Chapter Works 

An electronic publication of the 
Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Public Works Association

June 2015
In This Issue
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3rd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
October 14, 2015

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August 20, 2015
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2015 Mid-Atlantic Conference Sponsors




Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson


Brown & Caldwell

Concrete Jack

EA Engineering, Science & Technology, Inc.

J.B. Coxwell Contracting

McClung-Logan Equipment Company, Inc.

Phillips & Jordan

Pleasants Construction, Inc.

Precision Safe Sidewalks


Slurry Pavers, Inc.



Atkins Global


Greeley and Hansen LLC


Vanasse Hangen Brustlin

Friend of APWA

Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Thursday Night 

Crab Crawl Social

HDR, Inc.

Food & Beverage Sponsor

Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP



Alban CAT


Mid-Atlantic Waste Systems

ROAD-E-O Lunch Sponsor

MIssion BBQ

ROAD-E-O Prize Sponsors

Old Dominion Brush Company

Royal Truck & Equipment, Inc.

ROAD-E-O T-Shirt Sponsor

Royal Truck & Equipment, Inc.


Beverage Sponsor - Woolpert

Hole Sponsors:


FloWav, Inc.



Slurry Pavers, Inc.

Uretek Mid-Atlantic


Greeley and Hansen LLC


City of Baltimore Dept. of Public Works

City of Baltimore Dept. of General Services

City of Baltimore Dept. of Transportation

Prince William County Department of Public Works

Thank You to Our 2015 Mid-Atlantic Conference Exhibitors!




Matthew F. Villareale

Assistant Director of Public Works

Prince William County, Virginia



Dawn V. Odom

Planning and Investment Manager

Virginia Department of Transportation

Suffolk, Virginia



Judith L. Hines

Assistant Director of Public Works

City of Newport News, Virginia



Kenneth M. Eyre, P.E

Senior Associate

Greeley and Hansen, LLC

Alexandria, Virginia



Steven J. Yob, P.E.

County Eng/Director PW

Henrico County, Virginia



Fred Whitley, P.E.

Senior Project Manager


Newport News, Virginia



Robert K. Bengtson, P.E.

Director of Public Works

City of Roanoke, Virginia


David Bradshaw


Clark Nexsen

Virginia Beach, Virginia


Harold R. Caples, P.E.

Engineering Manager

Virginia Department of Transportation

Richmond, Virginia


Donald J. Cole

Office Leader

Brown and Caldwell

Virginia Beach, Virginia


Sherry B. Earley, P.E.

Engineering Manager

City of Suffolk, Virginia


Shont´┐Ż Eldridge, PMP

Chief, Special Projects

Department of Public Works

City of Baltimore, Maryland


Gaynelle L. Hart

Director of Public Works

City of Lynchburg, Virginia


Phillip J. Koetter, P.E.

Operations Management Administrator

Department of Public Works

City of Virginia Beach, Virginia


Joe Kroboth, III, P.E., L.S., PWLF

Director, Transp. and Cap. Infrastructure

Loudoun County, Virginia


Kelly Mattingly, LEED-AP, CRM

Director of Public Works

Town of Blacksburg, Virginia


David W. Plum, P.E.

Senior Manager, Municipal Engineering

Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP

Virginia Beach, Virginia



Judith L. Hines

Assistant Director of Public Works

City of Newport News, Virginia



Sharyn L. Fox

Municipal Program Manager

Whitman Requardt and Associates, LLP

Newport News, Virginia

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Job Opening
The Hampton Roads District is seeking a Program Management Specialist Senior Supervisor/Program Manager to manage the delivery of the District's Urban and Local Programs while representing the interests of various entities in the peninsula area of the Hampton Roads Region (Cities of Hampton, Williamsburg, and Poquoson). Program delivery will include multiple project phases and technical areas including planning, program management, local project administration, policy, preliminary engineering, and construction. Qualifications: knowledge of federal, state and local transportation rules, regulations, policies and funding.  Education qualifications: Civil Engineering degree (BSCE) or equivalent education/experience with an emphasis in Transportation Engineering or Planning.  PE or PMP preferred. Interested candidates can search position number 09848 in the keywords field HERE

 President's Corner

This past May our chapter successfully held our 57th Annual Conference & Equipment Show in Baltimore, MD.  The chapter wants to thank everyone who participated in this event.  This was the first conference to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center after the civil disturbances that had occurred before the meeting. We had great attendance and participation at the conference, and this is a testament to the perseverance of our membership.  The chapter is very proud to have supported Baltimore City and our peers within the city.


