2014 Conference Announcement
 American Public Works Association Gulf Coast Branch
“Annual Fall Conference 2014”

The Gulf Coast Branch of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Public Works
Association will again be hosting the State Fall Conference in Gulfport, MS
October 22-24, 2014. This gathering will bring Public Works officials, engineers and other related
professionals to the Coast for three days. The event is being hosted by the Gulf Coast
Branch and will include golf, a Ship Island trip, relevant speakers and meals. We are
seeking sponsors and we hope that you would consider supporting us and this truly
worthwhile Public Works event. As a longtime supporter and probably a supplier of goods
and services to our Public Works Departments, we are requesting your support. Every
person who participated last year, both sponsors and attendees reported it was the best
they ever witnessed with good food and good fun.

I would hope that you will join us in showing the Gulf Coast hospitality to our protégés
from throughout the State.

The Mississippi Chapter is a non-profit organization and all sponsorships are tax
deductible. Exhibit space will be available to premiere, corporate and supporting sponsors
Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Leslie Phillips, Gulf Coast Branch
Secretary/Treasurer at P: 228-818-2839/Email: or Mr. Ron
Smith, Gulfport DPW at P: 228-868-5740/Email:

Mike Mullins
Gulf Coast Branch President
Mississippi Chapter
P: 228-392-9734
and Buford Clark
Mississippi State Chapter President

For  more info on conference go to Click on Chapter Events


In Memory of Bud Overby, Public Works Director, City of Pearl and Ms. Chapter of APWA Member

September 11, 1942 - August 22, 2014

Memorials may be made to the MS Animal Rescue League, 5221 Greenway Drive Ext., Jackson, MS 39204

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Congratulations to Mississippi Chapter  of APWA Longtime Member, Mr. Hibbitt Neel on his recognition of one of Jackson's Outstanding Volunteers of Goodwill Industries.

OCTOBER 22-24, 2014

More Info To Follow Soon!!!

Mississippi Municipal League
Biloxi, MS
June 23-June 25, 2014

Members of our chapter attended the annual MML Conference in Biloxi again this year.  Buford Clark, Pat Guest and Cathy Goolsby made several good contacts with potential members during the two-day exhibition show in the conference center. On Wednesday, June 25th, Johnny Groue, Gerald Groue, Matt Burrell and Cathy Goolsby presented a question and answer session regarding public works issues.  Several Mayors, Council Members and Public Works Officials were in attendance. 

Gulf Coast Branch Quarterly Meeting in Gulfport

The Gulf Coast Branch quarterly meeting was held in Gulfport in May with approximately 60 in attendance.  Lunch was provided by O'Reilly's Auto Parts.


The Honorable Governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, signs a proclamation recognizing that Mississippi will participate in the 54th National Public Works Week May 18-24, 2014. For additional information on the Mississippi Chapter of APWA, please go to

Seated: The Honorable Phil Bryant

Standing: Jeff May, Ocean Springs, Treasurer; Monty Jackson, Meridian, National Delegate; Cathy Goolsby, Brandon, Administrator; Buford Clark, Madison, President; Johnny Groue, Ocean Springs, President Elect; and Pat Guest, Brandon Past President.


Mississippi Fall Conference

October 23—25, 2013
D’Iberville Civic Center
10395 Auto Mall Pkwy.
D’Iberville, MS  39540

Registration forms are in the mail now.  If you do not receive, please contact Mike Mullins at or Cathy Goolsby at  More info will follow on web site. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
10:30 am  Registration for golf outing at Gulf Hills
11:00 am  Lunch for golfers at Gulf Hills
11:00 am  Registration for Boat Tour outing at Schooner Pier Complex
12:00 pm  Tee off for all golf participants & Boat Tour departs
6:00 pm    Registration opens at D’Iberville Civic Center
6:30 pm    Meet-n-Greet Dinner at D’Iberville Civic Center

Thursday, October 24, 2013

8:00 am    Registration opens
8:30 am    Opening remarks, Mayor Rusty Quave
8:45 am    APWA Director, Region IV, Tommy Brown
9:00 am    Casey Eure, Legislative Updates
9:45 am    Break
10:00 am  Kemba Ware, Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
10:15 am  Karen Clark, GIS
10:45 am  George Lewis, Mississippi 811
11:30 am  Lunch (Provided)
12:30 pm  Exhibit Hall opens
1:00 pm    Breakaway classes (1) Basic Supervision in Public Works and
                 (2) Managing Conflicts with Public and Employee
2:00 pm    Vendor comments
3:00 pm   Adjourn
6:30 pm   Shrimp Boil @ Fort Maurepas Park, Ocean Springs, MS

