Chapter Works 

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

June 2017
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Ken M. Eyre, P.E., Senior Associate
Greeley and Hansen LLC
Alexandria, Virginia
Steven J. Yob, P.E., County Engineer/Director of Public Works
Henrico County, Virginia
Immediate Past-President
Dawn V. Odom, Planning and Investment Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation
Suffolk, Virginia
Don Cole, Office Leader
Brown & Caldwell
Richmond, Virginia
Amy Linderman, Engineer
Department of Public Works & Environmental Services
Fairfax County, Virginia
Fred Whitley, P.E.
Senior Project Manager,  AECOM
Newport News, Virginia
Robert K. Bengston, P.E.
Director of Public Works
City of Roanoke, Virginia
David Bradshaw, P.E., Principal
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Harold R. Caples, P.E.
Engineering Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation
Richmond, Virginia
Sherry Earley, P.E.
Engineer Manager
City of Suffolk, Virginia
Gaynelle Hart, 
Director of Public Works
City of Lynchburg, Virginia
Phillip Koetter, P.E.,  Operations Management Administrator, 
Department of Public Works
City of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Scott Smith, P.E., 
Office of Resiliency
City of Norfolk, Virginia
Kelly Mattingly, LEED-AP CRM
Director of Public Works
Town of Blacksburg, VA
James W. Long, 
Project Manager
Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP
Ed Crockett, Assistant Director
Department of Public Works
City of Newport News, Virginia
Judi Hines,  Assistant Director
Department of Public Works
City of Newport News, Virginia
Sharyn L. Fox, 
Municipal Program Manager
Whitman, Requardt and Associates LLP
Newport News, Virginia
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  President's Corner
Wow, what a start to the Chapter's new year!
The 59th Annual Mid-Atlantic Conference and Equipment Show was a huge success thanks in large part to the volunteer Conference Committee. We are most grateful to the 2017 Conference Committee members who volunteered their time and talents to make the 59th Annual Mid-Atlantic Conference and Equipment Show enjoyable and worthwhile.  Be sure to check out the links in this newsletter to see the many photographs taken during the Fredericksburg activities.
Everyone truly lived up to the conference theme - we all made sure that Public Works Makes it Happen! On a personal note, I am deeply indebted to Dave King, Chapter Past-President and Fredericksburg's PW Director, who served with me as this year's Co-Chair. Dave used City resources to create an amazing welcome.  He truly created a friendly atmosphere for our visitors and participants that made the Fredericksburg Expo Center "home" for almost three full days.

Two of our participants were representatives from the National APWA.  We were pleased to have Brian Usher APWA National Past-President (Immediate) and Keith Pugh APWA Region III Director join us this year.  We also had a very thought-provoking keynote address that combined technology with humanitarian efforts.  Karen Allen, Director of Development, Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) gave the keynote address and spoke about sustainability challenges when fighting energy poverty in developing countries-providing a unique public works perspective.
Kudos to Doug Fawcett, Fredericksburg's Assistant City Manager for leading the Scholarship Golf Fundraiser at Lees' Hill Golf Club.  Doug was assisted by Victoria Matthews, Fredericksburg's Tourism Manager, who helped with the early planning to ensure things fell into place.
The 59th Annual Mid-Atlantic Conference and Equipment Show featured two community outreach events.  The first was the Tree Planting  along Fall Hill Road, teaming with the Chapter's Sustainability Committee. Jennifer Privette of Newport News DPW coordinated the tree planting with Dave King. Special thanks to the City of Fredericksburg for covering the tree planting costs!
The second was the annual Road-E-O. This year, we were pleased to host 316 students from the City's Hugh Mercer grade school These students were able to watch our 100 public agency contestants compete on an assortment of public works equipment. The Chapter provided volunteer guides to escort the classes around to the pre-determined observation sites.  The students loved cheering and watching the big equipment. In addition, each child was given an APWA coloring book as a souvenir of their day with us! Close to 120 Road-E-O contestants participated this year and hope to have this many interested contestants next year!

