Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department
THE PIPELINE Monthly Newsletter
Meet RWRD’s New Loss
Award-Winning Prevention Officer
Publication by Lorraine Simon
Reporters: The New Year was off to a good start this January when Sylvia
Maggie Alvarez Gonzales became RWRD’s new Loss Prevention Officer. In this
Daniel Brown role, Sylvia manages the safety and health program for the
Sylvia Gonzales Treatment Division.
Laura Hagen Fairbanks Sylvia’s career with Pima County began in July 1984
Thom Nielsen when she worked in the personnel section of the
Shaun Pfund Department of Transportation, a position she held for
Wayne Proctor ten years. In 1994 Sylvia went to work as a Staff
Lorraine Simon Specialist in Public Works Safety. She worked in
Lilian Von Rago Public Works Safety until 2007, when she was
Eric Wieduwilt transferred to the Finance and Risk Management
Department. In January 2009, Sylvia was
Managing Editor: promoted to the position she holds today as
Laura Hagen Fairbanks a Loss Prevention Officer for the Treatment Sylvia Gonzales, Loss Prevention Officer,
Division. continue to page 9 Treatment Division
ROMP Architecture Project at the Roger Road
Water Reclamation Campus
by Lilian von Rago
A great deal of planning goes into any great project. The RWRD’s 32 mgd Water Reclamation Campus
(WRC), to be completed by 2015 on land north of the Roger Road site, is no exception. Even though the
deadline for awarding the construction contract isn’t until January of 2011 – almost two years from now –
project development and planning is currently underway.
Mission RWRD Director Michael Gritzuk recently met with John Sather and David Blanco of Swaback Partners.
Statement Swaback is a renowned Arizona-based architecture, planning, and interior design firm headquartered in
Scottsdale. The Swaback approach to design aspires to a higher level of thinking, collaboration, architectural
Our mission is to protect
theme development, and places a great deal of emphasis on sustainability factors – starting with water as a
the public health, safety, vital resource.
and the environment Swaback has been soliciting ideas from a wide range of stakeholders for this project, taking into
by providing quality consideration benefits available to the community – in addition to its primary purpose, wastewater
service, environmental reclamation. In so doing, the firm has met not only with RWRD staff – but also with representatives of the
stewardship and Audubon Society, Pima County Cultural Resources, Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation,
renewable resources. risk management professionals, security firm professionals, and a number of different constituencies capable
of providing a variety of opinions and perspectives about design settings, aesthetics, connectivity and
sustainability. continue to page 9
Ina Road WRF Archaeological Cultural Findings
by Lorraine Simon and James Vint, Desert Archaeology, Inc.
In the February edition of the Pipeline, we reported on the cultural Interstate 10 Ina Road on-ramp occurred in 1998. During this same
resources discovered by Desert Archaeology, Inc. (DAI) during the period, more extensive excavations took place on the Ina Road facility
second phase of archeology work taking place at the Ina Road site during the 12.5 mgd plant expansion.
Wastewater Reclamation Facility (WRF). This work was precipitated by Results from these two projects revealed a history of intensive
the upcoming upgrade and expansion projects that will be constructed occupation at the site that dates from about 1250 B.C. to around
at the Ina Road facility as part of the Regional Optimization Master 800 B.C. Although many villages continued to be occupied along
Plan. the Santa Cruz River, there was apparently no permanent settlement
DAI has been conducting tours to share information about many of on the acreage that today houses the Ina Road facility. Since the
the cultural findings at the Ina Road WRF. I recently had the privilege of late 17th century to present, the Tucson Basin has seen increasingly
attending one of those tours. Our tour guide, James Vint, a research intensive use from the growth of Tohono O'Odham, Hispanic, and
archaeologist with DAI, took the group along to see the archaeological Anglo communities. The Ina Road facility is located just downstream
sites inside the grounds of the Ina Road WRF. from where the Rillito Creek and the Cañada del Oro Wash join with the
DAI began archaeological excavations at the Pima County Ina Santa Cruz River. This made the site where the Ina facility is located
Road WRF in August 2008. The Ina Road WRF sits on top of a large an ideal area for agriculture and habitation because of a reliable water
archeological site named “Las Capas” (“The Layers”), so named source and a floodplain suited for agriculture—conditions that help
because of the remarkable floodplain stratigraphy that is present along explain the long history of human occupation on this spot.
