2014 PROJECT OF THE YEAR & LEADER OF THE YEAR!
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Project & Leader of the year awards. If anyone is curious who the winners were, they are now posted, as linked below!
Water Systems Consulting, Inc.:
Construction and Senior Engineer:
|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
Newsletter Editor, Aimee Snyder
|2014 APWA Golf Tournament @ Monarch Dunes - FRIDAY JUNE 13th!|
Come join us for a great day on the course with friends and colleagues from the Central CaliforniaCoast Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The Tournament proceeds will help fundthe Chapter's new scholarship program for college students interested in Public Works, Engineeringand/or Construction Management.Tournament fee is $90 per player (includes range balls, greens fee, cart, dinner and awards).
See the Sign-up sheet here:
|From the Desk of our Transportation Liason, Steve Orosz:
House Appropriations Committee Passes THUD Appropriations Bill
Wednesday afternoon, the House Committee on Appropriations passed, by a vote of 28-21, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Bill. In the absence of surface transportation authorizing law for FY 2015 – MAP-21 expires at the end of the current fiscal year – the Committee’s bill generally extends most programs at FY 2014 funding levels through FY 2015. The core formula programs, including Urban and Rural Formula Programs, State of Good Repair Grants, and Bus and Bus Facilities, which are funded from the Highway Trust Fund, remain at the MAP-21 FY 2014 authorized levels. The Appropriations Committee asserts that any change to this level is contingent upon the authorizing committees completing a new surface transportation bill and finding the resources to support increased spending.
However, the bill includes cuts from the FY 2014 levels for General Fund surface transportation programs, including $252 million from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Capital Investment Grants (New Starts), $200 million from Amtrak Capital Grants, and $400 million from TIGER Grants. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) also received an appropriation of $150 million, consistent with a separate authorization and unchanged from FY 2014.
Also of significant concern to APTA are the funding cuts to General Fund transit research programs, which see a reduction from $43 million in 2014 down to $15 million in the bill. The Appropriations bill provides only $1 million for the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), a level 90 percent below the pre-FY 2012 level of $10 million, which is insufficient for the program to continue its vital work for the industry. MAP-21 authorized TCRP at a level of $7 million in FY 2014 and in FY 2014 appropriations were set at $3 million. Similarly, funding for Technical Assistance and Standards Development is cut to $2 million and $1 million is provided to Human Resources and Training.
House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) offered an amendment to appropriate $825 million for Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation (consistent with the Administration’s budget request), but the amendment was withdrawn due to a lack of offsets. Ranking Member Lowey withdrew the amendment following an exchange with THUD Subcommittee Chairman Tom Latham (R-IA) who expressed a willingness to try to identify additional funding as the bill continued through the legislative process.
Representative Michael Honda (D-CA) offered an amendment to fund FTA Capital Investment Grants (New Starts) at the level requested in the Administration’s Budget Proposal and subsequent surface transportation authorization legislation, the GROW AMERICA Act. Representative Honda’s amendment proposed adding $809 million to the House Appropriations bill and growing the New Starts program to $2.5 billion in FY 2015. The amendment was defeated 21-28.
Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) offered an amendment to restore the $200 million cut from Amtrak, but the amendment was defeated by a vote of 28-22. Similarly, Representative David Price (D-NY) offered an amendment to restore TIGER Grant funding to the FY 2014 level of $600 million, which was also defeated 22-28.
In addition to cutting TIGER Grant funding, the bill also limits eligibility to highways, bridges, freight rail and ports. Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) offered an amendment during the markup to restore TIGER Grant eligibility to current purposes, which includes public transportation, multimodal projects, and bicycle and pedestrian projects. Representative McCollum’s amendment was also defeated by a vote of 22-28.
APTA sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee voicing concerns over the various funding levels included in the bill.
The House Appropriations Committee bill will now be slated for consideration in the full House of Representatives in the coming weeks. It is unclear when the Senate Appropriations Committee will act on its THUD Appropriations bill, or what the status of the surface transportation authorization process will be at that time. APTA continues to recommend strong growth in transportation programs.