New this year APWA is hosting a National Road-E-O at the Public Works Expo (PWX) in Orlando, FL. The event is being held August 29th inside Orlando's Orange County Convention Center.  The Mid-Atlantic APWA chapter has offered its two spots at the Orlando National Road-E-O  to the top two finishers from our 2017 backhoe event, representing their agencies and the Chapter.  Good luck to our contestants! More information about the National Roadeo can be found HERE.
We extend a huge THANK YOU! to the equipment suppliers, vendors and consultants who serve as sponsors and exhibitors. With their financial contributions and continued support, we can keep Conference registration fees at affordable levels so that our members from Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia-West Virginia can participate.  This ensures public works professionals have the chance to network and see the latest applications related to their areas of responsibility and interest.
The conference could not happen without the assistance of our volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors.  Thank you all again for your support, enthusiasm and dedication to providing a meaningful event. 
Looking back, it's been another great year for the Mid-Atlantic APWA.  There have been many highlights this year and I would like to share a sampling with you.
  • Congratulations to the first graduates of the Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute (M-PWI).  In April, 18 students completed the course work that spans a two-year training program. The M-PWI was established in 2014, by the Chapter and Virginia Tech.  It offers public works staff with the opportunity to enhance their professional careers.  Students receive a Certificate of Completion from Virginia Tech's Continuing Professional Education office. The Chapter developed the curriculum and used our network in providing a complete adjunct faculty made solely of public works practitioners. 
  • We have a Young Professionals committee.  During this year's National Public Works Week, a New and Young Professionals forum was held in Fairfax, VA on May 23.  Participants exchanged ideas and practices in technical public works maintenance, management, construction and engineering applications.  Plus, VDOT presenters discussed their career paths and challenges they faced in their career.
  • The Chapter continues to make membership education a priority.  This year multiple lunch and learn events were held, which were very well attended. The Chapter held two "Look Ahead" forums in central Virginia and one is being planned tentatively for July in the Baltimore / Washington DC metro area.
  • Our membership has remained strong and we are still one of the largest chapters in APWA. We continue to work on keeping our chapter relevant to Public Work professionals through education and networking events.
  • Thanks to Board Member Sherry Earley for once again pulling together the National Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE), which recapped the Chapter's 2016 highlights and showcases the activities provided to our members. We trust we will once again be recognized at the National level for the PACE accomplishment based on the dedication, planning and execution of our Chapter collaborative activities that provide members numerous opportunities across the region. Fingers crossed for this year's awards competition in Orlando.
I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the City of Baltimore's Public Works Employee of the Year ceremony during National Public Works Week. This is a prime example of national and regional programs to recognize Public Works professionals dedicated to providing service to their residents and tirelessly completing tasks for their community.  It was a pleasure being back in Baltimore and spending time with APWA National President-Elect Bo Mills, DPW Director Rudy Chow and other City leaders to recognize and acknowledge the great service of their staff.
In closing, I am honored to represent the Chapter at many levels and look forward to another productive year. If you would like to chat with me, offer assistance or suggest ideas to improve our activities, please contact me at    

Ken Eyre
Chapter President
APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter
The 59th annual Mid-Atlantic Public Works Conference & Equipment Show
Ken Eyre, 2017 Conference Co-Chair and Chapter President

David Keeling
The City of Fredericksburg was the proud host of the 59th Annual Conference and Equipment Show for APWA's Mid-Atlantic Chapter.  The Fredericksburg Expo Center was the site for most of this year's Conference activities.  The conference committee pulled together a fun and educational conference with something for all 500-plus attendees to do.  This year's conference clearly also had much to be proud of, both at the Chapter level as well as the individual level.  The Awards Ceremony was aptly handled by Travis Davis, Woolpert; Donald J. Cole, Brown and Caldwell
Judi Hines, City of Newport News and Phillip J. Koetter, PE, City of Virginia Beach.
Bud Curtis, awarded the Chapter's 2017 Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to this year's Awards recipients, especially Bud Curtis, who was awarded the Chapter's Distinguished Service Award for his un-selfish and widespread contributions to public works. See this year's award recipients here.

This year's Scholarship Committee Members included Sharyn Fox, Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP; Judi Hines, City of Newport News and Matthew F. Villareale, Prince William County. Association Builders staff also assisted with the award coordination and management, thanks to Jennifer Cook and Jeanne Ali.

The annual golf outing and equipment rodeo were both greeted by perfect weather as conference activities opened on Wednesday morning. The golf tournament at Lee's Hill Golf Club saw first place go to the team of John Fletcher, Andy Wicker, Toney Osterbind and Bobby   Moore.  A special thank you goes to our hole sponsors, Clark-Nexsen - Development Facilitators, Inc. (DFI) - Slurry Pavers Inc. - Woolpert, as well as beverage cart sponsorship by the City of Virginia Beach!
The annual Equipment Road-E-O was held in the Expo Center parking lot, with a strong field of over 120 competitors vying for prize money ($75 for first place and $50 for second place).  We are greatly appreciative of the equipment vendors who donated equipment and staff for use in each competition, shown in the adjoining image.  Thanks to Old Dominion Brush Co. (ODB) for donating the third place Road-E-O prize of $25 gift cards.