this stretch of the Santa Cruz River. Stratigraphy is the study and For most of the Santa Cruz River’s history there was almost always
interpretation of layers in archaeological deposits. Identifying the extent steady surface water flow, particularly below where these three streams
of the site is challenging because it is not visible on the present-day merge. This unique hydrological environment created a riverine that
surface; instead it is buried between 60 centimeters to more than 3 was perfectly suited for drawing water from the river via the canals.
meters of floodplain deposits and imported fill. The time interval from 1250 to 800 B.C. when the site of Las Capas
The excavation project was initiated as part of the Ina Road WRF was inhabited is defined by archaeologists as the San Pedro phase
upgrade construction project and in compliance with Pima County of the Early Agricultural Period. During the San Pedro Phase, native
Cultural Resources Office regulations. In addition to complying with inhabitants constructed, maintained and expanded the agricultural
county standards, the project is following state and federal guidelines fields along the canals. Maize agriculture was introduced to the
for archaeological field work and research, as well as maintaining American Southwest from Mexico as early as 1500 B.C. Hunting and
ongoing consultation with the Arizona State Historic Preservation gathering remained the principal sources of food for the native people.
Office. Archaeological work at the plant is scheduled to continue The presence of canals suggests that this site was a large and
through July 2009. long-term agriculturally-based village. Current archeological work has
The site of Las Capas was first identified in 1975 when excavation exposed a surprisingly extensive and sophisticated canal system with
of utility and drainage trenches across Interstate 10 revealed deeply associated bordered fields fed by canal waters. In addition to the canal
buried archaeological deposits. Radiocarbon dates on charred plant system identified, a number of pit houses appear to be associated with
remains suggested that the material dated to some time between 2000 specific segments of the canal system, which may help explain how
and 1000 B.C. maintenance of canals and control of water-flow was organized by this
Between 1975 and 1998, several small projects outside of the Ina early farming community.
Road WRF perimeter explored buried deposits with features such Based on preliminary findings, the size of the village could have
as roasting pits, storage pits, artifacts, and radiocarbon samples, ranged from approximately 100 to 300 people. The population size
which later proved to be part of the larger site of Las Capas. Further would have been dependent on the environmental conditions and the
archaeological excavations related to the construction of the new extent and function of the canals that irrigated fields. Initial estimates
Crews excavating San Pedro Phase Pithouses. Photo submitted by Desert Archaeology, Inc.
suggest that this canal system could have irrigated between 60 to to ensure secure agricultural production.
180 acres, a range again dependent on riverine conditions, the size New archaeological information at this site provides an
of functional canals, and village size. Such an extensive canal system understanding of early agricultural culture, technology, and our region’s
would have required regular maintenance and a labor pool large history and heritage. These archaeological discoveries are possible
enough to repair and re-engineer the channels. This also required a through the support and cooperation of the Pima County Ina Road
highly integrated social system to organize this labor and allocate water WRF and the Pima County Cultural Resources Office.