The conference provided many opportunities to learn about best practices employed by others.  Also, the exhibitors and sponsors provided innovative solutions offered by their companies to help our attendees be more effective in their jobs.  Most importantly, we had the chance to see familiar faces and build new relationships with our fellow Public Works professionals.


Our chapter membership during the conference raised funds to contribute to the community.  The conference 50/50 Drawing raised $130 which was donated to Our Daily Bread Employment Center of Baltimore.  Also, the extra conference tote bags were donated to the St. Francis House Food Pantry in Triangle, VA for bagging and distributing food to families. 


US Congressman Elijah E. Cummings gave an inspirational speech about having "vision."  He spoke about how we in the Public Works profession must have "vision" because the work we do is not just for today but for our grandchildren.  Having vision was something that Baltimore native Abel Wolman possessed.  We learned quite bit about the work Wolman completed through our keynote speaker Howard Rosen.  As we move forward in our jobs, we need to remember to have the vision to solve today's and tomorrow's problems.  Furthermore, I leave you with the Congressman's final remarks, "Public Works gets it done!"


Matt Villareale

Chapter President

APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Chapter's 2015 Annual Conference in Baltimore a Resounding Success!


Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake during welcome opening at Baltimore Convention Center

If you attended the Chapter's 2015 Annual Conference in Baltimore, you witnessed history as it has been decades since the Chapter has had the annual conference in Charm City. DPW Director Rudy Chow, DOT Director William Johnson and DGS Director Steve Sharkey and their staff provided outstanding hospitality to our attendees. The many City volunteers will be listed in the next Newsletter, and we extend our sincerest thanks to the City of Baltimore for being such gracious hosts. Special thanks to all the other volunteers who helped behind the scenes to make this an excellent event! As a Chapter, we celebrated together with our colleagues at the annual Chapter Conference held in Baltimore this year, the first time in decade


Public works professionals from across the region joined colleagues for three days of friendly Road-E-O competition, while duffers were enjoying the golf outing at the City's Mt. Pleasant golf course. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gave a heartfelt welcome and Congressman Cummings expressed his extreme gratitude for service provided by public works and for not shying away from the "dirty jobs" sometimes encountered. Thursday night's "Crab Crawl" social was a success and everyone had a great time socializing in the east Falls area of the city.


Howard Rosen, Public Works Historical Society Past-President gave a thorough presentation regarding Baltimore-favorite Abel Wolman and his extensive and unmatched contributions to quality of life through sound engineering principles and applications for safe drinking water. Dr. Rosen published an article about Wolman's impressive contributions to the profession in the October 1989 issue of the APWA Reporter. 

The three City of Baltimore agencies actively participating in this year's conference included DPW Director Rudy Chow (seating, right), DOT Director William Johnson (seating, left) and DGS Director Steve Sharkey (seating, center), shown as Congressman Cummings tells the audience how public works is under-appreciated yet they get the job done!

City of Baltimore DPW Director Rudy Chow greeting the 2015 Conference participants during the opening session.
McClung-Logan Equipment Company exhibiting at the Mid-Atlantic Conference and Equipment Show in Baltimore. Featured is a Volvo ECR58D compact short swing radius mini excavator.
Road-E-O Results
The 2015 Annual Chapter Road-E-O Winners are:



1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Front-end Loader

Terrance Davis , VA Beach

Donnie Rowan,        West VA Water Authority

Trey Jones, Newport News, VA

Snow Plow

Bryan Palmer, MD State Highway

Ben Keeler

William McGinty, MDSHA

Refuse Truck

Curtis Garnett, Newport News, VA

Angela Simmons, Roanoke, VA

Tim Burford, Roanoke, VA


Curtis Garnett, Newport News, VA

Kindzell Brown, Chesapeake PW

Frank Chandler, Newport News, VA


Cornelius Hawkins,  Alexandria, VA

Tim Thompson,  Alexandria, VA

Joshua Hoderfield,  Cecil County, MD


Alexis Zambrano, Arlington County, VA

William Benson,  Alexandria, VA

William Merritt,  Baltimore County Public Works

Bucket Truck

Bryan Patterson,  Chesapeake Public Works

Donald Lightfoot,  Virginia Beach, VA

Raymond Chojnowski,  Baltimore County Public Works

Congratulations to all who participated in this year's event, which was a resounding success! Special thanks to Alan Robinson of the Baltimore City DPW for making this event happen. Also special thanks to Old Dominion Brush (equipment donation for use during the completion) and Mission Barbecue FOR THE DELCIOUS LUNCH!