Mattern & Craig sponsored the Road-E-O contestant and event staff teeshirts, much appreciated. Special thanks to Quarles Petroleum, the conference tote bag sponsor.
The 2017 Road-E-O top three winners for each event are:

Wednesday activities continued after the 
Roade-E-O concluded but not until after 321 kindergartener from the City's Hugh Mercer Grade School had the chance to see up close and personal the public works contestants competing in the seven different Road- E-O courses. Special thanks to Dave King, City of Fredericksburg, Matt Villareale, and Newport News' Jennifer Privette for coordinating the children's tour and to Newport News' Scarlet Stiteler , DC DPW's Daniel Harrelson, Denise Nelson and all 17 volunteer guides, for taking charge and leading the students, teachers and chaperones through the Road-E-O course, where beautiful weather capped off the day. The students received, courtesy of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, APWA coloring books as they departed from the site. Special thanks to Steve Noel, Dimensional Products Inc. (DPI), for coordinating with Richmond Traffic Control and Solar Tech, and providing the variable message board and the safe passage ways for the students and guides as they made their way through the course.
A special visitor worked his way through the Road-E-O - Mr. Saf-T Cone as portrayed by the City of Fredricksburgs' Anthony Frye, where his "normal" day job is as Laborer II on the City's Tree Crew. We all enjoyed chatting with Anthony as he entertained not just the kindergartener but the adults as well. Job well done Anthony!
Not to be outdone after the students departed and the Road-E-O was finished, the Chapter's Sustainability Committee, in collaboration with the City of Fredericksburg and Tree Fredericksburg, a community group providing resources to "green" the City streets and public spaces, participated in a community outreach event. Jennifer Privette, Dave King led the volunteer team with Sherry Wright, Uganda Whitaker and Denise Nelson, City DPW staff and others, to plant trees in the median of the newly constructed and complete Fall Hill Road.
The day was capped off by our Exhibitors Reception with lots of good food, beverages and networking.   The Chapter is extremely grateful to all of our excellent exhibitors who provided conference attendees with many new ideas and tools for future planning.  A total of 51 exhibitors nearly filled the exhibition area. View scenes from the Wednesday Opening Reception and the list of the 2017 Exhibitors and Sponsors by clicking the links.

As the conference continued into Thursday, we were pleased to have Fredericksburg's
Fredericksburg's Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw giving the opening welcome
Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw provide the opening welcome for our conference, and honored to have National APWA Immediate President Brian Usher once again spend time with us share and his thoughts on the many great things that public works provides every day. APWA Region III Director Keith Pugh, visiting with us from High Point, NC, echoed much of what Brian Usher covered and welcomed the chance to network with the Chapter leaders and members. 
Keynote Speaker Karen Allen, Director of Development, Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), spoke regarding how the organization is implementing sustainable solar solutions to deliver clean water, bolster food production, power medical facilities, facilitate modern education and stimulate commerce. Stand alone projects will be replaced with the introduction of micro-grids-solar power plants that will provide for the electrical needs of an entire community. Karen discussed on-going efforts with the Paris Climate Change agreement and SELF's projects in Benin, Haiti and Colombia. 

A complete schedule of technical sessions followed the Thursday Opening Sessions, through which a wide range of current public works and infrastructure topics were provided by an outstanding array of presenters.  Whether it was stormwater, customer service, asset management, transportation, hearing more on Women in Public Works, traffic control and work zones, ...and more....there was a session for everyone.  New this year as part of the technical program was an inside technical Temporary Work and Traffic Control Zone presentation from VDOT's Steve Scherr and Allan Grady followed by a visit outside to the parking lot where a temporary work zone had been set-up. Special thanks to Steve Noel, Dimensional Products Inc. (DPI), for suggesting the idea and for making it happen. Recognition is given to Richmond Traffic Control and Solar Tech  for providing the Thursday demonstration with the Temporary Work Zone. The Chapter plans to continue  classroom-style presentations as part of the annual conference technical program, followed by a full-scale application/demonstration. Should you have ideas for a similar event or have suggestions for a theme/topic at the 2018 Conference, contact Conference Chair Steve Yob.

Outgoing Chapter President Dawn Odom, Opening General Membership Meeting.
Thursday activities included the annual Awards ceremony as well as the annual Chapter general membership and business meeting, during which Dawn Odom, Chapter President for the past year, handed the gavel over to Ken Eyre for the year ahead.  The evening's main networking social event was held at the A. Smith Bowman Distillery where the Chapter celebrated its 61st  anniversary, where everyone was able to tour the Distillery warehouse and view the stills and production area, and generally relax. Special thanks to Woolpert for being the food sponsor at the Thursday evening networking social. Transportation to and from the Distillery was provided by the Chapter and Quarles Petroleum.
We especially want to thank this year's conference sponsors:
 Brown and Caldwell - CJ Geo Contractors - Greeley and Hansen - H&B Surveying  & Mapping LLC  - Kimley-Horn  - Precision Safe Sidewalks  - Slurry Pavers Inc.
Whitman Requardt & Associates - WSP
Friend of APWA
Mattern & Craig - HNTB
Road-E-O Equipment Providers and Road-E-O Sponsors
Alban CAT - Altec - Dimensional Products Inc. - Old Dominion Brush Company - Mattern & Craig - Mid-Atlantic Waste Systems
Richmond Traffic Control - SolarTech
Road-E-O Public Agency Equipment Providers
City of Fredericksburg - City of Alexandria - City of Colonial Heights - 
Baltimore County - Henrico County - Prince William County
Road-E-O Tee-Shirt Sponsor - Mattern & Craig
Prize Sponsors
Mid-Atlantic Chapter - City of Fredericksburg - Old Dominion Brush Co.
Golf Hole Sponsors
Clark-Nexsen -Development Facilitators, Inc. (DFI) - Slurry Pavers Inc. - Woolpert
Golf Beverage Cart Sponsor - City of Virginia Beach
Conference Tote Bag Sponsor   - Quarles Petroleum, Inc.
Thursday Networking Social:
               Food and Beverage Sponsor - Woolpert
T ransportation Sponsor   - Quarles Petroleum, Inc.
In-Kind Services
City of Fredericksburg - Greeley and Hansen - Prince William County DPW