Southern Arizona Regional Science by 9th graders Sumedha Ravishankar and Sirtaj Singh of Empire High
School; “Effect of Water Pollution on Brine Shrimp” by Victoria Young,
and Engineering Fair a 3rd grade student at Centennial Elementary; “Can Duckweed be
by Lilian von Rago Used to Reduce Pollutants in Freshwater?” by 4th grader Moira Schein
Many thanks to this year’s RWRD judges for officiating at the of the Sonoran Science Academy; “When Does Water Evaporate the
Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) Fastest?” by 4th graders Andy Zhou and Max Martin of Fruchthendler
held at the Tucson Convention Center, March 17, 2009. Every year, Elementary; “Desert Water Filtration” by 6th grader Emma Froehlich
RWRD provides three or more volunteers to judge science and of Doolen Middle School; and “Nitrate Level in the Santa Cruz River
engineering projects created by children from grades K-12 in regard to Riparian Area” by Caitlin Horton, an 11th grade student at Rio Rico
water and wastewater-related topics. This year’s judges were RWRD High School. (Emma Froehlich is the daughter of Dennis Froelich;
Engineer Dennis Froehlich; Technical Services Manager, Houssam El however, Dennis removed himself as a judge, when Emma’s project
Jerdi; and Chemist, John Van Riper. With so many worthy projects, was being evaluated.)
the judges always have a tough job. This year’s winning water and Many thanks to our judges for volunteering their time and
wastewater projects included: “Mutagenicity of Reused Water Bottles” encouraging young people in their educational pursuits.
Making Safety Your #1 Priority Staffing Changes
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter This past month brought about changes for three
by Sylvia Gonzales very gifted and talented women who chose different
career paths on their journey with RWRD. One received
Have you ever wondered why some receptacles (electrical outlets) have a red a promotion, another transferred to a new division, and
and black button located at the center of the receptacle? This type of outlet – a
one retired after twenty years of service.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacle – is an inexpensive lifesaver.
GFCIs detect any difference in current between two circuit wires (the black Mary Hamilton
wires and white wires). This type of difference in current could occur when Promoted to Environ-
electrical equipment is not working correctly, and can cause the outlet to trip. mental Planning and
GFCIs are required for all construction sites and projects and when work is Compliance Manager
conducted in wet or damp locations. It is also required for outlets located near by Eric Wieduwilt
sinks, showers, water fountains, and swimming pools. GFCIs are different from
circuit breakers because they detect leakage currents rather than overloads. Please join me in
Circuits with missing damaged, or improperly wired GFCIs are hazards and can conveying to Mary Hamilton
cause shocks. best wishes in her new
All workers must make it their responsibility to ensure that their work position of Environmental
environments are free of hazards. Do not make safety a choice, make it a personal Planning and Compliance
obligation. Become observant of your work surroundings, report hazards, and Manager, overseeing the work of the CIP Planning group
work safely! and the Development Liaison group, in the Planning
Mary has been with the Planning, Engineering, and CIP
Security Seconds Division since July 2006 and possesses the experience
by Shaun Pfund and knowledge necessary to effectively manage the
daily functions of the Planning Services Section. Her
Many of our employees have been confused over issues involving the proper past experience working for the California Water
procedure to follow when reporting an incident involving a PCRWRD facility, Resources Control Board and the Indiana Department
employee, suspicious person, or acts of vandalism or theft. This confusion at of Transportation will provide the Planning Services
times has led to a breakdown of communication. Communication most typically employees and their customers with the leadership, and
breaks down because staff does not know who is supposed to be contacted. regulatory and technical knowledge necessary to keep our
In an effort to streamline our incident reporting system, a universal “Security projects moving forward.
Incident Report Form” has been developed. The form was developed via I look forward to working with Mary on the many
a collaboration of the Security Office within the Director’s Office, Conveyance challenges ahead. Please join me in supporting Mary in her
Division and Risk Management Department. This form will provide universal new assignment.
and basic information which will allow for immediate recognition of the incident
which in turn will lead to adequate services to correct and resolve the issue. A
Moves to the Richey
copy of the form has been inserted in this month’s edition of the Pipeline.
