APWA Central FL Branch Spring/April 2013 Newsletter
Special points ofinterest:• Upcoming Events Page 2• Give Kids the Spring Edition April 2013 World Page 6 with a theme of "Because of Public Chairman’s Message Works.” H• Trade Show Page 14 Amy is accepting all proclamations to• Project Corner show at the annual Chapter Meeting Page 16 appy daylight savings to and Trade Show being held in Jack- our APWA family. As the days get sonville, FL from April 22-26, 2013.• Awards and Schol- longer, it provides opportunity to en- Hope to see you there. arship Meeting joy the outdoors, hopefully recreation- Page 21 al and hobby related. I want to keep this short so youll read the remainder of the newsletter.Inside this issue: We recently held our Awards and I dont want to give away all the good2013-2014 CFB 2 Scholarship Meeting at the Great Out- things in my message. We look for-Officers doors Resort. This was an excellent ward to a great year with additional event where we raised over $3,000 to volunteering, membership, and net-ASHE Transporta- 3tion Summit donate to the Chapter for scholar- working to keep the Public Works ships. We all appreciate the sponsors community informed and innovatedElia Twigg— 4 who generously contributed to this by providing theFellowship Prg cause. We also recognized the Mem- service expecta-E-Week Awards 8 ber of the Year, Project of the Year, tions sought byMeet Gregory Kern 9 Consultant of the Year and Vendor/ those we work for. Contractor of the Year. In addition,Helsinki Trip— 10 members of the Executive Board re- Mike McCabe, PE,Bill Burns ceived recognition for their work vol- Central Florida unteering their time to the Branch to Branch ChairmanNew Members 1st 24 make it the best. Public Works DivisionQuarter 2013 Mgr. City of Palm BayNational Public 25 Dont forget May 19-25, 2013 is AP-Words Week WA National Public Works WeekAnnouncements 25 CONTACT The Central Florida Branch includes the counties of Christiane Nelson (Universal Engineering) Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia. Newsletter Editor CMNelson @universalengineering.com
Page 2 APWA Central Florida Branch. SAVE THE DATE 2013!! April 22-26 Florida Chapter Annual Meeting and Trade Show—Jacksonville, FL Page 14-15 Conference hotel: The Hyatt Regency Riverfront/ Trade Show: Osborn Convention Center April 25 Florida Chapter Young Professionals Networking Event—Jacksonville, FL Page 15 Fionn MacCool’s at Jacksonville Landing May 11 Give Kids the World Landscaping Day May 15: FES Joint Legislative Meeting, Orlando, FL—exact time and loca- May 19-25 “Because of Public Works” tion to be announced soon Page 25 National Public Works Week June 20 Stormwater Rule Update- Panel Presentation (Part 2) / Joint with ASCE Water Resources Sheraton Orlando Downtown, 400 W. Livingston Street, Orlando FL / 12-1:30pm Introducing Your 2013/2014 Central Florida Branch Officers Chair Chair-Elect Vice Chair Mike McCabe, PE Matt LaChance Amanda Millirons Public Works Division Mgr. Project Manager Public Works Division Mgr. City of Palm Bay VHB Orlando City of Palm Bay District Representative Secretary Treasurer Amy Blaida, MPA Angela Lawrence Althea Parrish Project Coordinator Operations Coordinator Utility Coordinator RS&H Orlando Atkins City of Sanford
Spring 2013 Page 3 ASHE Central Florida Presents—On the Road to Regionalism In Partnership with MetroPlan Orlando and TeamFLASHE Central Florida held the Inaugural Annual E-Week Transportation Summit Meeting-On the Road to Regionalism. The Meeting featured an excellent team of Speakers and Panel-ists including Moderator Shelly Lauten, Former President of My Region.org. The speakers Dr.Catherine Ross, GA Tech/Director-Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development andJoe Milazzo, Executive Director Raleigh Durham Regional Transportation Alliance coveredtopics on regionalism including the concept, method and geography of a Mega Region and uti-lizing regionalism to enhance transportation. The Panelists included Harry Barley, ExecutiveDirector—MetroPlan Orlando; Wayne Rich, Team Florida; Leigh Matustik, Central FloridaMPO Chair; and Bob Dallari, Seminole County Commissioner. Key questions were directedto the audience using live polling via texting such as “At What Level should Transportation befunded?” There was a social media contest for Tweeting and posting on Facebook during themeeting as well. At the end of the session a Kindle Fire was awarded to ne of the social me-dia users, and Greg Kern of APWA was the winner!!! Greg Kern and his Kindle Fire!
