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Author Archives: John W. Carpita, PE
Mike Purdy has posted on his Public Contracting Blog a great summary of laws passed in the 2013 Legislative Session that impact public works contracting and purchasing. Be sure to take a look.
Thanks to concerted and cooperative action by a coalition of public and private water purveyors, cities, counties, trade organizations, and fire fighting agencies (FIRE PALS), Washington now has a new fire suppression (hydrant) law.
Unsung Heroes of the Washington Public Works Community: The APWA Contract Administration Subcommittee (CASC)
As I stated in an earlier blog post, I am quite “plugged in” to the greater Washington State public works community. I’ve had many opportunities over the years to see and to experience the dedication and—well, the devotion—of public works professionals … Continue reading
Last week’s blog post on on-call contracts (and Mike Purdy’s blog as well) generated much interest and many questions and comments. This present blog post is intended to clear up some misconceptions and items of confusion, as well as to … Continue reading
Editor’s note: Please see the followup post “Some On-Call Contracts ARE Kosher,” written to clarify the below article. Over the past two to three years, there has been much interest and discussion about on-call contracts by local agencies, mostly related … Continue reading
Plugged in as I am to the greater Washington State public works community, I’ve had many opportunities over the years to see and to experience the dedication and – well, the devotion – of public works professionals to their craft. … Continue reading
Is there a “brave new world” in which architects and engineers have gained the upper hand by limiting indemnification language that can be included in their contracts? Maybe not, but legislation enacted this year should cause local governments to review … Continue reading
The politically and ecologically correct answer is “no.” Potable water is a relatively finite resource and we – both individuals and communities – should always seek to identify wasteful water usage and reduce it. However . . .