The Security Office in conjunction with the Treatment Division Loss Prevention
by Eric Wieduwilt
Officer, Sylvia Gonzales, will provide training to the Treatment Division on the
notification procedure that accompanies this form. Other divisions will have Michelle Hendrix, Senior
training on reporting procedures. Administrative Specialist,
All PCRWRD employees should rely on the following basics of “Incident has accepted a transfer
Reporting” until training has been provided. to the Richey Road
Any incident involving a vandalism or sanitary sewer overflow should be Conveyance Division, where
directed to the Conveyance Division for their response and evaluation. she will support the many new activities and projects that
Any incident involving vandalism or theft should be reported to an immediate the Conveyance Division is moving forward on.
supervisor who will contact the law enforcement agency as directed by division “The Conveyance Division staff is glad Michelle is
procedures and county policy. The supervisor will notify the appropriate joining them, and is looking forward to working with
jurisdiction in this matter and will file a report. The information that was reported her. Michelle’s extensive knowledge of the department’s
to law enforcement will be communicated to RWRD’s Security Office. Security administrative operational procedures will be a great asset
Office staff will assist with the investigation and follow up. to them,” said John Munden, Michelle’s new supervisor.
Our goal is to provide a clear incident reporting form and communicate Our very best wishes to Michelle on her new
its use and purpose to our employees, ultimately resulting in a more secure assignment. We will miss her support and energy on the
department for our staff and the community. numerous projects and functions she was involved with.
an Administrative Support Specialist for Kino said Suzy.
Hospital. She worked in various departments Suzy worked closely with the County
during her 11-year stint with the hospital. Most Administrator’s Office, Clerk of the Board,
memorable was her work with the Institutional County Attorney’s Office and RWRD
Review Board (IRB) and the Bio Ethics administration. Her work required that she
Committee (BEC). be familiar with Open Meeting Laws, legal
Suzy transferred her experience in working regulations and legal document preparation,
as a liaison for the IRB and BEC to RWRD the submission process for BOS Agenda
when she came on board in 2000. Suzy items, and strong interpersonal skills in working
transferred in as an Administrative Specialist. with others.
In 2006 her position was reclassified to Special Suzy was born in Seattle, Washington and
Suzy Hunt Retires Staff Assistant, the title she held up until her came to Tucson in 1976. “I moved here and
by Lorraine Simon retirement. felt like I was the Gila Monster that had come
As the staff liaison to the RWRAC, Suzy home,” said Suzy.
After nine years with the department, Special prepared for the monthly committee meetings. Suzy was looking forward to her retirement
Staff Assistant, Suzy Hunt, said goodbye to Meeting preparations required a great deal of but acknowledged that she would miss the
RWRD on March 31. Suzy’s responsibilities behind-the-scenes work. Suzy prepared the people she had worked with over the years.
included being the liaison between RWRD meeting agendas; secured the presenters; In her spare time, Suzy enjoys reading,
and the Regional Wastewater Reclamation secured the meeting room; set up the room, gardening, music and movies of all kinds. Her
Advisory Committee (RWRAC). The RWRAC ordered and set up the food served at the immediate retirement plans include improving
is comprised of individuals appointed by the meeting; distributed and prepared the meeting her physical health. “I look forward to joining
Board of Supervisors (BOS), other government packets; recorded the meetings; and prepared the Silver Sneakers program,” said Suzy.
entities and professional organizations. extensive meeting minutes. “My other plans include becoming a literacy
RWRAC members make recommendations to “My experience in working with hospitals volunteer to help people realize their potential.
the Board of Supervisors on a variety of issues, provided me with people skills, the ability to I’m also thinking about writing my memoirs.”
including the department budget and financial respond to situations as they arise, use of my A well-attended retirement party was held
plan. writing skills, experience with taking meeting in Suzy’s honor at El Charro Restaurant on
Suzy Hunt began her career with Pima minutes, and knowledge of federal and state Tuesday, March 31. Good luck Suzy!
County 20 years ago where she worked as regulations that govern this work environment,”
Some of Suzy’s coworkers shared their sentiments about what it was like to
work with her.