Mid-Atlantic Chapter's Diversity Committee


The members of the Diversity Committee want to say THANK YOU!  It was great to meet so many of you at the 57th Annual Conference and Equipment Show in Baltimore, Maryland.  We were thrilled that you took the time to fill out one of our surveys or our "thought bubble".  We received 64 surveys back, with 39 people saying that their organization does have a Diversity Statement and 4 people saying they weren't sure.


We would like to thank Bay Disposal, Brown and Caldwell, Uniquely U by Terri Gilliam, Hampton Inn and Suites, ECK Supply, Newport News Department of Public Works, and Newport News Department of Development for donating items for our gift bag, which was raffled off at the Conference.


Be on the lookout for great things from the Diversity Committee in the future.  We are open to any ideas that you may have for us because we are YOUR committee.  If you are interested in joining the Mid-Atlantic Chapter's Diversity Committee, please contact Scarlet Stiteler at [email protected].

2015 Conference attendee's answers to the question, "What does Diversity mean to YOU?"

Scarlet Stiteler is the Accounting Technician for the Department of Public Works in the City of Newport News.  She is the Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Chapters Diversity Committee and is looking forward to becoming more active at the Chapter level.

Training for the Future: The Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute (MPWI) at Work!


The Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute (MPWI) is developed so that practitioners provide their vast experience and share the knowledge base with public works personnel across many levels. Public works offers a broad scope of personnel, from line workers, to supervisors,  all the way to the Director position. Participants in the MPWI learn about the jobs and needs, where the training translates to and is identifiable with every position. For example, pointers on dealing with difficult employees also apply to service providers, contractors and residents.


The MPWI is a unique training ground collaboratively created between the Mid-Atlantic APWA Chapter and Virginia Tech University. The MPWI is an excellent opportunity for those in, or aspiring to be, in key leadership positions in the public works field, where after 96 hours of instruction, receive the certification of completion. Whether you are a team member on a small project or managing a multi-million dollar budget, it means coordinating, communicating, scheduling, and maintaining focus. Blending academic theory with the real-life processes, technologies, hard and soft management skills, and the best learning methodologies, MPWI can empower you to become a more effective leader and team member and to be confident in your ability to strategically execute projects and programs.


All classes are taught by practitioners and industry leaders with extensive experience in the field of public works. Participants gain strategic planning skills and managerial insight to be more effective project leaders. See more HERE


 The MPWI Steering committee has been meeting monthly, looking forward to its inaugural launch on September 22-24, 2015, and we hope to see you there! Applicants have the choice of attending the training at Virginia Tech University's Blacksburg, VA  or Newport News, VA campus locations.


If you would like more information, or wish to volunteer or help out at the September 22-24, session please contact Scott Smith at: [email protected]


The volunteer PWI instructors are: 

Scott Smith, P.E, City of Norfolk DPW

Pete Garner, P.E, City of Norfolk DPW

Debra Ware, City of Richmond DPW

Lewis Yancey, City of Richmond DPW

Calvin Chambliss, City of Richmond DPW

Doug Fawcett, City of Fredericksburg DPW

Buz Rhees, City of Virginia Beach

Eddie Crockett, City of Newport News DPW

Wendy Younk, Fairfax County DPW&ES

Sonny Poteat, Fairfax County DPW&ES

Tara Henderson, Fairfax County DPW&ES

Ken Eyre, P.E., Greeley and Hansen LLC

It's a Flume So it Must Be Accurate


The City of Lowell, Massachusetts had a shock when they installed an area-velocity meter in series with an existing flume.  Not only did the two not agree, but they disagreed by 40%. Which one was correct - the flume that had been installed 25 years earlier, or the new area-velocity meter?  With billings of $25,000 per month between the City of Lowell and neighboring Tewksbury, the stakes were high.


Lowell installed the area-velocity meter to read flows during surcharge conditions.  To reduce CSOs, they planned to store flow in wet weather conditions; this would surcharge the flume.  Area-velocity meters can read in surcharge so the plan was to do tag-team metering.


The area-velocity meter was installed during normal dry-weather flow conditions.  Once good readings were established, the project team looked for correlation between the existing flume and the new area-velocity meter.  Naturally, the project team assumed that the 25-year-old Parshall flume was accurate. However, the representative for new meter provided some compelling proof that the area-velocity meter was accurate.



Which meter was right?  The team looked for clues.  The first visual was the approach pattern to the throat of the flume (Figure 1).  Flumes require that "The approaching flow should be well distributed across the channel, and relatively free of turbulent waves. Generally a site with high velocity of approach should not be selected" (Isco Open Channel Flow Measurement Handbook, fifth edition, p. 65).


