March 2015 Table of Contents

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Public Works 2015 Salary & Benefits Survey: One step at a time Public Works 2015 Salary & Benefits Survey: One step at a time

Wages are creeping up but not enough to cover higher health care and other benefit costs. Read more

Public Works' 2015 Salary & Benefits Survey: How does your salary compare? 2015 Salary & Benefits Survey Public Works' 2015 Salary & Benefits Survey: How does your salary compare?

This region-by-region analysis compares average salaries of survey respondents by population served. Read more

Valve control system regulates water temperature Valve control system regulates water temperature

Environmental requirements drive Portland Water Bureau project. Read more

States, cities issuing $357 billion for public works projects Market Analysis States, cities issuing $357 billion for public works projects

"We've put off maintenance for years," says the commissioner of Atlanta's Public Works Department of the $250 million the city's spending on roads, bridges, and other projects. After years of budget balancing, government coffers are opening again. Read more

The switch to propane-powered mowers The switch to propane-powered mowers

Fueled by an increase in suppliers nationwide and an incentive program since 2012, public groundskeepers are switching to propane. Read more

Fair and open pipe procurement Fair and open pipe procurement

Review pipe procurement policies to keep taxpayer money from going down the drain. Read more

Asset mapping: Forget what you think you know Asset mapping: Forget what you think you know

Washington DOT is building two of the largest projects in Seattle's history. One city agency seized the opportunity to avoid millions in change orders and damage to utilities no one knew were there. Read more

Small town makes big impact Department of the Month Small town makes big impact

For the first time in their history, Morristown, Vermont's highway road crew took on a road reconstruction project and saved taxpayers money by doing most of the work themselves. Read more

Pros and cons of solar-powered streetlights Pros and cons of solar-powered streetlights

Having led the LED charge, municipalities lower costs further by using the sun and/or wind to power streetlights. Read more

Increasing health insurance costs Increasing health insurance costs

Public sector employees are paying more for standard benefits like health and dental insurance. Read more

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