In all, the conference was a success.  Special thanks to our 2017 conference committee for all of their hard work over the many months leading up to the conference.  Kudos to:  Doug Fawcett, Dave King, Josh Knight, Nancy Segarra and Victoria Matthews, City of Fredericksburg; Matt Villareale and Deb Oliver, Prince William County DPW; Kelly Mattingly, Town of Blacksburg;  Staci Hopkins-Reynolds, City of Lynchburg; Chapter Treasurer Fred Whitley, AECOM; Jennifer Cook, Association Builders; Jeff DuVal and Keith Kehler, City of Alexandria; Scott Smith, City of Norfolk; Ray Bass, Dave Orwick, Bill Chambers and Lisa Wright of Baltimore County DPW; Travis Davis, Woolpert: Todd Flippen, City of Colonial Heights; Jennifer Sanford-Caples, WR&A; Steve Noel, Dimensional Products Inc.; Jennifer Privette, City of Newport News DPW; Denise Nelson; Kerry Dailey and Courtney Braimbridge of Greeley and Hansen, and Steve Yob, Chapter Vice-President and 2018 Conference Chair, Henrico County Public Works Director.

Due to scheduling constraints with City of Richmond facilities, next year's 60th Annual Mid-Atlantic Public Works Conference and Equipment Show will be once again held at the Fredericksburg Expo Center--May 1-4. Mark your calendars for this important event.  We are all looking forward to seeing everyone at next year's conference in Fredericksburg! 
Look for upcoming related announcements and check the  Chapter's website

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Welcome Address by Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw
APWA Chapter Conference, 
May 11, 2017
It is an honor and a privilege on behalf of the City of Fredericksburg to welcome the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the American Public Works Association.
Welcome - to the banks of the Rappahannock River where the Seacobeck Indians entertained Captain John Smith in 1608.
Welcome - to the county nearby where General George Rogers Clark, "The Hero of the Northwest Territory" was raised and the birthplace of his little brother, William who with Merriwether Lewis explored the great northwest after Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase.   
Welcome - to the gateway to the Northern Neck and its Tidewater progeny of Washingtons, Madison, Monroes, Masons and Lees. 
Welcome - to Stafford County where George Washington grew up, chopped down Parson Weem's cherry tree and threw the Spanish dollar across the Rappahannock. 
Welcome - to the city a short ferry ride away where Mary Washington, who raised George, spent her declining years close to her daughter Betty.
Welcome to the port of Falmouth, home of America's first millionaire and world renowned artist Gary Melcher
Welcome - to the only place in America that John Paul Jones truly called home and the place where Thomas Jefferson penned the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.
Welcome - to the region which produced six Revolutionary War generals including Hugh Mercer, one of two generals in our country's history to die on the point of a bayonet and from whom, his great, great, great grandson, George S Patton, would proudly trace his lineage.
Welcome - to the town where a young lawyer named James Monroe buoyed by his  success on our town council ran for the U S House of Representatives from the First congressional District only to be soundly defeated by another James, James Madison.
Welcome - To the city whose city hall was constructed in 1816 and refurbished in 1824 to entertain Lafayette in his triumphant return to America and which remained in continuous use as a city hall until 1982 (second in continuous usage only to Tammany Hall in New York City).  And is now the Fredericksburg Museum.
Welcome - To the hotbed of 19th century intellectual Agrarian reform as led by John Taylor of Caroline and Edmund Ruffin . 
Welcome - to the home of Matthew Fontaine Maury, the pathfinder of the seas.
Welcome - to the site of four major Civil War battles: from the follies of federal failure at Fredericksburg to the audacity of Lee and Jackson at Chancellorsville to Grant's tenacity in the Wilderness and at Spotsylvania.
From the south porch of the original Farmers Bank where Abraham Lincoln spoke in the winter of 1862 to the east porch of the same building several months later where Jefferson Davis spoke.
From Clara Barton to Walt Whitman who nursed the injured and Stephen Crane' s Red Badge of Courage which memorialized the battle.
Welcome - to the city which changed hands seven times during the Civil War, a city whose refusal to surrender in 1862 led to a northern bombardment of over 6000 rounds and more house to house fighting than in any other city during the war.
Welcome - to the city across whose river over 10,000 slaves fled to freedom during the war.
Welcome - to the 2nd city in our nation to employ the city-manager/council form of government.
Welcome - to the region that gave America gold medal winners in Jeff Rouse and Mark Lenzi - and blues music award winner and civil rights leader city native Gaye Adegbalola.
Wecome - to the city that provides the world with Carl's frozen custard.
Welcome - to the town where America grew up -
Truly our history is our nation's history - each century of it. 
Fredericksburg is living history. I like to tell folks about my experience on the Fourth of July not too many years ago. The holiday fell that year on a Sunday. My walk to church that day took me past the home of Mary Washington, the home of Jane Beale whose civil war diary provided much of the dialogue for the movie Gods and Generals, and the law office of James Monroe, where he practiced law and began his political career as a member of the city council. I sat down in a church pew which happened to be across from Farmer's bank. All in the space of four city blocks. I would not have had to deviate far from my route to pass where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Statute of Religious Freedom, a significant document in the Virginia and the US constitutions and one of the things that Jefferson asked to be placed on his tombstone. We are never far from the roots of this nation - the men and women and the ideas that made this country what it is. Fredericksburg's history is truly our nation's history. And that includes the bad as well as the good. We cannot forget the struggles that occurred to live up to those principles. More than 10,000 slaves passed through our city to cross the river to freedom during the civil war.