Spring 2013 Page 4 Elia Twigg is an APWA Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program Recipient Funded through Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College Congratulations Elia!!!!
Page 6 APWA Central Florida Branch. Give Kids the World Quarterly Landscape Day Saturday February 23, 2013 The CFB gathered together again in February to volunteer at the Give Kids the World Village landscape day. Give Kids the World Village is a 70-acre nonprofit resort in Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida. The organization treats children with life threatening illnesses to a weeklong, cost free fantasy vacation. The CFB has adopted three villas and the Gingerbread House to landscape on a quarterly basis during the GKTW Landscape Days. Arrive between 7:30 and 8:00 am for sign–in and morning refreshments. After the cleanup is done, stick around for a free lunch and a chance to share your experience with oth- er volunteers. http://www.gktw.org/ This will change your life – please sign up today – it just takes a few hours of your time to make a HUGE difference. Upcoming Dates: ♦ Saturday, May 11, 2013 THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR ♦ Saturday, August 10, 2013 VOLUNTEERS!!! ♦ Saturday, November 9, 2013
Page 8 APWA Central Florida Branch E Week Awards Ceremony Attended by Angela Lawrence, CFB Secretary New 24/7 online library now available APWA members are able to participate in live Click, Listen & Learn presentations with- out a registration fee, access previously recorded Click, Listen & Learn programs at no charge, access content from past International Public Works Congress and Exposition sessions at no extra charge, read downloadable versions of select books from the AP- WA Store at no charge, view select podcasts and track Continuing Education Units and Professional Development Hour credits without an administrative recording fee. Members will be able to access this content at any time, making scheduling and the ap- proval process no longer necessary. The APWA board approved a dues increase of $15 per member (excluding re- tired and student members) to fund this new beneϐit. For example, an individu- al membership will be $164 (up from $149 a year) ago, beginning with the July 1, 2012 membership renewal cycle. However, the cost for just ONE Click, Listen & Learn program is $175 for members and $300 for non-members. Taking ad- vantage of just one of the resources in the 24/7 online library more than pays for the increase in your individual membership. The renewal cycle will remain the same. As an example, a member whose membership does not expire until January, will be able to take advantage of the new 24/7 online resource library for six months without incurring any additional cost. For more information, contact your Chapter leaders or call APWA at 1-800-848-APWA (2792).
Spring 2013 Page 9 APWA Central Florida Branch Membership Chair Gregory Kern, M.B.A., AICP, Florida Planning Manager STV/Ralph Whitehead Associates Greg has 25 years of experience in multi-modal transportation planning in Florida, with expertise in local and regional planning for bicycle/pedestrian facili- ties, transit services, and roadway improvements. His clients include FDOT, several MPOs/TPOs, counties, municipalities, and LYNX. Greg has been married for over 32 years to his high school sweetheart, has a 29 year old son who is a minister in Tampa, and a 25 year-old daughter who is a 4th grade teacher in Seminole County. Raised in Miami, Greg is an avid fisher- man, typically found kayaking in the north Indian River and the St. Johns Riv- er. Greg is now serving as the Membership Chair for the Central FLBranch. So if you are a new member, you will certainly receive a warm welcome from Greg! SAVE THE 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 thou- sands of public works professionals from all over the world. If youre like many, you have limited re- sources for professional development, so youve chosen APWAs Congress as your preferred venue for: • Outstanding educaƟon sessions that address current public works issues—as well as ongoing chal- lenges. Choose from more than 125 technical and professional development sessions that will be pre- sented by your colleagues—who will impart their vital knowledge and experience to you. APWAs educa- Ɵon 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. APWAs exhibit ﬂoor encompasses nearly 90,000 square feet! Special "non-compete" hours allow you to visit the ﬂoor—uninterrupted. OpportuniƟes to network with your peers, hone your leadership abiliƟes and learn new job skills. APWA oﬀers Congress aƩendees MANY opportuniƟes to meet and mingle with your peers—the Get Acquainted Party, Awards Ceremony and more! Build lasƟng professional relaƟonships and make a few lifelong friends at the same Ɵme. Congress Overview APWAs Congress features more than 125 technical and professional development sessions presented by your colleagues and industry vendors. Theres 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!
