The Tucson Police Department (TPD) was awarded nearly $100,000 in improving work zone safety from the Arizona Governor’s office last week. These monies can help with researching what it might take to continue to improve safety in construction areas as it relates to infrastructure. Outgoing Executive Director Ramon Gaanderse was interviewed by Channel 4 last week on the topic. Please click on the video below to see it. http://www.kvoa.com/story/37692226/tpd-awarded-grant-to-enhance-work-zone-safety
Congratulations to Pima County on completion of The Loop, a long-term wash bank protection project that has also paved the way for a regional multi-use trail system! Many ATB members were active in providing construction and consulting services over three decades to make this happen in partnership with local jurisdictions. The Loop Completion Celebration events take place this Saturday, March 17, 2018 at three locations around the metro area. More details: http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=384760
TEP is asking for help in identifying the culprits in a series of infrastructure vandalism incidents that have led to power outages in our region. These vandalism incidents are costly for area residents and businesses, as well as being dangerous. Read TEP’s press release: https://www.tep.com/news/tep-urges-residents-to-report-suspicious-activity-near-electrical-equipment/
A safe work environment for all our employees is crucial, and top priority at Cummins Sales and Service. They are committed to the implementation and compliance to safe work practices, creating education and awareness for their employees about work safety, and rewarding their employees and our locations for continued safe working conditions. They perform frequent safety audits of all their facilities and their Health, Safety and Environment Department takes all necessary corrective actions to ensure that they provide a safe place for all their employees to come to work. In addition to this, they value integrating safety and environmental considerations into their daily business operations. All their facilities are certified to meet the OSHAS 18001 (health & safety) and ISO14001 (environmental) standards. At the end of the day, it is their goal to keep their staff safe, to run our business operations in a proactive manner, and to drive continuous improvement.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is making the case for the Trump administration’s plan to incentivize state, local and private stakeholders to spend as much as $1.3 trillion by providing $200 billion in federal dollars over 10 years. She testified March 1st before the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee and is set to appear today at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The reaction among Senate EPW Committee members was mixed at best. Several Democrats pointed out the plan calls for $200 billion in new direct federal spending, while the administration’s budget includes over $200 billion in cuts to existing federal infrastructure spending programs. They also expressed skepticism about how $200 billion could leverage 6.5 times that amount in non-federal spending. Chao tried to ignore the budget as something not related to the infrastructure plan or under her jurisdiction. Republicans focused mostly on the permitting and project delivery reforms proposed in the plan, as well as parochial transportation issues ongoing in their states. They did not discuss the administration’s budget conflict or question the plan’s leveraging potential. EPW Committee Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.) opened the hearing by recalling his conversation with President Donald Trump at a Feb. 15th White House meeting on infrastructure. Carper claimed at the time the president supported 25 cents per gallon increase in the federal motor fuels tax. The White House would only say that it is keeping its options open. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) pressed Chao on whether Trump supports such an increase. Chao said the question is better answered by the White House directly. She said she wants to work with Congress on the pending insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). She did not offer any solutions. Comments earlier in the week from Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) about possibly not having enough time in 2018 to consider an infrastructure bill were walked back by Carper, who said Cornyn told him the comments were taken out of context. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) went a step further in the hearing, saying he thinks the Senate should work nights and weekends to get a much-needed infrastructure package done this year. ARTBA will continue pushing for a robust infrastructure package, one that should include a permanent Highway Trust Fund fix as its main component.
The Pima County Small Business Commission presents the awards each year to small business who stands out in the community. The applicants were assessed on criteria such as company culture, positive impact on Pima County and community involvement. The Pima County Board of Supervisors honored the winners of the Small Business Commission Award – Small Business of the Year Awards at the February 20th meeting.
The 2017 Small Business of the Year Award winners are:
- Rural: Miura Contracting – a general and subcontractor that specializes in commercial concrete projects. The company has 15 employees and has been in business for 10 years.
- Urban: KoolAir Industries, LLC (– an HVAC ductwork fabricating company that uses lightweight, pre-insulated material. The company has 12 employees and has been in business for two years.