Litter Control Program in Newport News

Tired of seeing litter in your city? The Community Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works has spearheaded a plan to reverse the trend. The plan has two principles - prevention and collection. Newport News citizens, who share the same interest as City staff in eliminating litter, are encouraged to join in the plan's partnership.
Prevention starts with education, and education begins with City-sponsored outreach programs in schools and advertisements at other community events. The goal is relatively simple - explain how a minor change in behavior can make a huge difference if we all participate. Something as simple as placing snack wrappers, fast food bags or cigarette butts in designated receptacles rather than dropping them out a car window can make a remarkable change in the appearance of our city.
The second principle is collection. Here again, citizens can partner with the City by engaging in programs, such as Adopt-a-Spot. Adopt-a-Spot, the most popular litter program, asks a volunteer to participate in four cleanups a year for two years. The City of Newport News has over 40 active adopted locations; you can adopt a spot, too!
The City has a half a dozen established programs, now monitored and coordinated by Community Maintenance. A new program, designed specifically to address the "curb appeal" of the City's major thoroughfares, is being added this summer. This program will offer jobs during the summer and dedicate a force of litter collectors to several high visibility locations, such as the gateways to the City and heavily trafficked arteries for vehicles.
Anyone interested in helping combat litter in their neighborhood should contact the City of Newport News Call Center by dialing 311. 
Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute Update
Session IV - Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute
Scott A. Smith, PE, LS,  Chairman MA PWI Steering Committee
The Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute (MPWI) completed its fourth session of a four-session series on April 4-6, 2017 in Richmond, VA. The Steering Committee is excited that this session graduated our first cohort of participants who over the past two years have completed all four sessions.
The honored graduates:
Michael Booker
City of Hampton
Levon Bright
City of Norfolk
Chris W. DeHart
City of Hampton
Curtis Garnett
City of Newport News
Julie Hannah
City of Virginia Beach
Anthony Johnson
City of Lynchburg
Keith Kehler
City of Alexandria
Phillip J. Koetter
City of Virginia Beach
Ricardo Lamb
City of Norfolk
John O'Shea
Town of Blacksburg
Jack Reed
Town of Smithfield
Staci Hopkins-Reynolds
City of Lynchburg
Larado Robinson
City of Salem
Jessie D. Snead
Town of Smithfield
Kinlaw David Stephens, III
Town of Vienna
Robert Tweedy
City of Hampton
Jerry Whitmore
City of Lynchburg
Jeff Wilkerson
City of Martinsburg, WV
Sherry Wright
City of Newport News
The next session," Intro to Supervision" begins Sept 19-21, 2017 in Richmond. Registration is open.

Thank you, this program would not be successful without the dedication of the Steering Committee, the support of our sponsors and the agencies that send participants and instructors.

We are looking for instructors for Session 1, if you are interested please contact me. or James Jackson at .
Roanoke Stormwater Benchmarks Capital Projects Using Envision

The City of Roanoke's Stormwater Utility intends to incorporate sustainable practices and measures into all future stormwater infrastructure projects. One of the ways this is being accomplished is through the use of the Envision rating system. For those not familiar with this rating system, Envision is for infrastructure what LEED is for buildings.  Envision was created by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and focuses on the importance of sustainability and protecting the environment. The City believes that using Envision in the various stages of stormwater improvement projects will not only improve the health of our streams and reduce flooding, but will move Roanoke toward a more sustainable and resilient future.

The first step for using Envision was to create a report card or benchmark for recently completed projects. This benchmark included 13 projects and how they rated under Envision's five key categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, and Climate and Risk. There are a total of 60 Envision sub-categories in which ratings points are available for credit.