Page 10 APWA Central Florida BranchLet the collaboration begin: APWA lands in HelsinkiBy: Bill Burns, Ph.D., P.E., AICPI stumbled into some dumb luck or perhaps it was serendipity. Iwas perusing the APWA Central Florida Branch Chapter newslet-ter last year and a particular page caught my attention. It en-couraged APWA members to apply for a $1000 APWA scholarshipto attend the International Federation of Municipal Engineers (IFME) 17th World Congress on Mu-nicipal Engineering conference in Helsinki, Finland (June 4 -11). The opportunity to receive a par-tially paid trip to a city I never thought of visiting, was enough for me to check out Helsinki onGoogle Earth. I then researched IFME and read how this organization integrates Municipal profes-sionals from around the world to learn from one another. As I thought about Finland, I remem-bered watching the 1972 Olympics on ABC’s Wide World of Sports as a kid - seeing a lanky beard-ed Finn, whose name was Lasse Viren, glide by all of the other runners in the field, including theAmerican favorite Steve Prefontaine, to snatch the gold medal in the 5000 meter race. I remem-bered seeing a sea of beautifully simple Finland flags – a stark blue Nordic cross positioned left ofcenter upon a white background, waving exuberantly throughout Olympic Stadium.I submitted my application and to my delight, Ms. Gail Clark of APWA National informed me viaemail, that I had been selected to attend the IFME conference. Awesome! And the APWA CentralFlorida Branch Chapter said they would match National’s scholarship. I was on my way! My flighton Lufthansa whisked me from Orlando to Frankfurt flight (8.5 hrs) where I connected to Helsinki(2.5 hrs). If you have a fondness for German beer, Lufthansa is for you, as Warsteiner beer(brewed in accordance with Reinheitsgebot - the German Beer Purity law of 1516 – using only wa-ter, barley, and hops) is served free throughout the entire flight! After arriving at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and advancing the time on my watch by seven hours, I hopped on Bus No. 615 (4Euros) to Central Railway Station, in the heart of downtown Helsinki (Finnair also runs a bus be-tween the airport and the railway station). From the railway station I walked 10 minutes to theHostel Academica (62 Euros per night) where I had a single room with a private bath and kitchen.This place was absolutely perfect – very clean, affordable, great staff and yes, older people areallowed to stay there too! In fact, I wasn’t the only conference attendee staying there.The hostel also had a sauna and one small indoor pool, but don’t think you’ll be swimming laps init – the water was freezing – it’s there to provide a quick cool off after a hot sauna! When enteringthe sauna, avoid sitting on the bench too close to the hot coals. Unbeknownst to me on my Hel-sinki travels, there is an unofficial etiquette of the Finnish sauna which typically calls for the mostsenior experienced sauna participant to dip the ladle in the bucket full of cold water (positioned bythe coal bed) and quickly flick it upon the hot coals at regular intervals (about 7 minutes) neces-sary to maintain consistent heat and vapor. Two full ladles applied in a rhythmic procession wasthe norm that I observed previously and each splash of water from the ladle onto the coals emit-ted a sound like thinly diced beef fajitas dancing on a hot skillet. You know the sound if you likeMexican food. I decided to use the sauna facilities at the Olympic Swimming Complex (Helsinkihosted the 1952 Summer Olympics). After swimming laps in this historic pool, I showered and en-tered one of the several saunas housed in the locker room underneath the stadium. I tried to looklike a Finnish Sauna veteran, but the swim suit (not a slinky Speedo) that I had swam with andmy awkwardness in seeking to understand the sauna routine, surely revealed me as a foreigner!
