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Feature Fulton County Public Works Recognized with APWA Accreditation F ulton County’s Public Wor k s D e p a r t m e nt recently became the first county, and only the second agency in the State of Georgia, to be awarded Accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The APWA Accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of 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. Fulton County Public Works began the process for the APWA Accreditation by gathering the required information on its responsibilities for the initial self-evaluation process. Fulton County’s Public Works Department is composed of several areas of municipal responsibility, which include: Water & Sewer Resources, Solid Waste Services and Transportation. There are over 300 employees within Public Works. In addition, the Fulton County Public Work’s service area encompasses over 323 square miles and serves a population of just over 575,000. With an annual operating budget of $86 million, the department has jurisdiction over one Water Treatment Plant and five Water Reclamation Facilities (WRF); maintains 606 miles of paved roads, 27 miles of unpaved roads, 48 bridges and 104 traffic signals; coordinates the county’s street light program; maintains 300 acres of closed landfill space with two active gas control systems; maintains over 2,300 miles of sanitary sewer and over 1,200 miles of water lines; and provides water and pollution prevention education to residents, schools, communities and businesses. As part of the Accreditation process, the Department focused on its mission to provide for the systematic planning, construction, maintenance and operation of the transportation, water and wastewater infrastructure in Fulton County. “The accreditation process has led to the implementation of improvements that have strengthened the department’s policies, procedures and processes and has caused our team to raise the bar for our work in The APWA Accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of management practices established nationally in the public works industry. Fulton County,” said Public Works Director Angela Parker. “We are immensely proud to be the first county in Georgia to receive this prestigious award. We are committed to providing the citizens of our community with high quality and cost efficient services.” Upon completion of the self assessment phase, a team of public works professionals from Illinois, Arizona and Missouri completed a thorough evaluation of operations before Fulton County received notification of Accreditation. The department was evaluated on 347 practices as defined by APWA. After the extensive evaluation, the APWA team found the Fulton County’s public works department to be in compliance with best management practices. “This formal Accreditation is an accomplishment in which we can all be proud. The men and women serving in Public Works continually strive to make a positive difference in our community. The accreditation is just another way to show members of this community how truly professional and progressive Fulton County is. The formal accreditation does not change the standard of excellence we adhere to every day, but serves to assure the public that we are following the best practices and models set forth by the American Public Works Association,” said County Manager Zachary Williams. “Fulton County Public Works recognizes that the formal accreditation award does not mark the end of the process, but the beginning of an ongoing mandate for maintaining and improving management and operational processes in order to be identified as one of the foremost Public Works organizations in the country,” added Parker. ■ JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - January/February 2012

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Guest Editorial: Together We Stand
Harris County: Smart Investments Paying Dividends for the Future
EMS Delivery Models in Georgia
How New EMS Technologies are Improving Patient Care
Regional EMS: Opportunities for Better Service and Lower Costs?
EMS Leadership Course Planned
Washington D.C. Update
Georgia Public Safety Radio Systems Must Transition to Narrowbanding
Fulton County Public Works Recognized with APWA Accreditation
Extension News: Teens Solving Community Problems
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - January/February 2012