Chapter Works 


An electronic publication of the American Public Works Association

Chuck Henley, Chapter President
December 2012
In This Issue
Featured Article
President's Message
Envision Rating System gaining acceptance
Chapter members attend FHWA EDC Summit
Meet Judy Hines, Chapter Vice President
Bike trail to provide linkage
Member's library adds content
DDOT's 5130 Program expands
Using RSA to improve safety

Owings Mill Blvd, A new connection that fits right in! 


By: Matthew J. Crane, PE, PMP, Johnston, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. of Sparks, MD


Owings Mills is a targeted growth area for Baltimore County, and the County has established planning/zoning strategies and policies to foster area development. One such strategy is greater north-south connectivity between the Owings M ills Boulevard business community, the Maryland Transit Administration's Metro station in Owings Mills, and commercial areas along Liberty Road, a nearby arterial. READ MORE

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2012/2013 Officers:


President: Chuck Henley

Director of Public Works

City of Colonial Heights, VA


Pres. Elect: John W. Herzke

V.P., Municipal Services

Clark Nexsen


Vice Pres.: Judy Himes

Asst. Director of Public Works

City of Newport News, VA


Secretary: Harold Caples

Fleet Management Division

Virginia DOT


Treasurer: Astrophel Tejada

Fleet Management Division

City of Virginia Beach, VA


Director: Robert Bengtson

Director of Public Works

City of Roanoke, VA


Director: Mark Gemender

Operations Engineer

City of Virginia Beach, VA


Director: Kelly Mattingly

Director of Public Works

Town of Blacksburg, VA


Director: Joe Kroboth, III

Director of Public Works

Washington County, MD


Director: Judith Mueller

Director of Public Works

City of Charlottesville, VA


Director: Gaynelle Hart

Asst. Director of Public Works

City of Lynchburg, VA


Director: Sherry Earley

Engineering Manager

City of Suffolk, VA


Director: Matthew Villareale

Mgmt & Fiscal Analyst III

Prince William County, VA


Director: Paul McCullagh

Director of Public Works

City of Laurel, MD


Director: Sharyn Fox

Municipal Program Manager

Whitma, Requart & Assoc.s


Past President: Dave King

Asst. Director of Public Works

City of Fredericksburg, VA


Historian: Fred Whitley

Senior Project Engineer

URS Corporation


Delegate: Dawn V. Odom

Maint. Infratsructor Manager

Virginia DOT


Alt-Delegate: Fred Whitley

Senior Project Engineer

URS Corporation



Elizabeth Garrett, Principal

EA Enterprises of VA, Inc.



Greetings! APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Member,

Welcome to the inagural release of the chapter's electronic Newsletter.  The Officers and Board of  Director's have identified a conversion to an electronic Newsletter format as one of their strategic goals for this year.  Your feedback is welcomed.
Thanks to the members who have contributed articles.  Your time and effort to help inform the membership of activities in the region is greatly appreciated.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all and most of all, we wish you and your family a safe and prosperous 2013.

President's Message:  

Season's Greetings APWA Mid-Atlantic -


I hope by now you are getting in the holiday mood and making spirits bright.  We'll soon find out who's naughty or nice, won't we?  Naturally, this is the time of year to reflect upon the closing year and to look forward to the promise of the next.


Notable Events and Accomplishments in 2012

The year brought sad news of the passing of Robert Thompson, Past President.  In addition, Hurricane Sandy had a huge impact on members and their localities.  However, 2012 also brought positive change for the chapter.  Notable accomplishments include, but are not limited to:

  • The chapter's service area was expanded to include West Virginia and the chapter's name changed to signify the expansion,
  • Chapter members formed teams to plan and accomplish well-attended, successful events,
  • Membership appears to have stabilized and now seems to be returning to growth,
  • Turnout for chapter and national events continues to slowly improve with the economy,
  • Sitting officers and directors welcomed new leaders who are bringing lots of energy and new ideas to the chapter


Envision Rating System gaining acceptance

By:  Diane Linderman, PE, ENV-SP, PWLF

Past President Mid-Atlantic Chapter and National APWA Past President


            Maybe you have been following the development of the Envision™ Rating System by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)?  APWA, ASCE and ACEC Envisioncreated a partnership to advance the effort to develop a system by which infrastructure can be rated, just like a building can be rated using LEED™.  Many municipalities and states have adopted policies on sustainability and require minimum LEED™ levels for new building construction.  Billions of dollars are being spent on the public infrastructure so doesn't it make sense to have a system to encourage sustainable practices in planning, designing, constructing and decommissioning the public works infrastructure.  READ MORE  