Standing waves, as seen in the approach of this flume, indicate either an improper approach velocity or flow in excess of the flume rating.  A team of two consulting engineers prepared an engineering memorandum summarizing

observations of the current flow conditions.  According to the report: "The primary flow element is a conventional manufactured Parshall flume. It has a 2-foot throat, with dimensions matching a conventional flume and is installed level and straight. The flow enters the station through a 48-inch diameter pipe. The plans for the original installation show the pipe entering the vault at an angle of 8 degrees 30 minutes with a slope of 0.00031. Measurements were that indicate the angle is about 4 degrees, 43 minutes and the slope greater than 0.007. The report noted that the measured slope was 20 times greater than the design slope, and that the transition from the Tewksbury interceptor to the flume was skewed, causing an imbalance in the approach velocity pattern (Figure 2).



The report further verified that the specifications of the area-velocity meter matched the requirements of the project, and that its settings were proper for the installation. The engineers made a series of measurements to confirm the observed flume problems. Their physical measurements started with velocities across the channel at two locations: 5 feet upstream of the flume and at the flow measuring point of the flume (Ha). They were able to confirm that the flow was in the "super critical" regime. According to the report: "The definition of sub and super is most easily remembered as related to the critical depth line of any channel for a 'given' flow rate. In hydraulics of open channel flow, this means that there are 'two' possible depths in any channel for any 'given or same' flow, one above the critical depth line and one below."


In other words, the unintended supercritical flow condition had caused the depth measurement at Ha of the flume to correlate to the wrong flow rate.


To visually prove that the approach velocity was causing the inaccuracy, the


engineers employed a little Yankee Ingenuity; they held a large wooden board in the upstream flow approach to dissipate the energy (See Figure 3). The results were a dramatic and almost instant increase of the flume flow reading to agree with the area-velocity meter.


The next step was to bring in an independent third-party expert in flow measurement. When Flow Assessment Services (Goffstown, NH) was called they said this is far more common than most people realize, and that it was hard to believe how many flumes or weirs are proven inaccurate.


Flow Assessment Services (FAS) suggested installing a third meter to see if it would correlate with either of the first two meters. FAS selected, with the client's approval, an area-velocity meter. After careful installation and calibration of the meter, the readings of the 3rd temporary meter matched those of the existing area-velocity meter. The temporary check meter was left in place for a period of 60 days. The results were conclusive: the two area-velocity meters agreed, and the existing flume agreed with these readings when the upstream velocity problems were addressed.


The City of Lowell tried hard to make the flume work once they learned of its shortcomings.  But short of ripping up an extensive metering chamber, their only recourse was to rely on the area-velocity meter for low flows to surcharge flows.


Provided by Jeff Cantwell, Flow Assessment Services, LLC. He can be reached at: Office: 610-918-3857 and email: [email protected] 

Congratulations to Our 

2015-2016 College Scholarship Recipients!


Kiren Ajrawat

Daughter of Seema Ajrawat

Chief of Administrative Services

County of Fairfax, Virginia

Major-Systems Engineering

George Washington University


Russell Martin

Son of Eric Martin

Director of Public Works

City of Chesapeake, Virginia

Major-Computer Engineering/Physics

College of William & Mary


Meghan Tait

Daughter of Cindy Tait

Public Works Analyst

City of Annapolis, Maryland


University of Georgia

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Lynchburg's Building Facilities Achievement: 

City Hall Coil Replacement


The City of Lynchburg is always very proud of our Public Works staff; they are a hard working bunch who are frequently finding ways to do more with less on a daily basis.

A good example of this recently came to light within the City DPW's Building Maintenance group - During the record cold temperatures experienced this winter, several water coils that are responsible for heating and cooling City Hall were damaged.

Due to the complex scope of the project, we would normally reach out to our contractors for assistance with this type of repair.  In this instance, our internal DPW team decided to tackle this issue in an effort to reduce costs and provide a quick turnaround time for the repair.


Staff found and worked directly with a manufacturer who could construct the replacement coils locally. 

Several benefits of sourcing the coils locally were realized in a reduction of costs, no shipping and control over the lead time for installation which reduced inconvenience to users of the building. 

In the end, Staff saved the City approximately $6,000 compared to the costs of contracting the work out.


The City commends Building Mechanics Robert King, Steve Woodroof, John Johnson, Jesse Bean, Robert Hefner and James Reid for going above and beyond the call of service during a recent event. These men displayed dedication and commitment to the City of Lynchburg and provided a superior product at a greatly reduced cost.