The 13 projects benchmarked were the typical "run of the mill" stormdrain projects. Most of the projects were located within residential areas and consisted of inlets, stormdrain piping, and curb and gutter. The only goal of most of these projects was to alleviate flooding and as such, water quality was not a design component. The outfall for these projects included roadside ditches, closed piping systems, and natural watercourses. By typical CIP project costs, these projects were fairly small, the largest of which was $1.2 million.


Through the benchmark evaluation, it became clear that historical stormwater improvement project designs were missing the sustainability mark. The average Envision score for the 13 projects was 4% of total available points. Out of 60 credit categories possible these projects only received points in 19 of those categories. Even though the results were lower than expected, this benchmarking was essential to ensure future stormwater improvement projects are both sustainable and resilient.

Once the benchmark evaluation was complete, a summary of the findings included recommendations for future projects. Those recommendations span all phases of a project: planning, design, and construction.

Planning Phase Recommendations included:

  • Updating the capital project rating system,
  • Increasing community outreach, and
  • Increasing collaboration and teamwork among City departments/divisions.
  • Design Phase Recommendations included:
  • Performing voluntary downstream analysis for all projects,
  • Integrating water quality components into all projects,
  • Incorporating street trees into applicable projects,
  • Improving the discharge method through stream/riparian buffers, and
  • Balancing of site materials.
  • Construction Phase Recommendations included:
  • Incorporating sustainability requirements in requests for proposals,
  • Using regional materials, and
  • Creating pollution prevention plans for all projects.

The next step in the process includes applying the recommendations listed above to projects that are already designed, but "on the shelf" awaiting funding, thereby making changes to current design before the projects go out to bid. Thereafter, Envision will be applied to all new stormwater improvement projects - ideally during the concept/preliminary engineering phase - to ensure not only the project is done right, but also to ensure that the right project is being done.

Using Envision as part of the project design process is simply one more step along Roanoke's path toward a more sustainable and resilient future. After all, projects we build today will shape our City for decades and generations to come.To read the full report, please click here 

Wastewater - Storm Sense in Newport News
16th Street Bridge
New monitoring stations in Newport News will provide more accurate information about potential flooding events that could impact City residents. Through the efforts of scientists at William and Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), eight local communities, including Newport News, have received grant funds through the National Institute of Science and Technology to install water level sensors to help communities better manage coastal flooding. Three sites have been selected in Newport News to place the sensors as a component of the Smart City Initiative. The goal is to better monitor, predict, and respond to coastal flooding.

The first three sites include the 16th Street Bridge, Leeward Municipal Marina, and
Shellabarger Drive Bridge
Shellabarger Bridge. Currently, staff from Public Works are working with VIMS on the location, fabrication, and data collection from the sensors. These sensors send an ultrasonic pulse that bounces off the water's surface and back to the
Leeward Municipal Marina
transmitter where the data is logged. The less time it takes for this pulse to bounce back to the transmitter, the higher the water level. The flood sensors will provide near real time information to the City's planners and first responders. This information will be fed into a high-resolution computer model that is detailed enough to simulate the street-level path of rising waters. The technology will improve the City's preparation and response during significant weather events.


including information on attending, exhibiting and sponsoring.

If you have any questions, contact Stephen G. Lippy, P.E., BCEE, S.C. 

Stephen G. Lippy, P.E., BCEE, S.C.
WASTECON Local Committee
SWANA Mid-Atlantic Chapter
APWA and SWANA Life Member 
Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee would like to thank everyone who came to our session at the Chapter Conference in Fredericksburg.  We hope that you found it interesting and informative.

Humor in the workforce, is it appropriate?  This article  from APWA National discusses that question and makes some very interesting points.

If you would like to add your input, join the committee or have any suggestions for us, please email Scarlet Stiteler at .
Scarlet Stiteler is the Accounting Specialist for the Department of Public Works in the City of Newport News.  She is the Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Chapters Diversity Committee.
New and Young Professionals in Public Works Forum
Fairfax, VA, May 23, 2017

The Chapter hosted on May 23, 2017, in cooperation with the Fairfax County Dept. of Public Works & Environmental Services (DPW&ES), and the northern District office of VDOT, and during National Public Works week, the New and Young Public Works Professionals Forum at VDOT's Northern Virginia District Office in Fairfax, VA. Special thanks to Lauren Mollerup and the rest of the VDOT staff for contributing the use of their facilities for this educational venue.

Chapter President Ken Eyre and Chapter Secretary Amy Linderman welcomed the group.

VDOT's Bill Cuttler demonstrating VDOT Dashboard
Bill Cuttler, VDOT District Construction Engineer, provided not only insights associated with workplace path and challenges faced in his career, he spoke on Performance Measurements, Safety and Work Zones and Paving, where he demonstrated use of the VDOT dashboard to showcase these management tools. Dave Shiells, VDOT District Materials Engineer followed and presented the basics of concrete in different building, traffic and transportation applications. 