- Nonprofit: Pima Community College Small Business Development Center – the organization provides one-on-one counseling for small business owners to help them grow and thrive. The Small Business Development Center has four employees and has been active for 15 years.
- Each winner also received a $500 prize and a plaque.
Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. (Sturgeon Electric) was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1912 by David Dwight “D.D.” Sturgeon. Mr. Sturgeon was an active member of the Denver community, and was instrumental in the development of the industry, downtown Denver and in the growth of the city. He served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NECA-the National Electrical Contractors Association for many years. From 1912 to 1986, Sturgeon Electric’s offices moved from various locations throughout downtown Denver. In the 1990’s, Sturgeon Electric expanded operations into Arizona, opening offices in Phoenix and Tucson. In 2012, Sturgeon Electric celebrated 100 years in business, and the company’s T&D division is currently constructing a $120M electrical construction project in the State of Nevada for NV Energy and Great Basin Electric Transmission South, LLC, an affiliate of LS Power. The 235 miles, 500kV transmission line is known as the Nevada ON Line project.
As do the other agencies in the region, the Town of Marana has a pavement cut moratorium on newly constructed asphalt, and a Pavement Management System with recent condition data to assess the publicly owned roadway infrastructure for optimizing available maintenance funding. This data has been used to develop a funded pavement preservation program to seal the town’s roadways on a 5 to 6-year cycle. Since this investment of public funds is now maintaining asphalt in a like new condition, Marana is proposing to revise the pavement moratorium requirement from a five-year threshold to an overall condition index (OCI) of 70 or above. Also proposed are Grounds for Denial of new permits for failure to perform or failure to pay fees in Section 12-7-5 and updating Town Code to reflect the adoption of the latest PAG Standard Specifications and Details in Section 12-7-8. Section 12-7-9 includes the proposed pavement cut moratorium language, including amending the warranty for such cuts accordingly to five years, which had been to increase it from the standard two years to until the pavement is five years old, or whichever is greater.
Marana is also working on a viewing portal to add to the mapping page on our website, which will provide color coded street segments to indicate which streets have an OCI of 70 or greater, and when the data was most recently collected; we hope to have that go live in the next week or so and will provide a link for ATB members.
Marana is asking for comments to be submitted by Friday, March 2, and hope to place the proposed Ordinance on the next available Council Agenda shortly thereafter. To see all the documents and research, please click here.
This is an alert to our membership that Pima County Procurement has published the referenced bid package on Friday, February 16, 2018. This project is located in the City of South Tucson and Pima County Arizona, Supervisor Districts 2, 3, and 4 and consists of placing chip seal surface treatment, crack seal, fog seal and asphalt patching at various locations within Pima County including traffic striping, traffic control, and miscellaneous work as indicated in the Regional Local Road Repair Program (RLRRP) Package No. 4. Project List and Location Maps available on the Pima County Procurement website at: http://www.pima.gov/procure/ifbrfp-dc.htm. Bid Due Date/Time: March 8, 2018, at or before 2:00 PM Local Tucson Time, Pima County Procurement Department, 130 W. Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Tucson, AZ.
Direct questions in writing to:
Anthony V. Schiavone, Procurement Officer
Pima County Procurement Department
Fax: 520-724-4434 / E-mail: email@example.com
Executive Director Ramon Gaanderse had lunch with Pima County Supervisor Steve Christy last week to discuss various topics as it relates to transportation funding. Supervisor Christy explained where in the process his proposed regional sales tax was. This topic is still being discussed around the region through town hall meetings. A challenge with the regional sales tax remains, before it can go to the voters, all five Supervisors, must vote yes and reach a unanimous decision. That “unanimous” vote is being challenged at the State Capital. They talked about that specifically with the State Legislature reviewing bills that would make such a vote NOT unanimous, but a simple majority. This would NOT enact the law but allowing them to refer such a vote to the ballot. We also discussed some of the other challenges the community faces as it relates to property tax versus a sales tax and could be a disadvantage to a portion of our community. This may be why it’s important to have multiple sources to fund our infrastructure. Either way, Supervisor Christy is working hard on behalf of the industry but most importantly our community to keep funding for roads a priority. He was very thankful for being awarded the 2017 ATB Person of the Year. He was thrilled and honored to be recognized.