“Suzy is both a role model and mentor for department staff. Her “Suzy and I connected on a
ability to form and maintain effective working relationships personal level and I am really
with the RWRAC Committee, County Attorney’s Office, Clerk going to miss her. Nonetheless, I
of the Board, as well as RWRD staff has been invaluable to the am very happy that she will now
department. Suzy’s positive attitude and pleasant manner will be have more time to pursue some of
greatly missed by all of us,” — Suzy’s supervisor, Ed Curley. her personal goals and interests.”
— Laura Fairbanks
“The one thing that stands out in
my mind when I think of Suzy is “Suzy has masterfully guided the Regional Wastewater
that I have never heard her say “no” Advisory Committee for our department with only
or “I can’t do that”. No matter who a disarming smile, attention to detail that rivals a
is asking the question or seeking microchip machine, and a memory of past events
assistance, if Suzy cannot answer or surpassing the National Archives. Her contributions
assist them she finds someone who to the committee have been returned 100-fold by the
can. Her level of customer service is support and accolades we receive from our advisory
something we all should strive for,” committee members,” — Eric Wieduwilt.
— Jeff Nichols.
Spread the News
by Wayne Proctor
Are you involved in any activities or projects that the public should your colleagues. If this sounds like something you would enjoy doing,
know more about? If so, we need to hear from you. please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 405-0767 to let me
Arizona (AZ) Water Association (formerly: Arizona Water & Pollution know you want to be part of this exciting effort. As the chair of the
Control Association, AWPCA) professionals are taking leadership roles committee, I would be happy to talk to you about opportunities to work
on issues surrounding water concerns, sustainability, delivery, and with the public relations committee.
renewable resources. These are issues in which public education can As an organization, AZ Water is dedicated to helping career
be greatly improved. advancement for water professionals, high quality water and
The newly-formed public relations committee has been charged public health, future water certainty for Arizona water consumers,
with the task of promoting AZ Water Association (AZ Water) and its environmental leadership, increasing financial resources dedicated to
members’ activities. This committee is chaired by Wayne Proctor from water and the environment, collaboration and public outreach. Our
the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department. commitment to water in Arizona encompasses all forms: surface water,
If you know something about a topic that should be publicized, ground water, drinking water, wastewater, reclaimed water and ultrapure
please submit your comments and ideas to AZ Water, and the public water.
relations committee will take it from there. AZ Water serves the Arizona section of the American Water Works
The public relations committee is recruiting new members. We Association (AWWA) and the Arizona member association of the Water
are recruiting people who are interested in writing, communication Environment Federation (WEF).
and spreading the news about the AZ Water Association. Let your For additional information, please refer to the website at azwater.org.
enthusiasm show how proud you are of the great work performed by
by Dan Brown
There have been some recent personnel Enrollment period. If you are trying to FMLA
and payroll changes that RWRD decide on which insurance plan is best While the new FMLA Administrative
Employee Services would like to clarify suited for your needs, please attend Procedures have yet to be posted, the
for you on the following topics: one of the scheduled meetings and/or actual new FMLA regulations that were
contact me at 740-6623 if you have any effective January 16, 2009 affect
questions. how compensatory time is used.
Open Enrollment Compensatory time will now count
This year’s Open Enrollment period Leave Request Form towards FMLA leave. This means that for
will be from April 30 – May 22, 2009. All A new Leave Request form has been payroll purposes when calculating FMLA
employees that are currently enrolled in approved by the Executive Team and leave usage, leave banks will be charged
the HMO or PPO plans will be required to is available for use from the RWRD in the order of sick, compensatory time,
re-enroll. Intranet site. Please begin using the and then vacation.
All Open Enrollment will be done new form immediately. Also note that Finance has approved and published
through the online benefits (ADP/ page two of the form is required by the revision to the TAF forms currently
Employease) program. No paper forms the Pima County Finance Department in use to reflect this change. RWRD
will be utilized this year. You can find for the use of Bereavement Leave. It requested and received permission to
the link to the system on the main Pima must be completed and attached to the exhaust our current supply of TAF’s. We
County Human Resources Benefits (www. Employee’s Time Authorization Form (TAF) will advise you when to start using the
pima.gov/hr/benefits.html) Internet page. for the pay period in which Bereavement new TAF forms.
