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  • Welcome to summer. Who turned on the heater? Let’s all remember when working outdoors, that we keep cool, drink plenty of water (thanks to our utilities for provid- ing), and wear light loose clothing. We all had a little early training with the arrival of Tropical Storm Andrea. Hopefully nothing serious came from this event but I know we identified needs that required refinement and procure- ment. Tasks like inspection and reporting were important to verify the stormwater system was unobstructed and operating. Other items includ- ed office supplies such as flashlights and batteries, cameras, and portable radios. If you haven’t al- ready reviewed your inventory of necessary sup- plies, you should complete this soon so that it is not discovered when you may have the need. For those who attended the Chapter’s Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Jacksonville, I hope you enjoyed the technical sessions, accommoda- tions, and networking. I was fortunate to take the Port of Jacksonville tour and did not realize the size of this facility. The amount of cargo, lots of cars, and the cranes to hoist the containers was impressive. Overall the operation and mainte- nance of this facility was like a city on its own. The Branch partnered recently with ASCE/EWRI for a luncheon on the topic of Challenges in Stormwater Management in Central Florida. The event was well attended by many members from APWA. These joint meetings are an excellent opportunity to receive technical information as well as networking. We look forward to partici- pating in many more as I believe APWA mem- bers have a lot to provide to the professionals that are not familiar with the products, methods, and specifications that we in the Public Works field deal with daily. I have personally received inquiries as to which pavement preservation methods my organization has used, because pri- vate roadways maintained by Homeowner Asso- ciations are in need for preservation and the HOA’s are contacting engineering firms to assist in the contracting and managing the work. I want to thank everyone for participating in this great association and encourage your opinions and comments on how to improve the branch. Don’t forget our upcoming events such as the summer branch meeting Thursday, July 11 at StoneyBrook West Golf Club in Winter Gar- den, July 18th ASC E Icebreaker at Orlando Sci- ence Center, and August 10th Landscaping Day at Give Kid the World. All great locations and events. Have a safe and prosperous summer. Chairman’s Message Special points of interest: • Upcoming Events Page 2 • July 11 CFB Sum- mer Mtg Page 3 • Project Spotlight: City of Casselber- ry Page 8 • National Public Works Week Page 10 Inside this issue: 2013-2014 CFB Officers 2 ASCE Ice Breaker 4 Member of the Year: Dave Derrick 6 Lake Toho Cleanup 7 Central FL Branch Awards @ FL Chapter Meeting 13 Give Kids the World 14 Joint EWRI/ASCE Meeting 17 Joint FES Legislative Meeting 18 CFB Executive Committee 19 Summer Edition July 2013 The Central Florida Branch includes the counties of Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia. CONTACT Christiane Nelson (Universal Engineering) Newsletter Editor CMNelson @universalengineering.com Mike McCabe, PE, Central Florida Branch Chairman Public Works Division Mgr. City of Palm Bay
  • . Page 2 APWA Central Florida Branch SAVE THE DATE 2013!! Chair Mike McCabe, PE Public Works Division Mgr. City of Palm Bay District Representative Amy Blaida, MPA Project Coordinator RS&H Orlando Treasurer Althea Parrish Retired City of Sanford Secretary Angela Lawrence Operations Coordinator Atkins Chair-Elect Matt LaChance Project Manager VHB Orlando Vice Chair Amanda Millirons Assistant Public Works Director City of Palm Bay July 18 ASCE IceBreaker *APWA CFB will have a table—come represent with us! Page 4-5 Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803 2013 /2014 Central Florida Branch Officers October 26 CFB Branch College Football Social— UCF vs. UConn TIME TBD @ UCF—details will be released at a later date August 10 Give Kids the World Quarterly Landscape Day *CFB’s adopted charity Page 14 Give Kids the World, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746 July 11 CFB Golf Outing & Business Meeting *Speaker: Bill Burns, City of Orlando Public Works Page 3 Stoneybrook West Golf Club, 15501 Towne Commons Blvd., Winter Park, FL