Spring 2013 Page 11 As I took a seat towards the back on the top bench besides the coals, I realized I was somewhat stuck as others entered after me and took seats on the bench below. It was steamy hot, especially on the top. Finns rarely make eye contact with people they don’t know. The senior sauna man pro- ceeded to apply two ladles, and then a third and a fourth! I looked at him shouting (in my mind) “ok that’s enough – you’re killing me, I thought two ladles was the max in Finland!!” After he gently placed the empty ladle back in the water bucket, he slowly tilted his head in my direction, but would not look - I knew it; me, the sauna rookie had received his initiation. The theme of the Congress was stated as: “Sustainable Communities – Plan, Design, Construct and Maintain….for a better future”. The conference delegates were a mix of engineers, planners, urban designers, developers and politicians from 26 countries. The IFME is a consortium of fourteen mem- ber organizations, which includes APWA. Other member organizations that had a strong presence at the conference were from Finland, Estonia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Australia, Sweden, The Netherlands, South Africa and New Zealand. One of the main objectives of IFME is to spread best practices through the dissemination of information and knowledge outside traditional national boundaries, and in today’s global world, the triennial World Congresses afford ideal opportunities for achieving this. The objectives of IFME mesh well with APWA’s desire to develop and support the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain, and improve our communities and contribute to a higher and sustainable quality of life. The Congress could not have been held in a better city as Helsinki was recently named the World Design Capital of 2012 - a biennial designation by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. The City of Helsinki’s submittal for this designation was entitled “Open Helsinki – Embed- ding Design into Life”. The conference venue was Finlandia Hall, designed by the world-renown ar- chitect Alvar Aalto and ideally located in the heart of downtown. The conference addressed six ma- jor themes through tracts of discourse: Municipal Design and Engineering, Traffic Solutions, Con- struction and Renovation, Energy Solutions, Urban Planning and Asset Management. The conference kicked off with very candid remarks from the distinguished Keynote Speaker, Mr. Carl Haglund, one of Finland’s thirteen members of the European Parliament. His talk was entitled “The impact of the economic crises on municipalities in Europe - which way forward?” Mr. Haglund said that twelve years ago the EU forecasted Europe to have the best economy in the world by 2010. However, when economic crises hit Europe in 2008, Europe was not ready and things have obviously changed. Although he said he was optimistic, he said that demographics don’t favor a Eu- ropean comeback due to a burgeoning aging population combined with low birth rates, which will translate into fewer tax dollars and greater demands on government. He said that debt burden is a real problem in Europe and the western world as a whole, as 5-10% of many nations’ yearly budget goes to meet debt obligations, therefore constraining the ability to deliver needed infra- structure improvements. Mr. Haglund said that rational decision making by politicians is neces- sary versus political decisions. He said that the level of the “gray” economy (corruption) is sub- stantial in several EU countries and puts a huge drain on the EU’s open economy efficiency.
Page 12 APWA Central Florida BranchAfter the first day sessions, the Mayor of Helsinki held a reception for the attendees at beautiful Hel-sinki City Hall. The second day sessions concluded with a wine party sponsored by SITO held at theHelsinki Music Center. SITO department directors Tommi and Jenni were wonderful hosts and invitedme to join them and several of their colleagues afterwards for a drink. After a short walk, I settled ina comfortable chair at the idyllic outdoor Storyville Café and tasted my first Karhu beer, which is aFinland brewed pilsner. Compared to most basic lagers, I understand Karhu employs more raw ingre-dients and refrains from using adjunct filler grains of corn and rice which quickly ferment to createalcohol, but don’t contribute to the beer flavor the way malted barley does. The beer has a stronghop hearty flavor, but beware, the alcohol content (5.8%) is a higher than most beers. After Wednes-day’s sessions, a Gala Dinner with a marvelous three course dinner was hosted by the conferencechairperson, Mr. Jorma Vaskelainen, complete with entertainment by a magician. On Thursday, wehopped on the Tallink Shuttle Star cruise liner (35 Euros round trip) for a two hour trip straight acrossthe Baltic Sea to Tallinn, Estonia. In Tallinn, we visited the famous Song Festival Grounds where wewere treated to authentic Estonia meal of freshly seasoned fish, buttery potato cakes and a delicioussweet kraut. Afterwards we visited the Medieval Old Town which has several churches that are overnine hundred years old. One of the churches contains flat grave stones in the center aisle. One of thestones noted the date of “1492” as