There will be several Health Fairs and Leave is used. If this form is not attached,
Open Enrollment informational meetings Finance will not allow the Bereavement
conducted throughout the Open Leave usage.
Dialogue with the Executive Team Meetings Scheduled
by Laura Hagen Fairbanks
The Executive Team
DATE TIME FACILITY LOCATION
is busy planning the
next set of Dialogue 4/28/09 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Richey Road Large Conference Room
with the Executive 4/29/09 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. IWC Large Conference Room
4/29/09 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Roger Road Large Conference Room
for the meetings 5/04/09 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Public Works Building Basement Conference Room C
appears at right. 5/05/09 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Outlying Facilities Large Conference Room
5/12/09 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Roger Road Large Conference Room
5/13/09 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Ina Road Large Conference Room
5/13/09 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Ina Road Large Conference Room
5/14/09 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Mission Road Large Conference Room
5/26/09 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ina Road Large Conference Room
E-RAP on the Spot Awards
by Thom Nielsen
Listed below are RWRD employees nominated for the E-RAP, (Employee Recognition
and Appreciation Program) “On the Spot” awards. The intent of the “On the Spot”
awards is to acknowledge good work performed by RWRD employees in the
areas of Customer Service, Leadership, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, Fiscal
Responsibility and Process Improvement. If the contribution of the employee does
not fit into any of the categories listed above, the nominator may create a category of
his/her own. There are no restrictions placed on who can nominate whom, but please
remember this award is meant for those employees have truly gone above and beyond
the call of duty.
RWRD employees Maggie Alvarez, Andrea Drake,
Denice Gamboa, Judy Guidotti, Mary Khan, Susan
Walsh, Mingo Martinez, and Evangelina Paredes
were all nominated by Lorraine Simon, Community
Relations Specialist, for providing great Customer Service
to the Community Relations office! With the busy spring
Mary Khan, OSL III
event season fast approaching, these employees willingly
offered to lend a helping hand to attach “Recipe for a
Clean Environment” cards to the department’s “Wipe Out
Grease” spatulas. The spatulas and the attached cards
provide the message that grease poured down drains
can collect in our sewers and lead to sanitary sewer
overflows. The spatulas are distributed at public events.
Lorraine also appreciates the efforts of Robert and Alex OSL III
Orozco, the two very handsome sons of RWRD employee
Mona Orozco, Executive Administrative Assistant to RWRD director, Mike Gritzuk. Robert and Alex also helped
put spatulas together—and did so with smiles and enthusiasm! These boys, no doubt, learned at an early age the
importance of not pouring grease down the drain! continue to page 8
by Maggie Alvarez
Listed below are employees who have birthdays during the month of May:
Johnny Avalos, John Becerra, Danielle Corbett, Paul Deo, Candelario Espinoza,
Monica Fennal, Angelita Flores, Larry Florez, Ben Fyock, Albert Garcia, Monica
Garcia, Michael Gastelum, Charles David Gates Jr., Steve Gay, Joe Gonzales, Peter
Gonzales, Gary Groh, Steven Henely, Eddie Heredia, Chris Hernandez, Daniel
Highhouse, Edward Jandali, Lawrence Jones, Michael Lafferty, Timothy McGarry,
Steve Melendez, Gary Michalek, Fernando Murillo, James Olson, Mona Orozco, James
Osborn, Dennis Schultz, David Smith, Mario Solano, Michelle Spears, Robert Speir Sr.,
Yvonne Suarez, Matthew Symington, Michael Tsosie, Donna Wright
E-RAP on the Spot Awards (continued from page 7)
Terry Curley, Civil Engineer, was nominated by Francisco Duchicela, Thank you Phil.