  • Page 3Summer 2013 WHEN: Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:30—Golf Registration / 1:00pm—Golf Tee Time 6-7pm—Registration / Networking/Dinner 7pm—Dinner / Program WHERE: Stoneybrook West Golf Club 15501 Towne Commons Blvd. Winter Garden, FL 34787 SPEAKER: Bill Burns, P.E., Project Manager City of Orlando, Department of Public Works TOPIC: APWA Advocacy at the International Federation of Municipal Engineers (IFME) 17th World Congress on Municipal Engineering RSVP to Althea Parrish VIA EMAIL: Parrisha@sanfordϐl.gov QUESTIONS: Contact Amy Blaida, amy.blaida@rsandh.com or (813) 468-4576 COST GOLF: APWA Members $35/ Non-Members $40 DINNER and PROGRAM : APWA Members $25/ Non-Members $30 *In addition to our usual door prizes, Stoneybrook Offering these great door prizes: • 16 Complimentary foursome rounds of golf; and • One 30-minute golf lesson *We accept Checks and Cash ONLY *Please make checks payable to “Central FL Branch APWA” *Please note that you will be billed for no-shows and for cancellations made after July 8 APWA Central Florida Branch Summer Business Meeting MENU Pork Loin Chicken Marsala House Salad Roasted Potatoes Mixed Veges Beverages Coffee Directions: From Orlando: 408 West to FL Turnpike; or From Titusville: 528 West to FL Turnpike; Then 429 South to Exit Stoneybrook West Parkway
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  • . Page 6 APWA Central Florida Branch SAVETHE DATE!SAVETHE DATE! APWA 2013 Congress will be held in Chicago, IL, August 25-28, 2013 The Best Show in Public Works August 25–28, 2013—McCormick Place, Chicago, IL For more than 100 years, the APWA InternaƟonal Public Works Congress & ExposiƟon has drawn thousands of public works profes- sionals from all over the world. If you're like many, you have limited resources for professional development, so you've chosen AP- WA's Congress as your preferred venue for: • Outstanding educaƟon sessions that address current public works issues—as well as ongoing challenges. Choose from more than 125 technical and professional development sessions that will be presented by your colleagues—who will impart their vital knowledge and experience to you. APWA's educaƟon sessions are based on the very latest learning models—classroom, interacƟve and "live" learning labs. • The chance to see an extensive gathering of exhibitors and The Expo Experience that will showcase the latest products, services and technologies specific to public works. APWA's exhibit floor encompasses nearly 90,000 square feet! Special "non-compete" hours allow you to visit the floor—uninterrupted. Congress Overview APWA's Congress features more than 125 technical and professional development sessions presented by your colleagues and indus- try vendors. There's no beƩer way to learn than from those who are "in the know." You can earn CEUs and PDHs that will add value to the informaƟon you learn onsite. The Expo Experience—keeping in line with the impressive size of our host site—will be the BEST ever! APWA Central Florida Branch Member of the Year Dave Derrick, City of Kissimmee Public Works Director & APWA Central FL Branch Member of the Year 2012/2013!! David Derrick was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. After graduating from high school and attending Purdue University, he moved back to western New York and began working in highway construction. He worked on the Buffalo light rail project and moved on to the start of his public service career as Assis- tant Director in Tonawanda, New York, and then Director of Public Works for the next seven years. In 1995 he moved to Orlando, Florida, and began his career in Kissimmee. He has been the Public Works and Engineering Director since 2006. Dave is very innovative and has brought many new ideas to the City of Kissimmee. These ideas include demo vehicle purchasing, adding numer- ous roundabouts and the implementation of a complete machine/welding/fabrication shop which services many municipalities. He is a strong believer in a team concept and is close to all of his team members. Dave is an avid hockey player and fan and also loves to play golf. However, his biggest passion is giving back to his community. He helps and supports many charities such as the SPCA, United Way, Help Now, American Cancer Society, MDS and Junior Achievement. He is also a major supporter of Give Kids the World, Kissimmee’s incredible “village” for children with life-threatening illnesses. Give Kids the World is the adopted charity of APWA Central Florida. Dave is chairman of our Central FL Branch Rodeo Committee and will oversee our first ever event this fall.
