Drive     
Released by Fairfax County Government Communications Office

A team from Fairfax County's Capital Facilities Division competed in the America Institute
Capital Facilities staff pose with their giant canned food computer
for Architects' annual
Canstruction competition, a nationwide program to raise awareness about hunger. The team built a sculpture made of donated canned foods that reflects this year's theme, the 1980s.

The CAP team's concept, "Let's take a byte out of hunger," featured an oversized version of the original 1984 Apple Macintosh personal computer. The team used more than 2,750 cans of food to create the 4-foot high, 4-foot wide, 6-foot high structure. The canned food, with a value of more than $2,780, will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank when the exhibition period concludes.

The D.C. Canstruction competition is organized by the Washington Architectural Foundation and took place at the at the Columbia Square Building in Washington, D.C. Contributions will provide meals to underserved communities across Virginia, D.C, and Maryland during this holiday season.
Report of Activities of the Hampton Roads Public Works Academy, November 4, 2019
APWA Mid Atlantic Chapter
  1. This report is for the year ending: November 2019.
  2. The Board of the Academy has met monthly for the past year except for December. Meetings were held at HRSD's office in Virginia Beach and HRSD's office in Newport News. An Agenda and Minutes were provided for each meeting and a Financial Report was presented.
  3. Throughout the year, workforce development classes were held or considered and included:
Basics of Concrete
Bridge Maintenance
Centrifugal Pump
Construction Photography
Erosion and Sediment Control
Front End Loader
HVAC - The Basics
IBC 2012 Code Changes
Intermediate Contract Writing
Photography for PW/U
Professional Writing - The Basics
Pump Systems
Trenching and Shoring
Writing Specifications
  1. The number of workforce development students graduating in 2019 is 70.
  2. The Cadet Program was presented at The Pruden Center, New Horizons, and Virginia Beach.
  3. Thanks to the Chapter we gave out $6,000 in scholarships!
  4. In August, the Academy held its annual "Subject Matter Experts" breakfast with Bud Curtis as the speaker.
  5. The Academy is financially sound and has a balance of $33,643 as of October 17, 2019.
  6. Click HERE to access the website. Please take a look.
Scholarship recipients
Jordan Woodman NH 2018
Ellison Smith 2018

To Apply for Scholarships:
  1. Scholarship applications are developed by individual schools and made available to qualified students;
  2. Guidance counselors and/or school scholarship committees select the scholarship winner from the returned applications and notify HRPWA (Chair, Exec. Director and Treasurer) and city board liaison of selection;
  3. HRPWA Treasurer requests funds from APWA;
  4. Schools send Treasurer and Executive Director the following information for each scholarship:
    •    Name of recipient
    •    Amount of scholarship awarded
    •    Name of school the recipient will be attending this fall
    •    Name and address of the school representative the check should be sent to
5.  After receiving the above information, Treasurer issues a check to the Tech school for the scholarship amount;
6. Schools disperse scholarship funds to the recipient's school of choice. A copy of the check is sent to HRPWA.
7. Tech School emails Exec. Director a write-up with photo (if possible) about scholarship winner for inclusion on the HRPWA website by June 20th.
Fairfax Recycles Day Event Educates and Entertains
Released by Fairfax County Government Communications Office

A tent with activities and popcorn draws a crowd at Fairfax Recycles Day. 
Kids from the Fairfax County's daycare center climbed behind the wheel of two collection vehicles during the Fairfax Recycles Day event on November 15, 2019. County employees and Government Center visitors stopped by to guess how many bottles were in a jar of crushed glass, took the recycling pledge, checked out the new see-through recycling bin, and munched on popcorn served in paper cones made from obsolete flyers. The event was held in conjunction with America Recycles Day.
Operation Stream Shield Cleans Up Local Waterways
Released by Fairfax County Government Communications Office
Homeless shelter guests earn an hourly wage to help keep streams clean

