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January Upfront News & Views

January Upfront News & Views

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    Asian carp are known to eat up to 20% of their body weight in plankton daily and may grow up to four feet long. The species was released into the Mississippi River basin nearly two decades ago and is now within 50 miles of Lake Michigan.

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    Built next to Orange County's busiest train station, Irvine's four-story cast-in-place concrete structure serves 3,000 commuters/day and includes 6,000 square feet of retail space. Photovoltaic panels will be installed on the roof level to provide electricity for the entire facility. Photo: Bomel Construction Co. Inc.

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    Buying Pineywoods Mitigation Bank credits allows permit applicants to compensate for their project's impact on the surrounding environment. Photo: PBS&J

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    Public Works Director Scott McGolpin urged employees to find a system that ensures resources are available when a disaster cuts off access to communities beyond the county's borders. Photo: County of Santa Barbara

Real-time wireless fleet system recognized

Networkfleet's 3500 product line received a High Tech Award in the category of communications products and services by the AeA, the nation's largest hi-tech trade association. The system provides real-time data on vehicle fuel consumption, speed, and emissions.

County initiates online plan-submission program

Architects and developers will be able to submit plans via the Internet once the Land Use Services Department of San Bernardino County in California deploys Avolve Software's ProjectDox ePlan solution. The county plans to implement the software across the public works and fire departments and the Office of the Clerk.

Indianapolis water partnership praisedOperations

The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships recognized the waste-water services partnership between the city of Indianapolis and United Water by awarding them its annual Service Recognition Award. United Water provides water and wastewater services to 7.3 million people in 27 states. It operates 268 municipal and industrial systems through public-private partnerships and contract agreements.

United Water has operated the Indianapolis facilities through a public-private partnership since 1994 and began a new nine-year contract with the city in 2008. The company has delivered operating efficiencies translating into $250 million in savings for the city over 13 years and earned 25 Peak Performance awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for environmental improvements.

In addition to operating two waste-water treatment plants that have a combined capacity of 350 mgd, United Water's contract includes maintaining 3,000 miles of sewage collection system, providing laboratory services, and monitoring industrial pretreatment.

Mutual aid encompasses entire countyOperations

Santa Barbara County is the first in California to sign up all eight incorporated cities under the state's Public Works Mutual Aid Agreement, which provides the same reimbursement principals as police and fire aid agreements and works like a typical contract. Since the program was established in 1988, 17 counties and 142 cities have signed on.

“The Public Works Department and Office of Emergency Services have significantly improved our emergency preparedness efforts by establishing this cooperative agreement,” says County Executive Officer Michael Brown.

Since 1998, the county's four federally and three state-declared disasters required $35 million in reimbursement for infrastructure.

Visit www.pwmaa.org or www.countyofsb.org/pwd/Administration/PWMAP.htm to find California's mutual aid agreement templates.