Friday, October 25, 2013

9:00 am    Jeff Altman, MDOT, LPA Program
9:45 am    James Sullivan, MDOT, Access Management
10:30 am  Break
10:45 am  General Meeting/Election of Officers
Gulf Hills Golf Club
13700 Paso Rd.
Ocean Springs, MS

Any questions contact:
Mike Mullins,
Vice President
Phone: 228.392.9734
Fax: 228.396.1804

To Register, send form and payment to:

ATTN: APWA Gulf Coast
2113 Government St, Suite D-3
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Gulf Coast Branch

Mississippi Chapter Commemorates National Public Works Week
May 19-25, 2013
Proclamation Issued by The Honorable Governor Phil Bryant

Gov. Bryant Declares a State of Emergency due to Ongoing Weather Event

Posted on February 10, 2013 by msema-user

JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant declared a State of Emergency today for four Mississippi counties due to the impacts of severe storms and tornadoes.

Those counties are: Forrest, Lamar, Lawrence and Marion.

Any additional counties with damages or impacts due to the ongoing severe weather will also be covered by this State of Emergency.

“As local and state officials work together to assess the damages, this State of Emergency will help expedite the support needed,” Gov. Bryant said.

The State of Emergency is an administrative tool that allows the state to offer support to the areas impacted by this weather event.

Storm spotters confirmed at least one tornado, which moved through Lamar and Forrest Counties earlier this evening and is responsible for damages in Hattiesburg and on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has deployed state resources including search and rescue teams and a forward command center to support the local governments as they respond to this event.

Hibbett Neel Awarded ACE/MS Teddy Roosevelt Award For 2012

The 2012 recipient of the American Council of Engineering Companies - Mississippi (ACEC/MS) Teddy Roosevelt Award is Hibbett Neel, President of Neel-Schaffer, Inc., which he co-founded in 1983. The Teddy Roosevelt Award is given for distinguished service to the engineering profession in going the extra mile to improve conditions and the profession as a whole. Neel received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt and earned a master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and served as an officer in the U.S. Army.

He has been an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers for more than four decades and was recently elected international vice president. His numerous awards from this organization include the 2011 Burton W. Marsh Distinguished Service Award and the ITE Outstanding Service Award in 2000. He was recognized by the American Public Works Association as Mississippi Member of the Year in 2000 and in 2004 by the American Society of Civil Engineers, receiving the Diversity Champions Award for his work fostering diversity within the industry. He received the 2007 American Council of Engineering Companies Community Service Award and in 2009 the National American Public Works Association recognized him with a lifetime achievement award.

His community involvement includes the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Blood Services, Catholic Charities, Greater Jackson Foundation, Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Keep Jackson Beautiful, Leadership Jackson and Jackson 2000. He has committed both time and resources to Vanderbilt’s School of Engineering as an active six-year member of Vanderbilt’s Engineering Alumni Council and the Lewis Society.

Denson Robinson - Inducted into City of Madison Hall of Fame

Denson Robinson has been inducted into the City of Madison Hall of Fame.  In honor of his 35 years of service to Madison, the Public Works Complex located on Highway 51 North will be named for Denson.  Denson is an active member in our association and we appreciate your service to our chapter.

Photo From Madison The City Facebook)

City planning beautification
Northside interchange at I-55 to be spruced up

11:48 PM, Jan 8, 2013 |

Written by
Emily Lane

If your community looks good, you’re going to attract good residents and businesses.
That’s why the mayors of Madison and Flowood said it’s worth investing public money into beautification projects for main roads and interchanges. And in Hinds County, District 1 Supervisor and Board President Robert Graham said he’s ready to follow the lead of those cities to make Hinds County more inviting.

“If anybody said they’re not envious of what Madison has done, it would be a lie,” Graham said. “Anything we can do to emulate what Madison and Rankin (counties) have done would be a step in the right direction.”
Hinds County will soon make a first step in that direction by partnering with the Mississippi Department of Transportation and a neighborhood association to landscape the busy Northside Drive interchanges off of Interstate 55.

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in December to partner with the Le Fleur East Foundation to give a facelift to both the east and west side of the interchange, which functions as an entrance to Northeast Jackson and Fondren.