Operation Stream Shield Cleans Up Local Waterways
Fairfax County's litter pilot program, Operation Stream Shield, began on October 1. Guests of The Lamb Center, a homeless shelter in Fairfax, Va., helped removed litter and debris from the Flatlick Branch stream valley. The crew removed 30 bags of trash, one large box of hazardous material, five mattresses, two sofas, one drop stair, one bike, several bike parts, a metal office chair, several metal objects, a large muffler, and a shopping cart. The program was launched to improve water quality in streams and provide dignity in work to people experiencing homelessness. As of November 26, approximately 60 participants have removed more than 11 tons of litter from local waterways.
Homegrown Halloween Decoration
Release by the Fairfax County Government Communications Office

JZ the scarecrow is stuffed with hay grown at a former landfill
When Fairfax County Public Works employees made a scarecrow for Halloween, of course it had to be a model of environmental sustainability. I-95 landfill complex staff created JZ the scarecrow using homegrown hay as part of a team-building initiative. JZ is armed with litter-grabbers and trash bags and wearing high-vis personal protective equipment. Hay grown on the slopes of the former landfill was also sold to the county's Fall for Fairfax celebration for a scarecrow-making activity.
Sustainability Partnership Saves Money, Reduces Emissions
Released by Fairfax County Government Communications Office

Gravel from this roof will be used in a stormwater basin improvement project.
Fairfax County's Facilities Management Division replaced the ballast stone on the roof of the county's adult detention center. Typically, a contractor would haul this waste material to a disposal site outside the county at a cost of $300 to $400 per truckload. To save money on disposal costs, FMD reached out to the I-66 solid waste transfer station to see if the site could use the stone. The transfer station was more than happy to take the material! A stormwater catch basin that collects runoff at the site is being upgraded, and the stone will be covered in a filter fabric to capture pollutants such as sediment, debris, and floatables. By reusing the ballast stone, the Solid Waste Management Program avoided purchasing quarried gravel. The collaborative effort between FMD and Solid Waste is saving the county money, reducing emissions associated with quarry operations and transporting the material, and improving downstream water quality.
Protecting Wastewater Workers from Unseen Hazards
Released by Fairfax County Government Communications Office

Usually when people use the phrase, "a needle in a haystack," they are referring to how difficult it may be to find something that they want to find. For pump station mechanics in Fairfax County's Wastewater Collection Division, finding a needle at a pump station is an unwanted and potential hazard they must be ready for every day. 
Because pump stations are in low areas, they become collection points for items that cause damage to the pumps. Damaged or clogged wastewater pump stations can cause problems that lead to costly repairs and unsanitary backups into homes and sanitary sewer overflows in neighborhoods.  The pump stations also become the collection point for unexpected hazards, such as used needles and sharps that are improperly flushed down toilets, sinks and drains.
Dirty needles pose a risk to wastewater pump station workers.
"Sharps are the biggest hidden concern - things like needles and razor blades," said mechanic Dave Rabs. "We often need to stick our hands inside a pump to remove fats, oils and grease, so-called flushable wipes, dental floss, hair, or other random things like trash, screwdrivers and tape measures that cause pumps to seize up and stop operating. We can't see what's inside the pumps we fix, so the hazards from sharps are always a concern," Rabs said.

Perhaps out of sight for residents, is not out of mind for county staff. Employees dedicate themselves to protecting and restoring the county's infrastructure to make sure everyone can always flush their toilets, wash their dishes and clothes and take a shower without dirty, unsanitary water backing up into homes, neighborhoods and the environment. The wastewater collection system works best when everyone properly disposes of wipes, dental floss, and fats, oils and grease and sharps that may cause backups and injure employees.
Mechanics Muscle-up to Move Massive Blower
Released by the Fairfax County Government Communications Office

When it came time to refurbish a seven-ton blower at Fairfax County's wastewater
Staff saves time and money doing it their way.
treatment plant, mechanics Narciso Medina, Luis Vargas, Aleinis Brioso, and others accepted the challenge instead of calling a contractor. The massive fan uses an 800-mph motor to blow air into the biological treatment system to keep hungry microbes alive, a key component of treating wastewater. Typically, this equipment lasts 25 years, but the blower can last even longer with a little tender loving care. The crew removed the blower and moved it 200 feet so that it could be shipped to Denver, Co., for refurbishment. They saved costs on removing and replacing the blower, and they got the satisfaction of completing the work themselves.

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