James Patteson, Director of Fairfax County's Public Works & Environmental Services Department (newly accredited by APWA in 2016) discussed some his career path challenges and what public works has meant to him and encouraged the young professionals in attendance to not be shy about cross-training and trying new opportunities as they become available.

VDOT's Todd Robson discussing specialized equipment needed with pipe replacement 

Todd Robson, VDOT District Infrastructure Manager spoke about knowing how to recognize pending storm pipe defects and discussed the importance of having an established, qualitied response team to react to emergencies.

Lauren Mollerup, PE, CCM, District Maintenance Engineer and Olivia Daniszewski, Engineering Associate, VDOT- Northern Virginia District spoke on Vehicles, Budget, Snow, and Maintenance Organization. Olivia discussed
Olivia Daniszewski, discussing her  VDOT rotational assignments. 
her rotational experiences at VDOT and how that decision has benefited her and also confirmed her choice to be in the transportation engineering sector.

The forum closed with a panel discussion recapping some of the influences and decisions that need to be made at various times in an engineering and public works career, and balancing work demands with personal growth and quality of life.
Sustainably Meeting The Needs Of Those We Serve: Today And Tomorrow
Karen Allen, Development Director, Solar Electric Light Fund

The following is the an excerpt from the address by Karen Allen, keynote speaker at the Chapter's 59th Annual Public Works & Equipment Show held in Fredericksburg, VA May 10-12, 2017

Good morning. Have you heard the joke about the conversation between two planets? Planet One says, "How's it going?" Planet Two says, "Not so good. I have the Homo Sapiens." Planet One replies, "Don't worry about it. I had the Homo Sapiens too. With their track record, they'll be gone in no time." And thus, we begin this morning's presentation on the importance of sustainability.
I am approaching this topic from the perspective of the Solar Electric Light Fund, or SELF, as we refer to ourselves. We are a Washington, DC-based, nonprofit that delivers the dependable, carbon-free power of the sun to some of the world's poorest people who have no hope of ever being connected to a conventional power grid. We have been doing this work for
more than 25 years in over 20 countries. SELF started out installing small home systems in China but quickly realized that method was not an
efficient solution to fighting energy poverty. So, we increased the scale of our work by providing electricity to community institutions, like health clinics and schools. And, as you are about to see, we have since expanded to many more exciting projects.
Sustainability is first and foremost in all that we do. I know that, as Public Works professionals, you too are dealing with sustainability issues. Together, we all share a range of challenges, among them climate change and resource scarcity, especially water. Of course, the challenge is not just addressing the problem at hand, but
analyzing what our solution portends for future generations.

In 1987, the United Nations released the Brundtland Commission's report-"Our Common Future"-that defined sustainability as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The definition works in principle, but for those, like SELF, working in international development, it is often difficult to ascertain when one has adequately met the needs of the present. In other words, when have we done enough?

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Take Time to VOTE!

On June 28, online balloting will open for National board positions - President-Elect and Director At-Large Fleet & Facilities. Watch your email, the Reporter magazine and the APWA web site for detailed bios on the candidates.  Balloting is open from June 28 through July 28. Please take time to vote for the leadership of APWA.
Newport News One City Marathon Recognized as Green  Event of the Year

The Newport News One City Marathon, presented by Newport News Shipbuilding, received the Virginia Green Travel Star Award as the Green Event of the Year for its exceptional efforts and commitment to environmental excellence in 2016. The Virginia Green program recognizes outstanding Virginia tourism organizations from across the Commonwealth for their voluntary efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their operations. 
The award was presented at the 4th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference & Awards at Darden School Conference Center at the University of Virginia. Virginia's First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe presented the awards. "The Governor and I want to congratulate these incredible Virginia Green organizations that are working every day to protect our natural resources and promote green tourism opportunities in Virginia, "said Mrs. McAuliffe. "These environmentally conscious destinations are part of what makes Virginia such an appealing place to visit for people from all over the country and the world."
The One City Marathon implemented many "green" initiatives and promoted a healthy lifestyle to strengthen the community and promote green tourism in the City of Newport News. Sustainable initiatives included eco stations for waste reduction, recycling and composting; renewable energy certificates; Nike Reuse-A-Shoe collection; recycled art children's activities; bulk local water distribution; clothing reuse collection; mass transit services; and curb inlet filters at storm drains to prevent pollutants from entering local waterways. NNGreen, the city's sustainability program, exhibited at the two-day Health and Wellness Expo educating participants and spectators about the city's sustainability initiatives and the Marathon's Virginia Green certification.  Newport News was also named one of the state's (first of ten) VA Green travel chapters in 2016.