the passing date of the individual. I wondered if Christopher Co-lumbus was touching foot in the Americas simultaneously with the lowering of the casket into thisgrave. The most prominent members not only received the best seats inside the church – glass en-closed balcony seats (there wasn’t any heating in the churches then) directly up from the front podi-um - but they also got to be buried in the church building!It was fortuitous timing that the IFME Helsinki Sustainability conference was held just prior to APWA’s2012 Conference on Sustainability in Public Works, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Having grown upin Pittsburgh, I know firsthand how Pittsburgh has reinvented itself from a smoky industrial town intoa world class high tech city, complete with beautiful riverfront parks, market places and bicycle trails.Helsinki, like Pittsburgh and many cities around the world, has embarked on transforming their for-mer industrial and harbor areas into traditional urban communities. The Helsinki region is home toover a million people, which represents almost one-fifth of the total population of Finland. Helsinki ison the cusp of undergoing the largest change to its built environment in its history. Mr. KyöstiOasmaa, City of Helsinki Urban Projects Director, who I had the opportunity to converse with, is atthe helm of this transformation. Mr. Oasmaa presently supervises ten major urban projects withinthree major harbor areas, which will provide housing for about one hundred thousand people andjobs for tens of thousands at full build out. The project is called “Helsinki Horizon 2030” (Google thisfor the report). As of the late 1980’s, much of Helsinki’s shoreline was occupied by cargo port indus-trial operations and warehouses that was old and needed to be rebuilt. But instead of doing so inthese valuable shoreline areas, the City worked with the private entities to relocate these industrialoperations to a newly constructed harbor in Vuosaari. The City of Helsinki will invest 100 million Eu-ros, most of it borrowed money, in roadway, bicycle, pedestrian and park infrastructure within thenew waterfront districts. Finland has a lot of good things going for it as it was recently selected as theworld’s top country byNewsweek magazine and hasthe world’s leading educationalsystem. Helsinki sees itself asknowledge based hub and theyare working to further theirability to deliver knowledgeservices to the rest of theworld. king Event with ASCE’s(American Society of Civil Engi-neers) Younger Member Forum inOrlando. West Coast Branch host-ed a networking event last month in Tampa. All events were well attended by a diverse group including: consult-
Spring 2013 Page 13 I walked most of urban Helsinki and I noticed that most Finns appeared to be physically fit. There were a plethora of utilitarian bicyclists (use of the bicycle for purposeful travel) and pe- destrians. As destination travel by walking or biking appears integral to the lives of many Finns, this may partially explain their apparent fitness. The urban landscape of Helsinki and the compli- mentary well designed walkways and bikeways which thoughtfully connect a mixed use built en- vironment, enable Finns to reach their destinations using human powered means (walking or biking). Unlike in North America, which has developed a roadway network which provides sepa- ration between pedestrians and automobiles, but typically does not provide separation for bikeways, Helsinki provides a three tier system of roadways which also provides separation for bicyclists. In North America, most people are too afraid to ride in a bicycle lane three feet from automobiles if the traffic speeds and volumes are high. In June 2012, the City Helsinki complet- ed a major bicycle thoroughfare from the proposed redeveloped port areas into the heart of the City. This exclusive bicycle “freeway”, constructed within a former railroad viaduct, was con- structed prior to the building de- velopment phase. This bicycle free- way provides the most efficient means of travel from the pro- posed redevel- oped port areas into the city core. It is a straight shot – no stop signs, no traffic lights, and no au- tomobile acci- dents or backups and it enables healthy utilitarian exercise and per- haps also serves to foster social capital. Some of the must see places in Hel- sinki are the Rail- way Station, the Senate Square, the Market Place, the Uspenski Ca- thedral and The Esplanade. The church in the rock or Temppeliaukio church is the top tourist attraction. I would also recommend visiting Cafe Ursula which enjoys a serene setting, nestled between Kaivopuisto Park and the Gulf of Finland, providing a great view of the water and Harakka Island. This is one of the classic coffee houses in Helsinki. All of these places are within walking distance of one another. If you travel to Helsinki in June, bring your coat and carry a rain poncho in your pack and dress in layers as temperatures may swing sharply without much notice from the low 70’s into the low 50’s. July is Finland’s warmest month and from what I understand practically everyone is on va- cation then. Bring something to cover your eyes for sleeping in the summer months as it doesn’t get semi dark until about midnight and the sun rises around 3:15 AM! The electric current in Finland is 220 V / 50 Hz via the two-pin plug system, standard throughout Europe. Before leav- ing, buy an adapter on line and leave your electric razor at home as certain electrical motors made for 120 V will burn up. Finns are generally reserved, however they’re very courteous and helpful when engaged. My ex- perience was that pretty much everyone younger than about forty years of age spoke excellent English. Helsinki is a wonderful city and perhaps serendipity will strike for you too - if so, don’t delay, go visit the Finns and sip their culture! Kiitos! (“Thank you” – Finnish)
