|March Regular Lunch Meeting: DROUGHT PREPARATION - SANTA BARBARA STYLE
The City of Santa Barbara has announced plans to re-activate their moth-balled Desalination Plant. At a cost of as much as $20 million, the City will replace the reverse osmosis membrane units and upgrade the system to a current state-of-the-art facility. Combined with their well-established water conservation educational programs and water-conscious practices and development standards, the City is perhaps one of the most forward thinking public agencies in regard to water conservation on the Central Coast.
Presenters: Joshua Haggmark, Interim Water Resources Manager, will lead a team of presenters from the City that will introduce the philosophy and approach of the City in dealing with an anticipated severe water shortage.
Lunch: Tri-tip and Chicken BBQ by Bruce’s Prime Cuts
Chase Palm Park Meeting Room
236 E. Cabrillo Boulevard
Date: March 12, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
RSVP: Space is limited! Register online before March 11: http://centralcoast.apwa.net/
2014 APWA Golf Tournament @ Monarch Dunes -
Details Coming Soon!
MAP-21 Implementation – Fact Sheets from FHWA
MAP-21 takes effect October 1. FHWA has fact sheets, webinar slides and other information posted http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/
Survey: What do YOU think should be added to the Categorical Exclusion list?
MAP-21 mandated USDOT to conduct a survey on the use of categorical exclusions and to request new ones and issue a rulemaking proposing new categorical exclusions. We sent the survey to more than 4,000 APWA member public works directors. The survey deadline has been extended until October 1. The survey is available at: https://www.research.net/s/section1318survey. Questions should be sent to email@example.com.
|NEW! 2014 APWA Board Members|
Executive Board 2014:
President, Steve Kahn
President-Elect, David Athey
Past President, Mike Cannon
Treasurer, Tyler Hunt
Secretary, Dace Morgan
Delegate, Don Spagnolo
Past Treasurer, Rosalyn Piza
Committee Chairs 2014:
Scholarship, Larry Kramer
Webmaster, Nick Panofsky
Membership, Ken Pruett
Awards, Steve Orosz
Golf Tournament, Kelly Druse
Education/Training, Doug Pike
For More Information and for Upcoming Dates see - > centralcoast.apwa.net/chapters/centralcoast/documents/Greenroads-Final%20workshop%20flier%20web.pdf
|From the Desk of our Transportation Liason, Steve Orosz:
Our Transportation Committee met yesterday and wanted to offer you the opportunity to get involved in the following activities:
1. Take your leaders to APWA! The Leadership and Management committee asked us to ask you for your stories about leaders in your chapters who you would like to recognize. You have undoubtedly read the recent stories in the Reporter about these inspiring individuals. Is there someone you would like to recognize for their public works leadership? Send your story to: Bret Hodne, Leadership and Management Committee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Help out with national research: The Transportation Research Board is seeking information on “the effective practices and measures being taken by the DOTs and local public agencies to address the economic and safety impacts of meeting the new traffic demands on the secondary roadway networks induced by energy development activities. It will solicit input on how your agency is handling the changes in road usage and infrastructure conditions due to energy development activities, and how you are finding success in doing so.” Are finding success and how? Contact Tony Giancola to share you strategies and be part of this important study: email@example.com.
3. The Emergency Management Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on the Mitigation Subcommittee. The Mitigation Subcommittee is focused on how to reduce or eliminate risk to people and property from natural hazards. The subcommittee is currently focused on the following issues areas: public works as a first responder, flood insurance/flood map modernization, levee safety, pre-disaster mitigation, climate change and adaptation, codes and standards, and retrofitting critical facilities. For more information, please contact staff liaison, Teresa Hon, (816) 595-5224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
4. Nominate someone as Transportation Professional Manager of the Year! Do you know a transportation professional with outstanding career service achievements of public works? Take a few moments to consider those transportation professionals you know who might be worthy of consideration. "The primary focus of this award is the recognition of exceptional leadership in the field of public works transportation." Any candidate with a minimum of 10 years qualifying experience may be considered for the award. To obtain the Guidelines for the Award and the Nomination Form, please visit the website at http://www.apwa.net/awards/CriteriaAndNominationForms and select Professional Manager of the Year Award - Transportation. The deadline for submitting the completed applications is March 3, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to get involved!
APWA Transportation Committee, Communications Coordinator
Transportation Agency for Monterey County, California
The Senate late yesterday (Thursday, September 15th) approved the transportation extension bill by a vote of 92-6. The bill combines a six month extension of SAFETEA-LU (expiring March 31, 2012) and a four month extension of aviation programs. The President is expected to sign it today.
Sen. Coburn released his hold on the bill when given assurances that the transportation reauthorization bill will include a provision for states to opt out of the Transportation Enhancements program, which provides a setaside for bike and ped, scenic beautification and other projects. Sen. Boxer said there is not an opt-out in her bill. There will be dedicated funding and more flexibility for states.
Access Board to Issue Proposed Guidelines for Accessible Public Rights-of-Way
The Board plans to release for public comment proposed guidelines for public rights-of-way later this summer. These guidelines will address access to sidewalks, street crossings, and other components of pedestrian networks for people with disabilities, including those with vision impairments. Through this rulemaking, the Board seeks to establish design criteria for pedestrian access routes, curb ramps and blended transitions, pedestrian signals, on-street parking, street furniture, and other elements that take into account constraints unique to public streets and sidewalks, including space limitations and terrain.
The guidelines are currently under review by the Office of Budget and Management. If cleared on schedule, the Board anticipates publishing its proposed rule in late July or August. At that time, the Board plans to release the guidelines at a public event and press conference at the Board’s conference space. In addition, the Board will conduct a webinar to review the rule and will hold public hearings in Washington, D.C. and Dallas. The guidelines will be available for comment for several months and will be posted to regulations.gov for review and comment. Further details will be provided as they become available. Background information on this rulemaking is posted on the Board's website: www.access-board.gov/prowac/index.htm