Spotlighting the Issues! Roundtable Discussion Groups

Room: Exhibit Hall — Look for the "Spotlighting the Issues" sign hanging from the ceiling

The Spotlighting the Issues Roundtable Discussions are casual, open exchanges about the hot topics and issues you face every day. Come prepared to participate! This is your chance to sit down with your public works peers from around North America and talk about your challenges and innovative solutions. Or, do a little visioning about what you see for the future of public works operations. Roundtable discussions on different topics occur on both Monday and Tuesday, so take a look at the topics for both days to see where you would like to join in. The tables will be numbered so you can easily locate the discussion group of your choice. A special "thank you" goes to the volunteer facilitators listed for each topic.

Monday, September 23, 2002, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

  1. Public Works and Emergency Management. Let's discuss the many opportunities and challenges for integrating public works with the four phases of emergency preparedness: preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation.

  2. Developer Interests and Right-of-Way Management. When does your municipality have the right to regulate newly constructed and dedicated right-of-way?

  3. Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs). Join us for a discussion on sewer overflow response plans and SSO mitigation.

  4. Asset Management Systems and GASB 34 Reporting. Come and share your experiences, questions, and suggestions for integrating information on asset condition with financial reporting.

  5. Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Biodiesel. Let's talk about the least painful ways to implement an alternative fuels program including consideration for how the vehicles are used, the range of operation, operator safety concerns, fueling locations, and factory equipped vs. aftermarket conversions.

  6. Pavement Restoration Technology—Use of Geotextiles in Utility Cuts. Join this discussion of economical and practical considerations for geotextiles. Do geotextiles reduce distress in pavement in poorly compacted sections? Is there a need to add them if we already have good compaction?

  7. Strategies for Dealing with Unfunded Federal Mandates Implemented for the Environment. Share your experiences and ideas for coping and complying with these mandates.

  8. Delivering Services During Times of Revenue Shortfalls. Let's abandon traditional thinking and approach revenue shortfalls with creative, out-of-the box thinking! Be ready for a fun and fast-paced exchange of experiences and ideas.

  9. Understanding the Career Priorities of Young Engineering Professionals. Young professionals—come and tell us what you want from your career. Established professionals—listen, and then ask questions. Here's an opportunity to find some answers for attracting and retaining good employees and to mentor and share your expertise.

  10. Compare Notes with Other NPDES Phase II Communities. Exchange ideas and strategies for selecting BMPs to meet the Six Minimum Measures and for how you plan to set the measurable goals required by EPA.

  11. Smart Growth—Is it Good for Public Works? What's your perspective on what "smart growth" means and what are its implications for public works functions and operations?

  12. Let's Talk One-Call. From technology to employee relations, this is your chance to meet and discuss the issues with your One-Call peers.
Tuesday, September 24, 2002, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  1. Where the Water Meets the Road: Establishing and Operating a Stormwater Utility. Let's talk about the lessons learned in establishing and operating stormwater utilities.

  2. State Legislation on Right-of-Way Management and Compensation from Telecommunications and Cable Television Providers. This is a really hot issue! What's been your experience with state legislatures under pressure to preempt local government right-of-way management authority?

  3. The Growing Shortage in the Public Works Workforce. Brainstorm strategies for attracting, retaining, and energizing both office and field employees in an increasingly competitive job market.

  4. Chapter Diversity Resource Guide. APWA chapter board and program volunteers will want to participate in this sharing of ideas for establishing new member welcome and orientation programs, involving younger members in chapter activities and leadership positions, and integrating diversity awareness in all chapter activities.

  5. A Drought Means Different Things to Different People. How are drought conditions affecting you and your constituents? What planning and response do we need to do?

  6. Spotlight on Facilities & Grounds. Let's swing that spotlight over to the top issues of the day for facility and grounds managers. Share your biggest obstacles and brainstorm future solutions.

  7. How to Keep Your Field Maintenance Operations Staff Flexible and Productive. We've got budget constraints, aging infrastructure, increased demands for service, more regulations, and rapid advances in technology. Let's talk about management techniques for helping our staff handle change, keep themselves growing and up to date, and have what they need to serve our communities' needs.

  8. Being the Chapter Treasurer is a Hard Job, But Someone Has to Do It. Let's discuss maintaining control over your cash and investments, financial reporting, fundraising, and corporate sponsorships.

  9. Self-Assessment and Accreditation—The Good, the Bad, the Ugly. Where do we go from here? If you are among the nine accredited agencies, the 25 agencies that have formally applied for accreditation, or those that are thinking about applying, come together to discuss strategies and brainstorm for the future.

  10. How APWA Technology Can Benefit You. InfoNOW, chapter websites, and the APWA National website. Meet APWA's technology experts and pick their brains for how you can best utilize these services.

  11. Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC). Discuss the merits of using the EJCDC documents and offer feedback from the public works perspective for future EJCDC discussions.

  12. Public Rights-of-Way for Every Member of the Public: PROWAAC and ADA's Impact on Infrastructure Management. Curb ramps to chirping signals, truncated domes to tactile arrows—how do we make the right-of-way accessible to all? What are the latest requirements?