The Le Fleur East Foundation, a nonprofit of the Northeast Jackson neighborhood comprised of hundreds of businesses and approximately 2,600 residences, will assist with the project that will cost an estimated $200,000. And Hinds County will take responsibility for maintenance of the four quadrants of the interchange at a low cost through the use of inmate labor.

Le Fleur East Foundation Executive Director Kelly Headley said the neighborhood entrance will look similar to landscaped interchanges in Ridgeland, Madison and Flowood.

“It gives you the feeling of safety and a nice area to live, shop and work,” Headley said of those areas. “We want that same feeling for our Capital City.”

The project has potential to begin swaying opinions of those who have expressed concerns over Jackson’s appearance, especially when compared to neighboring communities.
“I think we get a bad rep as to how things look, but everybody is trying,” Graham said.
Headley said planting should begin by this summer, and planning stages are already in the works.
Landscape architect Temple Barry of Barry Landscape Inc., who collaborated on the project, said preliminary landscaping plans include live oak and gem magnolia trees.
“The trees are placed where they won’t affect anybody’s visibility,” Barry said. “But it will make a big difference in the appearance.”

Loropetalum and Indian Hawthorn, both of which have pink blooms, will also be planted, Barry said.
Headley said the project is the result of a collaboration of several organizations. She said she hopes to help educate other groups in other parts of the city about the process of getting similar projects started.
Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoads said landscaping and beatification have become priorities for the city, and he believes the city’s appearance is a major factor in landing retail tenants.

“Stores that come in (to Flowood) look and see there’s pride within the city to make the place look good, and they actually want to locate here,” Rhoads said.
Rhoads said the city uses inmate labor to maintain the landscaping and pick up litter, which makes for low expenses and a big payoff.
In return, he finds that businesses have kept up their end of the deal by landscaping and maintaining their surrounding private property. Rhoads cited the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi campus as an example of private owners who help keep up appearances.

Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said Madison’s efforts to manicure its interchanges helps to nurture a sense of pride and place. A city’s image can go far to promote a better quality of life and economic development, she said.
“So often quality of life is overlooked, and it’s so simple,” she said. “To make your state strong you have to have strong communities.
“It’s called being passionate about the place you call home. The place you work.”

Headley said those who believe the “broken windows theory,” which says vandalism and other disorderly conditions have an effect on crime, would agree improving the appearance of a community’s space improves quality of life, encourages safety and promotes growth.
Graham said the project is a win-win for local government and the neighborhoods to boost tax dollars and make communities better places to live. “Anytime you have citizens taking ownership of where they live, it’s the beginning of something good,” Graham said.

Clinton, Other Metro Areas Plan New Water Wells
Written by Ruth Ingram  Dec. 09, 2012

Drilling a city water well often costs about $1 million per well, said Mike McCollum, Ridgeland’s public works director.
Cities must own or procure land, hire consulting engineers or use in-house engineers to create a design plan, get state Department of Health approval, and file for a well permit through the Department of Environmental Quality.

The technology used is similar to that for an oil well, but the hole isn’t as deep, McCollum said. Water wells in his city typically are 950-1,100 feet deep, and the water table usually starts at about 160 feet but tends to drop over time. Once the well is drilled, a 16- to 24-inch casing pipe is dropped in, and a smaller pump apparatus goes inside the casing. A screen installed over the casing filters out sand and rock, leaving well water in Ridgeland “fairly pure,” he said.

New storefronts, grand openings and the sound of heavy equipment aren’t the only indicators of growth in the city of Clinton. The need to dig two new water wells is a sign the city needs more wiggle room in how many residential and business customers it’s able to add to its water system.

The city’s current wells are operating at 92 percent of capacity, said Clinton consulting engineer Bill Owen. The state Department of Health has not yet moved to limit how many new customers the city can accept, “but 92 percent is getting to the threshold where they would,” Owen said.

“These two wells should get us down to about 65 percent, and that allows for growth. Right now, we really don’t have any room for growth.” The project will cost about $2 million, said Clinton Mayor Rosemary Aultman. The city is filing an application for funding to pay for the work through the Drinking Water Systems Improvements revolving loan fund. Residents’ water rates won’t go up to pay for the project, she said. “We will absorb the cost through our regular water budget.”