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  • Page 8 APWA Central Florida Branch While the City of Casselberry has been main- taining its roads and sidewalks for decades, only in the last five years has it really begun to take a more rigorous Citywide approach to comprehensively assess, maintain, repair, and improve its transportation infrastructure. The City has approximately 63 miles of City-owned roads that it must fully maintain. In addition, through an agreement with FDOT, the City conducts significant right of way maintenance for two major State roads that run through its limits: US 17-92 and SR 436. In 2008, the City selected the PASER program (Pavement Sur- face Evaluation and Rating System) to evaluate and rate its public streets. By 2009, staff com- pleted an in-house assessment using this sys- tem, which revealed nearly 75% of the City’s streets were in need of fixes ranging from moderate capital preventative maintenance to major rehabilitation and structural improve- ments. The City tentatively identified which streets would likely need full reconstruction, milling and resurfacing, or a more moderate treatment such as slurry sealing or microsur- facing. However, recognizing that roads do not exist in a vacuum, and that multi-modal and neigh- borhood revitalization considerations are also critically important, in 2010 the City envel- oped these pavement needs into a Neighbor- hood Improvement Program. This program assembled a series of potential projects includ- ing pavement rehabilitation, bicycle/pedestrian improvements, sidewalk repairs, street land- scaping, various aesthetic treatments, and traf- fic calming. The City was divided into twelve project “areas” with the idea that improve- ments would be completed on a neighborhood -level basis rather than piecemealed across the City. By 2011, over $15 million worth of capi- tal improvement and rehabilitation projects had been identified, and multiple funding options were explored to potentially fund all or a por- tion of the improvements over a 10-15 year pe- riod. Over ten potential funding sources including sales tax, gas tax, millage increases, special as- sessments, the City’s dedicated Tree Fund, and private funding were considered to fund the Neighborhood Improvement Program. The City opted to partially fund the program using exist- ing funding sources as well as taking out a $5.3M construction loan, the latter of which was in- tended to address current Citywide pavement rehabilitation needs. The resulting pavement program takes a balanced approach of address- ing both some of the worst roads and also fund- ing capital preventative maintenance that will greatly extend the life of some of the City’s bet- ter roads. This approach limits the City’s expo- sure to future potential major road reconstruc- tion costs that would very likely result in an un- sustainable funding scenario. By 2012, the City (Continued on page 9) Project Spotlight by Kelly H. Brock City of Casselberry Neighborhood Improvement Program: Citywide Pavement Rehabilitation Projects
  • Page 9Summer 2013 had fully engaged in Citywide sidewalk repairs by staffing a new three-person dedicated crew solely focused on repairing and replacing damaged sec- tions of existing sidewalk. The City had also fully launched its Green Up Casselberry Program, pro- jected to eventually plant nearly 2,000 street trees throughout City neighborhoods to promote improved canopy, aesthetics, rainfall interception, and more “complete” streets. In order to most effectively use the pavement rehabilitation funds, the City contracted with VHB to verify and refine the City’s analysis and to produce contract plans for City wide pavement rehabilitation projects. Working closely with City staff, VHB evaluated each pavement section and made recommendations for rehabilitation taking into consideration long term performance, initial investment, constructability, along with inconven- ience to residents and users. To insure that the work was done right, material specifications were developed using FDOT standards as a platform, but custom tailored to the municipal environ- (Continued from page 8) ment. Placing the focus on the roads that fair to moderate condition, this preservation mainte- nance program will mostly consist of surface treatments, overlays, and mill and overlays. The City intends to release paving contracts over the next two years, covering from 3 to 5 of its 12 project “areas” at a time, with the first to be re- leased this summer. Recognizing the importance of environmental sustainability and life-cycle costs, environmentally friendlier materials such as mi- crosurface and Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) were con- sidered. The City of Casselberry will be one of the first in Florida to release a specification to pro- mote the use of Warm Mix Asphalt on its roads. Altogether, it is projected over 45 miles of City roads will be rehabilitated as a result of the currently funded components of the Neighborhood Im- provement Pro- gram. As this phase of the Program is completed, the City tentatively intends to begin using MicroPAVER for its pavement management as it redoubles efforts to preserve its good roads to the maximum extent feasible. Kelly H. Brock, Ph.D., P.E., CFM, LEED AP Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer City of Casselberry
  • Page 10 APWA Central Florida Branch Highlighting the work of more than 100 public works employees within Bre- vard County’s largest municipality, Palm Bay Public Works recognizes National Public Works Week by hosting Public Works Day on June 1st . The event showcased public works projects, equipment, educational materials, music, free food, door prizes, and a children’s activity area.
  • Summer 2013 Page 11Summer 2013 City of Kissimmee Celebrates NPWW 2013 The City of Kissimmee started out National Public Works Week (NPWW) with display booths set up in the lobby of City Hall with educational information and promotional items available to our residents for the week. The City has a public information team and they created a video with many of our team members highlighted in action to emphasize this year’s theme of “Because of Public Works”. It was shown at the City Commission meeting on May 21, 2013 and was followed with a NPWW Proclamation presented by the Mayor. Each City Official and Commissioner then received a PW Paws bobble head, which they loved! On May 22, 2013, to enhance our community outreach, we invited residents and a local el- ementary school to visit City Hall to learn about NPWW. The students rotated through dif- ferent interactive presentations which included traffic bucket truck rides, operating the recy- cling truck, and videotaping inside a storm sewer pipe. We also had a flood simulation mod- el we used to explain the design and purpose of stormwater ponds, a water pollution model explained why only rain is allowed down the drain, and a water quality testing station which explained how and why we monitor our stormwater. The day ended with an awards ceremony to recognize the efforts of the Thacker Elemen- tary “Green Team” which is a group of students that use their free time at school doing things to help the environment. In this case they were using their free time to learn what the City is doing and to recycle items that would not otherwise be recycled. The lead Teacher was also recognized for her efforts. The week long events ended with an appreciation lunch for all of the Public Works team members for their hard work and dedication in serving the City of Kissimmee and our com- munity.