Page 14 APWA Central Florida SAVE THE DATE!!! APWA FL Chapter Annual Meeting & Trade ShowConference AgendaMonday, April 2212:00 pm - 6:00 pm APWA Northeast Branch Golf Tournament - Deer Creek GolfCourse1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Jacksonville Port Tour (Transportation provided from the Hyatt)Tuesday, April 237:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open - Convention Center8:00 am - 8:45 am 1st Timers Session - Convention Center9:00 am - 5:00 pm Rodeo Set-Up - Convention Center9:00 am - 12:15 pm Technical Sessions - Convention Center12:30 pm - 2:15 pm Opening Session Luncheon (Keynote Speaker, Richard Hadden) - Convention Center2:30 pm - 4:45 pm Technical Sessions - Convention Center2:45 pm - 4:45 pm Executive Committee Meeting - Hyatt Regency5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Presidents Reception (Food, Drinks & Entertainment) - Hyatt RegencyWednesday, April 247:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open - Convention Center8:00 am - 12:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In (Bulk Space Only) - Convention Center9:00 am - 10:00 am General Session (Guest Speaker, Casey Jones) - Convention Center9:00 am - 3:30 pm Rodeo (Lunch & Awards) - Convention Center9:30 am - 4:30 pm St. Augustine Tour (Guests & Spouses Only - Minimum of 20 PeopleRequired)10:15 am - 11:15 am Technical Sessions - Convention Center11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch @ Rodeo ($12.00 per lunch ticket) - Convention Center1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In (10 x 10 Booth Space) - Convention Center1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Technical Sessions - Convention Center6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Celebrity Night @ Florida Theatre (Food, Drinks & Entertainment) - Florida TheatreThursday, April 257:30 am - 4:00 pm Registration Open - Convention Center8:00 am - 10:00 am Client Connection Roundtables (Vendors with PW Directors) - Convention Center8:30 am - 9:00 am Exhibitor Pre-Con Meeting - Convention Center
Spring 2013 Page 15Thursday, April 25 Continued9:00 am - 4:00 pm Exhibit Show Open - Convention Center10:30 am - 12:00 pm Exhibitor Showcase Demonstrations - Convention Center12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch with Exhibitors - Convention Center2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Exhibitor Showcase Demonstrations - Convention Center3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Young Professionals Expo - Convention Center3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Public Works Director Roundtable - Convention Center4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Exhibitor Move-Out - Convention Center8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Young Professionals Networking Reception (35 & Under) - FionnMacCoolsFriday, April 268:30 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open - Hyatt Regency9:00 am - 11:00 am Branch Training - Hyatt Regency10:00 am - 11:00 am Technical Sessions - Hyatt Regency10:30 am - 11:15 am Scholarship Recipient Networking - Hyatt Regency11:30 am - 2:00 pm Awards / Scholarship Luncheon - Hyatt Regency
Spring 2013 Page 16 Project Corner Troutman-Clermont Utility Relocation and Road Realignment Project By: Mike McCabe, Public Works Division Manager City of Palm BayThe Troutman-Clermont Utility Relocation andRoad Realignment Project, within the City ofPalm Bay, started on March 1st 2013. A $5.3 mil-lion bid submittal was awarded to Don LuchettiConstruction, Inc. Roadway design was with In-frastructure Engineers, Inc., and utility relocationdesign was with BRPH Architects-Engineers, Inc.Palm Bay Public Works is managing the project.This project is funded through the Federal Economic Development Agency, State Department of Eco-nomic Opportunity Division of Strategic Business Development, and Harris Corporation, a privatecompany.Construction of the project is in conjunction with the Harris Corporation’s new High Technology Cen-ter, a 450,000 square foot building, which when completed will modernize and consolidate the HarrisCorporation campus.The City of Palm Bay’s portion of the project involves vacating Troutman Boulevard and extendingClearmont Street to align with the remaining portion of Troutman Boulevard. The vacated portion ofroadway requires a vast majority of utility relocation.Clearmont Street, a multilane divided roadway with open drainage system, is being upgraded to an ur-ban multilane divided roadway with closed drainage system. The new roadway includes sidewalks, land-scaping, and irrigation. The new Stormwater management system will provide treatment and attenua-