The wells will join the city’s two other wells, both constructed in the 1960s, Owen said. “This project is the only feasible alternative” to deal with the system’s capacity needs, he told Clinton aldermen earlier this week. Owen said he and city workers studied five sites for wells, choosing two they believe show the most chance of harboring a plentiful water supply. “We researched records of existing and previous wells to see what area would yield 1,000 gallons per minute,” he said. It’s hoped one will be on city-owned land on Northside Drive near Lovett Elementary on the south side of Clinton, with the other off Clinton-Raymond Road near the Oakhurst subdivision to the north. There’s no guarantee that drilling in those areas will produce the water sought, Owen said. That’s why he has three backup sites in mind. “But, we’ve researched the wells that are already drilled in these areas, so we feel confident they are good areas to drill,” he said.

Other metro-area cities are drilling wells to keep up with growth. Brandon, Canton, Ridgeland and Madison also are preparing to create new wells. The city of Jackson gets its water from the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Brandon began drilling a well two weeks ago, said public works director Cathy Goolsby. The city is sitting on about 91 percent capacity and has eight active wells, she said. “The new well will serve the east side of town, but can accommodate the west side of town in an emergency,” Goolsby said.

“We just had a well that we had to close, and we’re looking to replace it,” said John Wallace, who heads Canton Municipal Utilities. “You have to keep ahead of the game so far as capacity is concerned,” Wallace said. “That’s the only way to do it — to start soon enough, get your permits, and find a good location that is accessible and close enough to get your water supply back to a treatment plant.”

The city of Madison is preparing to drill. Its system is at 66 percent of capacity, but “we’ve got a lot of new commercial activity on the western end of town, and we need room for growth,” said Denson Robinson, city public works director.“In the next couple of years, we’ll be building a new elevated tank. We have three now,” Robinson said.

In Ridgeland, a new well should be complete on the city’s west side in about a year, said public works director Mike McCollum. The city closely monitors its population growth and, in making decisions on drilling new wells, factors in what would happen if its largest well malfunctioned, he said. The last well the city drilled was in 2008. “You could have a well go dry,” McCollum said. The city’s water storage tanks should have enough capacity to take the city through 2030, McCollum said.

The work in Clinton should take 12 to 18 months, Owen said.Clinton Alderman at Large Jehu Brabham agrees the work must be done soon. “You can’t operate a city without growth, and without a good supply of water,” he said.

(To contact Ruth Ingram at Clarion Ledger, call (601) 961-7303).

2012 Fall Conference a Huge Success -

Kudos to all who helped make our annual conference in Ocean Springs a huge success. Everything from the golf, speakers and programs could not have been better. We enjoyed wonderful meals, insightful speakers and some great socializing. We want to thank all of our sponsors and vendors who have continued to support our chapter.

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Fall Conference Announced

Mark your calendars now! Arrangements are made and we are pleased to announce that the State Fall Conference will be October 24-26, 2012 in Ocean Springs. Registration and Sponsorship forms are available online. If you need additional information, please contact one of the following:

Johnny Groue      228-875-3955
Jeff May                228-818-3955
Pat Guest              601-506-1898
Cathy Goolsby     601-955-1960

Let’s get together and get the conference promoted. We had such a great time last year, (and it’s hard to even imagine it could be better), but let’s work toward even bigger and better!


City of Ocean Springs Celebrates National Public Works Week -

Ocean Springs Public Works is celebrating Public Works Week in the community. See attached photo where Ocean Springs Public Works Department receives Proclamation from the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. Also, see attached photos where Ocean Springs Public Works displays banners in the City to promote Public Works Week.

In addition, to show their appreciation, several vendors/contractors and one City of Ocean Springs Alderman have stepped in to provide lunch every day of the week for our Ocean Springs Public Works staff. They are: Gulf Coast Underground, Compton Engineering, Chemsearch, Alderman Greg Denyer and Compliance EnviroSystems.

We hope that you are promoting Public Works Week in some way. Have a great week everyone!

Mississippi Municipal League Announces 2012 Excellance Awards

The Mississippi Municipal League is announcing the Municipal Excellence Awards recognition and encourages the achievements of Mississippi cities and towns in meeting the challenges of municipal government.  Each year this award program seeks out the best of these programs for public recognition.  Awards are giving in four categories:  Public Works, Public Safety, Planning and Economic Development, and City Spirit.  For more information go to

Mississippi Municipal League Asking For Help...

Dear MML Members,

As you know, our League has taken a strong position against bigger trucks language being included in the transportation authorization bill that is currently under consideration in Congress.