Civil Engineering Manager, for Outstanding Customer Service and Matt Matthewson, Administrative Support Services Manager, was
Teamwork. After our veteran design engineer retired in January, Terry nominated by Lorraine Simon, Community Relations Specialist, for
was tasked with additional urgent design work, typically performed by serving as an “unofficial” editor of the Pipeline for many months on
one person full time. Terry took on this responsibility without hesitation. end. Matt volunteers his strong editing skills to assist Lorraine in her
In addition to successfully carrying his normal design work load, Terry task as editor of this publication, catching many a snafu in punctuation,
is also completing all the extra work duties in a thorough manner. His grammar and spelling!
professionalism and teamwork efforts are exemplary. Gary Michalek, Principal Operator at the Roger Road WRF, was
Liz Flores of RWRD’s Maps and Records section, was nominated nominated by Danny Johnson, Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant
by Deputy Director Eric Wieduwilt for Outstanding Customer Service. Operator (also at Roger Road), for Leadership, Creative Thinking and
Liz assisted a customer with a final inspection. The customer was so Problem-Solving. Gary recognizes the importance of taking the time
pleased with the prompt and courteous service that Liz provided, that to properly and thoroughly train employees. He is an excellent and
he wrote a very nice letter to Eric expressing his gratitude for all she motivated leader, and it is a pleasure to work with him.
had done. Great work Liz! Dave Sherlock, Wastewater Instrumentation and Process Control
Phil Hunt, Civil Engineer, was nominated by Francisco Duchicela, Specialist, was nominated by Ann Stephenson, Warehouse Supply
Civil Engineering Manager, for Outstanding Customer Service and Supervisor, for Outstanding Customer Service. Knowing I am strapped
Teamwork. Phil’s normal duties are with the Construction Permitting for vehicles to get inventory out to the Outlying Facilities, Dave is always
Group. Due to understaffing at the Utilities Coordination Group, willing to help get supplies out to whatever site he is heading to. He
Phil was asked to help with this group as well. Phil carried out both doesn’t just transport the goods; he places them neatly in appropriately
duties for several months until a new engineer was hired in March. labeled spots. He asks me how he can help, completes the task to its
He accepted this duty eagerly and performed in an excellent manner fullest, and with a wonderful attitude and smile.
without hesitation. Phil is a great example of a dedicated team player.
New Loss Prevention Officer (continued from page 1)
Sylvia’s responsibilities include accident investigations; safety and while working with Public Works departments and other Pima County
health inspections; conducting walk-arounds of the Ina Road WRF, departments. “Larry always encouraged his staff to seek higher goals,
Roger Road WRF, and Outlying Facilities (OLF) plant sites to observe the sky was the limit. He sent staff to OSHA trainings and allowed
that employees are working safely; responding to safety requests and me to cross-train in the job tasks of a Loss Prevention Officer. Fellow
concerns; and ensuring that employees are utilizing proper personal colleagues Tom Johnson, Ed Collette, Dave Efnor, and former training
protective equipment. colleague John Sinclair, persistently engaged me in the cross-training
Sylvia derives much fulfillment from her job. “I have a sense of process.” Sylvia is happy for the opportunity to return to RWRD and to
satisfaction that I am able to apply my knowledge in this field to protect continue her safety career in the Treatment Division.
the safety and health of Pima County employees, so that every day The job of maintaining an employee safety and health program does
they can go home to their families uninjured,” said Sylvia. present its challenges. “Based on the relationship it has with the human
Sylvia received an early introduction to the safety field while she factor, the challenges exist in continually finding creative techniques
attended Central Arizona College and took several elective classes in and ideas to communicate and engage employees in the benefits of
environmental safety and health. While in college, during the summer working safely and maintaining an accident-free workplace,”
months, she worked for the safety office at Magma Copper Company said Sylvia.
