Public Works Operations and Maintenance

Public Employees Leadership Institute
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Modules

1. Transportation / Traffic
2. Roadway and Street Maintenance
3. Parks and Conservation
4. Work Zone Safety
5. Waste / Wastewater
6. Paved and Gravel Road County Maintenance
7. Stormwater Runoff
8. Structures / Facilities


This course emphasizes the fact that public works are developed by and for the benefit of the people. Designed to protect and enhance the human environment, they represent investments in the future for the people who create and maintain them, along with succeeding generations. The term “public works” can be broadly defined as: The physical structures and facilities developed or acquired by public agencies to house governmental functions and provide water, waste disposal, power, transportation and similar services to facilitate the achievement of common social and economic objectives.

The organization and distribution of public works services differ from community to community served, whether city, county or the entire state. Some have no (or very small) public works departments and others may have a large agency serving as the umbrella for multiple departments that comprise the public works functions. Whatever the structure and financing mechanism used, public works functions are the foundations of civilization and the delivery of each service requires the organization, long range planning, technical expertise and excellent management skills.

Skills are developed by gaining insight about some of the most common – and essential – public works services areas:

  • Roadway and traffic transportation
  • Parks and Conservation
  • Water /Waste water
  • Gravel Road Maintenance
  • Stormwater runoff
  • Structures and facilities

Once completed, participants should be able to:

  • Understand common public works vocabulary
  • Explain basic management elements of public works operations functions
  • Understand the scope of public works activities
  • Identify some of the major federal regulations and guidelines affecting various components of public works

Key Concepts

  • Nothing is static in traffic operations
  • Budget fluctuations mean adjusting level of service
  • Workzone Safety is must be interdepartmental
  • Constantly changing regulations require supervisory operational adjustments
  • Interaction/communication/cooperation between departments

 

Instructors

Position
Traffic Engineer; City of West Des Moines, Iowa


Education
BS in Construction Engineering; Iowa State University
MS in Transportation Engineering; Iowa State University


Experience
Has experienced traffic projects from both the engineering and construction perspectives. Supervised a construction crew installing traffic signals and roadway lighting for 7 years, then worked as a consulting engineer for 25 years specializing in traffic engineering, before coming to the City of West Des Moines.


Institute course(s)
Public Works Operations and Maintenance

Position
Operations Superintendent; City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Education
BA; Scott Community, Davenport, Iowa
BS in Civil Engineering; University of Iowa


Experience
Worked with Terracon doing mostly inspection work during summer while in school. Then worked for Shive-Hattery for 3 years in site development and traffic and roadway design. He then worked as Operations Superintendent for Linn County for almost 9 years, and was responsible for maintenance of nearly 1,200 miles of secondary roads.


Professional affiliations
Veteran of the US Army


Institute course(s)
Public Works Operations and Maintenance

Position
Director; Story County Conservation Board (retired 2011)


Education
BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology; Iowa State University


Experience
Has worked for the Story County Conservation Board since 1973, serving 16 years as a park ranger-naturalist in residence at McFarland Park, 5 years as deputy director / special projects coordinator, and became director in 1994. He retired in 2011.


Institute course(s)
Public Works Operations and Maintenance

Position
City Engineer; City of Fort Dodge, Iowa


Education
BS in Civil Engineering; South Dakota State University Professional Engineer License


Experience
Spent 6 years with Snyder & Associates (Engineering Consulting Firm) in Ankeny. Worked as Public Works Director / City Engineer for the City of Algona for 5 years.


Institute course(s)
Public Works Operations and Maintenance

Position
County Engineer, Mahaska County


Education
BS in Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Experience
Over 35 years experience in flood and erosion control, road maintenance, and construction. Worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 9 years. Has been in the county engineering field for over 7 years and also served as County Engineer for Page County and County Cherokee County, Iowa, and Wabasha County, Minnesota.


Institute course(s)
Public Works Operations and Maintenance

Position
Administrator of the Iowa Stormwater Education Program; Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities


Education
CPESC, CPSS


Experience
Coordinates Iowa’s statewide educational program which includes the development of educational resources for cities and other organizations in Iowa involved with educating the public and staff on storm water issues. Also organizes training events statewide that address numerous aspects of storm water and watershed management including pollution prevention. Works cooperatively with Rainscaping Iowa and the Iowa Stormwater Partnership to develop design guidance for storm water practices.


Institute course(s)
Public Works Operations and Maintenance

Last Position
Public Works Administrator; City of Ankeny, Iowa


Education
BA in Education; Northern Iowa University
MA in Public Administration; Drake University


Experience
Worked with the City of Ankeny for 29 years. Coordinated all public works maintenance activities including snow removal, street repairs and the installation & maintenance of traffic control devices. Other duties included traffic control, storm water maintenance, and running a variety of annual special programs.


Professional affiliations
2005 President of the Iowa Chapter, APWA
National delegate, Iowa chapter, APWA


Institute course(s)
Public Works Operations and Maintenance

Tom graduated from Iowa State University in Civil Engineering and served the Iowa DOT in various capacities, including District and Developmental Engineer, over his 33 year career with them.  From 1998-Present,  he has served as the Safety Circuit Rider for the Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE), now renamed as the Institute for Transportation (InTrans).

Many of you may recognize him as he is primarily responsible for developing and presenting workshops related to transportation safety including work zone traffic control, flagger training, and precepts of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. These workshops are provided at various locations around Iowa to counties, cities, utilities, and contractors. Other duties for Tom include developing conferences and seminars, contributing to research efforts, and offering advice on work zone traffic control and Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices requirements. Other activities include membership and active participation in the Iowa Safety management System Coordinating committee and membership chair for the Iowa Traffic Control and Safety Association.


Institute course(s)
Legal Understanding
Public Works Operations and Maintenance

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