The House transportation bill that was introduced last week contained an all out assault on increasing truck sizes and weights. On Thursday, February 2nd, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted in favor of an amendment striking bigger truck language from the bill and inserting a comprehensive study on the negative infrastructure damage and safety issues related to these huge rigs. The amendment struck provisions that would have allowed expanded use of the triple trailer trucks, 97,000 lbs. singles and 88,000 pound auto-haulers.

Proponents of bigger trucks have stated that they will attempt to get the bigger trucks language back into the bill by introducing amendments from the floor. We expect the vote to come to the floor in the next seven days.

Our League would like to urge our members to contact their Representative to vote NO on any further attempts to include bigger trucks in the bill when debated on the House floor.

The Coalition Against Bigger Trucks has set up a toll free number for our use. Please call 855-284-4874 which will automatically connect you to your Representative and ask your Representative to vote no to any bigger trucks language in the transportation authorization bill.

2012 Academic Scholarship Announcement 

Once again it’s time to announce the 2012 Mississippi Chapter American Public Works Association Scholarship available thru the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson to college students for the 2012-2013 school year. You are receiving this email because we ask that you assist the Foundation by seeking out and encouraging your qualified students to apply.
The Mississippi Chapter of the American Public Works Association established this scholarship fund in 2000. The fund will honor a full-time junior or senior at a public university in Mississippi studying to enter the field of public works. "Public works" is generally the municipal or county governmental agency or department which administers projects such as road building, storm water retention, lot clearing, street lighting, engineering review of construction site plans, and other related duties. Those entering this profession most often study engineering and eligible majors include civil engineering, electrical engineering, public administration, environmental engineering, biology and chemistry. Applicants must have graduated from a high school in Mississippi. This award is based both on merit and need.
One scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded for the 2012-2013 school year.
Please see the attached APWA Scholarship application for more information and the eligibility and selection criteria that will be used by the MS Chapter of APWA’s selection committee to choose the 2012-2013 award winners. This application may also be accessed at our website

Fall Conference is a Huge Success 

Wow! That is the first thing that can be said about our Fall Conference which was held October 26-28, 2011 in Ocean Springs. The Gulf Coast Branch and the City of Ocean Springs hosted this conference in which was sure to be one of the best ever. There were approximately 65 golfers who participated in the golf scramble which was held at Gulf Hills Resorts. The weather could not have been any better - one of those fall day's we love in the South. As it turned out, the team from Ocean Springs won the golf scramble. On Wednesday night, Shrimp E'touff'ee, Catfish and Boudin was served as we spent time enjoying the day’s events and catching up with friends. Thursday morning, Ocean Springs Alderman Matt McDonald, Jackson County Supervisor John McKay and Andre' Kaufman, Public Works Director for Ocean Springs and APWA member, welcomed everyone to the conference. Andre' thanked all of his employees who had helped prior to and during the conference. Door prizes were given throughout the day - we know who had all of the winning tickets!! William O'Reilly with MDOT spoke on the Reflectivity Mandate. There will be a link to his presentation on this website. District 113 House of Representative Hank Zuber updated the house and senate bills that had passed in the 2011 session. Afterwards, Sharpie Smith, MDOT, presented information for the ADA Compliance Mandate. The city attorney for Ocean Springs, Mr. John Edwards, talked and answered questions regarding issues that most Public Works Departments have to face at one time or another. It was very informative and we all realized that we just thought our city attorney's picked on us! After a great lunch, Ms. Renee Johnson with WLOX, Channel 13, talked to our group about the social networking environment and how it can actually be a benefit to our department. The director of The Water Supply Division for the State Board of Health, Keith Allen, notified us of various regulations that have just come in to passage or those being considered. At this time, all of our great vendors who graciously helped to make this conference a success, introduced them and told about their services or products. Later in the evening, a shrimp boil was held at the Ft. Maurepas Park by the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The view was spectacular! It was another great night of good food and fellowship. On Friday morning, Mr. Phil Harris with Mississippi 811 did a presentation on the need for utility line locating. The last speaker was Mr. Don Smith with Soiltech. Pat Guest, President of the Mississippi Chapter opened the regular business meeting.   Placques were presented to Mr. Carl Frelix on behalf of the Hinds County Public Works Department who received Mississippi's first national APWA accreditation and Mr. Andre' Kaufman in recoginzition of induction in the mentoring program. Again, thanks go to all of those who worked so hard to put this conference together.