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  • Page 13Summer 2013 Central Florida Branch, its members and an agency receive Awards at the 2013 APWA FL Chapter Annual Meeting & Trade Show! Left: Bill Burns, Project Man- ager, City of Orlando Capital Improvements, Public Works Department, accepts two awards: (1) City of Orlando Fire Station One for Project of the Year in the Structures category and (2) City of Or- lando Energy Efficiency Im- provement Project for Man- agement Innovation Project of the Year. Above: The City of Palm Bay receives the Florida Chapter Diversity Exemplary Practices Award! Pic- tured from left to right are Amanda Millirons, Elia Twigg, FL Chapter President Chris Evers and Mike McCabe. Above: Branch Officers Matt LaChance, Amy Blaida and Mike McCabe, accept the Membership Award on behalf of the Central FL Branch! Right: District Rep- resentative Amy Blaida receives the President’s Award and the Communi- ty Involvement Award from Presi- dent Chris Evers. Below: Central FL Branch WINS the Presidential Award for Branch Excellence!!
  • Page 14 APWA Central Florida Branch May 11, 2013 Give Kids the World Quar- terly Land- scape Day— photos from your Central Florida Branch Volunteer Day!
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  • Page 16Summer 2013 A P W A C F B G i v e K i d s t h e W o r l d Vo l u n t e e r Q u a r t e r l y L a n d s c a p i n g D a y Join your friends from APWA (Central FL Branch) as we spend half a day helping out with landscaping at the Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) in Kissimmee. APWA CFB adopted GKTW as our official charity in 2012. Date: Saturday, 8/10/13 Time: 8:00am Location: Give Kids The World Village 210 South Bass Road Kissimmee, FL 34746 Meet at the House Of Hearts @ 8am RSVP by 8/08/13 (and questions) to Chris Thompson cthompson@tavares.org Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accom- modations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets (Disney, Universal, etc.), meals and more for a week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 85,000 fami- lies from all 50 United States and over 60 countries. Please bring your own gloves, hand tools, rakes, etc. for planting, trim- ming, weeding, mulching, etc.
  • Page 17 APWA Central Florida Branch Joint APWA Central FL Branch / ASCE/EWRI Stormwater Panel Presentation APWA Central Fl Branch was well represented at the Joint APWA/EWRI Stormwater Panel Presentation Thursday, June 20, 2013. Panelists included Jim Hunt, City Engi- neer, City of Orlando; Brian Fields, City Engineer, City of Winter Springs; Paul Yeargain, VHB Water Resources Leader; and Edward Yaun, Manager/Consultant, Edward Yaun & Assoc. (formerly with SFWMD).
  • Page 18Summer 2013 FES Joint Legislative Meeting (APWA,ASHE, SWE & WTS) May 15, 2013
  • $85 Membership JOIN APWA FOR $85 (regularly $169)! FIRST-TIME MEMBER SPECIAL OFFER! The American Public Works Association is offering a $85 one-year Individual Member- ship to industry professionals who have never been an APWA national association member. The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional asso- ciation of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. APWA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, incorporated in the state of Illinois. GO here for the offer. APWA 2013-2014 Central FL Branch Officers & Executive Committee Chairman: Mike McCabe mccabm@palmbayflorida.org District Representative: Amy Blaida amy.blaida@rsandh.com Chair-Elect: Matt LaChance Mlachance@VHB.com Vice Chair: Amanda Millirons milla@palmbayflorida.org Secretary: Angela Lawrence Angela.Lawrence@atkinsglobal.com Treasurer: Althea Parrish parrisha@sanfordfl.gov Volunteer Chair: Chris Thompson cthompson@tavares.org Membership Chair: Greg Kern Gregory.Kern@stvinc.com Awards and Newsletter Chair: Christiane Nelson cmnelson@universalengineering.com Scholarship Chair: Paul Moore paul.moore@sanfordfl.gov Rodeo Chair: Dave Derrick Dderrick@kissimmee.org EC Member: Scott Martin smartin@volusia.org EC Member: Rick Howard richard.howard@cityoforlando.net EC Member: Herb Raybourn hraybourn@rcid.org EC Member: Mark Juliano mjuliano@hollyhillfl.org