March 2016 Table of Contents

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Public Works 2016 Salary Survey: As good as it gets? Public Works 2016 Salary Survey: As good as it gets?

Public works professionals are finally receiving raises. Yet many say the increases don’t make up for paychecks weakened by multiyear salary freezes and rising benefits costs. Read more

Winning over co-workers and the public Winning over co-workers and the public

Public works is one of the few careers that requires emotional intelligence as well as technical expertise. Six young professionals and a veteran explain how to win over coworkers and the public. Read more

Dump trucks safely evacuate material in beds Dump trucks safely evacuate material in beds

An Illinois township is getting work done faster with less harm to workers and plow trucks with dump beds that unload every last scrap of material. Read more

Simple valve keeps odors away Simple valve keeps odors away

An inline backflow valve keeps sewer gas from ruining a multimillion dollar downtown revitalization in Decatur, Ill. Read more

Budgeting and funding public tree programs Budgeting and funding public tree programs

How to quantify the contribution a community’s living assets makes to public health and safety. Read more

Suicidal Deer sign saves lives Suicidal Deer sign saves lives

Unusual road sign saves lives and cuts down of vehicle-deer collisions in a small central Illinois town. Read more

Shared use paths

The phrase “shared use path” can be confusing. Language straight from the guidelines may help. Read more

Scapegoat time in Flint Scapegoat time in Flint

Drinking water regulations are boring and difficult. It's easy to assume authorities are doing the right thing, but irresponsible. Read more

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