in San Manuel. In 1984, Sylvia relocated to Tucson and continued to With 25 years of service to Pima County, Sylvia has worked in a
take safety and health courses at Pima Community College. number of departments. “Throughout my employment with Pima
Sylvia applied her knowledge of safety practices when she worked County, I have been very fortunate to work for very good departments
with the Pima County Department of Transportation personnel section. with hard-working employees. What I enjoy most about working with
“It wasn’t until 1994, when I was transferred to the Public Works Safety RWRD is that the department is highly recognized county-wide for
Office, that several doors opened for me. My career in safety and health its outstanding leadership. I also find it a great privilege to work in the
took off. It was during this time that I implemented and coordinated a capacity of Loss Prevention Officer for RWRD.”
safety and health training program for the Public Works Safety Office,” Sylvia was born in San Manuel, Arizona. In her spare time, she
said Sylvia. enjoys reading, cooking, shopping, and spending time with friends
Sylvia noted that former safety manager, Larry Dickey encouraged and family.
on-the-job training which enabled his staff to advance their careers
ROMP Architecture Project (continued from page 1)
Planning begins with preserving and celebrating elements of historical water and energy efficient, cognizant of the fact that a southwest
precedence. Using native plants in landscape design, enhancing a orientation is ideal for the desert, protective of mountain and vista views,
riparian habitat, and using a palate of different textures in building and be aesthetically attractive. The openness and continuity of existing
exteriors are ideas under consideration. Those textures include native landscapes and neighborhoods is retained by strategically planting
rocks, rammed earth construction, utilization of corten (rusted) steel and native trees, shrubs, and ground cover. At Mike Gritzuk’s direction,
other metals, sandblasted masonry, and accent walls in rugged natural Swaback is embracing those concepts as they continue developing the
hues that mimic those found in the desert. design for the Roger Road WRC.
One thing that has historically been, and remains, important to Pima Another element under consideration, and of great importance to the
County residents is protecting and enhancing the natural beauty and community, is the “connectivity to nature” component. Visions for this
character of our architecture in the southwest. One testament to Pima publicly-owned WRC include a visitor’s center; and pedestrian paths
County’s commitment to the protection of the Sonoran Desert has been and trails for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers. Kendall Kroesen of
the creation and implementation of Gateway Overlay Zones (GOZs). the Audubon Society reported that the economic impact of wildlife-
GOZs are guidelines within the Pima County Zoning Code for proposed watching in Arizona is $1.5 billion annually. Ultimately, Mike Gritzuk and
development (and redevelopment) of construction projects. The Swayback Partners agree that this facility will be state-of-the-art and a
purpose of these guidelines is to protect and enhance the scenic quality point of pride for the community and the region. In the end, the mission
of entry points to metropolitan Tucson and nearby public preserves. is to build something practical, cost-effective, long-lasting, but also
GOZ guidelines dictate that new development must be unique.
environmentally sensitive, compatible with surrounding natural features,
Comings and Goings
by Daniel Brown
New Hires Promotions Retirements
Diana Hofsdal Matthew Foy Hale Burrus
Special Staff Assistant Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Senior Civil Engineering Assistant
Planning and Engineering Treatment — Ina Road WRF Planning and Engineering
Souren Naradikian Mary Hamilton Adrian Huerta
Civil Engineer Environmental Planning and Compliance Manager Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
Planning and Engineering Planning and Engineering Treatment — Ina Road WRF
Gerald Wilson Daniel Highhouse Suzy Hunt
Trades Maintenance Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Special Staff Assistant
Treatment — Ina Road WRF Treatment — Ina Road WRF Planning and Engineering
Brian Walsh Carlos Mares
Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
Treatment — Ina Road WRF Treatment — Roger Road WRF
Senior Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
Treatment — Ina Road WRF
Deadline for Pipeline Submission
Pima County employees will receive three paychecks
during the month of May this year. The Pipeline will
be distributed on the third payday, May 29. Please
submit your stories for the May edition to Lorraine.
Simon@wwm.pima.gov, by Monday, May 11. If
you will be submitting a photo, please send it as a
separate .jpg attachment.