Chapter members attend FHWA EDC Summit

By:       Joe Kroboth, III, PE, LS, PWLF, Director of Public Works, Washington County, MD and Member of the APWA Chapter Board of Directors


            Representatives from the American Public Works Association's Mid-Atlantic Chapter participated in the Federal Highway Administration's Everyday Counts FHWA EDCSummit.  The two day, by invitation only, event was held on October 16-17, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  FHWA's Administrator Victor Mendez was in attendance for the event and spoke to the participants regarding the initiative's goals.  READ MORE

Reduce operating cost through Retro-Commissioning

By: Charles E. Bolyard, Jr., PSP, CFCC Chairman of the Board and CEO of MBP and James Mascaro PE, CCP, Director of Commissioning Services at MBP


            The direction of the design and construction industry has recently shifted sustainability for newly designed and constructed buildings, plants and facilities. This comes on the back of green initiatives to provide operational efficiency through design and management over the full useful life of facilities. But what about the millions of existing buildings, industrial plants, and facilities that are still within their useful life or that can have extended life and contribute significantly to sustainability and reduce energy demands?

            The University of Virginia, Medical Research IV, Charlottesville, VA is an example facility where retro-commissioning services identified a number of issues and made recommendations for correction to the HVAC systems. Once the University operations and maintenance staff implemented the recommendations they realized $388,000 in energy savings during the subsequent ten months.  READ MORE


The Mid-Atlantic Chapter is lead by a group of dedicated volunteers with a passion for service, both to the public works industry and the APWA membership.  As part of each newsletter a Board member will be featured for the membership to come to know as a friend and fellow colleague.


            Judi Hines is Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Newport News, Virginia.  She has been employed with Newport News Public Works for over 36 years.  Judi has been an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter since the early 1990's, and is currently serving as Chapter Vice President.




Four mile bike trail will provide a vital link

By: John Lisle and Christopher Quay


Director Terry Bellamy and other DDOT representatives joined Mayor Vincent Gray and officials from the District, Bike TrailMaryland, and key U.S. federal agencies at River Terrace Park on October 15 to unveil the design of a final trail link that will connect the District and Maryland.


Construction on this four-mile trail project, known as the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens segment, is expected to begin in Spring 2013. 



Member's library continues to add content

The APWA Members' Library continues to add educational and training content almost every week.  The Members' Library offers an enormous amount of educational and training materials on almost any topic of interest in the public works profession.  And, most importantly, all of this training is free of charge to APWA members.

            "Since education is our mission, we consider the Members' Library to be one of the most significant benefits we can offer our members," said David Dancy, Director of Marketing for APWA.

            Included in the offerings from the library are Click, Listen & Learn programs, which are presentations made by an individual or by a panel on a topic of interest from the broad field of public works.  Members can earn credit (either Continuing Education Units or Professional Development Hours) by watching these programs.  What used to cost a firm, an agency or an individual $175, is now free to members, and there is also no registration fee for them. 


DDOT's 5130 Program expands serving more citizens

By: Christopher Quay


Members of DDOT's Progressive Transportation Services Administration (PTSA) are helping to improve the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities in the District through the 5310 Program, which provides nonprofit organizations with funding for the purchase of vehicles that serve these groups.


PTSA's Anthony Bundy, Anthony Foster, and Circe Torruellas are working to administer the program, which takes federal grant money and funnels it to District nonprofits to purchase vans and buses (and occasionally sedans) that the organizations then use to help transport the groups that they serve. The federal funds help with 80 percent of the purchase price of the vehicle; the nonprofit is responsible for the remaining 20 percent.



Using RSA to improve highway safety

By:  Rebecca Crowe, Roadway Safety Audit Manager, Federal Highway Administration


            Safety is a major concern for road owners across the country, and while the number of fatalities on our Nation's highways has decreased in past years, the number of deaths remains unacceptable to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), State and local transportation agencies, and partners such as the American Public Works Association (APWA).  Road Safety Audits (RSAs) are a tool that agencies can use to improve safety on their roadways.  An RSA is defined as a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent, multidisciplinary team.


Brown and Caldwell brings award-winning nutrient removal, stormwater treatment, and low-impact design experience to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  From New York to Virginia, our teams of technical experts deliver enduring water quality solutions that include watershed modeling and planning, BMP design and retrofit, lake and stream restoration, and compliance program management.


The Board of Director's are continually seeking volunteers to serve on various committees.  The following committees all have need for additional participation:
Diversity, Communications, Public Policy, Awards, Facilities, Highways/Transportation, Solid Waste, Water Resources, Sustainability, Emergency Management, Fleet Management, Nominating, Membership, and Scholarship.