To view images from the conference click on this link:


Thank You to the following Sponsors for Their Support of our Fall Conference

Premier Sponsors

Coast Chlorinator & Pump Co., Inc. - DCD Construction, Inc. -  Neel-Schaffer   -   The City of Ocean Springs -       Waste Pro – Delta Sanitation - Compliance Environsystems, LLC (CES) - Compton Engineering, Inc. -             Suncoast Infrastructure, Inc. - Southern tractor - Chemsearch - GEC - Stribling Equipment/Empire Truck

Corporate Sponsors

J.H. Wright & Associates, Inc. - Griner Drilling Services, Inc. - Associated Pump and Supply - Terra Renewal

Supporting Sponsor

Ms. Prison Industries - Gulf Coast Underground, LLC - Mississippi 811, Inc. - DeLuca’s Landscaping -               Covington Sales and Service, Inc. - Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. - Design Precast -
Mallette Brothers Construction Co., Inc.

General Sponsors

Jimmy Gouras Urban Planning - Beta Testing & Inspection, LLC - Waggoner Engineering, Inc. - Graham Construction Company, Inc. - Dogan & Wilkinson, PLLC - Consolidated Pipe & Supply Company - Jackson County, John McKay - O’Brian Construction, LLC - Grand River Construction - The LPA Group Incorporated - Guest Consultants, Inc. - Seymour Engineering, PLLC - Digital Engineering - All South Consulting Engineers

Golf Hole Sponsors

Necaise Bros. Construction Co. - Terry Miller, Jackson County Chancery Clerk - Waste Oil Collectors, Inc. -
Donald Smith Company - Team One Communications - J.W. Webb State Farm Insurance -
Automotive Alignment & Body Service, Inc. - Control Systems, Inc. - Ocean Springs Lumber & Supply Company - Gouras & Associates, LLC - BancorpSouth - Southern Fastener and Tool Co., Inc. - Gautier Plumbing Company -Central Pipe Supply, Inc. - Biloxi Regional Medical Center - A. Garner Russell & Associates, Inc. -                               Gulf Sales and Supply, Inc. - Cableone - P.F. Moon and Company - Joseph Furr Design Studio

Guest Sponsors

Brumfield Properties, Inc. - Johnson Diesel Services, Inc. - Layne Christensen Company -
                      Constable Shane Langfitt - Brown, Mitchell & Alexander, Inc. - Images Galore Signs, LLC -             
Shane Langfitt Construction Company, Inc. -

Hinds County’s Public Works Department Receives Prestigious APWA Accreditation

KANSAS CITY, MO. – The Hinds County’s Department of Public Works has been awarded a prestigious Accreditation from the American Public Works Association (APWA). Hinds County is only the second county and the 72nd municipal agency in North America, as well as the first county in Mississippi to be awarded an APWA Accreditation. The Accreditation award will be presented by Ann Daniels, APWA Director of Credentialing, to the Public Works Department at the County Commission Meeting on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at (add location.)

The APWA Accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry. On a daily basis, accredited agencies meet or exceed standards of performance in areas such as water, solid waste management, street/sewer repair and maintenance, engineering, building maintenance, storm water drainage, traffic safety, environmental services and vehicle maintenance.

“For Hinds County Public Works, the APWA Accreditation process has led to strengthening of the department’s policies, procedures and processes,” said Transportation Division Director Carl Frelix. “We are extremely proud to be in the esteemed list of agencies who have also been awarded Accreditation, as well being the second county and the 72nd municipality in North America, to receive this prestigious award, as well as the first county in Mississippi. The Accreditation is aligned well with the Department of Public Works’ vision, which is to consistently improve the delivery of services to our customers, grow our capabilities, and advance the well-being of our staff,” said Frelix.

The Hinds County Public Works Department is comprised of four divisions: Engineering & Development, Planning and Administration, Roadway and Drainage, and Construction and Maintenance. For the accreditation award, Hinds County Public Works began their process on (add date) and a team of public works professionals from Kansas, Ohio and Missouri completed a thorough evaluation of operations during their August, 2011 Accreditation site visit.

“It’s exciting to complete the detailed review of an agency’s policies and procedures, and then recommend them for Accreditation,” said APWA Accreditation Director Ann Daniels. “Hinds County is to be commended for their commitment to improving operations to enhance their internal performance, and to assuring their community they meet or exceed national standards.”

For more information, contact Transportation Division Director Carl Frelix at, or by phone at 601.857.8732. For more information about APWA Accreditation, please contact APWA Director of Credentialing, Ann Daniels at For APWA media queries, please contact Laura Bynum, APWA Media Relations/Communications Manager at

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