Spring 2013 Page 18 Project Corner Regional Trail Linked to 500th Anniversary of de Soto’s Landing in Florida By: Gregory Kern, Florida Planning Manager STV/Ralph Whitehead AssociatesLet’s slow down a little for a moment. Recall how the early settlers of Central Florida lived and trav-eled; how communities interacted via rail lines and pathways. The State of Florida is reconnectingthese historic linkages through the designation and development of a regional multi-use trail system.Florida has identified a 260-mile trail system known as the St. Johns River to the Sea Loop, traversingacross five counties along the eastern coast. Trail partners hope to complete the loop by 2013, to tietheir celebration with the 500th Anniversary commemoration of the landing of Hernando de Soto inFlorida. Consisting of off-roadway paved multi-use paths, on-road bicycle facilities, and designatedroadway paths, the trail will link St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, with Titusville, home to NASA’slaunch facilities.In 2010, the East Central Regional Rail Trail preliminary design and NEPA-compliant alternatives eval-uation study was completed for a 46-mile section of former FEC railway in south Volusia and northBrevard Counties. Abandoned in the 1960’s, this railway constructed in the 1890’s was a key corri-dor for the shipment of logs, turpentine, and supplies. It also served as the only link between numer-ous rural communities. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection purchased the right-of-way in 2006, representing the largest corridor purchase in the State’s history. The NEPA study andpreliminary engineering effort was managed by Gregory Kern, now with STV / Ralph Whitehead As-sociates and based in Orlando.In 2011, Brevard County and the City of Titusville proposed an extension of this trail from downtownTitusville eastward across the Indian River to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, located di-rectly adjacent to Kennedy Space Center’s Spaceport. The proposed trail corridor would proceednorthward, linking to the City of Edgewater, and the northern terminus of the original East CentralRegional Rail Trail. In Spring of 2012, The Florida Department of Transportation in coordinationwith the Voluisa TPO and the Space Coast TPO (Brevard County) contracted with a consultant teamto conduct the NEPA environmental analysis, development and evaluation of alternatives, and the de-velopment of preliminary plans. The length of this corridor is approximately 32 miles.This 35-mile long PD&E Study is a component of the 260-mile St. Johns River to the Sea Loop Trail,which traverses through five counties. The Titusville to Edgewater Trail will connect to the 53-milelong East Central Regional Rail Trail (ECRRT) in Titusville (Brevard County) and in Edgewater(Volusia County). The Titusville to Edgewater Trail will connect historic downtown Titusville withthe Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, traverse through Kennedy Space Center property, andterminate in the City of Edgewater’s Community Redevelopment Area.
Page 20 APWA Central Florida Branch Project Corner—Project of the Year Central Florida Branch Project of the Year City of Tavares Alleyway Improvement Project accepted by Chris Thompson, Public Works DirectorFollowing city staff meetings, focus group meetings and public workshops, a DowntownTavares Redevelopment Master Plan for our CRA District was adopted by City Council in2007. One objective contained in this comprehensive plan was for alleyway improvement.Our city alleyways were in very poor condition consisting of narrow rutted dirt travel lanes withconsiderable encroachments, making vehicle travel challenging in many areas. The PublicWorks Department gained Council approval to move forward with one section of alley im-provement as a test project. A design using a pervious brick paving system was decided up-on. This design would be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. This system is also per-meable, making approval for storm water permitting very easy to secure. Presently, Tavareshas improved 9 blocks of dirt alleyways using the pervious brick paver design. 7 ½ additionalblocks are being designed and will be constructed as funding becomes available. This alley-way improvement project has been well received by the residents and functions very well forgarbage and recycling collection.
Spring 2013 Page 21 APWA Central Florida Branch Scholarship and Awards Meeting Awards, Certificates of Appreciation, and 2012-2013 Officers Member of the Year Consultant of the Year Dave Derrick Amy Blaida as Branch Universal Engineering Sciences, Inc. Public Works Director Chair 2012/2013 accepted by Christiane Nelson, City of Kissimmee Assistant Construction Services Mike McCabe Amanda Millirons Chair-Elect 2012/2013 Secretary 2012/2013 City of Palm Bay Althea Parrish Angela Lawrence Treasurer 2012/2013 Secretary RS&H Dec 2012—March 2013Awards Not Pictured; Vendor of the Year—Cutler Repaving Matt LaChance—Vice Chair 2012/2013
Page 22 APWA Central Florida Branch APWA Central Florida Branch Scholarship and Awards Meeting March 20, 2013 Golf Outing and Dinner Scholarship Donations Raised $3,200 in funding!!!!!