How I Spent my Spring Break!
Dave Plum's Humanitarian Work in Haiti Continues


You may remember in that April 2014, Chapter Board member Dave Plum, PE, Municipal Manager with RK&K in their Virginia Beach office, returned from another week-long trip to Baptiste, Haiti.  Baptiste is located in the eastern mountainous region of the Central Plateau, adjacent to the Dominican Republic

Clinic construction in progress 

border. Since 2006, Dave has made over 15 trips to Haiti that started with initial reconnaissance necessary to design a water supply pipeline from a mountaintop spring to the town of Baptiste.  Subsequent trips involved additional data collection and construction of a 12,000 LF 4-inch PVC water line to deliver clean, untreated spring water to the town of Baptiste. During the design and construction of the project, Dave was assisted by other volunteer engineers from the Hampton Roads region.  The project was placed into service in December of 2009, one month prior to the Mw 7.0 earthquake on January 12, 2010.  This catastrophic earthquake destroyed much of Port au Prince, the nation's capital city.  Fortunately, there was no damage to this water delivery system. 

Not one to let grass grow under him, Dave was once again off to Haiti this spring, offering his time and talents. The Chapter leadership provided charitable funds in support of this worthy cause. The purpose of Dave's latest trip was to construct a new 4" water line between the existing water system in Baptiste , Haiti and a new medical clinic that is being built by the non-profit, NGO Colleagues in Care.

Trenching continues on day 2
Dave is also a Board member of that organization.  

Early on March 21, Dave and a friend left Norfolk for the hot, new tropical destination of Port au Prince, Haiti!  Surprisingly, there were many other Americans on the flight that were also headed to Haiti.  Maybe this truly is the undiscovered place to go for Spring Break!! After the 4.5 hour, 74 mile trip to Baptiste, Haiti in the eastern end of the Central Plateau near the international border with the Dominican Republic, Dave and his team rested up for the week ahead.

"In the four work days we had", said Dave, "we had to organize work crews to dig 1,000 feet of trench and install the 4' water main at a depth of approximately 3' below grade.  As in the past, the equipment for the excavation was picks, shovels and sledge hammers.  Fortunately the alignment was along the side of the 'road'. Unfortunately there was a significant amount of rock that had to be broken up and removed from the trench."


The pipe and materials were pre-purchased by the contractor who is building the clinic, so Dave felt comfortable with the arrangement.  He requested the purchase of Schedule 40, 4" glued bell pipe joints, but upon arrival, discovered it was

Significant rock outcrops had to be removed

Schedule 40 bell and spigot.  They had no lubricant to enable them to slide the spigot into the bell, no matter what they had on hand.  Their on-the-fly decision was to cut off the gasket portion of the bell end and glue the plain spigot into the remnants of the bell end of the pipe.  Fortunately this worked and they were still able to push the spigot end approximately 4" into the cut off bell end.  For those of you old enough to remember the old television show, McGiver would have been proud of Dave!


This trip's goal was to excavate a minimum of 250 feet of trench a day with our work force of 28 workers.  This was the easy part, except for the ROCKS!  When the workers encountered rocks, they skipped past them and specific crews were assigned to break them up.  In some areas the rock crews worked all day and into the next day to remove enough rock to permit construction of the water main.

Trench backfill in progress

Late in the afternoon of each day, they spent a few hours cutting off bell ends and gluing the joints together and positioning them over the trench prior to backfilling.


During the four days actually spent in Baptiste, 900 feet of trench was excavated (Dave admits he over estimated the distance tjey had to go), 400 feet of pipe was glued together and 300 feet of pipe was placed in the trench and backfilled.  They left Baptiste on March 27 to return to the US, leaving the Haitian workers responsible for assembling and backfilling the remainder of the pipe.  It was estimated they would complete the work by March 31, which they did.

All in all it was a successful Spring Break!  Dave and company returned to the US with the prerequisite sunburn, albeit a "farmers tan" complete with a sunburned face, head and arms.

2015 National Public Works Week  

How did you and your agency celebrate the 2015 National Public Works Week? Did you host a "touch-the-truck" event similar to what the City of Baltimore and the District of Columbia hosts?


We want to hear from you, so send along your experiences in time for the next Chapter Newsletter (September), to Ken Eyre.

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Mid-Atlantic Public Works Annual Chapter Dinner

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Save the dates May 4-6, 2016!
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, will once again serve as the host site for this conference.  Since last held here in 2009, Roanoke has continued its transformation and promises to offer a terrific venue for learning, networking and fun! Watch for additional details!