Author Archives: John W. Carpita, PE

About John W. Carpita, PE

Public Works Consultant John is MRSC’s resource for engineering design, purchasing and bidding issues, contract document preparation, construction contract issues, local improvement districts, sewer, water, storm drainage and solid waste issues, as well as resource conservation. He’s a registered professional engineer and has had a widely varied 42-year career as a consultant, county engineer, city engineer and project manager.

Chameleon Contractors

I recently received a research request involving a contractor who was operating under several names, which in itself is not a bad thing, but in this instance at least one of those “aliases” was an obvious attempt to cover up … Continue reading

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Utility Latecomer Agreement Statutes Change on July 1, 2014

In 2013, the Legislature passed ESHB 1717, which, among other things, modified chapter 35.91 RCW in several key areas for sewer and water facility latecomer agreements entered into by cities, towns, counties, and drainage districts.  These changes to chapter 35.91 … Continue reading

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Off-Site Fabrication Reporting Requirements Sunset

Until December 31, 2013, contractors that used prefabricated project specific items produced out-of-state had to report that fact to the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) on their Affidavits of Wages Paid for public works contracts estimated to cost over $1 million.   Until … Continue reading

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Contracting for Services Publication

Our new Contracting for Services publication has generated a lot of interest and some great comments from folks who have downloaded it. In response to some of these comments, we have added some additional language, which is included in the … Continue reading

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New Public Procurement Laws Approved in 2013 Legislative Session

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.

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Washington’s New Fire Suppression (Hydrant) Law—SHB 1512

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.

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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

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Some On-Call Contracts ARE Kosher

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

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On-Call Contracts Not Kosher

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

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Unsung Heroes of the Washington Public Works Community: The APWA Division 1 Subcommittee

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

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