"We are incredibly proud to recognize The Newport News One City Marathon as a Virginia Green Travel Star," says Tom Griffin, the Executive Director of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. "The growth of the Virginia Green program statewide has been remarkable, and our awards program is a celebration of that progress. Virginia Green Travel partners are truly leading our program's efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of the industry and to increase green tourism business in Virginia."
The Virginia Green program is run through a partnership of the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The program encourages green practices in Virginia's tourism industry, and it has nearly 1,700 partner organizations that have self-certified their green commitments. The 2016 Award Summaries are posted on the Virginia Green Travel Alliance website
Baltimore City Department of Public Works Selects Its 2016-2017 Employee of the Year

Baltimore City Department of Public Works Director, Rudolph S. Chow, P.E, announced
Baltimore DPW 2017 Employee of the Year Alycia Jackson Wood, Administrative Analyst I in the Bureau of Water and Wastewater giving acceptance and acknowledgment remarks.

Thursday May 25th, 2017, during National Public Works Week, that the Department has selected Ms. Alycia Jackson Wood, Administrative Analyst I in the Bureau of Water and Wastewater, as its sixth annual "Employee of the Year". The awards ceremony was held at the War Memorial Building in Downtown Baltimore.

Ms. Jackson Wood works in the Customer Support and Services Division, and is known for her analytical skills and commitment to following up on customers' requests. "Alycia's positive and ambitious nature has been an absolute critical part of the Bureau's growth," said James Price, Acting Head of the Bureau of Water and Wastewater.

Ms. Jackson Wood's contributions came as the agency was upgrading its water billing system, a critical time for DPW. She stepped in to manage outstanding customer requests when one of the Operations Officers in the Customer Support and Services Division was out due to illness. She took it upon herself to learn the water billing system. In addition, Ms. Jackson Wood took over the returned mail process, creating a strategy to reduce and eliminate unnecessary extra mailings, which were costing the City an extra $32,000 a year.

"I was pushed by my first Division Chief to learn more and to become more," said Ms. Jackson Wood. "I was told not to allow myself to be pigeonholed by my job title. Everything is a learning experience. Take pride in what you do. Take time to learn. Being appreciated is huge."

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh praised the work of all DPW employees, and noted their role in providing outstanding drinking water, collecting trash and recyclables, removing snow, and protecting public health.

Mr. William (Bo) Mills, Jr., President-elect of the American Public Works Association (APWA) was the keynote speaker. He noted that during the last election cycle both parties emphasized the need for more public works investments. Ken Eyre, President of the APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, also spoke of the long-overdue funding of public works projects and the need for infrastructure re-investment. He also spoke of the numerous affordable educational venues the Mid-Atlantic Chapter offers to members across Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia.

Front - L to R - APWA National President-Elect Bo Mills; Mid-Atlantic APWA Chapter President Ken Eyre; City DPW Deputy Director Dale Thompson: Pete Hammen, Chief of Operations for the City.
DPW established the Employee of the Month program in May 2011 to recognize and encourage high quality work and service to Baltimore City residents and customers by Public Works employees. Every month, an employee is honored from the Bureaus of Solid Waste, Water and Wastewater, and DPW Administration. From these employees, six finalists were nominated for the Employee of the Year Award. An employee committee reviewed the nominations, interviewed the candidates and ranked them. The criteria include customer service, relationship with co-workers, contribution to the community.

In addition to Ms. Jackson Wood, the other DPW finalists were:
  • Donna Brown, Bureau of Water and Wastewater
  • Emmanuel Grant, Bureau of Solid Waste
  • Romeko Morton, Office of the Director
  • Donald Ross, Bureau of Solid Waste
  • Michael Savage, Office of the Director
As Employee of the Year, Ms. Jackson Wood receives three days paid leave, an engraved clock, one night's stay at Monaco Hotel Baltimore, a $200 gift certificate for Fogo De Chao, tickets to the baseball Orioles, and $500 in cash. Gifts were donated and/or paid for by members of DPW's executive staff. 
City of Newport News Earns Pollution Prevention (P2) Diamond Excellence Award
The City of Newport News, Solid Waste Recovery Operations Center earned a Pollution Prevention (P2) Diamond Excellence Award (the highest award level offered) for 2016, from Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) for 11 consecutive years of perfect permit compliance of its landfill leachate disposal system. The award recognizes the facility for having no spills, maintaining pH level at the appropriate levels, maintaining the collection station, and submitting all required paperwork within the deadlines. HRSD considers recipients of these awards to have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence.
Healthy Communities Collaboration
Denise Nelson, P.E., ENV SP, LEED AP

The American Public Health Association (APHA) called for a collaboration among public works, planning, engineering, architecture, forestry, and other professionals to create healthy communities.  The call to action (spring 2017) is supported by professional societies representing nearly half a million professionals that recognize the impact of community layout, public spaces, and buildings on public health.  Data indicate that the design of the built environment has increased rates of obesity, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and mental health issues.  All supporters recommend intentional community design including multi-use pathways and complete streets, transit options, tree canopies, natural stormwater management, and other techniques to reduce the rates of chronic diseases.  The call to action recommendations include creating collaborations, establishing measurable health objectives, creating policies/systems to promote health, and outreach. 
APHA plans to invite APWA to engage in the next phase of the effort.  In the interim, resources are already freely available from a number of public health organizations and the supporting professional societies. 
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