Spring 2013 Page 23 APWA Central Florida Branch Scholarship and Awards Meeting Anniversaries Congratulations APWA Members! Becky Ares, Retired, City of Orlando, receiving her 25- year Anniversary Pin (anniversary fell in 2012). Ron Ribaric, Retired, Orange County, receiving his 15-year Anniversary Pin (anniversary fell in 2012). Jim Arsenault, City Engineer, City of Steven Jones, BRPH, receiving Kissimmee, receiving his 5-year An- his 5-year Anniversary Pin. niversary Pin (anniversary fell in 2012).
Page 24 APWA Central Florida Branch Welcome to all of our NEW Central Florida Branch Members who joined APWA in Jan/Feb 2013!!Member Employer City Join DateMr. Louis Cianfrogana Sign Recovery Services Orlando 1/28/2013Ms. Kathy A. Gantz Palm Bay Public Works Department Palm Bay 1/23/2013 Southeastern Surveying & MappingMr. Brian R. Garvey, PE Corporation Orlando 1/22/2013Mr. Barry W. Greeno Sign Recovery Services Orlando 1/28/2013Mr. Ricky Johnson City of Sanford Sanford 1/31/2013 Southeastern Surveying & MappingMr. Gary B. Krick, PSM Corporation Orlando 1/22/2013Mr. David Patrick Rich, CPII City of Palm Bay Public Works Palm Bay 1/29/2013Mr. Steve Shenutt City of Orlando Orlando 1/7/2013Mrs. Abby Still HSA Engineers & Scientists Altamonte Springs 1/28/2013Mr. Edward Alan Ambler City of Casselberry Casselberry 2/28/2013Ms. Mary J. Anderson City of Port Orange Port Orange 2/12/2013Mr. Billy C. Barnes City of Port Orange Port Orange 2/12/2013Ms. Kynah Cockroft City of Port Orange Port Orange 2/12/2013Mr. Chip Davin IMAGINiT Technologies Maitland 2/12/2013Mr. Travis Dixon City of Port Orange Port Orange 2/12/2013Ms. Elizabeth A. Dwyer City of Sanford Sanford 2/19/2013Mr. James E. Franklin City of Port Orange Port Orange 2/12/2013Mr. Tim Gunther, MBA PowerDMS Orlando 2/11/2013Mr. Chris G. Kucera City of Port Orange Port Orange 2/12/2013Mr. Paul E. Riley City of Port Orange Port Orange 2/12/2013Mr. Michael L. Silvey City of Port Orange Port Orange 2/12/2013Mr. Mitchell A. Thomas City of Port Orange Port Orange 2/12/2013Mr. Rob Wilson Dominica Recreation Products Longwood 2/28/2013Mr. Ken R. Wolf City of Port Orange Port Orange 2/12/2013
Spring 2013 Page 25 2013 National Public Works Week theme "Because of Public Works..." May 19-25, 2013Since 1960, APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week. Across North America, our more than28,000 members in the US and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the im-portance of the contribution of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operat-ing the heart of our local communities and building the quality of life.APWA has selected “Because of Public Works...” as its theme for 2013’s National Public Works Week,which will be celebrated May 19-25. The theme is about the quality of life brought to communitiesaround the world. We are able to have clean water, safe streets and neighborhoods, efficient traffic andsafe clean communities "Because of Public Works..." Announcements—Watch out for Upcoming Information! Dave Derrick with the City of Kissimmee is organizing the Central Florida Branch’s first ever Equipment Rodeo!!Christiane Nelson with Universal Engineering is setting up an Awards Commit- tee to revamp the CFB’s awards and take applications for next year! Contact Christiane if you are interested in being on the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
APWA 2013-2014 Central FL Branch Officers & Executive CommitteeChairman: Mike McCabe District Amy Blaida email@example.com Representative: firstname.lastname@example.orgChair-Elect: Matt LaChance Vice Chair: Amanda Millirons Mlachance@VHB.com email@example.comSecretary: Angela Lawrence Treasurer: Althea Parrish Angela.Lawrence@atkinsglobal.com firstname.lastname@example.orgVolunteer Chair: Chris Thompson Membership Chair: Greg Kern email@example.com Gregory.Kern@stvinc.comAwards and Christiane Nelson Scholarship Chair: Paul MooreNewsletter Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.comRodeo Chair: Dave Derrick EC Member: Scott Martin Dderrick@kissimmee.org firstname.lastname@example.orgEC Member: Rick Howard EC Member: Herb Raybourn email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.orgEC Member: Mark Juliano email@example.com $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.